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Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions - Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability

Interested in a career in energy for our society? Want to be involved in the development of industrial energy solutions of the future? 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:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

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)

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Study languages

In the Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions, the language of instruction is English.

Study objectives

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. The Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions is an excellent place for you to start reshaping our energy system.

The Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions is divided into four majors. Studies in all majors begin by building a solid theoretical basis, which is then expanded upon in interdisciplinary and advanced studies to expand your view of the energy challenges facing our society.

The major Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability addresses fundamental chemical engineering and unit operations involved in chemical processes integrated to energy storage, energy conversion, process automation, recycling technologies and sustainability. Kay subjects and topics include thermodynamics, mass and energy balances on reacting systems, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, catalysis, role of interphase and intraphase heat and mass transfer. Modelling and simulation also have an important role in the analysis and design of energy processes.

Content of the studies

Energy consumption in industry has a great impact on the sustainability of energy systems and society. Understanding, managing and designing energy intensive industrial processes efficiently is a key issue. This major provides an understanding of the energy and process industry, its main challenges and the possibilities for development. The major addresses engineering knowledge involved in energy intensive industrial processes, heat and power processes, biomass conversion and energy efficiency in industry. Students in the major gain a strong education in energy technology as well as a deep knowledge of advanced fields in this discipline.

The major offers a firm theoretical base as well as practical tools and skills needed by engineers working in the field of industry. In order to prepare students for understanding complex and multidisciplinary problems, the major is designed to be flexible. Courses include theoretical considerations, experimental work, industrial applications, and first-hand experience. The major prepares students for current and future challenges faced by energy companies, manufacturing industry, consulting companies and society. Students are well-prepared to pursue doctoral studies.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the major, the student will be able to:

  • Understand existing and emerging biomass sources for sustainable industrial use
  • Understand the theory, design and operation of energy related industrial systems
  • Understand fundamentals of bio-based thermochemical processes
  • Apply proper tools and software to simulate and design energy-related processes
  • Analyze systems using the principles of thermodynamics, energy balances, and heat and mass transfer
  • Analyze energy efficiency of industrial processes and systems
  • Create solutions for energy intensive industry

Structure of studies

The master’s degree (120 cr) consists of the major studies (66 cr), elective studies (24 cr) and a master’s thesis (30 cr). The major studies are divided into programme common courses, major common courses and advanced studies.

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Career opportunities

Through this major, the student will gain expertise on many interdisciplinary fields of engineering and science, covering energy, bioenergy, chemical engineering, sustainability and business.

For the graduates of this major the employment possibilities can typically be found in energy companies, energy-intensive industries, chemical industries, engineering and consultant companies as well as in the public sector, universities and research institutes. The graduates will be able to apply of novel, adaptive, business-minded and societal intelligent thinking and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration with well-trained project management skills for entrepreneurship initiatives concerning energy solutions.


General information

Post-graduate studies

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


Advanced Energy Solutions master’s students are actively encouraged to spend a semester abroad, studying at one of the top-tier international partner universities of Aalto University.

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

Admission requirements 2021

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

Contact information

With questions regarding the admission process, please contact Aalto University Admission Services: [email protected]

For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies at the School of Chemical Engineering, please contact the Learning Services of Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, [email protected]


 Mika Järvinen

Mika Järvinen

Programme director, professor
 Pekka Oinas

Pekka Oinas


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