Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions - Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability
This major offers basic and advanced understanding of the industrial energy processes, main challenges the energy solutions in industry are facing today, and introduces possible ways towards a sustainable future.
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There is an ongoing transition towards sustainable energy which combines smartness, flexibility and environmental performance with a customer acceptance and engagement. New energy system will be a complex combination of central and local resources. This calls for new thinking of primary sources, production, markets, transmission, use and customers as producer-consumers (prosumers).
The program has four majors. In each of them, You will be provided a solid theoretical background, complemented with interdisciplinary studies to broaden and deepen the understanding of energy challenges in our society.
The major Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability will address fundamental chemical engineering knowledge and unit operations involved in chemical processes integrated to energy storage, energy conversion, process automation, recycling technologies and sustainability. This includes 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 has an important role in the analysis and design of energy processes.
(The other majors of the Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions are:
- Energy in Buildings and Built Environment
- Energy Systems and Markets
- Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes)
Energy consumption in industry has a great impact on the sustainability of the energy system and the society as a whole. Understanding, managing and designing energy intensive industrial processes resource efficiently is a key issue in the field of energy. This major provides understanding of energy and process industry, their main challenges and the possibilities for development.
This major addresses engineering knowledge involved in energy intensive industrial processes, heat and power processes, biomass conversion and energy efficiency in the industry. Students in the major gain a strong education of energy technology as well as a deep knowledge of the advanced fields in this discipline.
The major offers a firm theoretical base as well as practical tools and skills needed by engineers working on the field of industry. In order to prepare students for understanding complex and multidisciplinary problems of the field, the major is designed to be flexible. Courses include theoretical considerations, experimental work, industrial applications, and first-hand experience.
This major addresses fundamental chemical engineering knowledge and unit operations involved in chemical processes integrated to energy storage, energy conversion, 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 has an important role in the analysis and design of energy processes. The major demonstrates the above concepts to the analysis of thermochemical processes and of selected chemical processes relevant to the energy sector. Processing of biomass and energy feedstocks, as well as combustion processes with low environmental impact and the abatement of polluting emissions in flue gases are also covered. The major covers the fields of heat and power processes, energy conversion technologies, bio-energy and the issues related to improvement of energy efficiency in the industry. The student can also focus on computational methods. Further, if the emphasis of energy automation and control, graduates can have knowledge on automation, control and information systems, measurement techniques, production planning and industrial internet.
Upon completion of the major, the student will be able to:
- Understand the 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
- Analyse systems with the principles of thermodynamics, energy balances, and heat and mass transfer
- Analyse energy efficiency of industrial processes and systems
- Create solutions for energy intensive industry
Structure of studies
The Master’s degree (120 credits) consists of the Major studies, Elective studies and a Master’s thesis.
The major studies (65 cr) are divided into programme common courses (15 cr), major common courses (20 cr) and advanced studies (30 cr). The programme common courses (15 cr) are compulsory for all. For the major common courses (20 cr) students may select from a number of courses with some restrictions. Both the programme common courses and major common courses are completed in the beginning of the studies. In the advanced studies (30 cr) students can choose from a variety of courses.
For elective studies (25 cr) students can choose courses offered by Aalto University, including other courses under the Advanced Energy Solutions programme.
The Master’s thesis (30 credits) concludes the degree.
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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.
Applicants to the program must first meet the general eligibility criteria and language requirements common to all Master’s programmes in Advanced Energy Solutions.
The selection process for the major Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check of the Aalto University Admissions Services (administrative evaluation) proceed to the programme specific academic evaluation.
The following academic evaluation criteria will be used:
- university/higher education institution; recognized for high quality of education and research
- degree and relevance of studies; suit very well or excellent to the study option
- academic performance; need to be mainly very good or excellent
- motivation and commitment; should be clearly in connection with the study option
The following mandatory documents are required by the programme:
- a motivation letter
The motivation letter is an important part of your application. It gives you an opportunity to
present relevant pieces of information that cannot be provided elsewhere in the application.
Examples of questions to consider when writing the motivation letter:
- Why are you applying for the master’s programme in question?
- What do you expect to gain from studies in the master’s programme?
- Why do you think you are the right person for this master’s programme?
- How will your previous education, work experience, knowledge and skills
support your success in your master’s degree studies?
- Describe your professional goals. How do you think the master’s
programme you are applying for would support the development of your
-In which sector would you like to work in the future? What kind of
career are you planning?
- Why do you want to study at Aalto University and in Finland?
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]
The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish. More information is available in the General information about studies page (aalto.fi).
The tuition fee is €15 000 per year for non-EU/EEA students. Further information is available on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (aalto.fi).
Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The topic of the thesis is agreed upon by the student and the supervising professor. Master's theses are typically written for a company or for one of the research projects of the department(s) in question.
The study environment in the programme is strongly international, and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Chemical Engineering offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be easily included in the degree e.g. as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.
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