Creative Sustainability Minor Study

The Creative Sustainability minor study is offered to all master’s student in Aalto University in order to help broaden sustainability knowledge and get acquainted with multidisciplinary approach during one’s own master degree studies.


In a nutshell

Who can apply? Any master’s degree student Aalto University can.
How long do I study? You’re expected to get the required credits within 1 year.
How many credits does it entail? CS offers and recommends a course palette from which students can choose relevant courses to make an individual study plan (15-25 ECTS or 24 ECTS) following the requirements of student’s own degree programme. CS minor students can choose courses from this list.
Language The instruction language is English.

Future Challenges

The most significant development challenges of sustainability are associated with climate change, global poverty, social and economical inequality, population growth as well as demographic changes and adaptation to rapid global economic changes. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. This raises the role of higher education and research as an essential element of sustainable development in society.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Sustainability

CS brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary 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 pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based learning, blended learning and strong connection to practical outcomes.

The Competence Areas

  • Multidisciplinary approach: developing capabilities in adapting knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.
  • Systems approach: integrating analytic and systemic thinking in critical problem solving that creates new holistic understanding about complex situations in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.
  • Design thinking: enhancing creative problem solving capabilities that utilise the methods of the design process in defining the problem, generating ideas and obtaining solutions.
  • Project management: enhancing capabilities in multidisciplinary team leadership and communication in versatile industrial, urban and business environments that promotes sustainability in various cultural contexts.
  • Business management: developing new approaches and skills for creating sustainable business models and improvement of business ethics and corporate responsibility.