Master's Programme in Computational Engineering and Technical Physics

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Programme in Computational Engineering and Technical Physics

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Computation and physics are an integral part of modern society and science.

One cannot overstate the importance of scientific knowledge and computational engineering in the global information society and industrial economy, particularly as the systems we use to grow more and more complex.

Effective computational engineering allows for shorter design cycle times, better product quality and improved functionality. Knowledge of physics helps us appreciate, comprehend and interact better with the environment.

In this Master's Programme, you will acquire extensive knowledge either in technical physics, mathematics or computing and their application to the rapidly changing problems of industrial and economic life.

These are the skills which you can apply in your future career to find novel solutions to challenges in today's information society.

You can specialise in one of the three areas – Technomathematics, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition or Technical Physics.


In Technomathematics you will study modelling of industrial and environmental processes, fuzzy systems, and develop mathematical models and methods. During your studies, you will focus on real-world applications, with active collaboration in the international community of industrial mathematics.

Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

In Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition you will study information processing, both in systems and in their design. You will focus on computer vision systems and machine learning contributing to the current trends in industrial automation.

You will get good competencies in the development of information processing systems, automation for production and application utilising visual quality control.

Technical Physics

In Technical Physics your studies will focus on materials physics, nanophysics, semiconductors, superconductors, spintronics and optical measurement technologies.

LUT physics cooperates extensively with Russian universities and has wide contacts with Finnish and European physics laboratories.

Intended learning outcomes

Mathematics, physics and computing are important tools in the field of technical sciences and engineering.

Good mathematical and computing skills will help you efficiently use modelling and simulation software, and knowledge in the field of physics is a fundamental requirement to fully understand and take further technological phenomena.

By completing this Master's programme you will obtain sufficient mathematical and computational skills for research, industry and other development tasks.

You will

  • be able to apply scientific methods to your work
  • master the advanced knowledge and skills involving your major subject
  • be able to work as experts, developers and researchers
  • understand the fundamentals of your minor subject

In addition, Technomathematics graduates will

  • be able to describe systems and processes in the form of mathematical models
  • possess symbolic data analysis and numerical analysis skills for mathematical equations and expressions
  • be able to apply numerous applied mathematics techniques
  • be able to apply statistical theory to study and describe the uncertainty of models and observations
  • be able to use computational software to simulate and visualise models

Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition graduates will

  • be able to analyse challenging information processing problems and solve them algorithmically
  • have strong programming skills to implement information technology solutions. e.g. in data analytics
  • be able to apply intelligent information processing methods to solve information processing problems
  • be able to choose and apply methods of computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence and GPU computing
  • understand the importance of science in mathematical modelling and the application of computational methods

Technical Physics graduates will

  • have an advanced knowledge of physics
  • be familiar with the scientific literature and research in the field
  • be able to collaborate internationally with physics researchers
  • master empirical research principles and laboratory practices
  • be able to apply advanced measurement techniques
  • be familiar with modern physics and material science
  • have a knowledge of the application of physics in industry and other sectors of society

Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Computational Engineering and Technical Physics is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits. The programme includes core studies, specialisation studies, minor studies, language studies and elective studies.

Core studies (7 - 14 ECTS credits) include courses on technical computing, the design of experiments and research methods.

Specialisation studies (70 - 74 ECTS credits). You can study one of the three specialisations in this Master' programmes: Technomathematics, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition or Technical Physics.

TECHNOMATHEMATICS include studies on topics such as modelling and simulation systems, financial models, risk analysis and decision support systems, and intelligent data analysis.

COMPUTER VISION AND PATTERN RECOGNITION include studies on topics such as digital imaging, image processing and analysis, pattern recognition, and machine and computer vision.

TECHNICAL PHYSICS includes studies on topics such as material physics, nanophysics, applied optics, and microelectronics.

Minor studies (20 ECTS credits) can be selected from any minors offered by LUT.

Elective studies (15 - 20 ECTS credits) can be selected from any disciplines at LUT.

The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Career prospects

After completing the studies, you will be able to pursue different careers in industry, science and research.

You will have career prospects in such areas as the development of information processing systems, project planning and management in ICT companies.

The employment rate for computational engineering graduates has consistently been high - in addition to engineering positions, computational engineering experts are needed in bioscience, medicine, environmental protection, meteorology, digital media production, and gaming.

Employees are needed especially for research, development, expert, and design duties. The work may entail e.g. product and process development, equipment and software design, setting up new technologies, and applying computational models.

Jobs have also been created through spin-off companies and close cooperation with industries.

Jobs for computational engineering graduates include

  • Weather and climate analyst
  • Project manager in an ICT company
  • Developer of simulation models in a wind power company
  • Designer of machine vision systems
  • Mobile technology developer in a telecommunications company
  • Materials developer for a solar cell company
  • Risk analyst in financing
  • Actuary in an insurance company
  • Researcher in a Finnish or foreign university or research institute

Computational engineering graduates are in demand. The wide-ranging degree fits a number of jobs, and graduates are often recruited straight from university.

LUT graduates have been employed e.g. by companies such as Rovio, Bintec, TuuliSaimaa, Venice, PintaWorks, Nokia, Eniram, also by insurance companies and shared ICT services of government agencies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 25, 2018
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Finland - Lappeenranta
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