In order to master the development process, you will obtain a firm foundation of design methods, software and hardware architectures, as well as programming of embedded systems. Together with innovation and entrepreneurship studies, the Programme enables you to work in the embedded systems industry from start-ups to large-scale enterprises.
After graduation, you can pursue a career in academia, industry or the public sector.
"As a student, you get more variation because the two universities have a slightly different focus. You acquire comparative knowledge and can be more competitive."
1. Advanced-level studies in the major subject (65-70 ECTS)
2. Optional and language studies (20-25 ECTS)
3. Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing is a two-year programme in the field of technology. It is designed to give you understanding of theoretical issues for starting PhD studies in the fields of embedded computing, cyber-physical systems (CPS) and internet of things (IoT). It also provides you with practical competences for challenging engineering jobs in the embedded systems industry.
The goal of the Programme is to offer education on modern embedded system design and modelling. Both hardware and software aspects are covered. You will obtain a firm foundation to design, model and implement embedded systems, including cyber-physical and IoT systems as well.
To master the development process, you will have an understanding of:
Research in the Programme focuses on Internet of Things (IoT), novel massively parallel computing platforms and paradigms, as well as autonomous embedded and cyber physical systems (CPS). The key application domains for the research are personal health, safety and well-being. The focus is on application development and implementation tools for multiprocessor platforms that are developed within the laboratory and wireless sensor networks.
In the Master’s thesis, you must prove your ability to do scientific work. You need to master management of research methods, knowledge of the research field and skill of scientific writing.
The goal of the Master’s thesis is:
Examples of thesis topics:
The laboratory of the Programme also participates in the EIT Digital Master School. The Master School is a collaboration with several European technical universities. In the EIT Digital Master School, the laboratory hosts Embedded Systems major’s Internet of Things and Energy Efficient Computing specialisation track.
EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation. Its goal is to drive Europe’s digital transformation. For more information, see https://masterschool.eitdigital.eu/programmes/es/
You will be offered multidisciplinary education which addresses systematic design of embedded systems from both hardware and software perspective.
In the Programme, you will:
The employment percentage of those holding an Master of Science (in Technology) degree is high in Finland. The degrees from this Programme cover different topical areas of embedded computing well. The education benefits from co-operation with companies in the region, especially in terms of optional Capstone projects.
Based on the personally planned expertise profile, successful careers in the IT sector as embedded computing experts are achievable both Finland and abroad. Graduates are able to pursue careers in the IT industry as embedded computing specialists and experts.
Possible job titles are:
Master of Science degree provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees.
Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
A BSc degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study.
A polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu). Students with such degree might however be required to complete additional studies while studying for the Master’s degree to qualify for Master’s degree studies (see Additional studies).
The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme should be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields of previous studies for this Master’s Degree Programme are computer science (software oriented applicants) and computer engineering (hardware and/or software oriented applicants with e.g. electronic engineering, digital hardware, or embedded systems backgrounds).
The decision of admission will be based on
A previously earned Master’s degree does not automatically place the applicant ahead of other applicants.
The contents of formally eligible applicants’ previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the Programme. Therefore admitted students can be advised or required to complete additional, Bachelor level studies. These can be done while studying for the Master’s Degree, but they are not part of the degree and may extend the targeted study time. The amount of required additional studies cannot exceed 60 ECTS.
Since the language of instruction in Bachelor’s level at the University of Turku is Finnish, an applicant needing additional studies can be required to submit proof for Finnish skills during the application process (see Language requirements). In case such proof is not submitted, the applicant needing additional studies must be rejected.
All applicants must prove their English language skills in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty.
Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a polytechnic degree from Finnish University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu) must prove their proficiency in Finnish language also, since the additional studies that these students may need to complete in parallel to their Master level studies are available only in Finnish.
The application form for the studies starting in autumn 2018 is available online during the application period on 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). Enclosures are attached to the application in digital form (pdf).
If you are graduating only after the deadline, you may apply on the condition that the required application documents are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by 10 July 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).
The following documents must be scanned and attached to the electronic application (in pdf format, in color) at the Studyinfo portal:
All translations must be made either by an authorized translator or by the degree awarding institution. Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted.
Prepare a motivation letter to be copy-pasted on the application form. The letter of motivation is an important factor in considering the applicant’s suitability to the programme so please prepare it carefully. Please notice that the motivation letter may be checked for plagiarism with the Turnitin system of the University of Turku.
Also be prepared to describe the grading scale used at your institution at the time of your studies. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks appearing on your transcript of records and their relation to each other. You should also provide a link to an official website where this information can be verified. (In many cases this information is already included in the transcript of records.)
The application form also includes programme specific questions. Therefore reserve some time for filling in the application form.
The application form is filled online in the Studyinfo portal. Please search at www.studyinfo.fi for the Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing. The application form is available and a completed application can be updated until the end of the application period on 31 January 2018 at 15.00 (GMT +2).
Annually 10 students are admitted to the programme per university (University of Turku & Åbo Akademi University), so that the total quota is 20 students per year. If an applicant applies to both universities within the programme, the applicant’s preference for home university must be indicated in the application. All students are required to start in the beginning of the autumn semester, and there is no separate admission for the spring semester.
The admitted applicant will have to show the originals of his/her educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of study records) at the University of Turku after arrival in Finland. Depending on the country the original documents may have to be attested or legalized. Please see the country specific requirements for the submission of the documents upon arrival already before applying.
Master’s Degree Programme in
Degree: Master of Science (Technology)
Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Mode of study: Full-time
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Future Technologies
Location: Turku, Finland
Language of instruction: English
Start date: August/September 2018
Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018
Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: None
Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries: €12,000 / academic year
Scholarships available: check the website