Master of Science in Building Technology


Program Description

The Master's Programme in Building Technology offers comprehensive academic and professional education in a variety of disciplines within civil and structural engineering.

Civil engineering plays a key role in creating safe and healthy built environments. Combining the global needs for energy efficiency and sustainability with the characteristics of a good living environment requires theoretical understanding, professional skills and a broad perspective.

The Master’s Programme in Building Technology deals with the design, construction, use, and maintenance of civil engineering structures, such as buildings and bridges. With its four main topics – structural engineering, building performance, construction management and mineral-based materials – the programme offers knowledge and skills for future careers in industry, research, education or government bodies. Based on your individual choices, you may specialise in topics like indoor air quality, repair and maintenance, fire safety engineering, energy efficiency, and building services.

Since 2018, we offer a dedicated group of courses under the title Structures and architecture, thus providing a unique possibility for integrating engineering and design studies.

The programme strives for the development of working life skills: analytical and critical thinking; multidisciplinary collaboration; and communication for scientific and technical professionals. Professional ethics and social and environmental responsibility are an integral part of education.

Study programme

The programme includes six courses (totalling 30 credits) of common studies, which make up the autumn term of the first year. After the first term, you choose a specialisation within building technology or – by combining courses from different fields – gather a wider understanding of engineering applications related to building technology.

Technical knowledge is deepened by choosing six courses (30 credits) from the advanced course packages offered by the programme. The synthesis or specialisation of your studies can be further strengthened through 30 credits of elective studies, which may include courses offered by the study programme or other Aalto University courses. For those looking for specialisation, pre-defined course packages are also available.

Career opportunities

As the need of civil engineers is undeniable for building and maintaining structures, there is a natural demand for professionals graduated in building technology. After graduation, students have typically worked with design, construction, project, and research tasks in the field of building technology. In later phases, duties may often be connected to the roles of advisor, administrator, manager or senior researcher. If not self-employed, a vast variety of possible employers can be found: national and international construction businesses as well as building materials industries. Positions also exist in the public sector, e.g. public administration, environmental organisations and institutions such as the United Nations.

Admission requirements

Aalto University's student selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) conducted by Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the school's programme-specific academic evaluation.

The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:

  • University/higher education institution; recognized for the 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 to the programme; should be clearly in connection with the study option.

Additional documents

The following mandatory documents are required by the programme:

  • a motivation letter
  • cv

Motivation letter

Tips for writing a motivation letter

Master’s Admissions at the School of Engineering 2020

The motivation letter is an important part of your application. It gives you an opportunity to present relevant pieces of information that cannot be provided elsewhere in the application.

Examples of questions to consider when writing the motivation letter:

  • Why are you applying for the master’s programme in question?
  • What do you expect to gain from studies in the master’s programme?
  • Why do you think you are the right person for this master’s programme?
  • How will your previous education, work experience, knowledge and skills support your success in your master’s degree studies?
  • Describe your professional goals. How do you think the master’s programme you are applying for would support the development of your professional profile?
  • In which sector would you like to work in the future? What kind of career are you planning?
  • Why do you want to study at Aalto University and in Finland?
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

At Aalto University, we believe in curiosity and we encourage our students to explore the unknown and do things in a totally new way. We offer the highest level of education in business, art and desig ... Read More

At Aalto University, we believe in curiosity and we encourage our students to explore the unknown and do things in a totally new way. We offer the highest level of education in business, art and design, architecture, and technology in Finland. Read less
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