Building Technology, Master of Science (Technology)
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The Master's Programme in Building Technology deals with the design, construction, use and maintenance of structures such as buildings and bridges. The programme's four main fields are structural engineering, building performance, construction management and mineral-based materials. Within these fields you may choose to focus in topics such as indoor air quality, timber structures, fire safety engineering, and structural mechanics.
Since 2018, we offer a dedicated group of courses under the title Structures and architecture, thus providing a unique possibility for integrating engineering and design studies.
During your studies you will also develop working life skills, such as analytical and critical thinking, multidisciplinary collaboration and communication. Professional ethics and social and environmental responsibility are an integral part of the education.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Aalto University’s tuition fee for master’s programmes taught in English is 15 000 euros per academic year. Tuition fees apply to citizens of countries other than those of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Aalto University has a scholarship programme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. The scholarship may cover 100% or 50% of the tuition fee.
More information on tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available at the Scholarships and Tuition Fees webpage.
Structure of studies
The Master of Science (Technology) degree is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme includes six courses (totalling 30 cr) of common core studies which are studied mainly during first autumn term . After these, students can specialise in a certain field of building technology.
Technical knowledge will be deepened through six choices (30 cr) from the packages of advanced courses offered by the study programme. The synthesis or specialisation of the studies can be further strengthened through 30 cr of elective studies, which may include the courses offered by the study programme or other courses within Aalto University. The programme concludes with a master's thesis of 30 cr, which is prepared individually.
More information on the programme content and curriculum can be found in the Student guide.
In order to guide the studies, study paths have been prepared, i.e. suggestions on how to choose a meaningful set of courses for a certain specialization. Some study paths are designed to meet certain professional qualifications within building technology. However, study paths are only suggestions and students are encouraged to plan their own study path primarily on the basis of their own interests and goals.
Students from all over the world may apply for the programme. As the education in the programme is in English, it also trains students for the international job market and work in international companies or large building projects nationally
Further study opportunities
The programme gives a good basis for lifelong learning and doctoral studies in the specific fields of building technology.
Completing the programme gives you the knowledge and skills for a career in industry, research, education or governmental bodies. Career paths of our graduates typically lead to expert or management positions.
Civil engineers are needed for a multitude of tasks in building and maintaining structures, creating a natural demand for building technology experts. Fresh graduates typically work in design, construction, project management or research. As you progress on your career path, your duties may shift to those of an advisor, administrator or senior researcher.
If not self-employed, a civil engineer may find employment in a variety of organisations: Finnish and international construction businesses as well as building materials industries. In the public sector, building technology professionals are employed in public administration, environmental organisations and even institutions such as the United Nations.
At the Department of Civil Engineering, research is directed at e.g. to the following themes: mineral-based materials, mechanics, structural design, concrete technology, timber structures, steel structures, bridge construction, building physics, construction management, fire safety, indoor air quality, energy efficient buildings.
Co-operation with other parties
Many courses are offered in collaboration with other programmes , companies and other organizations.
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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 2023:
What is evaluated: Grades of the previous degree/CGPA
Admission requirements: Grades need to mainly very good or excellent
Evaluated documents: Transcript of records
Relevance of previous studies
What is evaluated: Contents and scope of previous studies compared to demands/contents of study option applied to
What we look for in an applicant: Contents suit very well or excellent to the study option. We look especially the field of the previous degree, and quantity and degrees of studies in math, mechanics and dynamics.
Evaluated documents: Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)
Recognition and quality of institution
What is evaluated: Recognition and quality of the applicant's previous institution
Admission requirements: Recognized for high quality of education and research
Method of demonstrating competence: International and national rankings of higher education institutions
What is evaluated: Suitability of programme for applicant
What we look for in an applicant? Applicant’s further applicability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies
Evaluated documents: Motivation letter and Curriculum vitae
Study-option-specific documents requested
The documents requested from all applicants are listed here (https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes). In addition, applicants to the Building technology programme are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:
● Motivation letter*
The motivation letter should be written in English. The maximum length of the motivation letter
is about 4000 characters.
● Curriculum Vitae (CV)*
*The lack of this document will adversely affect the evaluation of the application.
Master’s Admissions at the School of Engineering 2023
The motivation letter is an important part of your application. It gives you an opportunity to present relevant pieces of information that cannot be provided elsewhere in the application.
Examples of questions to consider when writing the motivation letter:
- Why are you applying for the master’s programme in question?
- What do you expect to gain from studies in the master’s programme?
- Why do you think you are the right person for this master’s programme?
- How will your previous education, work experience, knowledge and skills support your success in your master’s degree studies?
- Describe your professional goals. How do you think the master’s programme you are applying for would support the development of your professional profile?
- In which sector would you like to work in the future? What kind of career are you planning?
- Why do you want to study at Aalto University and in Finland?
Professor, Programme director
Planning officer (content and studies of the programme)
Aalto University, Admission Services
For enquiries regarding the application process, obligatory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admission Services at