Master's Programme in Structural 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.
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Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Engineering

Organising department/s:

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Application period:

2014-12-15 - 2015-01-30

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The Master’s Programme in Structural Engineering provides students with a solid knowledge of the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads and actions. The programme includes also courses of building physics, ageing management of structures, construction economics and management as well as building materials technology and building services technology.

The target of the studies is to offer a robust theoretical basis for the practical needs of working life. Studies consist of lectures, exercises as well as laboratory experiments, which may partly be carried out as projects and seminars training students to industrial applications and working practices.

The need of civil engineering is unquestionable for a human society. The world without load-bearing civil structures such as buildings and bridges is not evident in the foreseeable future. As population is growing rather than decreasing, the renovation of existing structures and construction of new buildings offer interesting challenges also for new generations of civil engineers specialized in structural engineering.

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Evaluation criteria

In the academic evaluation candidates’ academic qualifications are assessed. Admission to the programme is granted on a competitive basis, and the candidates are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the previous university degree
  • Relevance of the previous degree studies
  • Study success
  • Motivation and commitment to the programme motivationletter2015.pdf

The suitability of previous academic studies with relation to the programme applied is evaluated. The aim is to select students whose academic background is suitable for starting the Master’s programme in Structural Engineering with minimum amount of supplementary studies. The previous university degree can be for example a BSc in Civil Engineering with orientation to structural engineering.

The academic study performance is evaluated using the candidate’s cumulative GPA in the degree based on which the candidate is applying. Additionally, study success in the key subjects and/or BSc thesis related to the programme are considered.

The candidates will be ranked based on the academic evaluation criteria and listed in order for selection.

Complementary studies

The university may require an admitted student to pursue supplementary studies (max. 60 credits) to gain the knowledge and skills required for the master’s programme studies. The supplementary studies provide the student with the prerequisite knowledge for the master’s programme and are not counted towards the degree of Master of Science (Technology). The contents of the supplementary studies are defined for each student no later than at the start of his/her studies.

Required application documents

The applicants for master's programmes should fill in an application form on the Aalto University online application system ( The application form is available only during the application period. Before filling in the online application form or submitting any documents, please read the admission requirements and instructions carefully.

Applicants use the online application system to follow the status of their application and see the arrival of their documents. The online system is used throughout the whole application process. Also the final admission results will be published via the online application system. Aalto University does not charge application fees.

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In addition to the compulsory application documents, the candidates are asked to provide a letter of recommendation, preferably from an academic from the candidate's previous institution.

Selection schedule

  • The next application period runs from 15 December to 30 January 2015.
  • All required documents must be received by the Aalto University Admissions Services by 30 January 2015 at 15.00 (GMT +2:00).
  •  The eligible applications are evaluated in the programmes during late March and April
  • The selection results will be published on 7 April at the earliest. 
  • Studies begin in late August - early September 2015.

Contact information


Professor Jari Puttonen
Head of the Programme
jari.puttonen [at] aalto [dot] fi


Planning Officer Seppo Hänninen, Studies
seppo.hanninen [at] aalto [dot] fi

General questions regarding applying:
admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi

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