About this program
Master's Program in Automation and Electrical Engineering
The Master's Degree in Automation and Electrical Engineering is a broad multi-disciplinary study program providing graduates with the ability to work in and between a wide variety of fields ranging from traditional electrical engineering and energy sector to biomedical engineering and robotics. Drawing from a strong mathematical and natural science basis, the curriculum is flexible, allowing each student to compile her/his own unique combination of courses according to her/his own interests.
The main fields of the program are automation, biomedical engineering, and electrical power and energy engineering. Within these, the available focus areas include electrical grids, electric motor drives, lighting technology, control engineering, robotics, embedded systems, imaging and machine perception as well as microsystems, new hybrid carbon nanomaterials, and personalized health care.
To prepare the graduates for their future work with large and often complex systems, the program includes several practical project works in groups which provide skills for solving multifaceted and ill-defined problems similar to those faced in the actual professional life. These projects typically include experimental and practical components as well as fundamental theoretical aspects. The program also gives the student a comprehensive foundation for doctoral studies.
The program features three Majors, all of which offer several study paths. The learning outcome of the Master’s program and its Majors are as follows:
Upon completion of the program the student will be able to
- Apply acquired skills for industrial tasks as well as academic research
- Develop and manage complex and multidisciplinary problems
- Design and perform research in the respective fields of the program
- Design real-time systems and their related information and communication operations
- Work individually and as a part of a project team
- Understand technology-based entrepreneurship
Applicants to the program must first meet the general eligibility criteria and language requirements common to all Master’s programs in Aalto University.
The following background knowledge is required. This knowledge is typically obtained by studying a Bachelor degree at a research university with Electrical Engineering, Automation, Control Engineering or Materials Science as a major subject.
The required background subjects are:
- mathematics (linear algebra, calculus, probability theory and statistics)
- programming skills
- physics and/or chemistry
- project and team work
- technical writing
For applicants whose previous degree is in a subject other than Electrical Engineering, Automation, Control Engineering or Materials Science, it is critical to demonstrate the knowledge in the above areas and the specific major requirements (as described below) in the application.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Studying in the program 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 program 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
- transition from automation to autonomy
- personal healthcare and medical instrumentation
Depending on their interest on these themes, students get to choose one of the three specification areas. This decision during the first semester of the program largely defines the mandatory and recommended course selection. The available majors are:
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year
Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree.
The program qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).
Additional informationn about research related to this program can be found at the webpage of the department of Electrical Engineering and Automation.
Program 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 Program in Automation and Electrical Engineering at Aalto is a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.
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