MSc Electric Power Engineering

A programme specifically developed for electrical engineers wishing to specialise in power systems engineering. Focus is placed on practical experience and fieldwork, while combining economics, technology, engineering and science into one comprehensive degree. 

The M.Sc. in Electric Power Engineering requires 24 months of continuous study and the completion of 120 ECTS. A personalised study plan is developed for each student with the assistance of an academic supervisor.



Language of Instruction: English
Start Date: late July / early August

Ensuring access to a clean, reliable and cost effective energy system is one of the foremost challenges of the coming decades. Making the transition from traditional, fossil fuel dominated energy systems to modern, renewable systems will require substantial rethinking of how we deliver energy products to consumers. From storage to smart-grid technology, the implementation of these new systems stands on the cutting edge of energy research and is of critical importance in the development of sustainable energy systems. With its small, modern and isolated grid powered almost entirely by renewables, Iceland is an ideal location to study these emerging technologies. 

The Electric Power Engineering programme gives comprehensive treatment to the various components of power systems, their physical properties and design, along with the study of both nominal and perturbed operating conditions. Emphasis is placed on emerging technologies, and their integration into new and existing power systems so as to ensure reliable delivery of electricity to various types of consumer demands. Here at the Iceland School of Energy, we focus on providing our graduates with the insight and skills necessary to join this challenging industry.

Personalized Study Plan

Students develop a personal study plan, with the aid of an academic adviser, to reflect their interests which can be further developed in the final research project.

Student Body and Faculty

Iceland School of Energy trains students to become entrepreneurs, engineers, managers, policy makers and researchers. Therefore, we draw our students from a wide range of experience and backgrounds.

Collaboration - Inside Access

The Electric Power Engineering and Science M.Sc. programs are operated in collaboration with Landsnet, the Icelandic Transmission Service Operator. This collaboration gives our students exceptional access to:

  • Data associated with the Icelandic power system (transmission, distribution and/or generation)
  • Professionals at the forefront of developing and operating renewable energy resources


The M.Sc. in Electric Power Engineering requires 24 months of continuous study and the completion of 120

ECTS. A personalized study plan is developed for each student with the assistance of an academic supervisor.

Teaching and Learning

Our courses are based at the Reykjavik University campus. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and visits. Our faculty is made up of professors and leading experts from the industry. 

Double degree

Reykjavik University School of Science and Engineering has signed a "Double Degree Master's Programme" agreement on Electrical Engineering with Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering, Finland. 

  • It is a two-years Master's Programme of 120 ECTS credits.
  • The final admission of students is subject to final approval by Aalto University.
  • Students are required to complete one or two full terms/semesters at each university.
  • The minimum Master studies credit is 60 ECTS credits from each university, including a co-supervised 30 ECTS Master's thesis.
  • Contact person at Reykjavik University: Ass.Prof. Mohamed Abdelfattah (

Programme Schedule

Summer Year 1

End of July - Beginning of August (3 weeks)
Required ECTS: 6

  • Energy Field School (6 ECTS)

Fall Year 1

August - December
Recommended ECTs: 24

  • High Voltage Engineering (8 ECTS)
  • Power Systems Operation (8 ECTS)
  • Power Electronics* (8 ECTS)
  • Elective(s) in Renewable Energy from ISE 

Spring Year 1

January - June
Recommended ECTs: 30

  • Smart-Grids in Sustainable Energy Systems (8 ECTS)
  • Stability and Control in Electric Power Systems (8 ECTS)
  • Integrated Project (14 ECTS)
  • Independent Project (6 ECTS)
  • Elective in Renewable Energy from ISE
  • Research Methods (4 ECTS)

* taught as intensive course in three week period after the end of the regular courses

Fall and Spring Year 2

August- June
Minimum Required ECTS: 30 or 60

  • Electives and M.Sc. Thesis Project (30 ECTS)
  • M.Sc. Thesis Project (60 ECTS)

Core Courses and Electives

Core Modules:

Field School (6 ECTS)

A three week, intensive course that provides students with an overview of power systems engineering, the main issues that require change in the transmission and distribution of electricity and the factors that may impede or promote meeting that demand. The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and site visits, and students have opportunity to see working systems that utilize sustainable energy. The course is taught as a summer school, also open to other participants and offers a unique introduction to the master's program.

Power Systems Operation (8 ECTS)

 This course can be divided into the following main sections:

  • Basic principles and use of symmetrical components, grounding principle, balanced and unbalanced operation and fault situation analyses,
  • Basic principles and some application of power system protective methods.
  • Power systems operation principles and basic functions in energy management system including optimization techniques to solve fundamental operation problems;
  • Basic principles of transmission line transient operation including insulation coordination.

The aim of the course is to provide students with a working knowledge of power system problems in both balanced and unbalanced operation situation including faults, protection principles, energy management methods and computer techniques used to solve some of these problems. The transmission line transient operation and insulation coordination is also part of the course.

Topics include: Symmetrical components, Modelling of transformers, lines and cables in the positive, negative and zero sequences based on physical models, The impact of different earthing principles, Methods for power system analysis in steady state operation and during grid faults, Faulty system operation, balanced and unbalanced faults, Symmetrical components and unbalanced fault analysis, Basic protective methods and principles, Load flow calculations in steady-state power system analysis,Model complex power system operation issues for economic and secure operation, Load flow calculations in steady-state power system analysis, Model complex power system operation issues for economic and secure operation, Principles for regular power flow and optimal power flow methods, Power system operation principles and basic functions in energy management system. Optimization techniques to solve fundamental operation problems, N -1 steady state contingency analysis, Transmission lines Transient operation, Insulation coordination, Power system state estimation and the incorporation with phasor measurement units; (Smart Grids). Practical assignments solved in the numerical simulation program Power World.

High Voltage Engineering (8 ECTS)

This course aims to give students an in depth understanding of electric field characteristics including the tools to undertake an analytical estimation of electric fields. Students will be introduced to these tools and will be able to do upon completion of this course understand and/or analyze: 

  • Numerical computing of voltage distributions and electric fields using Finite-Difference codes. Numerical solving will be done with the Laplace Equation
  • Numerical analysis of E-fields using CST EM Studio / Analysis transients in H.V. circuitsusing Multisim.
  • Generation of DC, AC and impulse high-voltages.
  • Measurement of DC, AC and impulse high-voltages.
  • Breakdown in gases, liquids, and solid dielectrics. Application of insulating materials in electrical components. Design of insulators.
  • Overvoltage phenomenon.

Power Electronics (6 ECTS)

The course is intended to give overview of devices broadly used in power electronics. The course will cover electronic devices such as diodes, thyristors, triacs a.o. Special attention will be drawn to the use of power electronic in motor control, in the heavy industry and in the electrical transmission system (HVDC, FACTS). The conversion between AC and DC will be covered. The teaching will be based on lectures, examples, question and problems. A project in building a power electronic device will be part of the course.

Internship (6 ECTS)

As part of their degree, students are encouraged part-take in an internship project with one of our many industry collaborators. In the past, ISE students have worked on a hydro-power station in Greenland, designed a heat-exchanger for modular well-head generation plants to the modelling of wind-power potential at Icelandic sites. Find out more about our internship program and collaborators.

Smart Grids and Sustainable Power Systems (8 ECTS)

After successful completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  • Know the basic components of the electric power systems and understand how electrical energy is generated, transmitted, distributes and consumed, and gain some idea about the energy resources and power plants.
  • Be familiar with the concept of fundamentals of Smart-Grids, and learn the fundamentals of the network protection and control, and understand the value of reliability and automation in distribution networks.
  • Understand the role of information and communications technologies (ICT) solutions on Smart-Grids, including selected topics such as wide area measurement systems (WAMS) and applications (PMU), Internet protocol (IP) and Internet-based applications, global positioning system (GPS) applications, multi-agent systems (MAS), geographic information system (GIS) applications, automatic meter reading (AMR), wireless and radio communication, power line carrier communication, optical fiber communication, Information and cyber security, and computational tools for Smart-Grids.
  • Gain some knowledge about Smart-Grids topics related to renewable energy and emerging technologies such as the role of Smart-Grids in integrating renewables, the impact of integrating fluctuating energy sources such as wind, energy storage systems, micro-grids, electric vehicles in Smart-Grids, active distribution network, demand response and management, and smart cities, smart buildings, and smart homes.
  • Students might discuss other Smart-Grids topics such as stability analysis for Smart-Grids, power electronics and high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission in Smart-Grids.
  • Students' also will study case studies, experiences, test cases or projects in Smart-Grids.
  • Students' individual skills and group work experience are expected to be improved by using individual assignments, presentations and group discussions.

Stability and Control in Electric Power Systems (8 ECTS)

The general objectives of this course is to help students obtain knowledge about conditions in electric power systems that can lead to stability problems, to understand which physical mechanisms are the cause of power system instability, and to give the student insight in the theoretical background for analysis methods used for assessment of system stability. Numerical simulations and analysis will be carried out on different stability problems where the students implement the appropriate models and methods for analysis in MatLab. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the principal causes of power system stability problems (frequency, transient rotor angle, small-signal rotor angle and voltage stability problems)
  • Reflect on how the power system stability problems are affected by grid related limitation for the transfer of active power and the machine related limitation for the injection of active and reactive power
  • Explain the key concepts for primary frequency control in power systems
  • Analyze rotor angle small-signal stability problems by applying small-signal analysis
  • Analyze transient stability problems and describe means to protect the system against transient stability problems
  • Analyze voltage stability problems by applying continuation power flow 

Elective Modules

Students have access to a wide variety of elective module to tailor their curriculum to suit their focus. Elective courses include but are not limited to:

  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Data-mining and Machine Learning
  • Simulation
  • Advanced Circuit Design
  • Theory of Computation
  • Measurements and Stochastic Variables
  • Linear Dynamical Systems
  • Energy Economics
  • Energy Markets
  • International and European Energy Law
  • Probability and Stochastic Processes
  • Engineering Optimization

>> More information on all available courses can be obtained from the course overview page.


Admission Requirements

The degree is open for students with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and related fields. A background in power systems and circuit analysis is recommended.

To graduate with a master's degree in engineering and become a chartered engineer in Iceland, students must fulfill requirements set forth by the Ministry of Industries and Innovation. See here for more information.

Language Requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their proficiency in English if it is not their first language.

  • A minimum TOEFL test score of 550 is required (213 in the computer-based test, 79 in the internet based test)
  • IELTS score of at least 6.0 (both general and academic accepted)

Language Requirement Waiver

The requirement of an English language certificate is waivered in the following circumstances:

  • The applicant's first language is English.
  • The applicant has studied towards a higher education degree and the language of instruction was English (minimum requirement 3 years full-time). A certificate from the university will be required to confirm this.


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International Admissions Officer

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