Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering: Materials of Energy Technology

Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering: Materials of Energy Technology trains professionals in materials engineering with a special focus in energy materials.

Materials of Energy Technology is one of the three specialisation tracks of the Master's Degree Programme in Materials Engineering. The other specialisation tracks are Modern Industrial Materials and Health Technology Materials.

The programme gives you a general overview of the field of energy storage materials. The contents of the programme can be tailored towards your interests with suitable choices of thematic or minor studies, for example specialising in batteries.

The questions we are looking to answer are:

  • What kind of renewable energy production and storage methods are there?
  • How to choose the materials for these systems?
  • How do these choices affect the performance of the systems?
  • How to design renewable energy production and storage systems from both technical and economical point of view?

All of these questions are in the center of the development of new materials and applications in the field of energy that are in the core of both the strategy of University of Turku as well as the wide expertise cluster in materials research in the Turku region.

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering: Materials of Energy Technology you will grow to be an expert in the field and learn to navigate in the vast field of energy technology and its applications.

Programme in brief

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering: Materials of Energy is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS credits including joint materials engineering studies, health technology studies, minor/thematic studies and a master’s thesis with a project.

Curriculum will be published in the study guide in May 2022.

Course descriptions for academic year 2021-2022 can be found in the study guide.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & EXPERIENCE

Current focus areas in the research in the field of Energy materials are solar cells, batteries for stationary energy storage and luminous devices.

We host one of the largest research group in Europe focusing on redox flow batteries, two highly competitive European Research Council Starting Grants, and various other European and national grants. We have wide international collaborator network.

MASTER'S THESIS & TOPICS

During the Master’s thesis in Technology, the student must prove their ability to do scientific work, management of research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill of scientific writing. The purpose of Master's thesis in Techology is to produce a constructive solution proposal for a research challenge of e.g. a company, organization or research group.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Bifacial solar cells for Nordic conditions
  • Extreme sensitivity of dye solar cells to UV‐induced degradation
  • Bioinspired vitamin B6 -based organic redox flow batteries for stationary energy storage
  • Optimization of the composition of solid boosters for redox flow batteries
  • Converting an organic light-emitting diode from blue to white with bragg modes

Career options

COMPETENCE DESCRIPTION

During the programme you will learn a general overview of the field of energy materials, focusing on renewable energy production and storage. You can tailor your studies by selecting different suitable minor subjects or thematic subjects, for example to focus on

  • manufacturing and properties of battery materials
  • circular economy
  • sustainability
  • different biomaterials and nanomaterials etc.
JOB OPTIONS

The renewable energy sector is one of the crucial industries in the world for sustainable development. Materials in energy technologies cover wide range of applications, focusing on materials for renewable energy production and storage. Developing new materials and solutions in these areas contributes to realize sustainable electricity generation.

You will be equipped with skills that provide you with multiple career options. You will be able to join the industry in Finland or abroad or enter the public sector, for example, in various authoritative duties.

Possible job titles are:

  • Validation and verification engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Technology manager
  • Development manager
  • Researcher
CAREER IN RESEARCH

The Master of Science degree completed in the Programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide.

Graduates from the programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of doctoral programmes, which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Entry requirements

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.


Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests. 

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

PROGRAMME-SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The applicant’s previous degree based on which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering must be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields for the Materials of Energy Technology specialisation track are

  • materials engineering
  • energy engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • process engineering
  • physics
  • chemistry

In addition to the education diploma and language certificate, you should include testimonials of any relevant work experience in your application.

You may apply only to one specialisation track within the Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Engineering.

APPLICATION EVALUATION

Annually 10 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Materials Engineering.

The decision of admission will be based on

  • the relevance of the applicant’s awarded degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance, and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • the language test result (see Language requirements)
  • the motivation letter
  • possible answers to the optional questions included in the application
  • possible relevant work experience
  • possible interview

Please tell in the motivation letter why you are applying to the Master's Degree Programme in Materials Engineering at the University of Turku, and especially why you have chosen the particular track.

It is possible to have only one Bachelor’s or Master’s study right at the Faculty of Technology. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous BSc. or MSc. study right at the same faculty.