Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (Nordic Master), Master of Science (Technology)
Nordic Master in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (ISEE) is a world-class education in the energy sector and an international double degree programme leading to two Master's degrees. The programme 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.
Master of Science (Technology)
1 Dec 2022 – 15 Jan 2023
Language of instruction:
2 years, full-time
Relevant Bachelor's degree
Field of study:
Technology and Engineering
School of Engineering
The application period is currently closed. See upcoming application periods at aalto.fi/admissions
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.
Students gain expertise in project design, implementation, operation and maintenance, as well as the crucial phases on policy generation. The studies also include research-oriented, in-depth training from the energy sector.
Language of instruction
The programme is instructed in English.
Tuition fees and scholarships
The programme follows each university's own tuition fee policies. As a general rule, students who are not citizens of EU or EEA member countries are tuition fee liable, but can also apply for scholarships offered by universities. Read more about tuition fees:
The programme follows each university's own scholarship policies. As a general rule, students who are not citizens of EU or EEA member countries are tuition fee liable, but can also apply for scholarships offered by universities. Read more about scholarships:
Structure of studies
In this double degree programme, the student studies for one year at two different Nordic universities. Participating universities depend on the chosen study track. The length of the study period in each university corresponds to 60 ECTS and the total degree amounts to 120 ECTS.
Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering
Nordic Master ISEE is a unique programme as it allows students to study and graduate from two different top-ranked universities. The programme has four study tracks:
- Bioenergy (KTH – Aalto)
- Energy Systems (Aalto – KTH)
- Heat and Power Engineering (Aalto – Chalmers)
- System Integration of Wind Power (KTH – DTU)
Objectives and courses of study tracks
The programme has four specialized study tracks, which are presented in more detail below. At the end of each description you will find a link to the curriculum and course descriptions.
Heat and Power Engineering
System Integration of Wind Power
The programme is implemented in strong international cooperation with the Nordic5Tech partner universities, and international mobility is an essential part of the studies.
Further study opportunities
The programme qualifies for doctoral studies.
After graduation, the student has two Master of Science diplomas from different Nordic universities, which opens up strong prospects for the job market on a global scale. As an Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineer, there are extensive opportunities for employment in international and domestic energy sector expert positions. Energy engineering companies have a growing need for future makers and an ever-increasing career potential to offer for specialists, not only in conventional energy technologies, but also in the growing business of renewable energies.
The main focuses of Aalto University's energy engineering research:
- Energy efficiency plays a key role in solving challenges related to developing a sustainable future for human societies, highlighting the need to optimise energy systems of all sizes.
- Energy Conversion. Development of combustion technologies is central in reducing the emissions of energy production, particularly in the transition towards new biomass-based fuels. To this end, we utilise both empirical and computational thermodynamics.
Co-operation with other parties
The Nordic Five Tech universities participating in the organization of the programme are amongst the top international technical universities and maintain high academic standards, enabling students to pursue their spesific academic interest. Each university works closely with the local energy sector and companies.
The admission process is coordinated by Aalto University. Link to the application form (Studyinfo.fi) appears on these pages when the application opens.
For studies beginning in the autumn of 2023, the admission timeline is as follows:
December 1, 2022 at 9 AM (UTC +2)Application period starts and online application form in Studyinfo opens
January 15, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +2)Application period ends and online application form in Studyinfo closes
January 23, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +2)Deadline for application documents to be uploaded to application form
January – March 2023Eligible applications undergo academic evaluation
Beginning of April 2023Admissions results published
May 26, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +3)Deadline for submitting certified (attested) hard copy documents
July 31, 2023 For applicants who applied with an incomplete degree: Deadline for graduation
August 17, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +3)For applicants who applied with an incomplete degree: Deadline for submitting certified copy of degree certificate
End of August 2023Studies begin with orientation week at first-year university
General academic requirements
The following apply to all applicants regardless of study track. Please note that each study track still has its own requirements and they are presented further down on this page.
- A BSc degree or equivalent corresponding to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits. Students in their final year of their Bachelor's studies are eligible to apply, provided they complete their Bachelor's degree by 31 July and submit the degree certificate (and official translation if needed) by the given deadline.
- The institution that has awarded the degree must be a recognized part of the official national education system of the country, i.e. to be listed as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).
- The applicant's qualifications should include the following minimum requirements:
- A minimum of 20 ECTS credits of mathematics including linear algebra, calculus and differential equations.
- A minimum of 5 ECTS credits of statistics.
- Numerical methods and elementary programming using e.g. MATLAB or a similar programming language.
Study track specific requirements
Heat and Power Engineering
System Integration of Wind Power
English language requirements and exemptions
To be eligible to apply to the programme, applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English with an accepted proof of language proficiency or by meeting the language test exemption criteria.
Below are presented the acceptable English language tests and their minimum scores:
- IELTS Academic: overall score 6.5, and writing score 5.5
- For 2023 admissions, test results are valid if the test was taken on or after 1 December 2020. Aalto University accepts also IELTS Indicator (Academic) test.
- TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test): 92, and 22 for Writing or
TOEFL PDT (Paper-delivered Test): Reading 22, Listening 22, and Writing 24
- For 2023 admissions, test results are valid if the test was taken on or after 1 December 2020. Aalto University accepts also TOEFL iBT® Home Edition test, but TOEFL Essentials or TOEFL ITP tests are not accepted.
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): 62, and 54 for Writing
- For 2023 admissions, these test results are valid if the test was taken on or after 1 December 2020.
- C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, CAE): A,B or C
C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE): A,B,C or Level C1
- Only electronically verifiable tests taken after 2005 are accepted.
English language test exemptions apply if the applicant has:
- Completed a higher education degree instructed in Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English at a higher education institution in Finland, Norway, Sweden or Denmark (while residing in that country).
- Completed a higher education degree instructed in English at a higher education institution that is physically located in one of the following countries: EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or the United States (while residing in that country).
- Completed both primary and secondary education in English in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or the United States (while residing in that country).
When applying for an exemption, English as the language of instruction must be stated unambiguously on the certificate (e.g., school leaving certificate / secondary-school final certificate, degree certificate or transcript of records). If there are several instruction languages, the document must clearly indicate the amount of studies taken in English.
Also note that a minimum of one half of the degree must be completed in a country and higher education institution that meets the requirements for exempting the student from taking an English language test.
All questions about language requirements should adressed to
Aalto Admission Service
+358 2944 29290
Please prepare to attach the following documents to your application form:
- 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 or document(s) that validate meeting exemption criteria
Do not include any additional attachments (e.g., letters of recommendation or extra-curricula training certificates). Additional attachments are not taken into account in the evaluation and they will only slow down the processing of the application.
Joint Masters Team
(Questions regarding the content of the programme and studies, and programme-specific documents [CV, motivation letter])
Aalto Admission Services
(Questions regarding the admission process or general eligibility and language requirements)
+358 2944 29290