MSc in Energy System Planning and Management

MSc in Energy System Planning and Management

2 years

M.Sc. Engineering in Energy System Planning and Management is a a two years (4-semester). This masters program is offered under the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Central Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. 

This master program is designed to give students a focused, relevant and utilizable body of knowledge in energy system planning and policy making suitable for people with an interest in starting and managing energy related projects. Graduates from the program will be prepared to work for government and non-governmental institutions, international organizations, corporations/industries and entrepreneurial firms in the knowledge economy with capabilities to plan, manage and formulate energy related policies.

Institute of Engineering (IOE) Pulchowk Campus enrolls 20 students each year in Master of Science (M.Sc) in Energy System Planning and Management.


Salient Features

Credit System

The course curriculum is organized in the overall framework of Credit System. Each course has a certain number of credits which indicates the weightage. The number of credits depends on the contact hours for the course and its work load. Course with one credit weightage will have 15 lecture hours in a semester. The tutorial consulting and assessment hours will vary depending on the nature of the course. The total Credit for the master's program is 60 credits.

Evaluation System

The evaluation system is based on the continuous assessment by the course teacher and the final examination. The students have to pass individually in the assessment as well as the final examination. The minimum pass marks for the assessment and final examination is 50%.

The percentage is calculated from the following criterion:

Total percentage = Total credit x Marks Obtained / Total credit

Depending upon the total percentage of the marks obtained, the following division shall be awarded:

Percentage Division
>=50% Pass
50 – <65% II
65 – <80% I
80 and above Distinction

Course Code

Each course is identified by a code. Each course will have a three digit number with a prefix set of two capital letters. The prefix letters stands for the department offering the course (for example, ME signifies Department of Mechanical Engineering). In the three number central digits, the first digit denotes the level in which the course is offered. For example, the digit 8 and 9 indicate the first and second year respectively of the Master's level course. The second digit is used to designate the semester. The second digits from 1 to 50 are used for the course offered in the first and third semesters and 51 to 100 for the courses offered in the second and fourth semesters respectively.

Instructional Methods

Conventional lectures and seminars in the taught course components (core and elective courses) of the program are reinforced by other approaches to teaching and learning process:

• the use of case studies (video and text-based) to highlight key issues and management practices• training by using electronic sources• training in team work, group work, presentations and project management.

Each course is coordinated by a member of the faculty or the visiting faculty from outside who is expert in a given subject. The course faculty has the full responsibility for the conduction of the particular course. The courses comprise of lectures tutorials, laboratory works, group discussions and project works if applicable. The course contents are designed in such a way that considerable self-learning efforts should be used by the students.

Each student will be assigned a counselor. The main function of the counselor will be to guide the students throughout the 2- Year program.


Students must register for their course every semester. They must seriously attempt to complete the masters' program in 2 years. In all the four semesters, a total of 44 credits will be offered which will consist of core and elective courses. The credits for the thesis will be 16. The total credit for the complete program is 60.


In order to be eligible for admission for Master of Science Engineering in Energy System Planning and Management (MS-ESPM), a candidate must have:

  • A Bachelors' Degree from a Four Year Engineering Program in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Computer, Civil, Agriculture and Industrial Engineering or Five Year Program in Architecture from Tribhuvan University and other recognized universities as well as degree equivalent to any of the aforementioned branches of engineering.
  • Secure at least a minimum score as prescribed by the Faculty Board in the admission test conducted by the Institute of Engineering.

Admission Criteria

The candidate willing to appear in the entrance examination to get enrollment into the M.Sc. program should fill and submit the Application Form online within the deadline prescribed by the Entrance Exam Board. Application forms will be available in the websites: or The application procedures are as follows:

1. The candidate should deposit required amount as an application fee for entrance examination in Account No mentioned in the notice by submitting a specially prepared voucher often by filling applicant's name and date of birth in it. The voucher No. indicated in the voucher needs to be specified in the online application form.

2. The candidate must select the appropriate entrance stream.

3. The candidate should fill up the other required fields in the form without skipping any steps.

4. The candidate also needs to upload his/her color photograph of prescribed specification and one of the following identification documents.

  • Citizenship certificate
  • Passport
  • Last exam admit card

If any change has to be done on the submitted information in application form, candidate has to pay extra fee to edit six or less number of normal text fields. For name, photo or ID document correction, he/she has to pay more amounts at ICTC and submit a letter of request for correction with the payment voucher

Seat/Quota distribution for M.Sc Program

Total Intake

Regular Merit

IOE Reserved

Full Fee







  1. One seat in regular category and One seat in full fee category are reserved for female candidates in each program
  2. One seat is reserved for IOE faculty. For IOE Reserved Quota, priority will be given to permanent IOE faculty. If there are no applicants from permanent IOE faculty, then priority will be given to faculties who have completed 5 years as a contract faculty. If there is no applicant in IOE reserve quota, it is added to Full Fee Seat. 1/4th of the sponsored quota is reserved for the Foreign students.
  3. Priority for the sponsored quota will be as follows:
    1. 1st Priority: Candidates from government offices & Government Owned Organizations or Companies
    2. 2nd Priority: Other Organizations
  4. If applications are not received in sponsored/foreign category, then the seat will be fulfilled as full fee category.

Curricular Structure

This Master Course focuses on the planning, designing, policy making and management of energy systems and formulating strategies. The program is structured with an objective to produce graduates who will have in-depth knowledge of energy system planning, analysis and formulating strategies so that they have capability to accept both technical and management responsibilities. An important influence is real life problem based learning including case studies and problem solving with quantitative and qualitative models including commercial modeling software.

First Semester Courses



Research Methodology (4 credits)

Core General Course


Operation Research/Management Science

Core Management Course



Core Technology Course


Energy Resources

Core Energy Course



Second Semester Courses



Energy/Economics and System Planning

Core Energy Planning Course


Energy Financial Management

Core Management Course


Elective I

Core Management Course


Elective II



Third Semester Courses



Elective III


Elective IV


Group Projects



Fourth Semester Course

Thesis/Dissertation Course

  • 1. Total Credit = 60 Credits.
  • 2. Course work , directed study and projects = 44 Credits
  • 3. Dissertation = 16 Credits
  • 4. Depending on the interest of students only 2 electives are offered in each term. Minimum number of students in each elective should be 6.

Core and elective courses

The course consists of two types of courses: the Core Courses which deal with the fundamental theory and the Elective Courses which deal with the specific details of the course.

Similarly, conferences and seminars are organized time to time to make students abreast with the current happenings in energy world. Also students are encouraged to participate in various national and international conferences.

The core courses of the Energy System Planning and Management program focuses on the fundamentals of energy systems planning, analysis, modeling and management. Elective courses chosen will enable students to focus their courses to their technical interests and to specific topics in power plant technology, energy generation, transmission, distribution, control systems, energy economics and management. In addition, required project works will provide hands-on real world experience.

Group project work

The purpose of the group project in second year, second semester is to provide an opportunity for the group of students to investigate, analyze and to provide possible solution to an existing energy related problems. The group project must be completed in the allocated term. The group project may be done in small group normally two to three students per group.

Dissertation/Masters Thesis

The main objective of Master's Degree Dissertation is to carry out original research work concerning energy related problems and solve those problems. Students are encouraged to publish articles in national and international journals.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for the Master of Science in Energy System Planning and Management, the student must satisfactorily complete the program consisting of course work, directed study, group projects of 44 credits and an individual thesis of 16 credits.