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Hydrogen and Electric Systems, Master of Science (Technology)

The rise of hydrogen and other renewable energy solutions is rapidly shaping our world’s energy systems. As countries around the globe move towards their carbon-neutrality goals, the need for engineers specialised in hydrogen systems grows fast. The Hydrogen and Electric Systems Master’s Programme gives you a comprehensive view of the hydrogen value chain and the opportunity to play an important role in combating climate change.


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 Electrical Engineering

Tuition fees:

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

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In this webinar, the programme representatives introduce Aalto University, give a programme overview, explain the programme structure and content, discuss career opportunities, and answer questions from the audience.

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Energy systems around the world are going through a revolutionary change as societies continue to shift from fossil to renewable energy. In the midst of all this, the use of clean hydrogen in energy production and storage has been an increasingly hot topic.

As a forerunner in the green transition, Finland has one of the most ambitious climate goals in the world – our country aims to be carbon-neutral by 2035. The local industrial and energy companies are very committed to this target, and they are investing heavily in renewable energy. At the same time, their need for engineers specialised in hydrogen solutions and production is rapidly growing. To reach its climate target, Finland needs at least 200 new hydrogen economy experts every year, and the demand is only increasing.

The Hydrogen and Electric Systems Master’s Programme gives you a comprehensive view of the energy and hydrogen system and an excellent opportunity to build a career – in Finland or abroad – in a growing field in dire need of workforce. Aalto University has developed the programme in collaboration with the industry, and it deals with the topics companies in the field deem the most important and beneficial. Additionally, many other Aalto schools, such as Business and Chemical Engineering, offer courses that cover themes related to the hydrogen economy, giving students a multidisciplinary view of the hydrogen value chain.

On top of the skills acquired from their chosen major, our graduates have the same basic, essential knowledge of the hydrogen field. All our graduates can:

  • Develop and analyse scenarios about hydrogen’s significance in the future electrified and sustainable society.
  • Evaluate the role of hydrogen in connecting the energy industry fields (electricity, gas, heat, water, traffic) as well as the impact of the hydrogen economy on relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify existing and emerging hydrogen-based technologies, analyse their bottlenecks and opportunities as well as apply them properly at the system level.
  • Create and push forward new business models in the hydrogen value chain.

Language of instruction

In the Hydrogen and Electric Systems Master’s Programme, the language of instruction is English.

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 about tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available here.

Structure of studies

The two-year Master’s Programme in Hydrogen and Electric Systems comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits:

  • Major studies (65 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (25 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

All the programme's common courses and major courses are intended to be completed during the first year. The second year is dedicated to elective studies and the Master’s thesis. You can choose practically any combination of elective courses – from Aalto as well as other universities in Finland and abroad – that supports your studies and suits your interests. More information on the programme content and curriculum can be found in the Student guide.

In this programme, teaching methods vary from lectures to energy system simulations and project works carried out in collaboration with the industry and other Aalto schools, such as Business and Chemical Engineering.


Depending on your interests and aspirations, you can choose one of the following two majors:

1. Electric Energy and Hydrogen Systems

This major provides the student with a systemic view of the hydrogen economy and its value chain. Special focus is given to the role of hydrogen in the green transition and the synergy between the hydrogen economy and the power and energy sector.

After completing the major, our graduate can, e.g.:

  • Design, develop, and optimise complex integrated energy systems and deliver global solutions for building a carbon-neutral society.
  • Act in uncertain situations and when dealing with unpredicted challenges in the future energy system.
  • Evaluate the role of possible future game-changer energy actions.

2. Electric Components of Hydrogen Technology

This major gives the student the ability to develop technological solutions for the hydrogen value chain – from production, transport, storage, conversion, and consumption to interaction with the power and energy sector. The focus is especially on supporting the power and energy sector.

After completing the major, our graduate can, e.g.:

  • Classify and evaluate the technologies in the hydrogen value chain that aim to decarbonize the power and energy sector as well as industrial processes.
  • Conduct analyses on the functionality and societal impacts of the existing and emerging hydrogen technologies.
  • Analyse the role of hydrogen at different stages of the value chain and evaluate their behaviour, connection, control, and synergies with the power and energy sector.
  • Recognise ways to store and use the products and byproducts of hydrogen.


Aalto University is known for its international study and research environment. Every year, Aalto welcomes thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad. Additionally, many of our professors and researchers have international backgrounds and experience, bringing their global networks close to students.

At Aalto, students can improve their global competence by, for example:

  • Completing part of the degree, e.g., a minor, abroad in one of the international partner universities as an exchange student.
  • Choosing courses with an intercultural approach, learning foreign languages, and/or becoming a student tutor for international students.
  • Conducting practical training or the Master’s thesis outside Finland.
  • Taking summer courses abroad.

Further study opportunities

The Hydrogen and Electric Systems Master’s Programme is considered a great foundation for doctoral studies.

Career opportunities

Hydrogen is becoming an increasingly important part of the future energy systems, and the demand for hydrogen experts keeps growing fast on a global level. Finland alone needs a large number of graduates from hydrogen programmes every year to achieve its carbon-neutrality goal by 2035.

This programme gives students the necessary skills and knowledge to work in the different parts of the hydrogen value chain – from production, storage, and transmission to utilisation. They may work as, for instance, technical developers or business analysts as well as managers later in their careers. Employers include a wide variety of stakeholders in the value chain, such as engineering offices, consulting firms, and service providers.

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School of Electrical Engineering graduates in working life

School of Electrical Engineering Master's graduates are successful in finding jobs corresponding to their education. On this page you can find information on job titles, job sectors and career development of our graduates.

School of Electrical Engineering

Research focus

For many years now, the Electrical Engineering and Automation department’s research efforts have been guided by the green transition and the global need for carbon-neutral solutions. The research topics vary from power system development to integrating more renewable energy sources into the energy system. Our investments in first-class facilities and research equipment ensure that our hard work will help the society evolve.

You can read more about the research at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation here.

Co-operation with other parties

At Aalto University, bridging different disciplines is made easy – students may choose their elective studies so that their degree is a combination of science, technology, business, and arts. Students are encouraged to supplement their studies with courses from other Aalto schools and programmes as well as with courses offered by other universities, including international.

Themes related to the hydrogen economy are covered in multiple courses across Aalto schools, giving students the possibility to get a broad view of the hydrogen value chain. These different schools also take part in the Hydrogen and Electric Systems programme’s courses and projects. This multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

The Hydrogen and Electric Systems Master's Programme cooperates also with the industry in the form of, e.g., course projects. Additionally, the Master’s theses are oftentimes written for a company at the School of Electrical Engineering.

Study-option-specific application instructions

Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes in Aalto University.

Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria decided in advance for each study option. The applications to the Master’s Programme in Hydrogen and Electric Systems are evaluated based on the following criteria:

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation process and requested documents

The evaluation process is described under Applicant evaluation process. In addition to obligatory application documents, this study option asks the applicants to submit also the documents listed under Requested documents.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents, and language tests, please contact

[email protected]

If you want more information about the content of the programme and studies at the School of Electrical Engineering, you can reach out to our Learning Services

[email protected]

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