This two-year Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management at one of the world's top-ranked universities combines management and technology as well as natural and social sciences. It prepares you for a promising career in the global wind power industry. Wind power development is rapidly increasing around the world seeking to meet renewable energy needs as well as achieving future low-carbon economy and environmental goals. There is a strong demand for qualified professionals to lead interdisciplinary wind power projects.
Producing electrical power with renewable energy sources, such as hydro, solar and wind power, is essential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. Currently, wind power produces 14% of Sweden's electricity. Many new wind turbines are also under construction. In three years, over 25% of Swedish electricity will come from wind power. The country is targeting at achieve 100% renewable energy by 2040. This means Sweden will need to produce at least 40-60% of its electricity from wind power. Similar goals and development can be observed in several European countries and in many parts in the world.
Why this programme?
This two-year Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management emphasises application of knowledge through frequent guest lectures provided by industry and academic experts, using state of the art simulation and planning methods as well as site visits to wind farms and wind turbines.
In the first year, you will take most of the courses together with students in the one-year Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management. The courses will give you in-depth knowledge about the different aspects of wind power project development. The second year starts with courses focusing on construction, operation and maintenance of wind farms. You will also choose from five technical and non-technical specialisation courses according to your interest and career plan. These courses will further increase your attractiveness in the labour market and may open up the possibility of further PhD studies.
Critical thinking as well as oral and written communication skills are equally crucial elements of professional competence and are therefore, integral parts of your curriculum. You will develop and practice these skills throughout the programme and they will be put to good use in your thesis work where you will conduct independent research.
You will meet industry representatives, researchers and experts from various academic fields essential to wind power development. This enables you to establish relations with potential future employers and build a broad network of contacts for your future career development.
During the programme you can expect to:
learn planning, project development and management of wind farm projects,
have close collaboration with industry representatives and researchers,
combine technology and management from the perspectives of both natural and social sciences,
specialise within a field of wind energy of your interest,
prepare for a career in the global wind industry or further PhD studies.
Student profile You have a Bachelor's Degree in social science, natural science or engineering and have an interest in sustainability, wind power or renewable energy projects. You want an educational experience that will sharpen your presentation skills and you seek an opportunity to apply your knowledge in realistic, practical cases. A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about, but working right after graduation is also something you are considering.
Campus Gotland This one-year Master's programme is held at our campus on the island Gotland.
The island of Gotland is located in the Baltic Sea between the mainland of Sweden and the Baltic States. It has a unique natural environment and is the centre of early Swedish wind power development. There are frequent flights and ferries between Gotland and Sweden's capital Stockholm, so getting to and from the island is easy.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Wind Power Project Management as the main field of study.
Name: Tamara Oshkaderova Studied: Master’s Programme in Wind Power Project Management, study years 2018-2020 at Campus Gotland
How did you choose your programme?
I was choosing a programme from a list of programmes eligible for the Swedish Institute’s Visby Programme Scholarship for Master’s level studies. I had studied the energy complex of Scandinavia a little bit in my Bachelor’s studies and have been interested in renewables ever since. I didn’t receive that scholarship in the end, but I got another one directly from Uppsala University, which covers my tuition fee.
What is it like to be an international student?
An opportunity to live in a different culture, meet people from all over the world and discover new things every single day.
What is the best thing about studying at Uppsala University?
High level of education, comfortable study environment, great reputation and scholarship opportunities.
How did you experience your first few days in Sweden?
I had a mild cultural shock. Everything was very different and much more expensive in comparison to my home country. On the other hand, I could already speak Swedish when I came here, so my adjustment to the new environment went much smoother than for the others.
What’s a normal day like for you?
I have classes, stay at the campus to work on my assignments and/or have a study group meeting. Then, I usually take a walk along the sea or through the Visby old town before going home or meeting up with my friends.
What’s unique about your programme?
This is the only internationally recognised wind power programme, which focuses on project management. Other universities offer more technical education, usually available only to engineers. This programme at Uppsala University is more open and welcomes people from various backgrounds, since the industry needs a vast range of competences and experiences for its further development. In addition to this, the programme coordinators organise many guest lectures with the actual actors in the wind power industry for us to acquire practical knowledge in addition to theory. Oh, and not to mention our amazing field trips to wind parks and climbing a turbine!
How would you describe the relationship between you and your teachers at the university?
All the teachers in my department are highly professional, approachable, friendly and very open. They always listen to the students’ feedback in order to improve the courses and the programme in general.
How is your student life and what is your best experience so far?
The best part for me is the combination of comfortable study environment and vibrant student life in a mesmerising setting of stunningly beautiful Visby.
What is your reason for studying and your ultimate goal?
Learning as much as I can about wind power in order to enter the industry and contribute to a more sustainable future.
The Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management is a multidisciplinary programme organised into themes around the planning, project development, and management of wind farms. Different aspects of these subjects are addressed at the beginning of the programme. As the programme is thematic, you often study several aspects of wind power project development and management together.
The first autumn semester starts with a course in Wind Power Development and Management that provides the basic knowledge and skills in the field. It is followed by the courses Wind Resource Assessment, Planning for Wind Energy, and Wind Turbine Technology. These courses provide in-depth knowledge on meteorology, planning and permitting, wind resource assessment, environmental impact assessment, turbine technology, and stakeholder management.
In the spring semester, you will learn about the integration of wind power into the electrical grid. The knowledge gain in the previous courses will be applied in a project when you conduct a feasibility study. The semester concludes with the courses Scientific Methods in Wind Power Project Management, and Trends in the Wind Industry, which give you the tools for scientific research and knowledge about the current challenges and state of the art solutions in the wind industry.
You will start the third semester with in-depth courses such as Wind Project Management and Financing, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Wind Farms.
In the second half of the semester, you are able to choose one of five elective courses with specialisations in Wind Power Project Management, Planning for Wind Energy, Wind Resource Assessment (which requires previous knowledge of physics, mechanics or meteorology, or a related field), Wind Energy Technology (requires a Bachelor's degree in engineering), and Decision Analysis of Wind Power Development.
It is also possible to have an exchange semester at another university or to start an extended thesis project of 45 credits.
In the final semester, you will conduct an individual research project for your degree thesis (30 credits) or continue with the extended thesis project of 45 credits. If you wish to do an internship, you can conduct an industrial thesis at a company.
The teaching of the Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management is a combination of students' active participation and supervision of experienced lecturers. The teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group and project assignments, case studies, role-plays, study visits, computational labs and individual work. Since most of the learning activities are based on group work and projects, and the study pace is intense, it is essential that you take an active roll throughout the programme.
The exercises are designed to emulate the work in reality in the wind power industry, including negotiation exercises, organising and holding stakeholder meetings, wind power project development simulation and steering committee meetings, etc. In project work, you can explore topics relevant to your background.
On field trips, you will visit operating wind farms. You will learn on-site the wind farm's construction from the project manager in charge of its development. You will be given the chance to perform a roughness analysis around turbines and climb a wind turbine to see first-hand the components that comprise an operational wind turbine. Watch the film from a wind turbine nacelle visit.
We will have guest lecturers from the industry and some of them are our alumni. The alumni will also provide you with insights into the role as a project manager and discuss the knowledge they find particularly important in their professional lives.
Students in the class are from various countries and have different backgrounds, which creates a welcoming and international study environment. It also contributes to the diversity of the class making it a truly vibrant forum for discussions. You are also always welcome to approach your teachers with questions and enquiries outside the lecture time.
You will learn industry-specific software such as WindPro and the modelling software WASP. You will apply the knowledge in a wind power project development case. You can also learn other relevant software, depending on your interest.
The programme is taught full-time, in English, at Campus Gotland. You are expected to be based in the city Visby on the island of Gotland throughout your studies, except for your individual thesis project if you choose to do it somewhere else.
Therefore, the labour market in the field is promising. We see increasing demand worldwide for well-trained professionals in the wind energy industry; project planners, service technicians, operations analysts, etc.
This Master's programme prepares you for global management positions or for further PhD studies across the wide spectrum of the wind energy industry. You could be working for wind power development companies, companies operating wind farms, consulting firms, local and national governments, component manufacturing and supply chain companies, research institutions or other organisations working with renewable energy and/or environmental issues.
The combination of in-depth knowledge gain in the programme and practical skills gain in your thesis project, will make you an attractive candidate in the labour market, both in academia and in the industry. Our previous graduates often find themselves highly sought after in the global labour market.
If you have work experience in wind power or other industry, you may re-enter the labour market with advanced management skills, which qualify you for senior project management positions.
If you do not have previous work experience in the wind industry, you will graduate with demonstrable knowledge relevant to wind farm project development and management, and a wide network of contacts. This is a powerful combination and the demand for this type of expertise is expected to increase as well.
Your professional career may also be in scientific or technical research and development, as a scientific or technical advisor, consultant, or project leader.
Some of the positions held by our alumni are:
Senior Project Manager
Renewable Energy Consultant
Wind Resource Analyst
Technical Planner Wind Energy
Concept & Layout Engineer
Lead Turbine Suitability and Site Optimisation Engineer
Operation & Maintenance and Construction Engineer
Fields Operations & Improvement Leader
Senior Technical Project Lead
Director Wind Operations Technology
Business Development Manager
Research & Development Engineer
There are also other career opportunities available based on the students' background and interests.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.
Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within engineering, science or social science.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.