Study objectives

The Master's Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering is a broad multi-disciplinary programme providing graduates with the 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 each student to study a unique combination of courses to suit his/her own interests.

The key themes in the programme are

  • renewable energies and sustainability, e.g. energy efficiency and 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
  • personal healthcare

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

Study contents

Students can choose from three different majors within the programme

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, Biomedical Engineering or Personalised Health Care.

To prepare graduates for future careers the programme offers a variety of practical projects and workshops. They 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.

Structure of the studies

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

See more information on the programme curriculum 2018-2019 on the student portal Into.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. More information is available in the General information about studies page (

Career opportunities

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


Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish).


Master’s degree students write a Master’s Thesis as part of their studies. It is an independent project worth 30 credits, following from the major subject and testing the students’ maturity in this subject. Competence in the subject and its methods need to be demonstrated, as well as the ability to work independently and methodically with a minimum supervision. The master’s thesis should be a self-sufficient work that can be understood without reference to external sources.

The thesis topics may be sourced from the needs of either scientific or industrial sectors – for example, from a relevant planning, development or research projects. The university may also offer topics from its own research projects. The work for the thesis includes literature studies, planning of processes, machines, devices or software, or their parts, development of methods, or measuring and analyzing of results. Theses written for private companies normally include a description of the project, aims and limitations arising from the external or internal factors, forecast and choice of the possible resolutions of the project, and description of practical procedures and evaluations. The thesis can also be a more traditional research project or technology assessment where the aim is to illuminate some current state-of-the-art situation or development.

Post-graduate studies

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Research focus

Research related to the programme is conducted in several departments of the School of Electrical Engineering. The research in the Electrical Engineering and Automation department is focused on four areas: Power Systems and Conversion; Industrial Electronics and Informatics; Control, Robotics and Autonomous Systems; and Well-being and Smart Living Environment. Research in smart grids is focused on the integration of renewable generation in power systems, managing distribution network state, self-healing networks and operation of flexibility resources like storages and demand response for power system balance management. The department is also closely involved in the Aalto Energy Efficiency Research programme.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialisation

Students select their major in the first semester of the programme. The programme has 5 courses (20 credits in total) common for all majors. In addition, each major has 4 obligatory courses (20 credits in total) and a number of optional courses and suggested study paths (25 credits has to be fulfilled) which can be selected from a given list. The students will receive guidance in the selection of courses from their academic mentor. For each major, a possibility to upgrade previous degree knowledge by selecting an optional set of bachelor level courses is offered.


The study environment in the programme is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Electrical Engineering offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be easily included in the degree e.g. as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.

Co-operation with other parties

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation enjoys well-established links and co-operation agreements with a wide range of companies, research institutes and universities in the EU, Japan, Finland and the USA. Many of our graduates are employed with our partners either through master’s thesis work or through research projects.

Programme-specific 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.

The required background subjects are:

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

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 in 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 studies 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. The 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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 16, 2018
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Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
15,000 EUR
€15,000 per academic year for non-EU/EEA citizens.
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