Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability - Master of Science (tech.)

The Creative Sustainability Master’s Programme (CS) provides students with the skills and knowledge to promote sustainable development through engineering and material science. Sustainability is pertaining to all fields of engineering. Engineers are increasingly expected to develop solutions for managing critical material flows, production processes and infrastructures but also to participate in multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder innovation processes for enhancing sustainability.
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2.12.2019 - 3.1.2020




2 år, heltidsstudier


Lämplig lägre högskoleexamen


Det tekniska utbildningsområdet


120 studiepoäng


Högskolan för kemiteknik


€15000/år (magister studier) för studeranden från länder utanför EU/EES

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Programme description

Complex sustainability challenges, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, or poverty and inequality, call for new mindsets and skills. These mindsets should incorporate a systems-based view of the world and the ability to work with professionals from different fields and cultures. Sustainability challenges require multi-level solutions that involve a wide range of stakeholders with often competing interests. The CS programme prepares students to respond to these challenges through its international and multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields business, design and chemical engineering and material science.

The CS programme brings together students who are devoted to developing systemic solutions, working in multidisciplinary teams and challenging themselves with practical learning tasks. The studies include state-of-the-art knowledge about the interlinked environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of sustainability coupled with learning in practical projects conducted together with partner organizations.

The CS programme is organized jointly by the School of Business, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the School of Chemical Engineering. CS students who enter the programme via the School of Chemical Engineering graduate with a degree of Master of Science in Technology.

The two-year CS programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits, divided between compulsory joint Creative Sustainability studies, compulsory Design studies, elective studies, and a Master’s thesis. Students can also include in their degree studies conducted elsewhere at Aalto University or at other universities in Finland or abroad. More information about the course offerings is available on the programme website.

Language of instruction


Post-graduate study options

Eligibility for doctoral studies

Tuition fees and scholarships

Non-EU/EEA students selected to the study option will be charged a tuition fee of €15000 per academic year. They are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded from the Aalto University Scholarship programme. Further information is available on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (

Content of Studies

Learning Outcomes of the Master`s Programme in Creative Sustainability:

• Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economic and socio-cultural sustainability.

• Systems approach: Students learn to use systemic thinking to problem-solve and create new holistic understandings of complex situations and the critical infrastructures of society. The emphasis is on multiple layers of sustainability from global awareness to local action and having a combined influence on different aspects of sustainability simultaneously.

• Material embedding: Students understand basic scientific principles and industrial processes of circular economy and are able to develop solutions for sustainable resource use.

• Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem-solving tools and methods to facilitate dialogue, define problems, generate ideas and attain solutions.

• Analytical skills: Students learn to use analytical tools for sustainability assessment

• Sustainability management: Students learn to develop, support and manage sustainability initiatives for society at large, for business purposes and the needs of other organisations. Students also gain an understanding of the way different organisational forms and work practices can support the pursuit of sustainability.

• Project management: Students learn to manage multidisciplinary teamwork, and to promote sustainability in culturally diverse organisational environments

Specific learning outcomes for students in Creative Sustainability in the School of Chemical Engineering

Building on previous studies in science and/or technology, the students will deepen their understanding and skills to become experts in the application of materials in a sustainable development context. After graduation, the student is able to:

· Understand the limits to resource use and the impact of materials in sustainable development

· Adopt a systems thinking approach (to avoid taking well-intentioned decisions that have negative un-intended consequences)

· Work as part of a transdisciplinary team towards solution-based outcomes

· Engage in dialogue with both materials specialists as well as sustainability experts

· Utilize suitable tools and analyses in sustainability impact assessment

· Apply their materials engineering knowledge to the development of new materials and processes that have a quantifiably positive sustainability impact

Structure of studies

The programme includes:

· 60 cr compulsory studies in Creative Sustainability

· 10 cr electives

· 20 cr minor

· 30 cr thesis


Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. Master's theses are typically performed in cooperation with the industry or in the research project(s) of the department(s).

You can find more information about studies from the programme website.


Aalto University offers diverse possibilities for developing one’s global competence by

  • choosing courses with intercultural approach, learning foreign languages and/or becoming a student tutor for international students
  • completing part of the degree abroad in an international partner university as an exchange student
  • conducting practical training or Master’s thesis abroad
  • taking a summer course abroad

Corporate and other collaboration

Within Aalto University, students may apply for a right to study at another Aalto school through internal mobility. In addition, there are Aalto courses which are open to all Aalto University students. Within The Flexible Study Right Agreement (JOO), students can also take courses from other Finnish universities.

Career prospects

Sustainability considerations arise in all business and industrial context and thus there are several possible career options for someone with expertise on sustainability and material science. Graduates of Creative Sustainability from Chemical Engineering can work as sustainability and business development managers in industries facing and dealing with major ecological challenges (e.g. bioproducts) as well as in the development of new material solutions for sustainability and circular economy. The studies provide a good basis for managing stakeholder relations in different business and social contexts.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language tests, please contact [email protected]

For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies at the School of Chemical Engineering, please contact Learning Services of Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, [email protected]

School of Chemical Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering combines natural sciences and engineering in a unique way. This allows the results of our research to be refined a long way and put into practice as ready products and processes. Each innovation secures both our renewable and non-renewable natural resources for the future.

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