Content of the studies
The programme includes six courses (totalling 30 credits) of common studies, which make up the autumn term of the first year. After the first term, students choose a specialisation within building technology or – by combining courses from different fields – gather a wider understanding of engineering applications related to building technology.
Core technical knowledge is deepened through advanced studies (30 credits). Students can choose from a variety of courses that are offered under the following thematic topic groups:
The synthesis or specialisation of the studies can be further strengthened through 30 credits of elective studies, which may include courses offered by the study programme or other Aalto University courses.
The Master’s Programme in Building Technology deals with the design, construction, use, and maintenance of civil engineering structures such as buildings and bridges. Sustainability is deeply embedded in the studies from reflecting upon what it means to build sustainable cities and communities to keeping the health and wellbeing of the individual as the focal point of all design. To give concrete examples of the topics covered, here are some courses picked from the programme’s extensive curriculum:
Design Process Management (5 ECTS)
Indoor Air Quality (5 ECTS)
Production Technology of Concrete Structures (5 ECTS)
Timber Structures (5 ECTS)
Fire Dynamics and Simulation (5 ECTS)
Studying in the programme takes many forms – from theory-driven and science-based research to hands-on activities. Students benefit from access to well-equipped laboratories which further strengthens their ability to apply methods from various disciplines to create cutting-edge innovations.
The mix of theory and practice forms a dynamic learning environment, where students also get to engage with the industry, receiving briefs from real companies and creating viable solutions either individually or in a group setting. In addition, the School of Engineering organises excursions to companies on a regular basis, further strengthening the invaluable hands-on and real-life learning experiences.
Other methods include lectures by professors and visiting specialists, homework assignments, seminars and presentations as well as panel discussions. The professor network includes internationally acclaimed and published specialists and researchers who are highly dedicated to their craft, resulting in a motivating and encouraging learning environment.
Overall, the Master's Programme in Building Technology comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:
Common studies (30 ECTS)
Advanced studies (30 ECTS)
Elective studies (30 ECTS)
Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
Personal Study Plan (PSP)
The Personal Study Plan (PSP) is a practical tool to define a student’s own study path, compiling an optimal selection of courses that are aligned with the student's interests and programme requirements. PSP is also a useful tool for students to keep track of their studies. At best, it shows where students are with their studies and sets concrete milestones for them to follow.
For more information on the courses included in the programme, please visit the programme's section on Into, Aalto University's student portal.