Master of Science in ICT Innovation

Aalto University

Program Description
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Master of Science in ICT Innovation

Aalto University

About the Programme

The Master’s Programme in ICT Innovation is a European double degree programme for students who want to know both the technical and business aspects of information and communications technology. The programme syllabus binds together solid technical courses in computer science and software engineering with business development skills. Backed by the EIT Digital of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), students who study during the programme at Aalto University will receive a double degree from both Aalto University and one of the partner universities.

Within the ICT Innovation programme, Aalto University offers five majors in different fields of innovation:

  • Cloud Computing and Services (CSS)
  • Digital Media Technology (DMT)
  • Embedded Systems (ES)
  • Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID)
  • Service Design and Engineering (SDE)

All majors are topped with Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor.

Final Degree Project

A key component in all EIT ICT Labs Master School Programs is the integrated combination of a Master Thesis (30 ECTS), an internship (no extra ECTS, presumably included in the master thesis credits) and an I&E Study (6 ECTS). The industry-based Master's thesis (typically integrated with the internship) is together with the I&E minor well integrated with the technical majors, the core parts of our education, crucial for awarding the EIT ICT Labs certificate and manifesting our EIT Label.

Why ICT Innovation at Aalto?

EIT ICT Labs Master School brings together the top technical universities from Europe. What makes Aalto University different from the others? Why to come to all the way up to the Northern edge of Europe where "winters lasts for 10 months"? And where on earth is this place called "Aalto"...?

1. Otaniemi - Aalto University Campus and the "Silicon Valley" of the North

Aalto University School of Science (where you will study if you choose EIT ICT Labs Master School) as well as the EIT ICT Labs colocation centre are located in Otaniemi, in the city of Espoo, just about 20-minute ride from the city centre of Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Otaniemi is the largest technology, innovation and business hub in Finland and in Northern Europe (according to the number of companies and R&D centers located within its vicinity). Otaniemi features a mix world-class research organizations, academic institutions and over 800 companies from start-ups to multinational corporations operating around a compact 2×2 kilometer campus, including the global headquarters for Nokia, Kone, Fortum, Neste Oil, Huhtamaki, Tekla and Rovio’s Angry Birds. Within 15 minutes there are additionally over 8,500 ICT cluster companies, over 12,000 Knowledge Intensive Business Services companies. Just counting ICT and KIBS, there are over 140,000 high value add jobs – all within 15 minutes. Twice selected by the EU as one of the most innovative regions in Europe, Otaniemi is a community of over 32,000 people with 16,000 students and 16,000 technology professionals from 110 different countries. There are 5000 researchers within walking distance.

2. Teekkari Culture

Helsinki University of Technology, one of the three founding members of Aalto Univeristy, was established in 1849. Through this long history, the students of technology, the "teekkari", have developed a strong culture of their own. Teekkaris love singing, and they are said to sing "rather than well". They also love to make practical jokes, "jäynä". The key elements to distinguish a teekkari from their outfit are the cap and the overall. The white student cap is a symbol of Finnish highschool graduation, and the teekkaris add a hanging pompon to it. The student overall has later been adapted among students of all faculties (and each faculty has their own colour), but the legend tells they were originally used by teekkari. Teekkaris are organized in student associations called guilds ("kilta"). There are four guilds at the Aalto University School of Science: Athene (Information Networks), Fyysikkokilta (Engineering Physics and Mathematics), Prodeko (Industrial Engineering and Management), and Tietokilta (Computer Science and Engineering). Joining one of them opens great opportunities to get to know the local student culture and even the industry through guild excursions!

3. Support for Startups

Connecting the technical and entrepreneurial education is the core idea of EIT ICT Labs Master School, and implemented at all partner universities and colocation centres. But Aalto goes further than that: we had an existing startup-friendly ecosystem long before EIT ICT Labs! Have you heard of the student-driven Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, or their Startup Sauna? Or would you like to join some of the startup events in Otaniemi (there's plenty of them)! This year, the EIT ICT Labs Master School students are supported and encouraged to join, for example, Google Style Innovation Jam, SLUSH startup conference, and Startup Weekend Helsinki.

4. Studies that Really Matter

We try to connect are tuition to real life as strongly as possible, and the student projects, even within normal courses, aim at creating something useful for the society. Read more about these projects in the upcoming section "Student experience and projects!"

5. Inspiring Facilities

Aalto University has a principle of reforming their premises based on student input and ideas. This is why you see colourful sofas and fatboy pillows, lots of indoor plants, and group work spaces. Check out for example the new Learning Hub Greenhouse!

EIT ICT Labs Master School students will also get to hang out at the Helsinki co-location centre at Open Innovation House, the newest building on the campus.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 20, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Finland Espoo
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years