Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions - Sustainable Energy in Buildings and Built Environment
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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 the sources, production, markets, transmission and use of energy. The Master's programme in Advanced Energy Solutions is an excellent place to start shaping the energy system of tomorrow.
The programme is divided into four majors. Each one starts with a theoretical foundation, which is then built upon in interdisciplinary studies to broaden and deepen your understanding of energy challenges facing our society.
The Sustainable Energy in Buildings and Built Environment major offers the theoretical basis and practical skills that are required in design projects and the development of novel technologies and services for energy-efficient buildings and community. The major offers advanced courses on the efficient use of energy in the fields of building technology and services as well as on the design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The major includes courses of high-performing HVAC systems and indoor environmental quality. The major prepares students for current and future challenges in construction and building services engineers.
A vast majority of people already live in cities, yet urbanisation is still an ongoing phenomenon. Developing energy-efficient buildings and cities is crucially important, but they must also result in healty, comfortable and productive indoor environments.
Buildings are currently responsible for 40 % of final energy consumption and roughly half of electricity consumption. Countries all around Europe and the world have awoken to the need to reduce the amount of energy used in the buildings. In the EU, all new buildings should be nearly zero energy buildings by 2020 and by 2050, equivalent CO2 emissions from the building sector should be reduced by 90 % compared to 1990 levels.
Upon completion of the Major, the student will:
- Have an understanding of interdisciplinary aspects of energy efficiency
- Have an understanding of the methods to improve energy efficiency
- Be aware of how to utilize renewable energy sources in buildings
- Be able to optimize building systems and develop services to improve energy efficiency
- Have an understanding of how the entity of building design and HVAC system influences upon the indoor environment
- Have an understanding of design methods and appropriate simulation and optimization tools
The Advanced HVAC course package (45 cr.) provides the qualification to be a responsible designer of exceptionally demanding HVAC projects in Finland.
Structure of studies
The master’s degree (120 credits) consists of the major studies, elective studies and a master’s thesis.
Major studies (65 credts) consists of
- 15 cr of common studies shared by all majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions programme
- 15 cr of major-specific common studies
- 35 cr of 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 in Buildings and Built Environment major are HVAC Technology, Building Engineering Services, and Building Technology and Energy.
Elective studies (25 credits) are chosen entirely by the student. The master’s thesis (30 credits) concludes the degree.
Graduates of the programme are capable of acting as an expert of in at least one of the following areas: HVAC technology, building services engineering, building technology and energy.
Typical employers are engineering and consultant 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.
Applicants to the programme must first meet the general eligibility criteria and language requirements common to all master’s programmes in Advanced Energy Solutions.
The selection process for the major Energy in Buildings and Built Environment 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 mainly very good or excellent
- motivation and commitment to the programme; should be clearly in connection with the study option
The following mandatory documents are required by the programme:
- a motivation letter
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?