Materials and Processes for Sustainable Energetics
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 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.
Materials of Sustainable Energetics; Processes of Sustainable Energetics
LEVEL OF STUDYMaster's
FACULTYSchool of Engineering
STUDY LOAD120 ECTS (view curriculum)
MODE OF STUDYFull-time study
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.
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. It also gives an overview about how to analyse different methods and how to combine them
The programme is connected to the industry and will offer experience in the Estonian Energy Company already during the studies.
The 2 year (120 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:
- Social Studies (9 ECTS)
- Basics of Natural Science and Engineering (30 ECTS)
- Sustainable Energetics (15 ECTS)
- Specialisation in Materials or Processes of Sustainable Energetics (18 ECTS)
- Research Project and Practical Training (12 ECTS)
- Free choice courses (6 ECTS)
- Graduation Thesis (30 ECTS)
Download full curriculum (PDF)
Why this specialty?
- 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
- Joint programme - first and third semester students will be studying in Tallinn University of Technology and second semester will be carried out at University of Tartu.
- Integrating lectures, laboratory, theoretical classes and experience in industries
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.
"My decision to study for my master’s in Estonia and particularly at TTÜ has been pivotal in placing my feet on the paths of a fascinating career. TTÜ has offered me a very good platform: I received a lot of practical experience working under the supervision of excellent professors, I had an opportunity to study as an exchange student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States, and I was also able to attend a lot of different conferences – as a result, I completed my M.Sc. with cum laude. Currently, I am doing my Ph.D. in Material Sciences at the same department."
Nkwusi Godswill Chimezie, Nigeria
Alumnus of the Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics programme
"Studies in TTÜ opened a totally new world for me: I had a chance to work with wonderful professors, participate in training courses in Ukraine and France, go as an exchange student to Austria to write my master thesis and visit lots of companies and meet the people in the industry to get cutting-edge news about energy technologies. All the knowledge and experience gained during my stay in Estonia helped me to successfully finalise my Ph.D. thesis in my home country and get the job I dreamed of."
Nino Maghradze, Georgia
Alumna of the Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics programme
"Already as an exchange student in TTÜ during my Bachelor's programme I got involved in real business life with Crystalsol, the spin-off company that commercializes TTÜ 's monograin solar cell approach. After finishing my Bachelor's degree in Austria I was happy to be able to return to TTÜ . The programme brings together a small but beautiful Nordic country with students and researchers from all over the world. I can say that the research groups here in TTÜ look forward to integrating new students and are very helpful and friendly all the time!"
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
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.
Grading scale: 0-5
Only candidates who have collected at least 2.5 points for their motivation letter will be invited to interview.
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.
- The aim of the interview is to evaluate candidate's:
- communication skills;
- creativity and critical thinking;
- problem-solving abilities;
- intellectual flexibility and analytical skills;
- motivation to pass the selected study programme and to continue with the professional career;
- the ability to collaborate and to contribute to multicultural and multidisciplinary teamwork.
Grading scale: 0-5
Students for TTÜ international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. Online interview will be conducted only to candidates who have passed preliminary evaluation. The maximum score for the motivation letter and online interview is 10 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 5 points is admitted.
TTÜ international admissions office
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Student counsellor at School of Engineering
Student counsellor at School of Engineering can help you
with questions about the study programme.
Prof. Sergei Bereznev
(+372) 620 2821
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