Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions - Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes
Interested in a career in energy for our society? Want to be involved in the development of rapidly-changing energy systems of the future? The Master’s Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions may be the perfect match for you.
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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 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 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. Graduates will gain 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.
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.
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.
Structure of studies
The master’s degree (120 credits) consists of the major studies, elective studies and a master’s thesis.
Major studies (65 cr) consists of
- 15 cr of common studies shared by all majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions programme
- 20 cr of major-specific common studies
- 30 cr advanced studies.
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 Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes major are Bioenergy Conversion, Renewable Energy, and Computational Energy Technology.
Elective studies (25 cr) are chosen entirely by the student. The master’s thesis (30 cr) concludes the degree.
Read more on the programme pages.
Graduates of the programme can serve as experts in at least one of the following areas: renewable energy, energy conversion technologies, bioenergy 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. Graduates 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.
Applicants to the program must first meet the general eligibility criteria and language requirements common to all Master’s programs in Advanced Energy Solutions.
The selection process for the major Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check of 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
- curriculum vitae (cv)
Master’s Admissions at the School of Engineering 2020
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?