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.
Aalto University personnel at the Slag2PCC pilot plant




1.12.2021 – 15.1.2022




2 år, heltidsstudier


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120 studiepoäng


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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 double degree programme students study one year at two different universities following a Year one university/Year two university pattern:

  • Year one university, 1st and 2nd semesters
  • Year two university, 3rd and thesis semesters

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

ISEE is a two-year 120 ECTS Nordic double degree master programme coordinated by Aalto University and based on the particular expertise of the participating universities.

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, 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. For more information on each study track, use the links below.

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)

Study track Solar Cell Systems and Materials (DTU and KTH) intake is cancelled for this application round.

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. Unfortunately, study track Solar Cell Systems and Materials intake is cancelled for this application round.


Click here to fill in online application form. Application begins December 1, 2021 and the deadline for applications is January 15, 2022. 

The application process is administered by Aalto University.

Academic requirements

BSc/BEng degree or equivalent (normally 3–4 years) in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or equivalent. In order to obtain equivalent competence, the basic knowledge in mathematics, physics and chemistry must be at the level of BSc/BEng.

A student may apply to the programme with an incomplete degree as long as the degree is completed no later than July 31, 2021. At the application stage, the student must provide documentation of registering or planning to complete the last courses needed for the degree. The diploma must be presented to administration staff before starting the first year of study.

Please prepare to attach the following documents to your application:

• Bachelor’s degree certificate and transcript of study records (if you apply with 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

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

Admission requirements for each study track

Under 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.


The selection process for ISEE is based on a total evaluation of the following selection criteria: university, GPA, coursework related to the programme, thesis proposal, relevant working experience and references.

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

Currently, all partner universities (Aalto University, DTU, KTH and Chalmers) charge tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens. Each university also has their own scholarship programmes and scholarship application deadlines.

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 are liable to pay tuition fees at Aalto University can apply for a Finland Scholarship. Finland Scholarship covers 100% tuition fee (awarded as a tuition fee waiver) and 5000 € for relocation and other costs for the first year of studies.

Tuition fee liable students selected to the ISEE programme starting their first year at Aalto University apply for Finland Scholarship along the Aalto University scholarship (tuition fee waiver) in March-April 2022. Selected students will receive separate instructions and link to the application form via email.

Note that students who come to Aalto for their second (exit) year may not receive the Finland Scholarship.

Read more about the Finland Scholarship: https://www.aalto.fi/en/admission-services/scholarships-and-tuition-fees


Contact information

With questions regarding the admission process, please contact Coordinator Nelli Markula [email protected]

With questions regarding the content of programme and studies, please contact Planning Officer Börje Helenius [email protected].

Head of ISEE programme: Professor Mika Järvinen [email protected].



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