New MSc program offers a holistic understanding of electrification

The first group of students has embarked on the new master's program in electrification at Campus Skellefteå. The program aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of electrification and is designed for individuals who want to take an active role in driving the transition to a sustainable energy system.

The new program has been developed to meet the significant demand for skills and expertise in electrification. Math Bollen, professor in electrical power engineering at Luleå University of Technology, is one of the lecturers in the new master's program at Campus Skellefteå.

“The job market is in great need of electrification expertise, so we know that our students have promising career opportunities when they complete the program. They will be able to work in energy-intensive industries, electricity companies, system operators, government agencies, and consulting firms or even in future political roles, says Math.

The program provides a holistic understanding of the role of the electrical power system in the transition to a sustainable energy system and equips students to take on roles in research and development, operations, planning, and energy management.

“Technology and science related to electrification are exciting, but most of all, that knowledge is necessary for us to succeed in transitioning the energy system. The issues related to the continued electrification of society span multiple disciplines, next to technology and science, such as economics, law, and behavioral science. It is therefore important to understand the whole picture, Math continues.

The first year of the program focuses on building fundamental knowledge about electrification and the connections between the energy system and society. During the second year, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and specialize in various areas.

“The program provides an understanding of the link between the power system, electricity and energy markets, and society. We focus on the latest technologies and strategies for smart grids, the challenges of integrating renewable electricity production, how flexibility can be achieved through production, consumption, or components in the power grid, and how energy policy affects the electrical power system. But we do not forget the need for understanding of the electric power system. These are all central issues for succeeding in the transition, Math concludes.

The application deadline for the program in the coming fall is January 15, 2024. More information about the program can be found here