University of Jyväskylä

Computational Sciences and Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Graduates will have knowledge of:
  • the principles of continuous and discrete simulation and be able to recognize where to apply them;
  • the most common basic principles of using discrete methods in modern computer architectures;
  • the principles of multiple criteria decision making that are based on the usage of single and multiobjective optimization.
Graduates will be able to:
  • develop mathematical simulation models for technological and natural phenomena and create effective programmes to solve those models;
  • create and solve optimization tasks based on simulation models;
  • conduct research in computational sciences.
  • Computational Sciences are in the forefront of the Faculty’s research profile and they have strategic importance in leading industrial nations having an impact on the country’s competitiveness. Computational Sciences is linked to problem solving, critical thinking, productivity and creativity.
  • Software (Cloud) Service Architects: designing the technical infrastructures of service enabled applications;
  • Enterprise Architects: architecting and aligning enterprises processes, structure, data and control;
  • Web Service (IT) Professionals: experts in the development and composition of Web services into enterprise applications;
  • Big Data and Knowledge Engineers, Architects, Modellers and Analysts: experts in Big Data, metadata and ontology engineering, knowledge management, data and knowledge integration and evolution, in constructing data-as-a-service solutions, data-intensive applications, expert-systems and knowledge based-systems;
  • Analytics Professionals: experts in decision making and support, optimization based decision making, prescriptive analytics;
  • Researchers (PhD studies): graduates are well-prepared to successfully pursue a career in academia.
The MS in Computational Sciences and Engineering degree course is delivered by University of Jyväskylä.

Programme Structure

Major Studies
  • Compulsory Core Courses
  • Elective Major Subject Studies
  • Project Studies
  • Compulsory Thesis Studies, incl. Thesis and Thesis Seminar
Language Studies
  • Finnish language
  • English language
Other Optional Studies
  • Students are free to choose courses across the University subject to course/ level/ subject specific prerequisites.
  • Examples include: preparatory or advanced level language courses in various languages offered by the Language Centre, multidisciplinary module on Learning, Human Development and Wellbeing and Creating Careers Lecture Series just to mention a few.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Bachelor's degree
  • An undergraduate academic degree in a relevant field (e.g. Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer/Network/ Software Engineering, Information Technology);
  • A minimum of 25% of the undergraduate courses must be in Mathematics/ Algorithms/ Programming/Statistics, as eligible applicants must have good skills in all of the following: numerical methods, linear algebra, multivariate calculus and programming (incl. algorithms and data structures).
English language proficiency
The language test must be valid during the application period. Test results are valid for two years.
  • TOEFL (Paper Based Test) score of 580 or (Internet Based Test) 92; or
  • IELTS (Academic module) score should be 6.5 or above; or
  • A passing grade of A, B or C in CAE or CPE; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59 or above; or
  • National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) for English with skill level 4 or higher at all skill areas.
Candidates can be excepted from the above test requirement only if they have:
  • Upper secondary school education completed in English language in the Nordic countries, i.e. Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Island, or Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand; no other countries are considered for exemption regardless of the official language of the country.
  • A higher education degree completed in English language in one of the following countries: EU/ EEA country, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The final dissertation must have been completed in English and the language of tuition must be stated in any one of the documents issued by the awarding institution.

A maximum of 20/30 (tbc) best applicants will be interviewed by Skype video call; the structured interview will take c. 15-20 minutes per candidate.The interview will assess the candidates’ motivation and the adequacy of their previous experience and language skills.A two members of the academic staff along with the International Coordinator of the Faculty will score the interviews as per the following categories:

Knowledge of Subject Matter

Questions concerning:

  • background knowledge of the applicant
  • concepts of the study field and research methodology


Questions concerning:
  • special research interests
  • future career aspirations
  • preparedness for study in Finland

English communication skills

Each interviewer gives interviewees 1-10 points, i.e. an applicant can get a maximum of 30 points for the interview. An applicant must receive a minimum of 2 points per interviewer, i.e. a total of 6 points, to be able to pass the interview.

Final Point Score

The final point score for each applicant is the sum of the application and interview score, i.e. the maximum point score is 60 points.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 8000 International

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.


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