The Master's Programme in Energy Systems includes a wide array of advanced energy studies. From a broad energy perspective comprising the disciplines of renewable energy technology and nuclear energy engineering, the programme focuses on professional competence and provides students with various study options to specialize in their fields of interest.
The programme offers two different specialisations in energy production related areas – Bio-Energy Systems or Nuclear Engineering. The students of Bio-Energy Systems study several subjects such as bioenergy production and refining technologies, bioenergy end-use technologies and the international trade of biofuels. The students of Nuclear Engineering 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 students will develop the knowledge and skills that will facilitate intellectual, creative, responsive and professional growth, and enable lifelong learning for continuous improvement. They 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 studies in doctoral programmes.
Diverse teaching methods and multicultural and multidisciplinary study groups ensure that the student will have good skills in team and project work, communication and languages, presentation, culture and leadership.
The graduate 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 in 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.
The student will be able to manage small-scale bio-energy production projects and to do studies and design choices of small-scale energy systems. S/he 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, the student 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.
The student will learn to utilise different numerical methods of reactor physics and thermal hydraulic safety analysis and understand the nuclear fuel cycle. S/he 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 the student will also learn the basic principles of other reactor types, including fast reactors, heavy water and gas cooled reactors.
The programme takes two years, corresponds to 120 ECTS credits and leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology.
The degree structure of 120 ECTS (2017-2018) consists of:
- Core Studies of 24 ECTS credits
- Specialisation Studies (Bio-Energy Systems or Nuclear Engineering) of 60 ECTS credits (at minimum)
- Minor Studies of 20 ECTS credits
- Elective Studies.
Degree structures and course descriptions available also in in pdf-format at Uni.
The Head of the Master's programme in Energy Systems is Head of the degree programme, D.Sc. (Tech.) Ahti Jaatinen-Värri.