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Master's Program in Advanced Energy Solutions - Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Aalto University

About this program

Master's Program in Advanced Energy Solutions - Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability

Interested in a career in energy for our society? Want to be involved in the development of industrial energy solutions of the future? The Master’s program in Advanced Energy Solutions may be the perfect match for you.

This major offers basic and advanced understanding of the industrial energy processes, main challenges the energy solutions in industry are facing today, and introduces possible ways towards a sustainable future.

There is an ongoing transition towards sustainable energy which combines smartness, flexibility and environmental performance with a customer acceptance and engagement. New energy system will be a complex combination of central and local resources. This calls for new thinking of primary sources, production, markets, transmission, use and customers as producer-consumers (prosumers).

The program has four majors. In each of them, You will be provided a solid theoretical background, complemented with interdisciplinary studies to broaden and deepen the understanding of energy challenges in our society.

The major Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability will address fundamental chemical engineering knowledge and unit operations involved in chemical processes integrated to energy storage, energy conversion, process automation, recycling technologies and sustainability. This includes thermodynamics, mass and energy balances on reacting systems, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, catalysis, role of interphase and intraphase heat and mass transfer. Modelling and simulation has an important role in the analysis and design of energy processes.

The program can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish.

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 Industrial Energy Processes and Sustainability is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check of the 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 be mainly very good or excellent
  • motivation and commitment; 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

Major Common Courses

  • Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part I
  • Thermodynamics in Energy Technology
  • Heat Transfer
  • Process Automation*
  • Fluid Flow in Process Units
  • Process Integration and Energy Optimisation

Advanced studies

  • Advanced energy project
  • Exercises in Energy Technology
  • Thermochemical Processes
  • Catalysis for Biomass Refining
  • Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation – in Class
  • Materials for Renewable Energy
  • Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part II
  • Future Automation Systems in Context of Process Systems
  • Process Safety and Sustainability
  • Power Plants and Processes
  • Measurement and Control of Energy Systems
  • Combustion Technology
  • Fundamentals of Industrial Energy Engineering
  • Power Process Simulation
  • Industrial Drying and Evaporation Processes
  • District Heating and Cooling

Scholarships & funding

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


For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


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

Continuing studies

The program qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career paths

Through this major, the student will gain expertise on many interdisciplinary fields of engineering and science, covering energy, bioenergy, chemical engineering, sustainability and business.

For the graduates of this major the employment possibilities can typically be found in energy companies, energy-intensive industries, chemical industries, engineering and consultant companies as well as in the public sector, universities and research institutes. The graduates will be able to apply of novel, adaptive, business-minded and societal intelligent thinking and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration with well-trained project management skills for entrepreneurship initiatives concerning energy solutions.

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Aalto University

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Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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