Master of Science in Automation and Electrical Engineering

Aalto University

Program Description
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Master of Science in Automation and Electrical Engineering

Aalto University

Master's Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering is a broad multi-disciplinary programme providing graduates with an ability to work in and between a wide variety of fields - ranging from traditional Electrical Engineering and Energy sectors to Biomedical Engineering, Control Engineering and Robotics. Drawing from extensive research in mathematical and natural sciences, the curriculum is flexible and allows students to study a unique combination of courses to suit their own interests.

The key themes in the programme are sustainability, e.g. energy efficiency, intelligent transportation systems; distributed and networked systems, e.g. smart grid, smart living environment, safety and security in distributed/networked systems; sensing and perceiving the environment, e.g. microsensors, machine perception; transition from automation to autonomy and personal healthcare.

The programme provides students with knowledge and skills to apply scientific methods and theories in a broad variety of engineering and research careers, as well as in doctoral studies.

Career options

Graduates from the programme are equipped with knowledge and skills to work in a broad variety of engineering careers in both public and private sectors. The programme also offers excellent scientific basis for careers in research and academic professions, as well as other multi-disciplinary fields.

Study Programme

Students can choose from three different majors within the programme

  • Electrical Power and Energy Engineering
  • Control, Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Translational Engineering.

Depending on the choice, students can then focus on, for example, Electrical Grids, Electric Motor Drives, Lighting Technology, Control Engineering, Robotics, Automation Systems, Embedded Systems, Imaging and Machine Perception, Microsystems, New Hybrid Carbon Nanomaterials, Biomedical Engineering or Personalised Health Care.

The programme offers a variety of practical projects and workshops to prepare graduates for future careers. These are designed to develop strong team-work and analytical skills to enable graduates to solve complex and ill-defined problems often arising from large and complex systems. The fundamental theoretical, practical and experimental aspects are also included to prepare graduates for possible further studies, especially for a PhD.

The Master's degree (120 ECTS) is composed of studies in major (55-65 ECTS), elective studies (25-35 ECTS), and Master's thesis (30 ECTS).

Tuition fees and scholarships

Currently, there is no tuition fee for the Master's Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering. The only mandatory fee, in addition to the living costs, is the Student Union membership fee of approximately 99 Euro for the academic year.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation offers the best students summer trainee/research assistant positions.

Admission requirements

Required prior knowledge

Applicants to the programme must first meet the general eligibility criteria and language requirements common to all Master’s programmes in Science and Technology.

The following background knowledge is required. This knowledge is typically obtained by studying a Bachelor degree at a research university with Electrical Engineering, Automation, Control Engineering or Materials Science as a major subject.

Required background subjects:

  • mathematics (linear algebra, calculus, probability theory and statistics)
  • programming skills
  • physics and/or chemistry
  • project and team work

For applicants whose previous degree is in a subject other than Electrical Engineering, Automation, Control Engineering or Materials Science, it is critical to demonstrate the knowledge of the above areas and the specific major requirements (as described below) in the application.

Students chosen to the programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. The admission letter will provide information on any such requirements. The complementary studies cannot be included in the Master's degree but will be required for graduation.

In addition to the general background requirements, each major has specific requirements. Major is selected at the beginning of the studies and at that point the background requirements listed below are considered. The applicants are asked to indicate in the motivation letter which major they wish to follow.

Advice for applicants from Finnish universities of applied sciences

The minimum GPA for applicants from Finnish universities of applied science is 3,8. Applicants with GPA below the 3.8 limit cannot be admitted unless they have other exceptional merits. Meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission to the programme.

Previously, all admitted students whose previous degree was from a Finnish university of applied science were required to take a selection of complementary studies. This is no longer required and complementary studies are assigned only in individual cases. Therefore, it is important to demonstrate the depth of the required prior knowledge in the application. This can be achieved, for example, with excellent grades in the relevant Bachelor courses, and by completing a small number of demanding courses in the areas of required knowledge. Limited places for non-degree students are available in the Bachelor-level courses in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Programming at Aalto University, and similar courses may be available through the Open University.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 21, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
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The application period is 1 December 2015 - 15 January 2016.
Start date Sept. 2017
Finland Espoo
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The application period is 1 December 2015 - 15 January 2016.
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Duration 2 years
Price Free