Advanced Energy Solutions - Sustainable Energy Systems and Markets
Master of Science (Technology).
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.
Language of Instruction:
2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24
Publication of Results:
Interested in a career in energy in our society? Want to be involved in the development of rapidly-changing, future energy systems?
Master Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions may be the perfect match for you.
Energy is the biggest challenge of mankind. It is the basic prerequisite of any industrial activities, necessity for the functioning of human communities and, due to fertilizers and agricultural machines, the necessary requirement for food production. As the population grows and living standard of people around the world gets higher, also the demand of energy is drastically increased. At the same time, our planet is colliding with its limits. The climate change is accelerated, which compels us to cut carbon dioxide emissions drastically. Raw materials are depleted, which makes us to renew our industrial base and to develop the recycling economy.
To meet the above challenges, today, around the world, there is a radical transition towards sustainable energy, which combines smartness, flexibility and environmental performance with customer acceptance and engagement. New energy system will be a complex combination of central and local resources, including production, storages and new, efficient and flexible loads. This calls for new thinking of primary energy sources, energy production, energy markets, energy transmission, energy use and customers as producer-consumers (prosumers). To enable this transition, a multi-disciplinary approach is needed that combines several views of the energy system through the whole chain from primary energy resources till efficient energy use. Key factors in the implementation of sustainable energy future are digitalization, new thinking in the energy markets and conversion of passive energy users to active prosumers. In the energy demand side, a massive transformation is being made towards intelligent and energy efficient buildings and communities as well as intelligent and electrified transportation.
The purpose of this Master´s programme is to educate a new generation of people to face these vast challenges and to implement the radical changes needed in our societies. The students graduating will be provided with a solid basic understanding of energy sources, energy utilization and energy systems, with the specialization of some key area of development needed for our sustainable energy future.
The Master of Science (Technology) degree is 120 ECTS credits. The degree consists of major studies, the master´s thesis and elective studies. The structure of the programme is the following:
Major studies (65 cr) consists of
- 15 cr of common studies shared by all majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions programme
- 15 cr of major-specific common studies
- 35 cr of advanced studies.
Common courses give the student a basic understanding of the field. Specialisation is built mainly through advanced studies, where students may choose courses from different topic groups.
Elective studies (25 cr) are chosen entirely by the student. The master’s thesis (30 cr) concludes the degree.
Study Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems and Markets major
Reliable and affordable energy system is the basic requirement of a modern society. Today, the energy systems face challenges with the flexible integration of different energy forms (power, heat, fuels) and with the increasing complexity of the systems due to distributed power generation and emergence of active produces-customers, i.e. prosumers. Integrating intermittent renewable sources, like solar, wind and wave energy, into the energy system is one of the main challenges of our sustainable future. This major offers the basic understanding of the energy systems, the main challenges faced by our energy solutions today and possible ways towards the sustainable future.
The major offers a firm theoretical base as well as practical tools and skills needed by engineers working on the field of energy systems. In order to prepare students for understanding complex and multidisciplinary problems of the field, the major is designed to be flexible. Courses include theoretical considerations, experimental work, industrial applications, and first-hand experience. The major prepares students for current and future challenges faced by energy companies, manufacturing industry, consulting companies and society. Students are well-prepared to pursue doctoral studies. Upon completion of the Major, the student will be able to:
- Understand the fundamentals of energy systems
- Have holistic view which enables analyzing complex dependencies in vast energy systems
- Optimize and develop the energy systems, taking into account different energy forms
- Understand the role of various parties in energy markets
- Develop applications for energy efficiency and sustainability
- Analyze and evaluate existing and future challenges in the field of energy systems
The course list on the Sustainable Energy Systems and Markets is available here.
The following background knowledge is required for major “Sustainable Energy Systems and Markets”. This knowledge is typically obtained by studying a Bachelor degree at a research university with Energy Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Automation, Control Engineering or Natural Sciences as Physics or Mathematics as a major subject.
Required background subjects:
- programming skills
- physics and mathematics
- project and team work
- technical writing
For applicants whose previous degree is in a subject other than Energy Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Automation or Control Engineering, it is critical to demonstrate the knowledge of the above areas in the application.
The following academic evaluation criteria applies to this major:
- Degree and institution of higher education
- Relevancy of studies
- Academic performance
Academic evaluation happens in two phases:
- In the first phase, the applicant’s degree that is used as grounds for the application and the related institution of higher education are evaluated. The applicant’s academic performance is evaluated, while any of the applicant’s other education that is attached to the application may also be evaluated. Criteria used to evaluate academic performance may include the time taken to complete the degree as well as the date of the degree’s completion.
- In the second phase, the acceptable applicants are ranked. A number of eligible applicants no greater than the allotted quota are admitted based on the academic evaluation. The most important criteria are the applicability of previous studies and academic performance in studies relevant to the study option.
Students chosen to the programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. The admission letter will provide information on any such requirements. The complementary studies cannot be included in the Master's degree but will be required for graduation. The aim is to admit only those applicants who have the required competence to begin studies without any supplementary studies.
The student is capable of acting as an expert of in at least one of the following, depending on the chosen major: new power and energy systems and markets, advanced energy and power production technologies, building and communal energy design and use, bioenergy or industrial energy processes.
Typical employers are energy companies, energy-intensive industries, engineering and consultant companies as well as universities and research institutes. The graduates will able to apply novel, adaptive and socially intelligent thinking and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration with well-trained project management skills for entrepreneurship initiatives concerning energy solutions.
For enquiries regarding the application process, please contact: admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi
For inquiries on the content of programme and studies, please contact: masters-elec [at] aalto [dot] fi