Master of Science in Automation and Electrical Engineering


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Program Description

The Master’s Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering prepares its graduates to perform in the intersection between hardware and software, ranging from the fields of Electrical Engineering and Energy sectors to Biomedical Engineering, Control Engineering and Robotics. Drawing from extensive research and fundamental theories in mathematical and natural sciences, the programme focuses on the applicable side of technologies, including topics like Autonomous Systems, Health Technology, Smart Grids and Renewable Energy Solutions.

Objectives of studies

While the underlying scientific theories and fundamentals remain relatively stable over time, their applications for modern use cases might change rapidly. The programme equips students with an ability to apply scientific methods and theories to the most recent and needed use cases. The Master’s Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering graduates have:

  • State-of-the-art knowledge in their field. Graduates have an extensive understanding of the fundamental scientific theories in their chosen specification area.
  • A solution-based mindset. Graduates are experts in applying their knowledge to solve real-life problems and to shape industry standards, especially on the system level.
  • An analytical toolbox. Graduates are data-driven and perform well in analytical problem-solving and advanced mathematics.
  • Strong leadership skills. Graduates have great team-work skills, can handle even the most stressful situations and lead by example under pressure.
  • International competence. Graduates possess professional language skills and the ability to work in a global and multidisciplinary setting.

Upon graduation from the Automation and Electrical Engineering Programme, graduates are well prepared for a broad variety of engineering and research careers as well as doctoral studies in the field.

Content of studies

Studying in the programme is a combination of theoretical lectures and readings, and hands-on calculations, exercises, projects, workshops and laboratory sessions. Some of the projects come directly from companies in the industry, adding a strong challenge-based approach to the studies. The main themes discussed in the programme are:

  • Renewable energies and sustainability, e.g. energy efficiency and power conversion systems.
  • Distributed and networked power 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.
  • The transition from automation to autonomy.
  • Personal healthcare and medical instrumentation.

Depending on their interest in these themes, students get to choose one of the three specification areas. This decision during the first semester of the programme largely defines the mandatory and recommended course selection. The available majors are:

Control, Robotics and Autonomous Systems

The Control, Robotics and Autonomous Systems major provides a strong basis in control engineering and automation, allowing students to specialise in a particular area of interest such as factory automation, robotics, autonomous smart systems, or industrial software systems. Central topics for all students include modelling, estimation and control of dynamic systems, as well as embedded systems and software for modern automation systems. Upon completion of the Major, the student is able to:

  • Understand the need for automation.
  • Design models and controllers for dynamic systems.
  • Analyse properties and dynamics of systems.
  • Design industrial software applications.
  • Understand one of the focus areas in-depth:
    • robotics and autonomous systems
    • smart systems
    • control engineering
    • automation software
    • factory automation

Electrical Power and Energy Engineering

The Electrical Power and Energy Engineering major offers a firm base for engineers working in the field of electrical power and energy engineering. The field includes power transmission, distribution, smart grid, and sustainable generation and utilisation of electrical power, as well as power-conversion devices such as motors, generators, and power electronic converters and their control. Upon completion of the Major, students are able to:

  • Identify fundamental aspects and considerations for electrical energy systems.
  • Develop applications for energy efficiency, integration of renewables, and distributed generation.
  • Analyse and evaluate existing and future challenges in the field of electrical power and energy engineering.
  • Design and analyse power systems or energy conversion devices.
  • Understand one of the focus areas in-depth:
    • electromechanics
    • power electronic systems
    • power systems
    • sustainable electrical energy

Translational Engineering

Translational engineering is a multidisciplinary major dealing with ubiquitous electronics and microsystems from health care and medical technology to the workplace and home environment. The major provides the student interdisciplinary knowledge from microtechnologies, new materials, and ICT. Translational engineering also emphasises the process of transferring results from fundamental studies into innovations and functional products. Upon completion of the Major, students are able to:

  • translate the application needs into technical requirements.
  • understand the design and fabrication principles of electronic devices and systems.
  • command the tools needed in the development of product innovations.
  • design new devices in the fields of bioelectronics and smart systems.
  • understand one of the focus areas in-depth:
    • health and wellbeing
    • smart system integration
    • smart living environment
    • measurement science and technology

Structure of studies

The Master’s Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering is organised by the School of Electrical Engineering and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Major studies (65 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (25 ECTS)
  • Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

At the beginning of their studies, students define their Personal Study Plans (PSP) together with an academic advisor. The primary purpose of the PSP is to ensure that the studies support the student’s interests and are completed in a logical order. The available course selection is extremely wide and strongly depends on the chosen specification area.

Master's Thesis

The programme includes a master's thesis which is an independent research project worth 30 ECTS. The master's thesis is written on a topic related to the advanced studies in the programme. Master's theses are typically written on topics commissioned by the industry or on topics based on the needs of the research projects at the university.

Career opportunities

Programme graduates enjoy excellent career opportunities in the public and private sectors, especially in a future full of autonomous systems and technological advancement. Thanks to the tight-knit connections to the industry, the chances to land a job through course projects, internships, research or thesis work are high. Further, graduates have all the necessary entrepreneurial skills to found and build their own companies as well.

Aalto University has well-established career services through which you can get employed in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find good positions with ease upon their graduation. An active entrepreneurship community is also present at Aalto, which can help as a springboard for founding your company. Finally, if an academic career is of interest, the Master’s programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering at Aalto is a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.

International opportunities

The study environment in the programme is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The organising department of the Programme enjoys well-established links and co-operation agreements with a wide range of companies, research institutes and universities in the EU, China, Japan, and the USA. As a result, many students take the chance of studying abroad for a semester, in one of the top-tier partner universities of Aalto, and some apply for an internship abroad. Moreover, student guilds organise industry excursions not only in the Nordics but all around the world.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through studies but also via multiple free time events, activities and celebrations around the campus. Active tutoring programmes and support services work tirelessly to help international students integrate into the Nordic culture and welcome them at home in Finland.

Post-graduate studies

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

Last updated Nov 2019

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