Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering

General

Program Description

Description

Boost your CV by studying abroad; graduate with a double degree from two internationally acclaimed universities; spend one year abroad, visit the Arctic and gain a unique specialization in Cold Climate Engineering.

The Arctic is a place unlike anywhere else. The ecosystem is fragile, the weather can be challenging and the infrastructure is scarce. These conditions make high demands on engineers working here.

The Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering is the first comprehensive master’s program in cold climate engineering in Europe and gives the students a unique possibility to do fieldwork and projects in Greenland or Svalbard. By actually going to the Arctic and applying their skills, the graduates get valuable first-hand insight into working as an engineer in one of the most challenging areas of the world.

Cold climate engineering has an increasingly important role to play in order to ensure the sustainable development of the Arctic. New shipping routes, as well as mining possibilities, are emerging in the region. The development of new industries in the Arctic region is intensifying fast and the industry now demands engineers who have specific Arctic competencies.

Graduates from the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering will have the skills necessary to meet the demands of the industry as well to work in the fragile Arctic environment.

Focus

The main focus of the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering is to give the students a profound understanding of how the obtained specializations can be applied in jobs as researchers, consulting or practicing engineers in the Arctic.

All graduates will have the ability to work within a team of experts having different international backgrounds such as education, values, language, culture, and have a profound understanding of the challenging Arctic environment.

The teaching methods will include lectures, assignments, fieldwork, laboratory work, and project work. The theory is supported by experimental work and modeling, which are used intensively, and also depending on the track.

Specialization

The program consists of three specialized study tracks:

  • Land Track: Focus on Arctic geoengineering (DTU and NTNU)
  • Sea Track: Focus on Arctic ships and offshore structures (NTNU and Aalto)
  • Space Track: Focus on mapping and observing the Arctic (DTU and Aalto)

Icebergs of Iceland’s Vatnajokull Anders Jildén / Unsplash

Career

Studying abroad jump-starts your career as employers are always looking for graduates with an international outlook and intercultural competencies. Upon graduation, you may be eligible to enter a Ph.D. program at any of the participating universities, but you are also qualified for demanding positions in the industry.

Career opportunities

As a Cold Climate Engineering graduate, you will typically be employed at consulting, design, surveying and construction companies, mining industry, oil companies, governmental bodies, or at research institutes and universities, which have activities related to the Arctic. Your role may be that of chief executive, development manager, team manager, consultant, specialist, or researcher.

Study Program

The Cold Climate Engineering program has a number of predefined study lines. Each line is divided between two of the partner universities. This means that you spend one year (60 ECTS) at each of the two universities.

Land Track

The Land Track focuses on Arctic Geoengineering and the courses are offered by DTU and NTNU.

The track gives the graduates a comprehensive overview of the different aspects related to designing and operating Arctic infrastructure and a solid understanding of the mechanics of soil, concrete, and rocks.

The Land Track covers both the basic knowledge within Civil Engineering as well as practical applications in Arctic infrastructure.

During this track, the students will spend 1-3 semesters in an Arctic environment in Greenland (DTU campus Sisimiut) and/or Svalbard (UNIS) and participate in the Arctic fieldwork.

Special Knowledge of Design and Operation of Arctic Infrastructure

Graduates from the Land Track will have acquired special knowledge related to the design and operation of Arctic Infrastructures such as roads, harbors, runways, mines, and tunnels and will be able to:

  • Design foundations and infrastructure constructions, taking into account permafrost, erosion, and rocks, as well as extreme loads from e.g. strong wind or snow.
  • Work with planning in sparsely populated areas with limited infrastructure.
  • Carry out and manage infrastructure projects including logistics in Arctic areas.

Which Degree Will I Get?

The Cold Climate Engineering program is a so-called double degree program. When you finish the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering you will receive a degree from both universities you have attended during your master’s program.

You will receive a degree diploma with the program name: Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering with the following double degree title:

  • DTU: Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • NTNU: Master of Science in Cold Climate Engineering

Career Prospects

Graduates from the Land Track are expected to find work in consulting, design and construction companies, the mining industry, oil companies, governmental bodies, research institutes, and universities, which have activities related to Arctic infrastructure.

The graduates will have extensive experience of working in the field in Arctic locations.

Admission Requirements

The following prerequisites are required to be admitted to the Land Track of the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering.

Students with a Bachelor's degree corresponding to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in the following fields can apply:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geo-Engineering

Applicants must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements:

  • A BSc with at least 30 ECTS in Mathematics, of which at least 5 should be in Statistics, 20 ECTS in Physics
  • Basics in Engineering Geology, Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics

Knowledge within material science is recommended.

From September 2017, the Bachelor's degree must be less than 10 years old.

Sea Track

The Sea Track focuses on Arctic ships and offshore structures and the courses are offered by NTNU and Aalto.

The track gives the graduates a comprehensive overview of the different aspects related to the design and analysis of Arctic ships and offshore structures as well as operations on ice-covered waters.

All students will participate in Arctic fieldwork.

The Sea Track covers both the basic knowledge as well as the application of Arctic marine technology. During the studies, the students have the possibility to participate in Arctic fieldwork (Svalbard/UNIS), laboratory work at Aalto Ice Tank and numerical modeling of ice-related problems.

Special Knowledge on Arctic Ships and Offshore Structures and Operations

Graduates from the Sea Track will have acquired special knowledge related to Arctic ships and offshore structures and Arctic operations and will be able to:

  • Understand the complicated and specific natures of the Arctic design and operating environment.
  • Describe the challenging environment and use this knowledge for modeling purposes.
  • Design and carry out Arctic fieldwork measurement campaigns.
  • Understand the basic characteristics of ice model scale testing.
  • Use analytical and numerical models to predict ice-structure interaction and other ice-related problems.

Which Degree Will I Get?

The Cold Climate Engineering program is a so-called double degree program. When you finish the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering you will receive a degree from both universities you have attended during your master’s program.

You will receive a degree diploma with the program name: Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering with the following double degree title:

  • Aalto: Master of Science (Technology)
  • NTNU: Master of Science in Cold Climate Engineering

Career Prospects

Graduates from the Sea Track are expected to find work in oil companies, shipyards, classification societies, governmental bodies, consulting and design companies, research institutes and universities with activities on ice-covered waters.

Admission Requirements

The following prerequisites are required to be admitted to the Sea Track of the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering.

Students with the following Bachelor’s degree can apply to the Sea Track:

  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Applied Physics and Mathematics

Other requirements:

  • Students need to have a high-quality BSc degree with at least 30 ECTS in Mathematics, of which at least 5 should be in Statistics, and at least 20 ECTs in Mechanics/ Physics and/or Thermodynamics. These courses can include a) General physics, b) Applied solid, fluid or thermo-mechanics and/ or c) Structural/engineering mechanics.
  • Students with a BSc in Naval Architecture, Marine Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Applied Physics and mathematics are encouraged to apply if they fulfill the requirements specified above.

Space Track

The Space Track focuses on Earth observation techniques, mapping and navigation in the Arctic and the courses are offered by Aalto and DTU.

The track gives the graduates a profound understanding of how to use space as an environment for developing instruments to benefit people and society.

The students on the Space Track must choose between two specializations:

  1. Earth Observations Techniques with a focus on sensing and mapping solutions for the Arctic.
  2. Mapping and Navigation with a focus on high-latitude and Arctic/Antarctic areas.

Special Knowledge on Exploration Techniques Used in the Polar Regions

Graduates from the Space Track will have acquired a thorough overview of technologies used for climate monitoring, mapping and navigation and will be able to:

  • Design, build and operate functional space and Earth observation systems.
  • Set up Earth observation research projects.
  • Conduct science and applied Earth monitoring with the research results.

Which Degree Will I Get?

The Cold Climate Engineering program is a so-called double degree program. When you finish the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering you will receive a degree from both universities you have attended during your master’s program.

You will receive a degree diploma with the program name: Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering with the following double degree title:

  • Aalto: Master of Science (Technology)
  • DTU: Master of Science in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering

Career Prospects

Graduates from the Space Track will have worked intensively with different kinds of technology used to explore the Earth and especially the Polar Region: the Arctic and Antarctica. This includes instrumentation, observation techniques, models, methods and surveillance systems.

Graduates from the Space Track are expected to find work in consulting companies working with surveying, remote sensing and mapping companies, high-tech companies and governmental bodies. Also, large Earth observation and space research-related organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA), European Southern Observatory (ESO) or the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will need graduates from the Space Track.

Admission Requirements

The following prerequisites are required to be admitted to the Space Track of the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering.

The applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree (minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent) in:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Earth and Space Physics Engineering
  • Physics
  • Other related fields
    The following background knowledge with at least 50 ECTS is required for the Master's Programme:
  • Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Basic programming skills
  • Physics

From September 2017, the Bachelor's degree must be less than 10 years old.

General Admission Requirements

The common admission requirements are divided into three categories:

  • Degree requirements
  • Academic prerequisites
  • Language requirements

Admission Procedure

There is joint admission for the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering. This means that all applications must be submitted through the DTU online application portal. The CV and GPA–conversion are mandatory. Use the combined ”Statement of Purpose” and “Pre-mapping of your Academic Records” document for Cold Climate Engineering. Recommendation letters are mandatory.

Motivation letter

All applicants must write a motivation letter with a resume attached as part of the application. For the Land and Sea tracks, the motivation letter must include a passage describing your expectations of spending one or more semesters in Greenland or Svalbard.

Degree Requirements

Students applying for the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering must have obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree 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 BSc by the start of the program.

English language requirements

TOEFL:

  • Paper-based: 580 (written section grade 4.5)
  • Internet-based test: 92 (written section grade 22)

IELTS:

  • 6.5, no section lower than 5.5 (only IELTS Academic Training accepted).
    The language test must not be older than two years.

English language test exemptions:

  1. Applicants who have citizenship or have completed a university degree instructed in English at a university that is physically located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada (except Quebec), UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand
  2. Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year degree instructed in English in an EU/EEA country.

For Nordic citizens only: Documentation from upper secondary school/high school that the English level is comparable with the English B - level in Denmark.

Last updated November 2019

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