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Energy Conversion Processes - Advanced Energy Solutions, Master of Science (Technology)

The share of wind and solar energy is continuously increasing. In Finland, the relative share of wind power has increased from 0 to 12% during the past decade. Efficient energy systems also require reliable energy storage. The Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions is an excellent place to start shaping the energy system of tomorrow.
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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 Advanced Energy Solutions is divided into four majors. Each major shares the same theoretical foundation, which is then built upon in multidisciplinary courses to broaden and deepen your understanding of the energy challenges facing our society.

The Energy Conversion Processes major focuses on both the background physical and chemical phenomena – such as heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid flows – as well as energy conversion systems as whole. Major offers students the skills needed in designing future power plant processes, developing waste and biomass conversion systems, designing wind parks and energy storage systems, just to mention some practical examples. Energy conversion is a cornerstone to sustainable energy consumption and a cleaner planet!

The other majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions programme are:

  • Industrial Energy Processes
  • Energy in Buildings and Built Environment
  • Energy Systems and Markets

Language of instruction

Language of instruction is English. The language of instruction is English. More information and guidelines on the languages of the degree and instruction at Aalto University available 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

Master of Science (Technology) degree is 120 ECTS credits. The degree consists of major studies, master´s thesis and elective studies.

Major studies (66 cr) consists of

  • 16 cr of common studies shared by all majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions programme
  • 20 cr of major-specific common studies
  • 30 cr advanced studies

The main purpose of the programme common module is to give the same starting point for all students regardless their previous back ground. Major common courses give the student a basic understanding of the field. Specialization is built mainly through advanced studies, where students may choose courses from different topic groups. Topic groups within the Energy Conversion Processes major are Conversion and Storage, Methods, and Systems and Technologies

The elective studies 24 cr can be totally freely selected, or they can constitute a minor subject, according to the student’s preference. Master´s thesis of 30 cr then concludes the degree.

More information on the programme content and curriculum can be found in the Student guide.

Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions


Topic groups within the Energy Conversion Processes major are Conversion and Storage, Methods, and Systems and Technologies.


The study environment in the Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. Students are actively encouraged to spend a semester abroad, studying at one of the top-tier international partner universities of Aalto University.

Furthermore, a student of Aalto University has many other opportunities to make their studies more international, such as:

  • by studying on a summer course or a school abroad
  • by completing an internship abroad
  • by studying new languages and intercultural communication
  • by acting as a international tutor (kv-ISO) for exchange students at Aalto University and by taking part in the AYY Student Guilds' international activities
  • by doing their thesis at a university abroad
  • by completing courses from the Unite! -alliance universities via virtual exchange (Unite!).

Further study opportunities

The Master’s programme in Advanced Energy Solutions at Aalto is considered as a great foundation for doctoral studies. More information available here.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme can serve as experts in at least one of the following areas: renewable energy, energy conversion technologies, bioenergy or computational energy technology. Our graduates are also well equipped to pursue doctoral studies.

Typical employers include energy companies, R&D departments of energy industries, engineering and consulting companies as well as research institutes. Graduates will be able to apply innovative, adaptive and socially intelligent thinking skills to their work. Also, they have the ability for multidisciplinary collaboration with a variety of industry actors and stakeholders.

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Johannes Tervo works with defending world's carrying capacity

Alumnus Johannes Tervo is heading partnerships at The Upright Project. He studied his master’s in Advanced Energy Solutions Energy Conversion Processes, which helped him to understand how the world works and solve problems by applying first principle thinking with the help of math and physics.

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Research focus

The students in the Energy Conversion Processes major interact with researchers investigating, among other topics, hydrogen production, computational fluid dynamics, energy storage, synthetic fuels, biofuels, and carbon capture tecnologies.

Co-operation with other parties

Aalto University and the departments involved in the programme collaborate with many high-quality universities world-wide. Students typically work for an industry partner for their MSc thesis. The programme offers the Advanced Energy Project Course (AAE-E3000) where students practice consulting skills through solving an industry related problem.

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Admission requirements 2024

The applicants are first evaluated based on Aalto’s general eligibility requirements ( Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated according to the evaluation criteria below.

Firstly, the applications are evaluated based on the following (critical) criteria.

  • Academic performance
  • Relevance of previous studies
  • Suitability

Only the applications who fulfill the requirements for these criteria will be evaluated against the full set of evaluation criteria.

After the evaluation of the remaining criteria below, the best applicants will be selected based on the joint evaluation of all criteria.

  • Recognition and quality of institution
  • Other areas of competence

Evaluation criteria

Study option -specific documents

The documents required from all applicants are listed on In addition, applicants to this programme are requested to provide the following study option-specific documents (if applicable):

Programme director

Ilkka Keppo

Professor, programme director

Ville Vuorinen

Professor-in-charge, Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes major

Contact information

Suvi Jämsä

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.

[email protected]

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