In a nutshell
|Who can apply?
||Anyone with a suitable Bachelor’s degree in design, business administration, economics or chemical engineering.
|How long do I study?
||It takes two years to complete the master’s degree.
|How many credits are required?
||You are expected to complete 120 ECTS credits according to the degree requirements of your school at Aalto. See the structure of studies for your particular background here.
|Which degree will I receive?
||You will graduate with a Master of Arts, Master of Science in Technology or Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree, depending on the route you take.
Why Study Sustainability?
The major development challenges of sustainability include the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and other ecological issues as well as global poverty, social and economic inequality, population growth and demographic changes. The global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios increasingly require a multidisciplinary approach as well as education that can address the linkages between the environmental, the economic and the socio-cultural aspects. Higher education and research have thus become essential to the search for sustainable solutions in society.
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability
The Master´s Degree Programme in Creative Sustainability brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams, increasing their understanding of different disciplines, design thinking and enabling holistic, systems thinking approaches to solving wicked problems. This activates students to create new sustainable solutions for the human, urban, industrial and business environments. The pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based and blended learning as well as strong connections to practical outcomes.
Beyond multidisciplinarity, a response to the environmental, social and economic challenges also requires cross-cultural understanding and cooperation on a global level. The Creative Sustainability programme is a learning environment that is genuinely international: to date it has been the programme of choice for students of 54 different countries from all over the world. Thanks to this fact, the CS learning experience takes place in a diverse, like-minded supportive group of highly motivated students and faculty.
Creative Sustainability studies prepare students to work as sustainability experts in organisations with a strategic view of the transformation towards sustainability. These include the private and public sectors as well as a wide range of NGOs.
Studies in Creative Sustainability develop capabilities to embed systemic sustainability and design thinking into a variety of careers and positions. These skills are increasingly appreciated in the current job markets.
CS graduates work as experts for leading consultancy companies, they are involved in planning, developing and maintaining the infrastructure of cities and municipalities, they participate in sustainability research development supported by governmental innovation funds, advance solutions for societal problems through working at NGOs and think-tanks, and aspire to change the world by establishing their own sustainability-oriented enterprises.
Some of the positions of recent CS graduates include: Designer for Social Innovation, Architect, Sustainability Consultant, Designer, CEO, Entrepreneur, Analyst and Developer of Circular Waste Services, Designer for Government, Research Assistant, Project Coordinator.