Sustainable and Autonomous Systems, M.Sc.

University of Oulu
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2024
Application deadline: 17 January 2024
University of Oulu

About this program

Sustainable and Autonomous Systems, M.Sc.

Sustainable and Autonomous Systems is a new master's programme to educate experts who can consider the needs and opportunities of sustainable development in autonomous systems.

This joint programme offers students a different kind of perspective into ICT by combining the expertise of two universities in sustainable energy systems and in smart and autonomous systems.

Enabling the world with sustainable living and more autonomous systems requires people who can build it. Autonomous systems, for example, robotised, have essential applications, e.g., in energy production and recovery as well as in circular economy.  Sustainable and Autonomous Systems give students a new perspective in ICT and engineering.

The new master's programme combines computer science, real-time embedded systems, wireless communications, computer vision and other environmental sensing, and location awareness. Moreover, aspects of sustainable development related to autonomous systems, energy harvesting, smart cities and communities, as well as cyber security of systems form an integral part of the programme content.

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Admission requirements

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Program content

The graduates of Sustainable and Autonomous Systems will be able to:

  • Apply the advanced knowledge and related technologies of sustainable autonomous systems to conduct research and product development.
  • Develop solutions and new knowledge to benefit society and industry while considering sustainable development and engineering ethics.
  • Acquire the latest knowledge in one’s own and new fields and use it for product development, research, and specialist tasks.
  • Apply the scientific method and follow the state of science in the field of sustainable autonomous systems so that the graduate has sufficient skills for scientific postgraduate studies.

In addition, the graduate has good skills in analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, lifelong learning, oral and written communication, team-working in international teams, project management, business thinking, and the use of IT.

Program delivery

Apply to one university to study in both

As a student of Sustainable and Autonomous Systems you can build a unique study path by combining courses from both University of Oulu and the University of Vaasa, and thus take on two Finnish universities strong in the field of engineering at the same time.

Leave your application to one university, and study in both. The programme is organised in Oulu and Vaasa and the content is the same in both universities. Students can participate in courses offered mainly online to take advantage of the course selection available for them.

Top reasons to study Sustainable and Autonomous Systems

  • Be at the forefront of enabling a world of sustainable living and more autonomous systems
  • Widen your expertise with complementary and advanced studies, such as electronics, AI, and machine learning.
  • Graduates can build robotised solutions for various industries such as production, energy, transportation, and logistics.
  • Broaden your opportunities for practical training and employment by utilizing the business networks of both the University of Oulu and the University of Vaasa.
  • The programme is based on the strengths of the two universities. The University of Vaasa has the knowledge for building sustainable energy systems and the University of Oulu has the expertise in smart and autonomous systems.


Full Tuition fee for Non-EU student is 10 000 euros / year.


Master of Science (Technology)

Career paths

Graduates can build robotised solutions for various industries such as production, energy, transportation, and logistics.  

Possible titles include:

  • Project Manager
  • Research Scientist
  • Product Developer
  • R&D Engineer.

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University of Oulu

At the University of Oulu, we produce new science-based solutions, and train future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. We are located close to the Arctic region, humanity’s new frontier. We promote learning and carry out...

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Why study at University of Oulu

  • We are a well-ranked science university. For example, in THE World University Rankings, University of Oulu is among the 301–350 top universities.
  • Our degree programmes are inspiring and studentcentered, and encourage you to achieve your full potential.
  • Safe study environment and city - Oulu was voted as the safest place to study in an international student barometer.
  • Many innovations that have changed the world have their roots in Oulu. About three billion people around the world use daily technology developed in Oulu.
  • Belonging to the academic community is made easy at us due to the non-hierarchical relationship between students and teachers.

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