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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.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

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 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

Co-operation with other parties

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/

CAREER OPTIONS

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

OR

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).

Programme-Specific Degree Requirements

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

  • the relevance of your awarded degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in your degree(s)
  • your language test result (see Language requirements)
  • your motivation letter and possible answers to the optional questions included in the application
  • your preference for home university

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. 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.

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 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.

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

Application Form and Enclosures

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).

STEP 1: Collect the required application documents

The following documents must be scanned and attached to the electronic application (in pdf format, in color) at the Studyinfo portal:

  • The original degree certificate (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European universities) of the degree certificate.
  • 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 universities) of the transcript of records.
  • Certificate of knowledge of English (see Language requirements).
  • Certificate of knowledge of Finnish (requested only from applicants who are seeking admission on the basis of a degree from a University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu) institution in Finland, see Language requirements).

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.

STEP 2: Write a motivation letter

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.

STEP 3: Fill 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).

Admission

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

EMBEDDED COMPUTING

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

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

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