The challenges of climate change and energy security are now undeniable. Humankind is consuming energy at increasing rates. Population growth and higher living standards in developing countries are causing a rapid growth in the global energy demand.

The future energy challenge calls for new supplies of affordable sustainable energy. Making greater use of the available spectrum of varying renewable energy systems is a way to meet the climate change challenge while helping to secure the availability of energy supplies to us all.

Do you want to develop and apply clean and effective energy technologies that will change the world? In the Master’s programme in Energy Systems you will learn how to produce energy safely, economically and using low-emission technology, as well as by utilising renewable energy sources.

The programme will provide you with extensive knowledge in different fields of the energy industry. You will specialise in one of two energy production related areas – either in Bio-Energy Systems or Nuclear Engineering. You may additionally choose individual courses from both.

Bio-Energy Systems

You will study several subjects such as bioenergy production and refining technologies, bioenergy end-use technologies and the international trade of biofuels. The subject is well suited for students who have a basic knowledge of energy technology from their Bachelor’s studies, such as flow theory and thermodynamics, and wish to become professionals in bio-energy systems.

Nuclear Engineering

You will 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 subject is well suited for students who have acquired some competence in energy technology subjects from their Bachelor’s studies, such as engineering, power plant engineering, process engineering, heat transfer and fluid flow, and wish to become professionals in nuclear engineering

  • Key facts
    Degree: Master of Science in Technology
    Extent of studies: 120 credits
    Duration: 2 academic years
    Studies begin: September
    Language of instruction English
  • Objective

    Green energy and technology is in the core of LUT’s expertise.

    After completing the degree program you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge in sustainable energy systems, and the specific knowledge and competencies for your chosen area of specialization.

    Diverse teaching methods and multicultural and multidisciplinary study groups ensure that you will have good skills in team and project work, communication and languages, presentation, culture and leadership.

    You 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

    Bio-Energy Systems

    You will be able to manage small-scale bio-energy production projects and to do studies and design choices of small-scale energy systems. You 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, you 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.

    Nuclear Engineering

    You will learn to utilize different numerical methods of reactor physics and thermal hydraulic safety analysis and understand the nuclear fuel cycle. You 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 you will also learn the basic principles of other reactor types, including fast reactors, heavy water and gas cooled reactors.

  • Structure

    The program includes core studies, specialization studies, minor studies and language studies.

    Core studies (24 ECTS credits) include courses that combine fundamental skills applicable to both specializations; courses on topics such as sustainability, numerical methods in heat transfer, maintenance management, technology and society and nuclear power plant engineering.

    Specialization studies (60 ECTS credits). You can specialize in one of two fields:

    • Bio-energy systems: This specializaion includes studies on energy systems engineering, bio-energy technology solutions, bio-energy and turbomachinery in renewable energy.
    • Nuclear engineering: This specialization includes studies on nuclear reactor design, nuclear thermal hydraulics (theoretical and computational), nuclear reactor physics (methods and analyses), steam turbines.

    Minor studies (20 ECTS credits) can be selected from any minors offered by LUT. You can also study a semester at one of LUT’s international partner universities getting the required credits there.

    Language studies, 10 ECTS credits.

    The Master’s thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialization studies. The thesis an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree program.

    Double and triple degree studies for LUT degree students

    The Energy Systems program also offers students a possibility for double or triple degree studies. Students admitted to the double or triple degree program receive a degree certificate from two or three universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of all universities involved.

    Students admitted to complete the Master’s Degree in the Energy Systems program at LUT may apply for the double degree program with the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University or the triple degree program with the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University and Leibniz Universität Hannover.

  • Career opportunities

    In the programme you will have access to the latest information about the renewable energy sector and how it affects your future career. You will be trained to work in international, multidisciplinary and multicultural environments.

    Careers for Master’s level graduates in energy systems include, for instance, specialist tasks, design and product development, production and operation, management, sales and marketing, research and education, and positions in public authorities and organizations.

    You will also be given a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programs.

  • GMAT/ GRE minimum scores

    Applicants for this program need to submit one of the following test results with the required minimum scores:

    (1) GRE Physics:

    Scaled score 560


    (2) GRE Physics:

    Verbal Reasoning 140

    Quantitative Reasoning 147

    Analytical Writing 3.0

    For more information of required documents, please go to the university page.

Quick facts

Semester starts:

Application period:
November 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019


Tuition fee:
10,000€ / year

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