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MScMaterials and Processes for Sustainable Energetics

Tuition fee €3,600 per year

Free for EU/EEA students

You can see available scholarship options here: www.taltech.ee/scholarships

Application fee €100 one-time

The application fee is 100 EUR per applicant, which enables to apply for 2 programmes. The application fee is non-refundable!

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Energy is becoming more and more a major cost factor for all the players in the energy business due to increased consumption worldwide, as well as 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 at a rate faster 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 in cooperation with University of Tartu, TalTech launched a joint master programme Materials and Processes for Sustainable Energetics (programme code: KAYM) which teaches different sustainable energy methods. In 2017 the KAYM programme has been fully updated and renovated taking into account new directions in sustainable energy technologies and job market needs.

Programme structure

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 panelsi fuel cells, supercapacitors and for water splitting. Also possible specialization in biosensors for detection of environmental impurities.

Specialisation in Processes will teach the different ways to produce renewable energy: solar panel applications, wind energy, optimization of energy use and modelling etc.

The programme is connected to the industry and will offer experience in profiled Estonian companies already during the studies (Eesti Energia AS, Roofit Solar Energy, CrystalSol, etc.).

The 2 year (120 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:

General studies: – include elective courses about intellectual property, social and ethical aspects of engineering, project and quality management and technology entrepreneurship.
Core studies: – cover the basics of natural science and engineering (fundamentals of materials science, engineering for natural scientists, etc.).
Special studies: – students can specialise in Materials of Sustainable Energetics (focus on functional materials for solar panels, fuel cells, energy-saving, biofuel, biosensors, etc.) or Processes of Sustainable Energetics (focus on different ways of producing energy: oil shale, solar energy, biofuel, wind energy, water splitting, energy-saving and management, etc.)
Free choice courses – students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered at the university.
Graduation thesis – a scientific or engineering project that allows to apply theoretical knowledge to solving practical problems in the field of materials and processes for sustainable energetics.

Career opportunities

After introducing this programme to international students, almost 50% of the graduates choose to continue their studies at PhD level in TalTech or other universities in Europe or US. Students whose specialisation is related to both specialities are in high demand in industries of sustainable and conventional energetics – from contemporary materials application to processes management. A number of our graduates are having a successful career in leading companies and organisations in Estonia and beyond, such as Eesti Energia AS, ABB, Crystalsol, European Space Agency, etc.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Aug 30, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Aug 30, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States