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

Alternative energy conversion processes are a critical component in the energy system of tomorrow.

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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2.12.2019 – 3.1.2020




2 vuotta, täysipäiväinen


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120 opintopistettä


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EU/ETA-alueen ulkopuoliset kansalaiset, €15000/v (maisteriopinnot)

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Please note, study option's language of instruction is English!

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.

Study programme

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 ConversionRenewable 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.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme are capable of acting as an expert of in at least one of the following areas: renewable energy, energy conversion technologies, bioenergy or computational energy technology.

Typical employers are energy companies, energy-intensive industries, engineering and consulting companies as well as universities and research institutes. Graduates will 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.

Admission requirements

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

Additional documents

The following mandatory documents are required by the programme:

  • a motivation letter
  • cv


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]

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