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. This interdisciplinary approach is what the ISE experience is centered around, with the student body being made up of geographically and academically diverse individuals who all collaborate and work together. The different approaches to solving problems, and the different experiences being brought to the table, are a hallmark of the students in the Iceland School of Energy.

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's School of Electrical Engineering in Finland. 

  • 2-year Master's Programme (120 ECTS)
  • 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 from each university, including a co-supervised 30 ECTS Master's thesis
  • Contact person at Reykjavik University: Assistant 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 Simulation (8 ECTS)**
  • Power Electronics* (8 ECTS)
  • Energy Economics (6 ECTS)
  • Datamining and Machine Learning (8 ECTS)**

Spring Year 1

January - June
Recommended ECTs: 30

  • Power Systems Operation (8 ECTS)**
  • 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

**mandatory course for completing MSc Electric Power Engineering

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)**

**mandatory course for completing MSc Electric Power Engineering

Core Courses and Electives

Energy 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)

 12-week course designed 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)

12-week course aimed at giving students a basic vision of existing methods and tools relevant to the design and analysis of high voltage (HV) components and insulators.

Key topics covered: electrical field characteristics, numerical computing of voltage distributions and electric fields using Finite-Difference codes, numerical solving Laplace Equation, numerical analysis of E-fields using CST EM Studio, 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, and overvoltage phenomenon.

Power Electronics (6 ECTS)

12-week introduction to power electronics and electronic switches.

Key topics covered: power computations for AC waveforms, DC-DC converters; the buck converter, the boost converter and non-ideal switches and converter performance, DC Power Supplies; the fly-back converter, the forward converter, and full-bridge and half-bridge DC-DC converters, DC-AC inverters; full and half-bridge converters, pulse-width-modulated output, and three-phase inverters, AC-DC rectifiers; half-wave, controlled half-wave, full-wave, single-phase, full-wave, controlled and three-phase, AC voltage controllers; single-phase and three-phase, resonant converters, and drive circuits, snubber circuits, and heat sinks.

Energy Economics (6 ECTS)

12-week course focusing on the specifics of energy economics, giving students a broad overview of a variety of theoretical and empirical topics related to energy economics.

Main learning objectives: Understanding these topics related to energy economics, applying methods from mathematics and economics science in order to analyze complex systems in energy systems, analyzing economics of an energy project, analyze and communicate data, and developing analytical solutions to a range of practical problems.

Datamining and Machine Learning (8 ECTS)

12-week introductory course.

Main learning objectives: Apply the data mining methods and implement the machine learning algorithms presented in the course using standard programming languages such as Python or Matlab and software packages, design a suitable machine learning algorithm for a real world problem, evaluate its performance, compare different designs and implementations and interpret the results, and present findings and new results in the subject.

Smart Grids and Sustainable Power Systems (8 ECTS)

12-week introduction to electric power systems and smart grids.

Key topics covered: energy resources and power plants, smart grids control and automation, information and communications technologies (ICT) applications for smart grids, renewable energy and emerging technologies, stability analysis for smart grids, power electronics and high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission in smart grids, and case-studies, experiences, test cases, or a project in smart grids.

Research Methods (4 ECTS)

Industry and society needs people who can think critically, who can analyse complex situations and who can communicate their findings effectively. This can involve many tasks, including searching for and evaluating the worth of scientific literature and other forms of documentation. In this course, we concentrate on scientific writing and reporting, survey techniques and presentations. It will prepare students for dealing with the information gathering, analysis and reporting skills that are required for all other courses.

Key topics covered: Literature surveys, search engines and other agencies, scientific writing, academic publishing, thesis writing, reviewing papers, managing a research project.

Stability and Control in Electric Power Systems (8 ECTS)

12-week course designed to help 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.

Hands-on experience will be obtained by carrying out numerical simulations and analysis in MatLab/Python, where students analyse different stability problems implementing and applying appropriate models and methods for analysis.

Main learning objectives: explain the principal causes of power system stability problems (frequency, transient rotor angle, small-signal rotor angle and voltage stability problems), reflect on how 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.

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.

A grade point average of 8 out of 10 is recommended.

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

English language requirements waived if:

  • 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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  • CV / Resume
  • Official University Transcripts (hard copy and digital accepted)
  • 2 Letters of Reference (sent to directly from referee's institutional email)
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • Personal Statement (500 word max)
  • English Language Test Score Certificate (if applicable)

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International Admissions Officer

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