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Master's Program in Advanced Energy Solutions - Sustainable Energy in Buildings and Built Environment

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
15,000 EUR
Aalto University

Program description

Master's Program in Advanced Energy Solutions - Sustainable Energy in Buildings and Built Environment

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 program in Advanced Energy Solutions may be the perfect match for you.

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 Program in Advanced Energy Solutions is an excellent place to start shaping the energy system of tomorrow.

The program 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 the 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.

Admission requirements

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 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 Program-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 program; should be clearly in connection with the study option

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The master’s degree consists of the major studies, elective studies and a master’s thesis.

Major studies consists of

  • 15 cr of common studies shared by all majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions program
  • 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 are chosen entirely by the student. The master’s thesis concludes the degree.

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for non-EU/EEA citizens is €15000 per year

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Upon completion of the program, the student will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree. 

The Advanced HVAC course package (45 cr.) provides the qualification to be a responsible designer of exceptionally demanding HVAC projects in Finland.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, 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

Career opportunities

Graduates of the program 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.

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Aalto University

Aalto University

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Aalto University

Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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