Energy Security in Local and Global Energy Systems

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1GV334

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Technology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits including courses in computational science I, programming/computational science II, statistics and electrical engineering and at least one of the courses Energy Systems Physics, Technical Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics for Energy-Related Applications. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • critically analyse and apply the concept of energy security using different definitions, actors and dimensions
  • explain access, geographic distribution and use of fossil and renewable energy resources
  • analyse infrastructure for the conversion of energy resources into energy services with regard to vulnerability, availability, constraints and economic, political and technical risks
  • manage and evaluate analytical tools and indicators related to energy security
  • practically apply mathematical models and forecast tools to make own projections of historical trends and development patterns into the future
  • define and apply the concept of energy security in written analysis


History of energy security and corresponding definitions and dimensions. Features of quantitative and qualitative indicators for energy security. Different methods for detecting, verifying and extracting different energy resources as well as geological, environmental and political constraints in exploitation. Building and characteristics of energy systems, such as Europe's natural gas system or Sweden's power grid. Application of scenarios, time series methods and other forecasting tools to make own projections and critically review other projections. Infrastructure and security and risks associated with different energy resources. Society preparedness and responsibility in crisis situations. Political conflicts and risks related to energy resources. Economic import and export conditions. National policies and strategies for energy security.


Lectures, guest lectures, compulsory seminars and report with opposition, as well as an independent written report. . Assignments of which at least one is done in MATLAB or another script language, and an independent assignment.


Written assignments (2 credits), individual report writing with seminar, oral and written presentation with opposition (3 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

This course cannot be included in the same degree as 1FA334 Energy Security in Local and Global Energy Systems, 5 credits.