The one-year Master's Programme in Wind Power Project management prepares you for a career in the global wind power industry by combining management and technology from both natural and social science. Wind power development is increasing rapidly worldwide to mitigate climate change. There is a great need for professional managers from a diverse range of technical and non-technical backgrounds to lead interdisciplinary wind power projects.
Why this programme?
The one-year Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management emphasises applies knowledge through frequent guest lectures provided by experts and by using state of the art simulation and planning methods as well as excursions to wind farms and into wind turbines. This programme lays the foundation for and opens the door into the wind power industry.
Critical thinking and skills in oral and written communication are equal elements of professional competence and important parts of the curriculum. These skills are practiced throughout the programme and applied in the thesis where you will independently conduct research.
During your studies you will meet industry representatives, researchers and expert teaching staff that contribute to the development of the field. You will also build a broad network of contacts, enabling you to establish links with potential future employers and for internships in the industry.
The programme began in 2010 and its alumni have taken key positions in the wind industry all over the world.
During the programme you can expect to:
learn planning, project development and management of wind farm projects
have close collaboration with industry representatives
combine technology and management from both natural and social science
Uppsala University Campus Gotland is a leader in wind power project management education. You will be able to enjoy everything the historic town of Visby and the island of Gotland has to offer. Located between the Swedish mainland and the Baltic States, the island has a unique character and a long history. Additionally, as a centre of early Swedish wind power development, Gotland is a great location to study the subject. The accessibility of the island is excellent as there are frequent flights and ferries between Gotland and Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
Student profile You have a background in social science (business, law, economics, finance, human geography or related), natural science (geography, chemistry, biology, environmental management or related) or engineering (mechanical, electrical, computer science or related) and have an interest in sustainability, wind power or renewable energy projects. The one year master is a great choice for you if you have been working since your previous studies and would like to use your previous experience while preparing for work within the wind energy industry or simply want to continue your studies.
You want an educational experience that also let you sharpen your presentation skills and give you an opportunity to apply your knowledge in realistic cases. Each and every student's background - cultural as well as academic - contributes to the diversity of the class making it into a truly international forum for discussions and debates.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about, but working right after graduation is your primary consideration.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (60 credits) with Wind Power Project Management as the main field of study.
The multidisciplinary programme is organised in a sequential path of thematic instruction in planning, project development and management of wind farm projects. Different aspects of these subjects are introduced at the beginning of the programme. As the programme is thematic you often study several aspects of wind power project development and management at the same time.
Semester 1 The autumn semester starts with a course in Wind Power Development and Management that provides the basic knowledge and skills in the field. This is followed by the courses Wind Resource Assessment, Planning for Wind Energy and Wind Turbine Technology, providing in depth knowledge in meteorology, planning and permitting wind resource assessment, environmental impact analysis (EIA), turbine technology and stakeholder management.
Semester 2 In the spring semester, you will learn about the integration of wind power in the electrical grid, in a project course conducting a feasibility study. The term concludes with an individual Master's thesis which can also be completed as a part of an internship.
The teaching in the programme combines active student participation with supervision of experienced lecturers. The teaching methods used in the Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management include lectures, seminars, group and project assignments, case studies, role playing, study visits, computational laboratories and individual work. Some teaching events have compulsory attendance. Since most of the learning activities are based on group work and projects, and the study pace is intense, it is essential that the student is active throughout the year. The programme is taught full-time at Campus Gotland and the student is expected to be based in Visby most of the semesters.
The size of the class promotes a welcoming atmosphere to exchange knowledge and good learning environment. Sweden operates under the Open Door policy, meaning you are welcome to approach your teacher with questions and enquiries outside the lecture time.
The language of teaching, instruction and literature is English.
All courses are created with a focus on the wind power industry and wind power research. During the programme on top of taught classes you will take part in a number of exercises designed to emulate the real life of work that takes place within a wind power project. Examples include: negotiation exercise, organising and holding stakeholder meetings, wind power project development simulation and steering committee meetings to name just a few. In project work you will have the chance to explore topics relevant to your background.
You will be able to learn and use industry specialist software such as WindPro together with modelling software WASP and apply this knowledge on a wind power project development simulation. In addition there are also opportunities of getting involved with other industry and research software depending on your interests.
During your studies you will be going on a number of field trips in which you will be visiting a working wind farm, learn about its construction from the project manager that was in charge of the project, perform a roughness analysis and visiting a wind turbine by climbing up into the nacelle to see first-hand the components that comprise a wind turbine. In addition you will benefit from a number of guest lecturers from industry representatives, researchers and experts, of which some are alumni of the programme. This is very beneficial as our alumni provide you with insights into the role of a project manager and discuss the knowledge they find particularly important in their professional lives.
This programme prepares you for global management positions across the wide spectrum of the wind energy industry. Actors within the field are for example, 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 job market for graduates is strongly international as the methods and issues are similar in different parts of the world. Cost reductions in technology as well as an increased motivation of actors to move towards greater sustainability after the Paris agreement in 2015 are causing a rapid development in the field of wind power. This means that the demand for competence is increasing internationally.
Graduates with prior wind power or other industry employment experience may re-enter the work force with advanced management skills which are qualifying for senior project management positions. Graduates from this programme seeking their first jobs in the wind industry will have demonstrable knowledge relevant to wind farm project development and management as well as community relations. This is a powerful combination and the demand for that type of expertise is expected to increase.
Besides employment in project management or project development positions, your professional career may also be in scientific or technical research and development, as a scientific and/or technical advisor, consultant or project leader. The programme can also prepare you for further PhD studies.
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.