We all want to build a society which will enable fruitful life also for our children.
As the complexity and urgency of many sustainability problems increase, we can no longer think about our investment needs only as a specific technical product which has a great performance.
In every investment decision a growing need to contribute more effectively to sustainability challenges has to be taken into account.
Climate warming, weakening air quality, water pollution and waste amounts are examples of sustainability challenges faced around the world today. Sometimes traditional technologies offer best solutions but also integration of novel solutions to complex environmental problems are needed.
Solutions to these global challenges, such as environmental sustainability, call for systems thinking. It is increasingly required to understand the context in which the product is going to operate, whether that relates to the need to reduce emissions, use less oil-based fuel or water, disassembly at the end of its life or marketing in a region which taxes based on a footprint.
By understanding the broader context in which the challenges lie, we are able to identify more sustainable solutions.
In this programme you will learn to identify the challenges of sustainability and view them in a multidisciplinary way, producing solutions, which cover all of the aspects of sustainability on a wide range in the society.
You will study courses in renewable energy and energy efficiency, waste management, life cycle management, emission control and reduction, climate change and sustainable business and innovation.
Your studies will be focused on industrial and corporate processes and practices, so you will acquire knowledge and skill sets to bring sustainability solutions to corporate and government sectors.
Intended learning outcomes
After having completed the programme, you will learn to manage environmental issues in a way that profits business and the environment and to utilise life cycle modelling and make sustainable decisions in demanding situations.
You will learn to recognise opportunities offered by new technological innovations to promote sustainable development.
- be able to recognise the most significant environmental impacts of products and processes and their importance in terms of business,
- be able to understand the requirements of systemic change,
- be able to analyse how competitive in terms of environmental impacts and costs a certain technology, product or service is in different operating environments,
- be able to assess the technical possibilities of industrial, service, community, and primary production processes and systems to minimise environmental impacts,
- be able to explain the complex interdependencies of both local and global environmental problems,
- be able to apply theories and the most recent scientific knowledge to solve problems involving environmental aspects,
- be able to work as an environmental expert in a range of decision-making situations and produce and convey information to support stakeholders in environmental decision-making,
- be able to adopt and innovate new technical solutions to develop the environmental sector,
be able to apply theories to find the most sustainable product or process design.
Degree structure and studies
The Master’s Programme in Sustainability Science and Solutions is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme includes core, specialisation, minor and elective studies.
Core studies (31-41 ECTS credits) include studies on life cycle assessment, sustainable innovation and system transition.
Specialisation studies (56 ECTS credits) include studies on air pollution control, sustainable water use, waste treatment technology and climate finance and carbon markets.
Minor studies (min. 20 ECTS credits) can be selected from minor subjets offered by other LUT degree programmes. Minor studies from energy technology, electrical engineering and industrial engineering and management are recommended.
Elective studies are studies from any disciplines at LUT, including language courses.
The Master’s thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. It is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.
You can find the most recent information about available courses, teaching schedules and degree structures from the LUT study guide.
Double degree studies for students from partner universities
Students from partner universities are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.
Sustainability Science and Solution programme’s double degree partner universities are:
- Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
- Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
- St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
- Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia
After having completed the studies, you will have good competencies to work in international and multidisciplinary environments.
As a graduate, you may assume positions in industry, consultancy, regulatory agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations, where growing interest in sustainability has created new employment opportunities.
Graduates from this programme have found employment as
- environmental specialists in consulting companies
- environmental managers in industrial enterprises
- development engineers in the paper industry
- emissions specialists in the engineering industry
- environmental engineers in the energy industry
- environmental officers for government authorities
- sustainability specialists in the construction industry
- environmental and safety specialists in industry
- researchers in a research institute
- municipal environmental managers
You will also be given a firm basis to continue your studies in doctoral programmes.
Requirements for the Completed Degree
Degrees Completed in Finland
- Bachelor of Science in Technology
Completed in a Univeristy
Having completed a degree Diplomi-insinööri (DI) still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with the degree Tekniikan kandidaatti.
EXCEPTION: Degree DI accepted if completed before 2008 before no separate Bachelor’s Degrees existed.
NOTE: You are ineligible to apply, if having completed a degree DI in a study programme in the same field of study compared to the programme you are applying to.
- Bachelor of Engineering
Completed in a University of Applied Sciences
Having completed a degree Insinööri (YAMK) still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with the degree Insinööri (AMK).
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a field other than Technology
Completed in a University
- Master’s Degree in a field other than Engineering
Completed in a University of Applied Sciences
Degrees Completed Worldwide (excluding Finland)
- Bachelor of Science in Technology OR closely related to Technology – All countries
Completed in a University
- Bachelor of Engineering – EU/EEA countries
Completed in a University of Applied SciencesBoth the above mentioned degrees have to meet with the following criteria:
- The degree must be equivalent to a similar Finnish Bachelor’s Degree regarding to number of academic years and ECTS credits required.
- The degree must give you eligibility to apply to university level Master’s studies in the country where the degree was completed in.
- Having completed a Master’s Degree still makes you eligible to apply, but only when applying with a Bachelor’s Degree.
- Exception: Master’s Degree with no immediate prior Bachelor’s Degree included is accepted.
NOTE: The Admissions Committee for the programme reserves a right to decide whether the degree and the completed studies provide the applicant with eligibility to apply to the programme.
Requirements for the Degree Awarding University
The university awarding you the degree that you are applying with must be an official and recognized part of the national education system and has to be listed on the World Higher Education Database WHED by International Association of Universities.
Possibility to Apply as Undergraduate
You are eligible to apply as undergraduate and if admitted, you must
- Complete your degree by July 31, 2019
- Mail an officially certified copy of your Degree Certificate and Transcript of Records together with the official translations (if applicable), to LUT Admissions Services in a way that they are received by August 5, 2019 at 15:00 (GMT +2)
- Degrees completed in certain countries require you to follow the country-specific document requirements for authenticating and/or delivering your educational documents.
- Prepare yourself for a long period of time required for the authentication process before being able to mail us the documents.
Requirements for Proficiency in English
Accepted Language Tests
One of the following language tests in English with at least the minimum score mentioned is required for you to prove your proficiency in English:
- TOEFL – 80 iBT or 550 PBT
- IELTS Academic – 6.0
- PTE Academic – 54
- C1 Advanced by Cambridge English Qualifications – grade C
Previously known as CAE by Cambridge English Qualifications
- C2 Proficiency by Cambridge English Qualifications – grade C
Previously known as CPE by Cambridge English Qualifications
NOTE: A Language Certificate issued by your home university or any other institution or organisation is not accepted.
Validity for the Language Test
Your language test result has to be valid at least on the first day of the application period i.e. on December 3, 2018. If not, you are required to take a new language test as you will not be eligible to apply with an expired language test result.
All the language test results accepted by LUT are valid for two years from the date of taking the test.
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