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
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural sciences or engineering
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3300, 15 tuition fee waiver scholarships available that guarantee free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
Number of places available: 17
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
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.
- 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.
Energy costs have become a critical issue since the worldwide consumption is increasing and production of greenhouse gases is limited. This drives to the situation where people who are educated to deal with minimizing energy usage to be in demand. These people have an appropriate knowledge to optimize the conversion and production of energy.
The new joint programme of Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics offers a new and unique approach to energy issues. Programme does not teach how to produce more energy but how to use energy more efficiently. Materials science and technology is traditionally strongly based on chemical science and education. In line with the development of new high tech materials, technologies and processes, their properties are studied at the Faculty. As a result of successful research in the field of new electronic materials, European and Estonian Centre of Excellence was established at the Faculty for the study of materials for solar energy.
Extensive cooperation with Tartu University, European universities and industry are conducted as well, which gives students excellent possibilities for practicing and working abroad.
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.
- Letter of recommendation
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.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2017/2018 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 55 EUR
- first study year is 3300 EUR
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. There is no separate application required. Decisions are made based on the Dreamapply application. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
For scholarship options please check www.ttu.ee/scholarships.
Topics of the submitted Master's thesis.
Specialization of materials of sustainable energetics
- Chemical Bath Deposition of i-ZnO for Monograin Layer Solar
- Formation of Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin Film Absorbers for Solar Cells
- Conductive Polymer Contacts to CdS/CdTe Solar Cell Structures
- Light Beam Induced Current Mapping for Analysis of Monograin Layer Solar Cells
- Optimization of Monograin Photovoltaic Module Structures
- High Vacuum Evaporation of n-CISe for Photoabsorber Films for Hybrid Photovoltaic Structures
Specialization of processes of sustainable energetics
- Wind Power Generation Forecasting Methodology
- Renewable Energy in Estonia: Obstacles and Opportunities
- Large Scale Wind Integration Impact on Conventional Power Plant Economics on the Baltic Region's Electricity Market
- Auditing Pumps in Districtheating Boilerhouse on Mustamäe Boilerhouse Example
- Integrating Wind Parks with Pumped-Hydro Power Storage in Estonian Power System
- Possible Locations for Combined Heat and Power Plants in Estonia
- The Usage of Biowaste as Raw Material for Energy Production Material-Exemplified by Tartu County
Graduate of the programme is:
- able to coordinate and lead specialists to work together in order to create optimized systems and as a result provide best solutions for the customer, i.e. planning organizations, private and industrial users of energy as well as energy contractors and providers
- motivated to continue studies at PhD level. In the faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology students can continue studies on the PhD programme “Chemical and Materials Technology”
"My decision to study for my master’s in Estonia and particularly at Tallinn Tech has been pivotal in placing my feet on the paths of a fascinating career. Tallinn Tech 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 Tallinn Tech 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
- Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics is a joint programme- first and third semester students will be studing in Tallinn University of Technology and second semester will be carried out in University of Tartu
- Throughout the studies there is an individual research project which will be assesed at the end of the each semester
- Research projects will be implemented in Tallinn University of Technology's Department of Materials Science, University of Tartu's Chemicum Building, Spin-off company Crystalsol, Estonian Energy Company
"Already as an exchange student in TUT during my Bachelor's programme I got involved in real business life with Crystalsol, the spin-off company that commercializes TUT's monograin solar cell approach. After finishing my Bachelor's degree in Austria I was happy to be able to return to TUT. 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 TUT look forward to integrating new students and are very helpful and friendly all the time!"