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Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions - Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes

Did you know that all of the buildings in Finland could use solar energy for heating? Or that understanding airborne spreading of viruses requires knowledge of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics?

If you want to be part of solving these critical questions of the future, the Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions may be the perfect match for you. The programme offers short- and long-term solutions and tools for problem-solving as the sustainable energy conversion processes are a critical component in the future energy system.
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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 Engineering

Tuition fees:

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

The application period will open 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

Scholarships and Tuition Fees

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 Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes major focuses on both the background physical and chemical phenomena – such as heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid flows – as well as energy conversion systems as whole. As a graduate of the major, you will have:

  • An understanding of the big picture of sustainable energy conversion pathways, which is of utmost importance for operating the energy system effectively while minimising its environmental impact.
  • Multidisciplinary set of skills. Flexibility, a broad-minded way of thinking, collaboration and the ability to understand energy systems as a whole are important learning outcomes in this major.  As a graduate of the programme, you will have versatile and multidisciplinary research and development skills to tackle the many industrial and societal challenges found in the energy sector.
  • Tools for contributing to sustainable future. Energy technology plays an important role on creating better health systems, security and sustainable society. During your studies you will analyze and evaluate existing and future challenges in the field of energy, and the role of energy technologies and processes in addressing these challenges.
  • The theoretical basis and practical skills. You will be able to identify the fundamental natural phenomena of modern energy conversion technologies and apply different methods to design and develop them.
  • Experience from the field. Graduates have hands-on experience related to real-world energy system and testing.

Content of the studies

Understanding energy conversion and storage technologies is essential for designing and operating the sustainable energy systems of the future. To this end, courses in the Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes major cover renewable energy technologies, computational fluid dynamics methods for energy, simulation of energy systems, energy storage, biomass conversion and power plant technology. Our graduates have the opportunity to become leading experts in topics such as bioenergy, alternative energy, thermal processes, energy modelling and simulation.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the major, the student will:

  • Identify the fundamental natural phenomena of modern energy conversion technologies and apply different methods to design and develop them
  • Be able to take a holistic view to understand dependencies across large energy systems
  • Analyze and evaluate existing and future challenges in the field of energy, and the role of energy technologies and processes in addressing these challenges
  • Design sustainable energy conversion and storage solutions based on a scientific approach

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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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.

Post-graduate study options

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

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you can work as expert in one of the following areas: renewable energy, energy conversion technologies, bioenergy, maritime industry or computational energy technology. Our graduates are also well equipped to pursue doctoral studies.

Typical employers include energy companies, R&D departments of energy industries, engineering and consulting companies as well as universities or research institutes. We have close ties to the industry through our research and often our students work closely with relevant companies and experts already during their studies.

As a graduate you will be able to apply novel, adaptive and socially intelligent thinking and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration with well-trained project management skills for entrepreneurship initiatives concerning energy solutions. Thanks to our industry relevance approach, you have opportunities to work with companies and other stakeholders in the energy sector during your studies, which gives a great starting point for your career.

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 required from all applicants are listed on In addition, applicants to this programme are requested to provide the following study option-specific documents (if applicable):

Contact information

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

With questions regarding the content of programme and studies, please contact: [email protected]

Applying to master’s programmes

The application period will open 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

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