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The Master's Degree Programme in

Real Estate Energy

The foundation of the degree programme is sustainable refurbishment, both in terms of financial and environmental issues.


Master of engineering




1 year



Language profile


The Degree Programme in Real Estate Energy is taught in English

Tuition Fees

Non-European Union/EEA: Yes

Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA-area are required to pay tuition fees. A master’s degree programme (60–90 ECTS credits) at Arcada costs 4,500 euros for academic year 1 and 2 and then 2,000 euro/year thereafter. The minimi tuition fee for the whole programme is thus 9.000.

No scholarships are offered for master level studies.


You can familiarize yourself with the current curriculum and courses below, but keep in mind that changes might be made for the next academic year.

More detailed information about the degree programme can also be found at Arcada’s digital study guide

Did you know that the European Union has set a goal for 2050 in which CO2 emissions relating to real estate energy consumption will be cut by 90 percent? This ambitious energy and climate target means that we now face a monumental task of finding new and sustainable solutions for future development and refurbishment of buildings. Traditional deep renovations are, however, far too expensive and thus new approaches are needed.

This is why Arcada, in co-operation with leading partner institutions in Europe and the rest of the world, has launched a new master’s degree programme in Real Estate Energy. The programme is aimed at professionals in the field of energy, construction or HVAC engineering looking to gain competence and knowledge to tackle these new challenges. The foundation of the degree programme is sustainable refurbishment, both in terms of financial and environmental issues. The comprehensive curriculum covers topics such as: The future directions of energy and climate, with focus on energy resources, energy politics on a global level, climate change, renewable energy technologies and electric grid issues; Energy diagnosis of real estate and renovations, with focus on both energy efficiency and comfort; Sustainable development of real estate to meet the energy and climate target of 2050; and financial, project and change management of real estate renovations.

Scheduled tuition takes place at Arcada typically between 2 and 5 days a month (mainly in the evenings and on weekends) while the rest of the education is carried out on-line. In other words, you have the opportunity to study while working. The programme can be completed in one year as full-time studies or two years as part-time studies. 

Any candidate with at least three years of relevant work experience and a suitable bachelor’s degree in energy, HVAC or building construction engineering can apply.

Please note that master students are not entitled to study-related social benefits such as discount tickets for HSL, VR or Matkahuolto unless you are a member of the student union ASK. However, the Kela Meal Subsidy Card is granted to all degree students. More detailed information about these discounts is found in Arcadas study guide.

Apply to this programme

Apply to the master's degree programme

Next application Spring 2020

20 study places

Next application 2020

Additional education offers

Master's level courses

Arcada offers open courses at a master's level.  Read more

Specialisation studies

Arcada offers small and versatile education packages called specialisation studies. These studies often consist of 3-6 courses bundled together. Read more

In short

What you will learn

  • Energy diagnosis
  • To utilize and document data for real estate owners
  • Optimization of indoor comfort

Examples of future positions

  • Portfolio management
  • Planning of thermal retrofitting
  • Energy management
  • Investment risk management within the real estate sector and banking
  • Energy-advisory services
  • Quality assurance and control for/of the construction industry

Create your own competence profile

As a student you can create your own personal competence profile by choosing the most suitable and beneficial elective study module. Selection is based on your own interests and maybe even your employer might wish to steer your specialization into some specific direction.

Expertise in high demand

Already today the market demand is huge for experts with the necessary skills and competencies to optimize existing buildings (both regarding cost and comfort) and thermal retrofitting. And the market will continue its extreme growth over the coming years. This is based on the fact that the real estate sector is expected to reduce CO2 emissions arising from energy demand almost to zero.

The Department of Energy and Materials Technology 

What’s the sum of a miniature sized plastics factory, an energy lab, a chemistry lab, over 280 eager engineering students and a number of innovative teachers and researchers in environmental and energy engineering and materials processing technology? Well, the answer is fairly simple: The Department of Energy and Materials Technology at Arcada.

At our department we believe in students and researchers working side by side in projects that aim to develop everyday practical products and finding hands-on solutions to problems that our world is facing.

Mirja Andersson, PhD

Head of Department

+358 207 699 570

Mikael Paronen, PhD

Programme Director Head of Innovations (technology)