Master's Programme in Energy Systems

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Programme in Energy Systems

Lappeenranta University of Technology

The challenges of climate change and energy security are now undeniable.

Humankind is consuming energy at increasing rates. Population growth and higher living standards in developing countries are causing a rapid growth in the global energy demand.

The future energy challenge calls for new supplies of affordable sustainable energy. Making greater use of the available spectrum of varying renewable energy systems is a way to meet the climate change challenge while helping to secure the availability of energy supplies to us all.

Do you want to develop and apply clean and effective energy technologies that will change the world? In the Master's programme in Energy Systems, you will learn how to produce energy safely, economically and use low-emission technology, as well as by utilising renewable energy sources.

This programme is for you who are ready to accept the energy challenges and learn how to make an impact on how energy is produced and distributed.

In the programme, you will develop the knowledge and skills that will facilitate intellectual, creative, responsive and professional growth, and enable lifelong learning for continuous improvement.

You will acquire competencies to go on to a career as a professional and expert in the rapidly developing, multidisciplinary area of energy and the environment, or to continue your studies in doctoral programmes. You will also acquire team-work skills and the ability to competently lead project teams.

Teaching and research are carried out in close cooperation with industry, other universities and research institutions. Our strong interface with international enterprises is one of the key success factors in ensuring the practical application of new knowledge and theories in the real world.

The programme will provide you with extensive knowledge in different fields of the energy industry. You will specialise in one of two energy production related areas – either in Bio-Energy Systems or Nuclear Engineering. You may additionally choose individual courses from both.

Bio-Energy Systems

You will study several subjects such as bioenergy production and refining technologies, bioenergy end-use technologies and the international trade of biofuels. The subject is well suited for students who have a basic knowledge of energy technology from their Bachelor's studies, such as flow theory and thermodynamics, and wish to become professionals in bio-energy systems.

Nuclear Engineering

You will study the design, operation and basic structures of nuclear power plants, the modelling and optimisation of nuclear reactors and nuclear steam supply systems, radiation and nuclear safety, safety analysis methods, and fuel and radioactive waste management.

The subject is well suited for students who have acquired some competence in energy technology subjects from their Bachelor's studies, such as engineering, power plant engineering, process engineering, heat transfer and fluid flow, and wish to become professionals in nuclear engineering.

Intended learning outcomes

Green energy and technology are at the core of LUT's expertise.

After completing the degree programme you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge in sustainable energy systems and the specific knowledge and competencies for your chosen area of specialisation.

Diverse teaching methods and multicultural and multidisciplinary study groups ensure that you will have good skills in team and project work, communication and languages, presentation, culture and leadership.

You will

  • be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the important technologies, practical applications, processes and actions concerning energy generation, power systems and energy markets, and the use of energy
  • have adopted the principles of life cycle thinking and sustainable development in the domain of energy and the environment
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant theories and techniques, problem-solving skills, and the ability to use knowledge, equipment, and tools independently for the design and development of practical applications
  • be able to work with others in task-oriented groups, productively participating and interacting with the group
  • be able to logically think through a problem and solve it, to contribute to innovative thinking, and to unambiguously communicate knowledge and solutions to the energy community and society, orally and in writing

Bio-Energy Systems

You will be able to manage small-scale bio-energy production projects and to do studies and design choices of small-scale energy systems. You will also be able to understand what is needed to use typical biomass fuels and be able to select different types of equipment e.g. steam boilers for different types of fuels.

Additionally, you will be able to take part in strategic planning at a national level to increase the use of bio-energy nationally and to understand and be able to explain the benefits and drawbacks of different bio-energy generation technologies.

Nuclear Engineering

You will learn to utilise different numerical methods of reactor physics and thermal-hydraulic safety analysis and understand the nuclear fuel cycle. You will also learn how to explain the design principles of nuclear reactors, nuclear steam supply systems and safety systems.

Emphasis is on light water reactors, but you will also learn the basic principles of other reactor types, including fast reactors, heavy water, and gas cooled reactors.

Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Energy Systems is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.

The programme includes core studies, specialisation studies, minor studies and language studies.

Core studies (24 ECTS credits) include courses that combine fundamental skills applicable to both specialisations; courses on topics such as sustainability, numerical methods in heat transfer, maintenance management, technology and society and nuclear power plant engineering.

Specialisation studies (60 ECTS credits). You can specialise in one of two fields, Bio-Energy Systems or Nuclear Engineering.

BIO-ENERGY SYSTEMS. This specialisation includes studies in energy systems engineering, bioenergy technology solutions, bioenergy and turbomachinery in renewable energy.

NUCLEAR ENGINEERING. This specialisation includes studies on nuclear reactor design, nuclear thermal hydraulics (theoretical and computational), nuclear reactor physics (methods and analyses), steam turbines.

Minor studies (20 ECTS credits) can be selected from any minors offered by LUT. You can also study a semester at one of LUT's international partner universities getting the required credits there.

Language studies, 10 ECTS credits.

The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Double and triple-degree studies for LUT degree students

The Energy Systems programme also offers students a possibility for double or triple degree studies. Students admitted to the double or triple degree programme receive a degree certificate from two or three universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of all universities involved.

Students admitted to complete the Master's degree in the Energy Systems programme at LUT may apply for the double degree programme with the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University or the triple degree programme with the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University and Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Double degree studies for students from partner universities

Students from partner universities are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

Energy Systems programme's double degree partner universities are:

  • Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
  • St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia

Energy Systems programme's triple degree partner universities are Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University and Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Career prospects

In the programme, you will have access to the latest information about the renewable energy sector and how it affects your future career.

You will be trained to work in international, multidisciplinary and multicultural environments.

Careers for Master's level graduates in energy systems include, for instance, specialist tasks, design and product development, production and operation, management, sales and marketing, research and education, and positions in public authorities and organisations.

You will also be given a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 1, 2018
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Aug. 2019
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2 years
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