Solar Energy Studies and Research

Education and research in the field of Solar Energy Engineering have a long and proud history at Dalarna University.

For over 30 years, the University has been conducting research in the field of Solar Energy, and since 1999 the European Solar Energy School (ESES) has offered master's programmes in Solar Energy Engineering to students from all over the world.


Dalarna University offers students the choice of taking a one- or two-year master's programme in solar energy engineering.

The One-Year Master's Programme in Solar Energy Engineering (60 credits) focuses on the needs of the solar industry, and provides you with the essential knowledge and hands-on skills necessary for this professional field. Core courses are in photovoltaics and solar thermal systems, as well as economics with a solary energy focus. The programme concludes with a thesis (15 credits).

The Two-Year Master's Programme in Solar Energy Engineering (120 credits) builds on the core courses of the one-year programme and extends them with a number of advanced-level topics in solar engineering. These will broaden your perspective regarding the role of solar energy in local, national, and global energy systems. The programme delivers sound knowledge of solar energy systems that will serve as a solid foundation for your future academic career. The programme concludes with the writing of a thesis over the course of one semester, often conducted in collaboration with industry.

In addition, if you are coming from the construction industry and are interested in passive solar design and energy efficiency in buildings, we invite you to visit this webpage: One-Year Master's Programme in Energy Efficient Built Environment (60 credits).


The Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) was established at Dalarna University in 1984 and has developed from specialising in solar thermal technology to specialising in complete energy systems. The research is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, and is conducted in collaboration with various corporations and government organisations.

To learn more about our ongoing research, visit our webpages: Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) and Energy and Built Environment.


For more information about the Solar Energy Engineering master's programmes and the research being conducted by SERC, please contact Emmanouil Psimopoulos:

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