Creative Sustainability

Creative Sustainability is a cross-disciplinary two-year Master’s programme offered by Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Engineering (Real Estate Economics) and School of Economics.

The programme presents a wide range of current scientific knowledge relating to urban and industrial sustainability with corporate responsibility. It educates and encourages re-thinking in design, architecture, business management, industrial management and real estate.

The Master's Degree Programme in Creative Sustainability brings together students from different fields to study in multidiciplinary teams that increases understanding of different disciplines and enables adapting a holistic approach. This activates students to create new sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments. The pedagogy is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based learning, blended learning and strong connection to practical outcomes.

In the School of Engineering, it is possible to study in this programme towards the degree of  Master of Science (Technology), with a major in Creative Sustainability in Real Estate.

The courses take place in the three dirrefent campuses of Aalto University: in Arabia campus (Helsinki), in Töölö campus (Helsinki) and in Otaniemi campus (Espoo).

Degree Structure for CS students of the School of Engineering 2013 - 2014

M161-2 Intermediate Module in Creative Sustainability (20 cr)

 Code  Name  Cr


 Creative Teamwork (ARTS)



 Creating the Mindset of Sustainable Societies (ARTS)



 Continuous Transformation (ARTS)



 Systems Thinking 1 (ARTS)





 Systems Thinking 2 (ARTS)

 Real Estate in Theory and Practice (ENG)

 Sustainable Real Estate Business (ENG)




 ARTS= School of Arts, Design and Architecture, BIZ=School of Business,

 ENG=School of Engineering. Professor in charge Kauko Viitanen.

M162-3 Advanced Module in Creative Sustainability in Real Estate (18-22 cr)

 Code  Name  Cr








 Sustainable Building Design (ARTS)

 Sustainable Urban Design (ARTS)

 Sustainable Landscape (ARTS)


 How to Change the World: Innovation Toward Sustain. (BIZ)

 Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy (BIZ)

 Sustainability Politics and CSR -reading seminar (BIZ)








 Professor in charge Kauko Viitanen.

M160-3 Advanced Module in Creative Sustainability in Real Estate (20 cr)

 Code  Name  Cr





 International Land Management (ENG)

 Corporate Real Estate Management (ENG)

 Real Estate Development (ENG)

 Game in Urban Planning and Development (4-6) (ENG)





 Professor in charge Kauko Viitanen.

M-901-M Methodological Principles (10 cr).
Professor in charge: Kauko Viitanen.

Elective studies (about 20 credits)

For free elective studies students can study courses offered by Aalto University or by other universities as it is possible by Aalto internal and inter institutional agreements and procedures and course specific prerequisites.

Students may also take other CS programme courses for free elective studies, for example:

  • 21E10002 How to change the World: Sustainability project, 6 cr
  • Yhd-12.3081 State of the World and Development, 2 cr
  • Yhd-12.3095 Sustainable Communication, 2 cr
  • Yhd-12.3086 Sustainable Global Technologies, changing course, 6 cr
  • 21E13000   Special topics in Creative Sustainability: Sustainability Marketing and Consumption, 6 cr 

Finnish or Swedish language courses are also recommended for elective studies for international students.

Foreign language studies (minimum 3 cr)  are required for the completion of the MSc (Tech) degree. Both oral (o) and written (w) language skills should be demonstrated in the same language. In the master's programme these studies can be either part of elective studies or methodological studies depending on the course. The following English language courses are recommended for master's programme students:

  • Kie-98.1310 Introduction to Academic Communication for Master’s Programs in English (o,w) 3 cr
     (I-II, II-III, III-IV)
  • Kie-98.1320 Writing for Master’s Students (w) 3-5 cr (I-II, III-IV)
  • Kie-98.1410 Industrial Communications (o,w) 3-5 cr (I, IV)

Please, see Language Centre's web site for the full list of courses that fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Finnish or Swedish language courses are strongly recommended for elective studies for international students.

Master's thesis (30 credits).

Please, check the formal procedure of completing the master's thesis (topic, supervisor, maturity test, presentation and graduation). 

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