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Nordic Master in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

The purpose of the Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering is to provide state-of-the-art education in the fields of conventional and renewable energy sources like conventional and new power generation, biomass energy, wind power and energy utilization in the built environment by means of economically and environmentally sustainable systems and technologies.
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Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.12.2021 – 15.1.2022

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Engineering

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The Nordic Master in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (ISEE) combines sustainable energy engineering with innovation and entrepreneurship.

The term sustainable energy engineering comprises a wide array of practices, policies and technologies (conventional, renewable and alternative) aimed at providing energy at the lowest possible economic, environmental and social cost. Emphasis is placed on dealing with energy engineering tasks with due consideration of related technical, environmental and socio-economic issues.

Strong emphasis is also put on the innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the energy society, especially with regard to how existing and new efficiency-improving innovations can be brought to market in different countries. The innovative aspects of the programme are related to both the advanced renewable energy concept in the Nordic countries as well as new businesses in the energy sector.

Structure of studies

In the joint degree programme, students study one year at two different universities following a Year one university/Year two university pattern:

  • Year one (entry) university, 1st and 2nd semester
  • Year two (exit) university, 3rd and thesis semester

The length of the study period in each university corresponds to 60 ECTS.

Study programme

The focus of ISEE is to provide a state-of-the-art education in the fields of conventional and renewable energy sources like conventional and new power generation, solar energy, biomass energy, wind power, and energy utilisation in the built environment by means of economically and environmentally sustainable systems and technologies. The programme is structured as pre-defined study and mobility tracks with associated competence profiles.

In each track, your first year of studies is at one consortium member university and your second with another, specifically the one that has lead responsibility the track in question.

Bioenergy – KTH (Sweden) and Aalto University (Finland)

Energy Systems – Aalto University (Finland) and KTH (Sweden)

Heat and Power Engineering – Aalto University (Finland) and Chalmers (Sweden)

System Integration of Wind Power – KTH (Sweden) and DTU (Denmark)

Solar Cell Systems and Materials - Intake was cancelled for application round 2022; partner universities subject to change for application round 2023

Study tracks

The Nordic Master is unique as it will allow students to study at two different top-ranked universities and will allow the students to select courses of their own highest interest from all four participating universities.

The Nordic Master in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering consists of five specialised study tracks which are presented below. 


Nordic Master programmes, such as ISEE, have their own application times and admission criteria separately from Aalto's other Master's programmes. The application period is once a year and runs from December to January. The exact application dates are updated on these pages every year.

The application process is administered by Aalto University.

Academic requirements

The basic requirement to apply for the programme is a BSc/BEng degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or corresponding. The applicants knowledge in mathematics, physics and chemistry must be at the level of a BSc/BEng.

A student may apply to the programme with an incomplete BSc/BEng degree as long as the degree is completed before starting studies. At the application stage, the student must provide documentation of registering or planning to complete the last courses needed for the degree. The completed diploma must be presented to administration staff before the beginning of the academic year

Prepare to attach the following documents to your application:

• Bachelor’s degree certificate and transcript of study records (if you apply with an incomplete degree, attach only the latest transcript of records)
• Curriculum Vitae – preferably 1 page, content and design free-form
• Motivation letter – preferably 1 page, content and design free-form
• Copy of valid passport or ID card with photo and information on citizenship
• English language test certificate, if you are not eligible for an exemption

+ Possible documents regarding upper secondary education, if you apply for exemption from a language certificate on the basis of previous schooling. See exemption criteria below in section "English Language Requirements and Exemptions".


The selection process for ISEE is based on a total evaluation of academic success, relevant background and motivation.

Admission requirements for each study track

Below you will find information about the admission requirements for each study track. On the lower side of the page, you will find information about the English Language Requirements and exemption criteria.

Career opportunities

As an Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineer there are plenty of opportunities to find a job. Energy engineering related companies have an increasing potential to offer, not only in conventional energy technologies but also in the increasing business of renewable energies. Graduates are capable of acting as an expert of in at least one of the following fields, depending on the chosen study track: new power and energy systems and markets, advanced energy and power production technologies, building and communal energy design and use, bioenergy or industrial energy processes. 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.

Tuition fees and scholarships

The Nordic Master ISEE programme follows each university's own tuition fee and scholarship policies. Tuition fee liable, but also eligible for scholarships, are generally only non-EU/EEA citizens. 

Note that a scholarship is applied separately for the first and second year university. New students will receive additional information and instructions about scholarships application upon selection.

Read more about the tuition fees, scholarship opportunities and scholarship application deadlines on individual universities' websites:

Finland Scholarship for Master students

Non-EU/EEA applicants who come to Aalto for their first year of study and are liable to pay tuition fees can apply for a Finland Scholarship. The Finland Scholarship covers 100% tuition fee (i.e., is awarded as a tuition fee waiver) and 5000 € for relocation and other costs related to the first year of studies.

Students who come to Aalto for their second year may not apply or receive the Finland Scholarship. Read more about the scholarship:

Contact information

Planning Officer Börje Helenius ([email protected])

Coordinator Nelli Markula ([email protected])

Programme Director and Professor Mika Järvinen ([email protected])


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