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

Industrial processes generate approximately 20 % of all greenhouse gas emissions globally. On the other hand, industry already uses a lot of renewable energy in its own energy production processes. Therefore, decarbonization of industrial processes and enhancing the use of renewable energy in industrial energy conversion play a key role to reach carbon neutrality by 2050-2060. To achieve this ambitious goal plenty of new experts with sufficient theoretical and practical skills of industrial energy engineering are needed in the field. If you are interested in a career in energy for our society or want to be involved in the development of industrial energy solutions of the future, then the Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions may be the perfect match for you. The Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability major gives students a basic and advanced understanding of the industrial energy processes, outlines the main challenges energy solutions in industry are facing today, and introduces possible ways towards a sustainable future.
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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 Chemical 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 Industrial Energy Processes major provides a great overview of energy intensive process industry as well as energy conversion processes related to industrial energy engineering. It addresses fundamental chemical engineering knowledge and unit operations involved in chemical processes integrated to energy storage, energy conversion, energy efficiency, recycling technologies and sustainability. This includes thermodynamics, mass and energy balances on reacting systems, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, catalysis, role of inter- and intraphase heat and mass transfer. Modelling and simulation have important roles in the analysis and design of energy processes.

The other majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions are:

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

Language of instruction

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 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 ECTS) consists of

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

The main purpose of the programme common module is to give the same starting point for all students regardless their previous background. 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 different topic groups. Topic groups within the Industrial Energy Processes major are Chemical processes and energy, Industrial energy processes, and Energy automation and control.

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

More information available at the programme pages.

Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions


Topic groups within the Industrial Energy Processes major are Chemical processes and energy, Industrial energy processes, and Energy automation and control.


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 at Aalto University webpages.

How to apply for doctoral studies?

Career opportunities

The student is 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.

Students who graduate from this major typically work in energy intensive industry, consulting companies, energy companies, and society. Students also become well-prepared to pursue doctoral studies. 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 Chemical Engineering and in the School of Engineering. Aalto University Energy Platform is closely connected to this programme.

Additional information about research related to this programme is available on the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical website

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 2023

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 requirements

The documents requested from all applicants are listed here ( In addition, applicants to this study-option are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:

Programme director

Ilkka Keppo

Programme director, professor

Francesco Corona

Professor-in-charge, Industrial Energy Processes major

Contact information

Suvi Jämsä

Planning Officer (content and studies of the programme)

[email protected]

School of Chemical Engineering

For enquiries regarding the studies at the School of Chemical Engineering:

[email protected]

Aalto University Admission Services

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

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