Nordic Master Programme in Environmental Engineering


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.

Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Engineering

Application period:

2015-12-01 - 2016-01-15

Publication of Results:


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Environmental Technologies and Green Engineering are amongst the fastest growing markets in the world, and there is increasing demand for innovative solutions and many new graduates. The eNviro5Tech joint MSc degree addresses this demand by pooling resources to create the most comprehensive degree in Environmental Engineering in the world.

The eNviro5Tech MSc is offered by the Nordic Five Tech, a strategic alliance of the five strongest technical universities in the Nordic region, with partners in Denmark (DTU), Sweden (KTH, Chalmers University of Technology), Norway (NTNU) and Finland (Aalto University). The program involves a set of 5 predefined study tracks leading to double degrees in Environmental Engineering.

How to apply to the eNviro5Tech at Aalto University.
Online application is open 1 Dec 2015 - 15 Jan 2016.


Study programme


The eNviro5Tech Nordic Master´s program is in the subject area of Environmental Engineering and Technology. The program has two foci: (i) understanding and sustainable management of impacts on the environment caused by human activities and (ii) the development of new technologies to address environmental challenges.

It addresses some of the most pressing current political issues such as climate change, sustainable generation of energy, management and renewal of aging urban infrastructure, provision of safe drinking water and contaminated land and waste management. Environmental Engineering is an interdisciplinary science, bridging all the sciences and placing them in a social, economic and legal context. Within the discipline, there are areas of specialization, or small subject areas. Your education will include lectures, seminars and a large amount of project work. In many courses the learning approach is problem-based learning (PBL), which is characterized by using real life situations and group work as a starting point for learning, and the students' own responsibility for obtaining knowledge.

Structure of studies

Study Track

Partner university (1. Year)

Lead university (2. Year)

Residual Resources



Environmental Management



Urban Water



Risk Assessment



Water Resources managment. NEW Track!




Programme-specific requirements

Admission requirements

In order to apply for the Nordic Master programme in Environmental Engineering (eNviro5Tech), you must fulfill a number of requirements. The requirements apply to all applicants for the programme regardless of where you decide to submit your application.

Degree Requirements:

  • A BSc degree corresponding to a minimum 180 ECTS credits in:
    • Civil or Environmental Engineering or other relevant degree
  • The applicant’s qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and physics, and applicants must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements:
    • Mathematics: 20 ECTS, including linear algebra, calculus and differential equations.

    • Physics: 10 ECTS.
    • Applicants with a Polytechnic (FI), Högskoleingeniör (SE) and Diplomingeniør (DK) degree may be expected to do extra course work to qualify for the programme.

In addition, a background in chemistry (a minimum of 5 ECTS) is required.

English language requirements:
When applying for admission, you must provide evidence of your academic achievements and proficiency in English. Certified photocopies of relevant documents must be enclosed with the application.  

  • TOEFL:
    Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4,5)
    Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22) 
  • IELTS: 6.5, no section lower than 5.5 (only IELTS Academic Training accepted).

English language test exemptions:  

  1. Applicants who have completed a higher education degree and the requisite studies in an English-language programme requiring a physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States.
  2. Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year degree instructed in English in an EU/EEA country.
  3. Applicants with upper secondary education and a Bachelor’s degree (issued or ongoing if the applicant is currently enrolled in the last semester) from a Nordic country shall provide proof of English proficiency, for example by providing transcripts from their upper secondary education.

Evaluation criteria



All applications are academically evaluated by the consortium partner universities. For candidates fulfilling the above requirements, the ranking of students is done on the basis of student’s academic achievements. Admission is based on a joint decision by the admission board of the consortium.


Required application documents

You must apply directly to the university where you wish to study for the first year of your chosen study track. This means that you need to consider your choice very carefully, as you cannot subsequently apply to spend your first year at one of the other universities within the consortium.

Admission is handled locally, but with common admission requirements and screening criteria.

Documents to be sent

Please include these documents in your application:

  • Application form (print it and sign it after you have submitted it online)
  • A high-level BSc or a MSc degree in a relevant subject (a certified copy)
  • Academic transcript of your BSc degree or MSc degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two academic letters of reference in English (originals or certified copies)
  • A copy of your passport (a normal photocopy is sufficient)
  • IELTS or TOEFL with the required score (instructions for submitting the language test scores)
  • Documentation of relevant work experience (optional)

Please note that a motivation letter is part of the application form: you can prepare it in advance (max. 4000 characters) and copy-paste it directly to the online form.

If the degree has been awarded by a higher education institution in Finland, the copies of study certificates must be certified either by the issuing institution or by two competent witnesses / unbiased signatories. The copies must be made of the original, official documents and copies of copies will not be accepted.  If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page of the copy must carry the signature, name of the signatory/signatories and date. The signatories must see the original document and the copy of it side by side. By signing they certify that the copy is an unaltered copy of the original document.

If the degree has been awarded by a higher education institution outside Finland, the copies of study certificates must be certified by the issuing institution or by a notary public. The copies must be made of the original, official documents and copies of copies will not be accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page must be certified separately and indicate clearly the date and the original signature, printed name and stamp of the certifying officer. The mere mention of the official copy (eg. stamp "True copy") is not enough. Please also see the country-specific requirements.

Application Steps and Instructions

The online application form opens on 1st December 2015 and closes 15th January 2016. The paper application and all its enclosures must be received by the Admission Services no later than 15 January 2016 at 15.00 (GMT + 2:00 hours). Late applications will not be considered.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Currently, for the 2016 intake, there are no application nor tuition fees for this programme in Aalto University.

Aalto University Student Union, AYY, has a membership fee (114 €) which is obligatory for the degree students but includes many benefits (health care, services, discounts etc..)

Currently DTU, KTH and Chalmers charges fees from non-EU/EEA students. Some universities also charge an application fee and some have a compulsory student union fee. Please read more at the individual universities webpage:


Selection schedule

The online application is open only during the application period, 1 December 2015 to 15th January 2016. See the here. The paper application and all its enclosures must be received by the Admission Services no later than 15 January 2016 at 15:00 (GMT + 2:00 hours). Late applications will not be considered.

Final selection decisions will be made by N5T consortium universities during the week 10 and the results will be published in March 2016.

Contact information

Academic issues: Professor Riku Vahala, riku.vahala [at] aalto [dot] fi

Administrative issues: Planning officer Börje Helenius, borje.helenius [at] aalto [dot] fi

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