Creative Sustainability - Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #137 (QS) ,
The Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability combines business, architecture, built environment, design and real estate to help you learn how to create new sustainable solutions. This Creative Sustainability - Technology programme is offered by Aalto University.


The Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability provides an international and multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, built environment, business and design. It allows students to study and develop solutions to global sustainability concerns such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty as well as social and economic inequality.

Global and local challenges call for multidisciplinary approaches and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. Creative Sustainability brings together students who are devoted to developing systemic solutions, working in multidisciplinary teams and challenging themselves with practical learning tasks. The studies provide opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines.

Creative Sustainability is a joint master’s degree programme organised by the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the School of Business and the School of Engineering. Students who enter the programme through the School of Engineering will graduate with degrees of Master of Science in Technology.

After entering Creative Sustainability through the School of Engineering, you will build the knowledge and skills required for enhancing your holistic understanding of different fields of real estate and water management, relevant stakeholders and the connections between them. You will be provided with tools of critical thinking, analysis and decision-making to take up sustainability-related challenges in the various projects and tasks of a versatile real estate industry.

After completing your degree in Creative Sustainability at the School of Engineering, you will be able to:

  • understand the nature of the real estate industry and the stakeholders involved.
  • gain capabilities to develop holistic solutions in the context of the built environment.
  • learn how to integrate analytical and systemic thinking for solving critical problems that need to be addressed in the field of built environment.
  • learn the practical application of engineering tools in a versatile real estate sector and urban environment and the way in which these can be used in addressing sustainability challenges.
  • work collaboratively and in multidisciplinary teams to develop creative solutions for promoting further integration of sustainability to versatile real estate disciplines.

This Creative Sustainability - Technology programme is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Systems approach
  • Design thinking
  • Sustainability management
  • Project management
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Evaluation criteria

The selection process is paper-based and competitive, and it may be complemented with interviews. Applications that pass the eligibility check of Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the School's programme specific academic evaluation.

The following academic evaluation criteria applies to this master's programme:

  • Degree and institution of higher education
  • Relevancy of studies For Creative Sustainability (MSc Tech), the candidates' previous university studies should have an emphasis preferably on Real Estate, Land Economy, Geography or Environmental Economy, or other relevant field.
  • Academic performance
  • Motivation
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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
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