Reach higher – choose automation!
Do you want to become an expert in factory automation and robotics? Join our international and inspiring learning environment!
After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in different fields of automation. You will also have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in industry or continue your studies towards a doctorate.
To be a successful student of Factory Automation and Robotics, you need to have a background in an applicable field of engineering. We also require proficiency in mathematics and physics and strong programming skills.
The studies consist of two majors that complement each other. The studies in factory automation and industrial informatics prepare you to apply systems thinking to design, develop and integrate factory automation and information systems. The robotics major provides you with skills and knowledge related to robotics and the technology involved, such as the fundamentals of robotics, the control of robotics and sensing/perception systems.
After graduation, you will have excellent career opportunities in different fields of engineering. The jobs that our graduates have gone into include, for example, project manager, design engineer, application specialist, automation system designer and R&D engineer. With your Master of Science Degree in Technology, you will also have excellent opportunities to continue working in academia as a scientist or pursue a doctoral degree.
Automation is everywhere in our modern society. Without automation, we would not have electricity, water or heating systems in our homes. Automation technology is used to control both individual machines and entire factories. Robots and vehicles are the most visible examples of applications in which automation engineering has a significant role. Automation is an essential technology when productivity, energy and resource efficiency, and the quality of products are improved. Automation engineers have job opportunities in all the branches of industry, as basic knowledge of automation and systems can be widely applied in the fields of engineering and economy.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Factory Automation and Robotics leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology. The studies in Factory Automation deal with the scientific field of the automation of information (Informatics) in order to build knowledge-based Factory Automation Systems. The studies in Robotics provide you with fundamental knowledge of robotics and related technologies, such as robotics control and sensing/perception systems.
Our graduates are experts in Factory Automation and Robotics. They are prepared to pursue diverse expert, development and management careers.
Studies in the programme involve not only conventional lectures but also more practical ways of learning – different laboratory assignments, hands-on exercises, practical learning and the use of machines and devices in innovative learning environments. The programme gives you an opportunity to gain both theoretical and practical competencies in the fields of factory automation and robotics.
Compulsory basic studies introduce students to automation engineering and prepare them to pursue more advanced studies. The module also provides students with other necessary skills, such as the basics of the Finnish language and guidance for thesis writing.
Studies in the fields of Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics and Robotics provide you with in-depth knowledge of both subjects and open the door to a broad range of career opportunities.
To complete a Master's Degree in Technology, you are required to prepare a master's thesis. The thesis carries 30 credits and may be completed in about six months. The topic of the thesis must be related to Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics, or Robotics. Students prepare their master's thesis individually. Your master's thesis is an extensive treatise, which trains you for independent study and research, mastery of scientific methods, the convention of references, and the scientific mode of presentation in a good literary form. The thesis is conducted and written independently but under the supervision of a professor or a doctoral graduate in the field of your major subject.
You can freely select elective courses that are counted towards your degree, such as courses in the Finnish language. You do not have to complete elective courses if the scope of your degree meets the minimum requirement of 120 credits.
Choosing a field of specialisation
Our students can choose either Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics or Robotics as their major. As you will be initially taking both modules, the final decision can be made later on.
Structure of studies
The master’s programme (120 cr) may be completed in two years of full-time study.
All students with a previous degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences (AMK) are required to take complementary studies, such as courses in mathematics depending on their background.
After completing the programme you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in different fields of automation. During the studies, students develop the expertise to take up different expert, development and management positions in their field.
You will have the required competencies to pursue a career in industry or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree.
Tuition fees and scholarships
The tuition fee for the programme is 12,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:
- an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
- already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.
Tampere University Scholarships Programme is intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. A substantial number of scholarships will be available. With the help of the scholarship programme, Tampere University provides excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.
When filling in your application form for a Master’s degree programme, you have the possibility to indicate your wish to apply for a scholarship. The decision on the granted scholarship will be communicated to you together with information on admission.
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Last updated October 3, 2018