UTU Masters | Embedded Computing
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Master's Degree Programme in

Embedded Computing

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Turku

Become an expert in embedded systems design!

The Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing gives profound knowledge in the field of embedded computing, cyber-physical systems (CPS) and internet of things (IoT). The Programme builds an understanding of theoretical issues and practical competences for challenging design tasks in the field of embedded systems.
Apply now! The application period for the studies starting in autumn 2018 is 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018.

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. The Programme is organised in co-operation with Åbo Akademi University.


Programme structure

1. Advanced-level studies in the major subject (65-70 ECTS)

  • Compulsory courses
  • Compulsory as well as optional courses

2. Optional and language studies (20-25 ECTS)

  • Optional studies in the minor subject (20 ECTS)
  • Language studies (0-5 ECTS)

3. Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

Academic excellence & experience

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 Programme is jointly managed by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.

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:

  • design constraints
  • hardware/software tradeoffs
  • design methods and software
  • hardware architectures
  • low-level programming of embedded and IoT systems

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.

Master's thesis & topics

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:

  • to train independent problem solving for demanding research questions
  • to train presentation and argumentation skills, both oral and written
  • to train search and critical evaluation of information
  • to develop an ability to engage in a constructive dialogue with related disciplines
  • to gain insight into actual research and development work as well as the possibilities and constraints of embedded computing methods in the application domain and in the society at large

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Internet of Things Platform Interchangeability with Radiation Meter
  • Embedded System Design of Touch Panel Screen for IoT Applications
  • Task Migration Implement for Fault-Aware Resource Management of Networked Many-Core Systems
  • Hybrid Memory for Next Generation Chip
  • Interoperability Solutions for IoT Protocols via Intelligent Gateway
  • Parallelization of Sorting Algorithms with GPU
  • Embedded Service Bus for Internet of Things Interoperability


Co-operation with other parties

The courses are jointly managed by the IT Departments of the University of Turku (UTU) and Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU). UTU provides the courses focusing on embedded hardware architectures and their design and ÅAU provides the courses focusing on software design aspects of embedded systems.

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 http://www.eitdigital.eu/eit-digital-academy/master-school/


Competence description

You will be offered multidisciplinary education which addresses systematic design of embedded systems from both hardware and software perspective.

In the Programme, you will:

  • gain profound knowledge in the field of embedded computing
  • learn to model, design and verify advanced embedded solutions
  • gain understanding of the factors that influence hardware/software tradeoffs
  • learn to carry out research in the field, analyse research results and perform innovative design tasks
  • gain competences for postgraduate studies in the field of embedded computing
Job options

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:

  • systems architect
  • software architect
  • hardware architect
  • specialist or engineer
  • entrepreneur in embedded or control systems engineering
Career in research

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.


General degree requirements

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. It should be awarded by a full university (i.e. an institution of higher education offering a doctorate).


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). Also, possible work experience can be considered as additional studies.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences should note the language requirement concerning the Finnish language.

Programme-Specific Degree Requirements

The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which they are seeking admission to the Programme should be in a relevant field of study:

  • computer science (software oriented applicants)
  • computer engineering (hardware and/or software oriented applicants with e.g. electronic engineering, digital hardware, or embedded systems backgrounds)

The decision for admission will be based on the relevance of:

  • the applicant’s previous degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • language test result (see Language requirements)
  • motivation letter
  • the applicant’s preference for home university

Study merits in the applicant’s previous degree (BSc) are highly relevant. The letter of motivation is another important factor in considering the applicant’s suitability.

If needed, the most promising applicants will be invited to an interview. A previously earned Master’s degree does not automatically place the applicant ahead of other applicants.

Additional Studies

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 (see language requirements). 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 additional studies may be included in the optional studies of the Master’s degree only if the applicant lacks previous knowledge in a certain field that is required for following a specific course within the Programme

Language Requirements

All applicants must prove their English language skills in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences must prove their proficiency also in Finnish. This is because the additional studies that need to be completed during their Master’s level studies are available only in Finnish.


Application Form and Enclosures

Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing, University of Turku.

The application period is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15.00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2017.


Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 13 January 2017 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).

When filling in the application form, be prepared to:

  • write a motivation letter
  • 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.)

In addition to filling the electronic application, the applicant must print the application form and send it together with necessary enclosures to University Admissions Finland.


Collect the required application documents.


Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:

  • an officially certified copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or Diploma Supplement from European institutions of higher education)
  • an officially certified copy of the original transcript of study records (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education).
  • certificate of English language skills (see Language requirements)
  • certificate of Finnish language skills (required only from applicants who are seeking admission on the basis of a degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences, see Language requirements)

Please see the country specific requirements for certifying the copies and submitting the documents: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=24

Address of the University Admissions Finland:

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki

Applications arriving after the application deadline are not considered. Postmark dates on the applications will not be taken into account; the applications must arrive at the University Admissions Finland before the above deadline.

In addition to submitting officially attested copies of educational certificates, the admitted applicant will have to show the originals of their educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of study records) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in order to be able to register with the university after arrival in Finland.

Additional information

The master’s degree programme in Embedded Computing is a co-operation between the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. An applicant is allowed to apply to both of or either of the universities within the programme. If an applicant applies to both universities, the applicant’s preference for home university must be indicated in the application form.

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. All students are required to start at the beginning of the autumn term, and there is no separate admission for the spring term.

Because of the limited admission quota possession of the degree requirements does not guarantee admission. Only those applicants who have attained a high level of academic performance in their previous studies will be admitted.

Students graduating after the application deadline may apply, on the condition that the following attachments are submitted:

  • certified copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language)
  • final transcript
  • their English, Finnish or Swedish translations
  • or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education

The attachments need to be submitted and arrive at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the by the 14 July 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2).

The general and country specific requirements concerning the way of certifying and submitting the documents must be followed also after the expiry of the application period.

The application documents required as officially certified copies must bear the official stamp and signature of an authorized university official from the institution awarding the degree or a notary public.

All translations must be made by an authorized translator. If copies of translations are submitted those must also be officially certified.

The following document is optional and does not affect the application in any way. It is simply asked for identification purposes when handling the applicant’s documents, which sometimes contain the applicant’s name in different forms:

  • Copy of information page of the passport or identification card containing the applicant’s name, date of birth and photo.

During the application round, a secondary/high school certificate may be requested from the applicant. This might be necessary for determining the length of the applicant’s previous education (this concerns degrees from a minority of countries).

An applicant should enrol to a language test early enough, e.g., 1-2 months before a test day. This is important because the test results are needed at the end of the application period. Tests might be full for a late applicant.

Application documents will not be returned to the applicant. It is not possible to apply with the same submitted documents in later application periods.

Applications sent by e-mail or fax are not accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

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