Master of Science in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences

Aalto University

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Master of Science in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences

Aalto University

Aalto University Offers the Largest ICT Programme in Finland Both in Number of Students and Size of Faculty!

Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS) merges all ICT-related education in Aalto University under eight major subjects. The programme has two broad majors: Computer Science and Communications Engineering. Students can also specialize in Software and Service Engineering. Focused majors are based on the leading-edge research areas of the university: Acoustics and Audio Technology, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Mobile Computing, and Signal, Speech and Language Processing. Game Design and Production major is offered together with the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture.

The Master’s programme’s core courses provide a strong foundation in computer science, communication engineering, and information science. In addition, students can immerse themselves deep into one of the specialization tracks of broad majors or into focused majors. The CCIS programme wants to provide its students with a lot of flexibility and freedom concerning their studies and course choices. Most majors can be completed either as a long or compact version. The long version allows you to become a specialized expert in your own field, while the more compact version allows you to include additional minor studies to your degree, either from other CCIS programme majors, other Master’s programmes offered by Aalto University or other universities.

In CCIS programme, education is based both on the latest scientific research and industrial state-of-the-art. The students will learn how to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently. All students are encouraged to include international, multidisciplinary, and entrepreneurial components to their studies.

The CCIS programme in organized in close co-operation with the EIT Digital Master's School and its Master's Programme in ICT Innovation. At Aalto University, the programme is offered jointly by the School of Electrical Engineering and School of Science

Study Programme

CCIS has altogether eight majors that students can apply to. Four of them have also specialization tracks. The majors and their specialization tracks are described in more detail below.

  • Computer Science
  • Communications Engineering
  • Software and Service Engineering
  • Acoustics and Audio Technology
  • Mobile Computing, Services, and Security
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining
  • Signal, Speech and Language Processing
  • Game Design and Production

Career Options

At Aalto University, a large part of the students write their Master's thesis in industry and start their career in R&D positions. Nowadays, many students become also entrepreneurs as Aalto University has one of the largest startup hubs in Europe.

Typical job titles of recent graduates include e.g. Software Engineer, Senior Analyst, Mobile App Developer, Senior Game Programmer, IT Consultant, Chief Technology Officer, Data Scientist, System Specialist, R&D Manager, Service Manager, Software Architect, Security Consultant, Cloud Architect, Wireless Engineer, Radio Network Analyst.

Aalto University Career Services provides information on employers, job and thesis opportunities and hints for job hunting for all Aalto students.

The programme provides also an excellent basis for doctoral studies. Both School of Electrical Engineering and School of Science have high-quality doctoral programmes. Many successful students work first as research assistants, then complete their Master's thesis at one of the department's research groups, and later continue as doctoral students. Students interested in pursuing doctoral studies after their M.Sc. degree can easily transfer to Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT).

Admission Requirements

Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS) is a joint programme between two schools, School of Electrical Engineering and School of Science. The programme consists of several major subjects and students will be admitted to study one major subject in one of the two schools as follows:

  • School of Electrical Engineering: Acoustics and Audio Technology, Communications Engineering, and Signal, Speech and Language Processing
  • School of Science: Computer Science, Game Design and Production, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Mobile Computing, Services and Security, and Software and Service Engineering

Some of the major subjects allow the admitted students to choose between multiple study tracks within the major. For purposes of study guidance, the applicants are asked to indicate already on the application form (e.g. motivation letter) which track they wish to follow. The required prior knowledge is the same for all tracks within the same major.

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

Admission Criteria to the CCIS Programme

A high quality Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Communications Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 20, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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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