Materials and Processes for 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 in natural sciences or in technical field
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3300, 13 tuition fee waiver scholarships available that guarantee free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
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.
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 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.
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)
- Materials of Sustainable Energetics (18 ECTS)
- Processes of Sustainable Energetics (18 ECTS)
- Research Project and Practical Training (12 ECTS)
- Free choice courses (6 ECTS)
- Graduation Thesis (30 ECTS)
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- Bachelor's degree in natural sciences or in technical fields
- CV - working experience benefits
- Motivation letter (1-5 points)
- Online interview (1-5 points)
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.
Only candidates who have collected at least 2.5 points for their motivation letter will be invited to interview. 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.
Threshold 5 points - applicants receiving at least 5 points on their entrance exams get admissions to TTÜ.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The following is an estimation based on 2018/2019 fees:
Nominal study load for 1st year is 60 ECTS. 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Cost: 3300 EUR.
Non-EU students must pay in advance for 60 ECTS (yearly load) before starting their studies.
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. The scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with a workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, they will lose their tuition-fee waiver and will start paying for their studies.Scholarship
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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 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!"
- Materials and Processes for 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.