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 University of Applied Sciences, in co-operation with leading partner institutions in Europe and the rest of the world, is preparing to launch a new masters degree programme in Real Estate Energy.
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. Studies can be completed in 1,52,5 years. Any candidate with at least three years of relevant work experience and a suitable bachelors degree in energy, HVAC or building construction engineering can apply.
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Studies can be completed in 1,5–2,5 years
A Master's degree at a university of applied sciences is an alternative for someone who is already working. Three years of work experience after the Bachelor's degree is required.
Selection of students is partly based on an entrance exam. Thus all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to take part in an entrance exam.
At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.
The work experience required of applicants to the degree programmes will be counted from the degree awarding day onwards, and needs to be proven by a work certificate. Work experience gained before or during bachelor-level studies can not be counted towards the work experience minimum requirement. Exception is only made for applicants who have completed a Finnish vocational college diploma or higher vocational diploma (opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) before the completion of their higher education degree, as they may also take into account work experience gained before the higher education degree. Work experience can be counted uptil 31 July 2016.Part-time work is converted to full-time work in such a way that 150 hours or 20 full-time working days (a minimum of 7 hours per day) are equal to a month. The work experience does not have to be continuous or from the same employer. Practical training or on-the-job learning is not counted as work experience if it forms a part of the degree used for applying.
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