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Energy Systems and Markets - Advanced Energy Solutions, Master of Science (Technology)

We are currently moving toward an energy system that is sustainable, smart and flexible. The energy transition requires new ways of thinking about energy, including its sources, production, markets, transmission and use. Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions is an excellent place for you to start reshaping our energy system. Energy Systems and Markets -major offers basic understanding of energy systems, the main challenges our energy solutions are facing today and possible ways towards a sustainable future.
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Degree:

Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.12.2022 – 2.1.2023

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Electrical Engineering

Tuition fees:

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

The next application period will open 1.12.2022 09:00 (UTC+2)

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Description

A 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 producer-customers. 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 system, the main challenges faced by our energy solutions today and possible pathways towards a sustainable future.

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 Systems and Markets major offers a firm theoretical base as well as practical tools and skills needed by engineers working on the field of energy systems. Courses include theoretical considerations, experimental work, industrial applications, and first-hand experience. The major prepares students for the current and future challenges faced by energy companies, the manufacturing industry, consulting companies and society. Students are well-prepared to pursue doctoral studies.

The other majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions programme are:

  • Industrial Energy Processes
  • Energy in Buildings and Built Environment
  • Energy Conversion Processes

Language of instruction

Language of instruction is English. More information and Aalto University guidelines on the language and communication studies in the degree 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
  • 25 cr of major-specific common studies
  • 25 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. Specialisation is built mainly through advanced studies, where students may choose courses from a given list of courses.

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.

Read more on the programme pages.

Specialisations

Specialisation is built mainly through advanced studies, where students may choose courses from a given list of courses.

The student decides the major when applying to the Advanced Energy Solutions MSc Programme, and cannot change it once accepted and studies begin.

Internationalisation

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! - Opinnot - Into (aalto.fi).

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

The graduates are 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 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.

Research focus

The research in this programme is linked to several focus areas in the School of Electrical engineering and in the School of Engineering. Additional information about research related to this programme can be found at http://elec.aalto.fi/en/research/.

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.

Admission requirements 2023

The applicants are first evaluated based on Aalto’s general eligibility requirements (https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes). 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 requirements

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 this study-option are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:

Programme director

 Mika Järvinen

Mika Järvinen

Programme director, professor
 Matti Lehtonen

Matti Lehtonen

Professor

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The next application period will open 1.12.2022 09:00 (UTC+2)

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