MSc Electrical Engineering

A graduate programme that combines a solid theoretical foundation in physical science and mathematics, with engineering design and entrepreneurship. Our students gain strong engineering and problem solving skills, and get to know all aspects of the engineering design process, from conception and development through operation and implementation. One of our key focus points is that the students develop strong team-working skills.




120 ECTS.


Language of instruction is English.

Length of study

Two years, full time.

Double degree

Reykjavik University School of Science and Engineering has signed a "Double Degree Master's Programme" agreement (in Electrical Engineering) with Aalto University (School of Electrical Engineering), Finland. At Aalto university, application for this program will open in January/February 2017 with studies commencing in August 2017. See further information under the "Structure" tab on this page.

Specialisations: Electric Power and Mechatronics

Electric Power

Electric Power engineering is concerned with components of electric power systems, their operations, production and transport of electrical energy, and how to ensure steady delivery of electricity to meet consumer demand. Additionally, the field is concerned with the design requirements for electric power systems and subsystems, and their interactions.

We offer a variety of courses, designed for specialization in electric power systems, including Power System Operation, High Voltage Engineering, Power System Stability and Control, Power System Protection and Power Electronics.

Integrated Project: Electric Power

Our graduate students are required to take the course Integrated Project, an interdisciplinary design course, focused on the design and implementation of a complex engineering system. Examples on possible course projects include:

  • Smart grids and the power transmission system.
  • Real time power system operation and power qualit

Mechatronic Engineering

Mechatronics is the combination of electrical engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering and focuses on automation, sensors, data acquisition and analysis, actuators and control. 

The course is offered within the mechanical- and electrical engineering department and is organized in close relationship with computer science. The main aim of the course is to bring the three disciplines together in order to solve real-world problems in robotics and mechatronics.

There is an emphasis on machine learning, computer engineering, computer vision, system dynamics and control. A variety of topical courses are on offer, including Linear Dynamical Systems, Data Mining and Machine Learning, Computer Vision Applications in addition to recommending various courses in from Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering.

Integrated Project: Mechatronics Engineering

Our graduate students are required to take the course Integrated Project, an interdisciplinary design course, focused on the design and implementation of a complex engineering system.
Examples on previous course projects include:

  • Autonomous Submarine
  • Robot monitoring the temperature of molten aluminum containers
  • Prosthetic leg testing robot

  • Buoy broadcasting whale sounds

  • A single stage rocket, driven by solid fuel.


  • The degree requirement is 120 ECTS, or equivalent of 4 semesters of full time study, following a 180 ECTS undergraduate study.
  • Full time study is consider to be 30 ECTS per semester. Courses are usually 6-8 ECTS.
  • Students have a choice of completing either a 30 or a 60 ECTS MSc thesis.
  • All students must take an integrated project course (14 ECTS).
  • In addition to the field requirements, students are encouraged to select from a variety of elective courses based on their personal interest. 
  • Exchange studies are available. 

Double Degree Master's Programme with Aalto University

  • Reykjavik University, School of Science and Engineering has signed a "Double Degree Master's Programme" agreement (in 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 (

Electric Power

  1. year  2. year 
  • High voltage engineering 
  • Power system operation 
  • Elective 
  • Power Electronics* 
  • Electives, Thesis, Internship or Exchange studies (Valnámskeið, Meistaraverkefni, Starfsnám eða skiptinám)
  • Smart-Grids in sustainable energy systems (Snjallnet og sjálfbær raforkukerfi)
  • Stability and Control in Electric Power Systems (Stöðugleiki og stjórnun Raforkukerfa)
  • Integrated project CD og CDIO (Samþætt verkefni I)
  • Elective (Val)
  • Intergrated project IO of CDIO (Samþætt verkefni II)*
  • Thesis 

*Three week course

Electives  - Fall

  • Partial differential equations
  • Simulation
  • Advanced circuit design
  • Theory of computation
  • Measurements and stochastic variables
  • Linear dynamical systems
  • Internship

Electives - spring

  • Probability and Stochastic Processes

  • Engineering optimization
  • Thermodynamics

  • Heat transfer

  • Numerical Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer

  • Medical Imaging

Mechatronic engineering

  1. year   2. year  
  • Precision machine design
  • Data mining and machine learning
  • Linear Dynamical systems
  • Computer vision applications

  •  Elective
  • Thesis
  • Elective
  • Integrated project
  • Thesis 

Electives  - Fall

  • Computer networks
  • Applied probability 
  • Electromagnetism and Semiconductors

  • Power Electronics

  • Theory of computation
  • Simulation II
  • Biomechanics
  • Research Methods I
  • Internship

Electives - spring

  • Engineering optimization
  • Optimization applications
  • Stochastic processes
  • Mechatronics II
  • Solid state electronics


Admission requirement is an undergraduate study in electrical engineering or related disciplines.

Upon graduation, students should fulfil all requirements of the Ministry of Industries and the Icelandic Association of Engineers to obtain the professional title of Engineer. Therefore, students must have completed a prescribed set of engineering foundation and science courses.

Assistance is provided to students that need to increase the scope of their previous studies, in order to adhere to the recommendations above.


Contact us

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Office of the School of Science and Engineering tvd(at)


María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir

Head of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Verity Louise Sharp International admissions officer

Verity Louise Sharp

International Admissions Officer

When graduated

Specialization in Electric Power Engineering is designed to prepare students for careers in electric power industry, including power generation,  the design of electrical power systems and components, their operation and maintenance. Electric power engineers are employed by the power system operators, power system service providers, consulting engineering firms, aluminum industry and other large energy consumers.

Specialization in Signals and Systems is designed to provide career opportunities in high tech [RK1] industry. Our graduates have been hired by Efla consulting, Landsnet, Teledyne Gavia, Marel and Alcoa.

Examples of previous MSc projects:

  • Speaker Localization and Identification - Hendrik Tómasson

  • Automatic Thermal Inspection of Aluminium Reduction Cell - Guðjón Hugberg Björnsson

  • Sjálfvirkur eftirlitsróboti fyrir álver -  Símon Elvar Vilhjálmsson

  • Speech based cognitive workload monitoring model based on pattern recognition methods - Eydís Huld Magnúsdóttir


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