Automation Engineering – Factory Automation and Robotics
Automation and robotics can be confusing terms to many. As described by IEEE Automation and Robotics Society, “Robotics focuses on systems incorporating sensors and actuators that operate autonomously or semi-autonomously in cooperation with humans. Robotics research emphasizes intelligence and adaptability to cope with unstructured environments. Automation focuses on systems that operate autonomously, often in structured environments over extended periods, and on the explicit structuring of such environments. Automation research emphasizes efficiency, productivity, quality, and reliability” states the IEEE.
Tampere University offers a unique learning environment for factory automation and robotics. After completing the program, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in different fields of automation and robotics. 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 with proficiency in mathematics and physics and strong programing 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.
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To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree program 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 relevant field for the Master’s degree program 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.
Program-specific eligibility criteria
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's program you are applying to. In the Master’s program in Automation Engineering the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:
- automation or control engineering, robotics, mechatronics, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, fluid power. We require proficiency in mathematics, physics and strong programing skills.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Common core studies
- Introduction to Control
- Master's Thesis Seminar in Automation
- Finland start
- Thesis Writing in English
- Programing 2: Basics
- Introduction to Graduate Studies
Optional Compulsory Courses
- Mathematics for Algorithms
- Matrix Algebra
- Differential Equations
- Professional Training
- Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics
A student can freely select the courses which he/she wants to study. Finnish language studies are suggested as elective studies.
- Proficiency Test for Master's Thesis
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.
You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:
- an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. 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.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Science (Technology) degree (120 ECTS).
The Automation Technology Master's degree provides skills to work in automation technology in R&D and leadership duties. Degree provides understanding of the effects of automation in different industries and after completing the student is able to
- acquire, process, evaluate, analyze and use information in a versatile, critical and ethical way
- work as a member of the work community and to promote wellbeing at work and community
- understand the importance of digitalisation in technology and utilize digital operating environments
- understand the importance of customer orientation, sustainable and economically viable solutions in the development and production of products and services
- be able to engage in constructive and expert social discussion
- have sufficient financial and managerial skills and a readiness to expand this know-how
You will have the required competencies to pursue a career in industry or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree.
After completing the program 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. Many of our students do their thesis work at industry or work there as summer trainees.
About this institute
Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at our university. Tampere University is a merger of the former University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. University...
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