Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics
Joint Programme with University of Tartu
- Degree awarded: Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
- Workload: 120 ECTS
- Language of instruction: English
- Duration: 2 years
- Number of places available: 17
- Number of full tuition fee waivers: 15
- Pre-Requisites: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural sciences or engineering
The programme offers a new and unique approach to energy issues and does not teach how to produce more energy but how to use energy more efficiently! The curriculum provides education in alternative energy materials science and engineering with a strong technology component with specialisations on either materials or processes in sustainable energetics. The goal of this programme is to educate specialists who are able to design, develop and improve materials for use in sustainable energy systems.
The programme offers a joint degree from two of the biggest and most respected universities in Estonia: Tallinn Tech and the University of Tartu.
- Integrating lectures, laboratory, theoretical classes and experience in industries
- Professors of the programme are highly recognised scientists. In 2013 Professor Enn Mellikov received the Estonian National Science Award in the field of solar energy
- Specialisation in Materials will concentrate on solar panels and fuel cells
- Specialisation in Processes will teach all about the different ways to produce energy: oil shale, wind energy, water, etc.
- Students have the possibility to take part in exchange programmes in Europe and the United States, e.g. in the University of California, Berkeley
Future career options
Since the beginning of the programme, almost 50% of the graduates have continued their studies at PhD level in Tallinn University of Technology or in other universities in Europe or America. This has the result of many career possibilities as a researcher in the field of fuel cells and solar panels for material specialisation students whereas processes students are demanded in industries related to sustainable energetics.
The goal of the programme is to educate engineers and material scientists in the field of sustainable energetics. For that reason there are two specializations to choose between:
- Specialization on Materials will concentrate on solar panels and fuel cells
- Specialization on Processes will teach all about the different ways to produce energy: oil shale, wind energy, water etc. It also gives an overview about how to analyse different methods and how to combine them
Master's programme is connected to the industry and will offer experience in the Estonian Energy Company already during the studies.
The main aim of the curriculum is to educate engineers able to solve or minimize problems connected first of all with the utilization but also with the conversion, transportation and storage of energy. The curriculum provides education in alternative energy materials science and engineering at MSc level with a strong technology component.
The curriculum offers an integrated approach towards current and long term materials and energetics issues, focusing on technologies and concepts in sustainable development of industrial production and use of energy. The courses will be taught both, in Tallinn University of Technology and University of Tartu in compact courses integrating lectures, laboratory and theoretical classes blocked to just several days duration enabling also the integration of foreign visiting students.
Energy is becoming more and more a major cost factor for all the players in the energy business due to increased worldwide consumption on the one hand and on the other hand a need to restrict the production of greenhouse gases.
By 2030, the world's energy needs are expected to be 50% greater than today. Nowadays, much of this energy comes from non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels- coal, oil and gas. These fuels are being used faster rate than they are produced and may be unavailable for future generations. At the same time, there is a need for a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to avoid serious changes in the Earth's climate system.
In 2009 the faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology in Tallinn University of Technology launched in cooperation with University of Tartu a joint master programme „Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics“ which teaches different sustainable energy methods.
Keywords such as solar energy, fuel cells, biomass, and wind energy are just the tip of the iceberg to describe the programme. Student can choose specialization either in materials of sustainable energetics or processes of sustainable energetics. Specialization on materials of sustainable energetics will give the student knowledge about solar panels and fuel cells- there is already a spin-off company Crystalsol which specializes on building solar panels. Students who choose to study processes of sustainable energetics will learn different ways how to produce and combine sustainable energy- solar, wind, biomass, etc.
Volume of the programme is 2 years and graduates will be awarded with the Master of Science in Engineering.
Programme specific requirements
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- CV - working experience benefits.
- Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences or Bachelor’s degree in Technical Fields.
Motivation letter/statament of purpose
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
- highlight why you would like to attend the chosen programme;
- interest of specialisation (materials of sustainable energetics or processes of sustainable energetics);
- brief description of your previous studies at university level;
- ideas for master´s thesis;
- your future academic and career goals.
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
April 14th 2017
EU, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus (and students who do not need a visa to enter Estonia )
May 1st 2017
** Information on application process can be found here: http://www.ttu.ee/admission/
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Last updated February 4, 2017