Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering

Aalto University
2 years
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Master's degree
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Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering

Visit the Arctic and gain a unique specialisation in cold climate engineering. Boost your CV by studying abroad. Graduate with a double degree from two internationally acclaimed universities.

The Arctic is a place unlike anywhere else. Its fragile ecosystem, challenging weather and scarce infrastructure make it a demanding environment for the engineers who work there. By actually going to the Arctic – Svalbard or Greenland – and putting your skills to use, you will get valuable first-hand insight into working as an engineer in one of the most challenging areas of the world.

Cold climate engineering has an increasingly important role to play in ensuring the sustainable development of the Arctic. New shipping routes as well as mining possibilities are emerging in the region. The development of new industry in the Arctic region is intensifying rapidly and the industry now needs engineers with specialised Arctic competence.

Graduates of the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering will have the skills needed to meet the demands of the industry and to work in the fragile Arctic environment.

Admission requirements

Students applying for the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering must have completed a bachelor's degree (BSc) corresponding to a minimum 180 ECTS credits. Students in their final year of their bachelor’s degree studies are also eligible to apply, provided they have completed their BSc degree by the time the program begins.

For more information on program-specific and English language requirements, please visit the university website. 

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Program content

The main focus of the program is to give you a profound understanding of how the skills, knowledge and specialization you receive may be applied to jobs as researchers, consultants or practicing engineers in the Arctic.

All graduates will have a deep understanding of the challenging Arctic environment and the ability to work within a diverse team of experts that represents different disciplines or cultures.

Teaching methods include lectures, assignments, fieldwork, laboratory work and project work. Theory is supported by experimental work and modelling, which are used extensively and in a manner appropriate for the study track.

The program is jointly organised by Aalto University, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Your choice in specialisation dictates which universities you attend over the course of the program.


The program consists of three specialised study tracks:

  • Land Track: Focus on Arctic geoengineering (DTU and NTNU)
  • Sea Track: Focus on Arctic ships and offshore structures (NTNU and Aalto University)
  • Space Track: Focus on mapping and observing the Arctic (DTU and Aalto University)


For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website


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

Continuing studies

Upon graduation, you may be eligible to enter a doctoral program at any of the participating universities, but you are also qualified for demanding positions in industry.

Career paths

Studying abroad gives your career a head start, as employers are always looking for graduates with an international outlook and intercultural competence.

Cold climate engineering graduates are typically be employed by consulting, design, surveying and construction companies, the mining industry, oil companies, governmental bodies or research institutes and universities that have activities related to the Arctic. Possible duties include those of chief executive, development manager, team manager, consultant, specialist or researcher.

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