The Arctic is a place unlike anywhere else. Its fragile ecosystem, challenging weather and scarce infrastructure make it a demanding environment for the engineers who work there. By actually going to the Arctic – Svalbard or Greenland – and putting your skills to use, you will get valuable first-hand insight into working as an engineer in one of the most challenging areas of the world.
Cold climate engineering has an increasingly important role to play in ensuring the sustainable development of the Arctic. New shipping routes as well as mining possibilities are emerging in the region. The development of new industry in the Arctic region is intensifying rapidly and the industry now needs engineers with specialised Arctic competence.
Graduates of the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering will have the skills needed to meet the demands of the industry and to work in the fragile Arctic environment.
The main focus of the programme is to give you a profound understanding of how the skills, knowledge and specialisation you receive may be applied to jobs as researchers, consultants or practising engineers in the Arctic.
All graduates will have a deep understanding of the challenging Arctic environment and the ability to work within a diverse team of experts that represents different disciplines or cultures.
Teaching methods include lectures, assignments, fieldwork, laboratory work and project work. Theory is supported by experimental work and modelling, which are used extensively and in a manner appropriate for the study track.
Studying abroad gives your career a head start, as employers are always looking for graduates with an international outlook and intercultural competence. Upon graduation, you may be eligible to enter a doctoral programme at any of the participating universities, but you are also qualified for demanding positions in industry.
Cold climate engineering graduates are typically be employed by consulting, design, surveying and construction companies, the mining industry, oil companies, governmental bodies or research institutes and universities that have activities related to the Arctic. Possible duties include those of chief executive, development manager, team manager, consultant, specialist or researcher.
This Cold Climate Engineering (Nordic Master) programme is offered by Aalto University.
The programme consists of three specialised study tracks:
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Admissions for the programme are processed by DTU. Applications must be submitted through the DTU admission system. For a detailed description of admission criteria, visit the programme's website.
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Students applying for the Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering must have completed a bachelor's degree (BSc) corresponding to a minimum 180 ECTS credits.
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