The Smart Systems major subject provides a competitive skillset and profound knowledge in the highly relevant field of Internet of Things (IoT) based smart and autonomous embedded systems, with the main application areas in mobile robotic systems and smart environments.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology: Smart Systems provides versatile and high-quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education. The programme has international double-degree collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Master School and with the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the academic year 2020-2021, the programme offers four major subjects:

The Smart Systems major subject prepares its students for challenging software and hardware-oriented research and development tasks on embedded intelligent systems in industry, society and academia. Graduates’ employment prospects are excellent in Finland, in Europe and globally. A student can tailor the orientation of his/her studies toward a hardware or software emphasis by elective studies in both major and minor subjects.

Programme Structure

  1. Advanced-level studies in the major subject module 40 ECTS
  2. Thematic studies (minor subject) module 20 ECTS
  3. Elective studies module 20 ECTS
  4. Master of Science in Technology thesis module 40 ECTS

Academic Excellence & Experience

The Smart Systems major covers the key concepts, technologies and methods needed in the design of smart and autonomous networked systems. These include e.g. Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, energy-efficient embedded and distributed computing platforms, edge and fog computing paradigms, intelligent multi-agent system concepts, as well as relevant software and hardware design methods. The content has a close connection with recent research in the field. The theoretical content is augmented with practical exercises in e.g. robotics and autonomous applications.

Master's Thesis & Topics

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Competence Description

Embedded Intelligent systems are everywhere, increasingly so. There is an increasing need for highly skilled and creative engineers, system architects, specialists, and innovators in the embedded systems industry in the Turku region, other regions in Finland, Europe, and globally.

Job Options

The employment percentage of those holding an M.Sc.(Tech.) degree is high in Finland. Depending on the personal study plan of a student, the Smart Systems major provides competence for a wide variety of jobs, to mention a few for example:

  • Embedded systems/solutions engineer/developer
  • Embedded systems R&D test engineer
  • Wireless embedded software engineer
  • Robotic systems software engineer
  • Internet of things solutions architect
  • Hardware engineer
  • Automotive systems engineer
  • Autonomous vehicle systems engineer

Career in Research

Master's Degree (Technology) provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed within the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) and Doctoral Programmes.

Entry Requirements

General Admission Requirements

General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if:

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.

Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests.

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

Track-specific Admission Requirements

The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology must be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields of previous studies for the Smart Systems specialization track are:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Communication Technology
  • Other relevant fields of studies where sufficient knowledge of electronic and embedded systems is achieved.

In addition to the education and language certificates, you should include certificates of any relevant work experience into your application.

You may apply to maximum two of the four specialization fields offered at the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The choices must be prioritized. When applying to the Health Technology or Smart Systems specialization field you can also apply for the double degree programme jointly organized with the Fudan University (Shanghai).

Application Evaluation

Annually 65 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The decision of admission will be based on:

  • The relevance of the applicant’s awarded degree(s),
  • The amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s),
  • The language test result,
  • The motivation letter,
  • Possible answers to the optional questions included in the application,
  • Possible relevant work experience,
  • Possible interview.

It is possible to have only one Bachelor’s or Master’s study right at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous BSc. or MSc. study right at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Here you will find more information on how and when to apply to the University of Turku and about our scholarships options.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 18, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 years
12,000 EUR
Free for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland, for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries €12,000/academic year.
Jan 22, 2020
Application period: 8-22 January 2020
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Start Date
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End Date
July 31, 2022
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Jan 22, 2020
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Aug 2020

Application deadline
Jan 22, 2020
Application period: 8-22 January 2020
End Date
July 31, 2022