Master's Degree Programme in Computing Science – Software, Web and Cloud


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Program Description

Creating the new digital world

Computers and software are an integral part of our daily lives. Interaction between people and computers takes different forms as computers are integrated into different systems from mobile devices to clouds.

Software, Web & Cloud provides students with a solid understanding of computer science and software engineering. This includes the ability to design and implement large software systems and the competence to manage and improve software development processes. The knowledge and skills in web and cloud are emphasised as a platform for the software like big-data-driven applications. A rich variety of other studies in a range of topics such as business, information security, user experience, big data and IoT is available at Tampere University.

An exceptionally large number of IT companies in the Tampere region provide an inspiring environment and opportunities to apply your skills and address real-life challenges. The research activities and close collaboration with companies ensure that the contents of Software, Web & Cloud are both on a high level academically and relevant to the industrial positions.

After graduation, you can have a career as a versatile software professional or further your studies on the doctoral level.

Software, Web & Cloud (M.Sc.) track and Software, Web & Cloud (M.Sc. Tech) track are two of the seven tracks in the Master’s degree programme in Computing Sciences, a new degree programme starting in August 2020.

Information about studies

  • Type: Master's degree
  • Degree earned: Master of Science
  • Planned duration: 2 years
  • Extent of studies: 120 ECTS credits
  • City: Tampere
  • Campus: Central Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 €

Study objectives

Applicants can apply to take a Master of Science degree or a Master of Science (Tech) degree in Software, Web & Cloud. Please check carefully the eligibility criteria of the track you are interested in.

Upon completion of the studies, you will have an in-depth understanding of software engineering and the ability to design and implement high-quality software systems. You will also have the knowledge and skills to manage and improve demanding and comprehensive software development processes and understand, design, and implement web and cloud-based systems.

Study contents

Software, Web & Cloud is designed for applicants with a background in computer science or software engineering who are looking to expand their knowledge and skills in the development of high-quality software. Software, Web & Cloud draws on both academic and industry perspectives and covers the full lifecycle of software development.

The studies are anchored in real-world problems and explore subjects such as requirements management, software modelling and specification, implementation and testing software, software project management, and the web and cloud.

We offer our students the opportunity for a broad, cross-disciplinary education. A rich variety of minor subject studies is available. In fact, each degree is a unique combination of studies that the individual student has found most interesting.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the track is 12,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

Structure of studies

Master’s degree comprises of 120 ECTS credits. Each ECTS credit is about 27 hours of student work. Depending on the track, courses are worth 80-90 ECTS and the remaining 30-40 ECTS are awarded for successfully completing a Master's thesis. The duration of the programme is two years. Students usually spend three semesters completing courses and one semester preparing the Master's thesis. The studies start in late August, and the academic year ends in late May.

Master’s degree programme in Computing Sciences consists of seven study tracks, leading either to Master of Science, or Master of Science in Technology degree:

  • Data Science (M.Sc.)
  • Machine Learning (M.Sc. Tech)
  • Statistical Data Analytics (M.Sc.)


  • Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc.)
  • Human-Technology Interaction (M.Sc. Tech)
  • Software, Web & Cloud (M.Sc.)
  • Software, Web & Cloud (M.Sc. Tech).

At the moment, the studies in the future Software, Web & Cloud (M.Sc.) track are conducted in the Master’s degree programme in Software Development. Please note that the Software, Web & Cloud (M.Sc.) curriculum for 2020-21 will be available in March 2020.

Career opportunities

There is a lack of software professionals in Finland and abroad, and almost 90% of students pursuing software-related majors at Tampere University are employed on the day they graduate. A typical career in a company starts with working as a programmer and then advancing towards the expert and/or managerial positions. Our graduates find employment also in commercial and administrative tasks relating to the field, without excluding work as a researcher or a teacher.

Following the successful completion of the programme, our graduates will be eligible to apply for admission to doctoral programmes in Finland or abroad.

Co-operation with other parties

In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.

Postgraduate study opportunities

This master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies, available at Tampere University. There are no tuition fees in doctoral studies.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students at Tampere University.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have

  • Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • Which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • From the relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • From an accredited institution of higher education
  • AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally.

Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only for well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.

Programme-specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Master’s degree programme in Computing Sciences, Software, Web & Cloud (MSc) track, you must have a successfully completed B.Sc. level degree in

  • Computing, computer science, software engineering, information technology or other closely related fields

With proficiency in mathematics, programming, data structures and databases.

Language skill requirements

All applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

The minimum English language test result requirements
Test name & Minimum test result
  • TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with no section below 20
  • IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5
  • PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 42
  • C1 Advanced: C
  • C2 Proficiency: C1
  • Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only these studies are accepted. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions.


A maximum of 145 students is admitted to the Computing Sciences programme.

The Computing Sciences programme includes the following tracks: Data Science (MSc), Human-Technology Interaction (MSc), Human-Technology Interaction (MSc tech), Machine Learning (MSc tech), Software, Web & Cloud (MSc), Software, Web & Cloud (MSc tech), and Statistical Data Analytics (MSc).

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.

The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.

Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.


The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.

How to apply

Application step-by-step checklist
  1. Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply to. You are allowed to apply to three programmes/tracks at the same time.
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
  4. When the application period opens, fill in the online application at during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application. Application period is 4 December 2019 at 8:00 GMT+2 - 15 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  5. Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post, according to the country specific-requirements if applicable. Documents must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 31 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
  6. Wait for the admission results to be announced in early April 2020.
  7. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
  8. Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing your arrival in Finland.
  9. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Online application form

The online application form will be available during the application period only at The application period starts on 4 December 2019 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 15 January 2020 at 3 pm (GMT+2).


You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.

You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.

Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 31 January 2020.

There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.

Admission results and appeals

Admissions results will be announced in early April 2020. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Last updated Dec 2019

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