Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability - M.Sc. Degree in Technology


Master of Science (Technology).
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120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Technology and Engineering


2 years, full-time


An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Tuition fees & scholarships:

Yes, for non-EU citizens.
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Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
School of Engineering

Application period:

2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24

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The Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability combines business, architecture, built environment, design and real estate to help you learn how to create new sustainable solutions.

The Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability provides an international and multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, built environment, business and design. It allows students to study and develop solutions to global sustainability concerns such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty as well as social and economic inequality.

Global and local challenges call for multidisciplinary approaches and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. Creative Sustainability brings together students who are devoted to developing systemic solutions, working in multidisciplinary teams and challenging themselves with practical learning tasks. The studies provide opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines.

Creative Sustainability is a joint master’s degree programme organised by the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the School of Business and the School of Engineering. Students who enter the programme through the School of Engineering will graduate with degrees of Master of Science in Technology.

After entering Creative Sustainability through the School of Engineering, you will build the knowledge and skills required for enhancing your holistic understanding of different fields of real estate and water management, relevant stakeholders and the connections between them. You will be provided with tools of critical thinking, analysis and decision-making to take up sustainability-related challenges in the various projects and tasks of a versatile real estate industry.

Learning outcomes

Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.

Systems approach: Students learn to apply systemic thinking to problem solving and create new holistic understandings of complex situations and critical infrastructures in society. Our emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and the simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.

Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem solving methods and tools in facilitating dialogues, defining problems, generating ideas and obtaining solutions.

Sustainability management: Students learn to develop, support and manage sustainability initiatives for the society at large, for business purposes and for the needs of other organisations. Students also gain understanding of the ways in which different organisational forms and work practices support the pursuit of sustainability.

Project management: Students learn to manage multidisciplinary teamwork and to promote sustainability in culturally versatile organisational environments.

After completing your degree in Creative Sustainability at the School of Engineering, you will be able to:

  • understand the nature of the real estate industry and the stakeholders involved.
  • gain capabilities to develop holistic solutions in the context of the built environment.
  • learn how to integrate analytical and systemic thinking for solving critical problems that need to be addressed in the field of built environment.
  • learn the practical application of engineering tools in a versatile real estate sector and urban environment and the way in which these can be used in addressing sustainability challenges.
  • work collaboratively and in multidisciplinary teams to develop creative solutions for promoting further integration of sustainability to versatile real estate disciplines.

Educational content

Studies in Creative Sustainability consist of classroom lessons, group assignments, workshops, practical projects and a thesis. Courses are focused on developing professional skills in sustainable product and service design, while project topics vary from material innovation to enhancement of social sustainability. Courses and projects are also carried out within the topics of our partner organisations, e.g. private companies, NGOs or other associations or public organisations.

The two-year major consists of 120 ECTS composed of compulsory studies in the School of Engineering, compulsory Creative Sustainability studies, elective studies and the master’s thesis. The curriculum is based on your personal study plan, in which you may also include studies completed at other universities or other modules from Aalto University. Our pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based learning and a strong connection to practical outcomes. You can find more information about course offerings at the programme website.


Structure of studies in the Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (Master of Science in Technology).

Career prospects

Creative Sustainability prepares you to work as a sustainability experts in organisations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. These include the private and public sectors as well as a wide range of NGOs. You can develop expertise in different professional profiles, ranging from research skills to the practical skills of management, leadership and design in different environments.

The studies we offer in real estate and water management provide you with the abilities to work in expert, planning or management tasks, both in private and public sector. Graduates will typically find employment in the following areas: real estate consultancy, real estate sustainability assessment, urban planning, environmental engineering, real estate management, water management, policy-making and research.


Professional identities of Creative Sustainability students


Aalto University's student selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) conducted by Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the school's programme-specific academic evaluation. The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:

  • University or Higher Education Institution
  • Degree and relevance of studies
  • Academic study performance
  • Motivation and commitment to the programme (Motivation letter)


Contact information

Mikko Jalas
mikko.jalas [at] aalto [dot] fi
Programme Director

Naoko Nakagawa
naoko.nakagawa [at] aalto [dot] fi
Programme Coordinator

Kauko Viitanen
kauko.viitanen [at] aalto [dot] fi
Professor in charge (Creative Sustainability in Real Estate)

Saija Toivonen
saija.toivonen [at] aalto [dot] fi
University Lecturer (Creative Sustainability in Real Estate)

For enquiries regarding the application process, please contact admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi

For enquiries regarding the content of the programme and studies, please contact masters-eng [at] aalto [dot] fi (

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