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Building Technology, Master of Science (Technology)

Designing safe and healthy living environments in accordance with sustainable development.Building technology plays a significant role in the safety and healthiness of built environments. Balancing the global needs for energy efficiency and sustainability with the characteristics of a good living environment requires theoretical understanding, professional skills and a broad perspective.
Students at Aalto University's concrete materials laboratory.


Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

30 Nov 2023 – 2 Jan 2024

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Engineering

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies) Read more

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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.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English. More information and guidelines on the languages of the degree and instruction available in the university's website here.

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.

Master's Programme in Building Technology


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.

Career opportunities

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.

Research focus

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.

Get to know us

Sara Troberg at the Moynihan Station jobsite in New York

Sara Troberg

A master's degree in the field of construction took Sara Troberg from Otaniemi to New York.

Opiskelu Aallossa
Student James Roney cross-country skiing

Besides studying Building Technology, student James Roney plays pool at Aalto

Interest in living in Finland brought James Roney from USA to Aalto for his Master’s studies.

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Admission requirements

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:

Academic performance
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 ( 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.

Motivation letter

Gerhard Fink

Professor, programme director

Contact information

Gerhard Fink

Professor, Programme director

[email protected]

Katri Koistinen

Planning officer (content and studies of the programme)

[email protected]

Aalto University, Admission Services

For enquiries regarding the application process, obligatory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admission Services at

[email protected]

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