M.Sc. Communications and Systems Engineering

University of Vaasa

Application deadline: February 27
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering is an international Master's programme focusing on the most popular telecommunication networks of both the present and the future. Emphasis of the programme is on wireless communications and mobility issues. The programme also addresses the areas of telecommunication architecture evolution, digital communication and radio technology. Key subject areas in mobile networks are wireless communication, quality of service, mobility and security.

The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering is organised by the Department of Computer Science. Students have the opportunity to take courses in both general telecommunications and in specific fields of mobile communication. The curriculum is carefully designed with high-quality courses and up-to-date teaching methods.

The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering will provide students with a competence in both telecommunication engineering and computer science, contributing to the current technological demand of professionals in this field. In addition, Finland's participation in the technology sector is highly recognised. Companies such as Nokia, ABB, and Wärtsilä Corporation operate internationally and give the country an outstanding reputation.

Students applying for admission to the programme should have completed their undergraduate studies in an appropriate field such as telecommunications, computer science, automation, electrical engineering, or similar. The programme is an intensive two-year programme leading to a Master of Science in Technology degree. Master's degree students at the University of Vaasa have no tuition fees. They are only required to pay the Student Union membership fee of approximately 128 euro per academic year.

There are no entrance examinations for international Master's programmes at the University of Vaasa. Admission decisions are made on the basis of the required documents, evaluating each complete application individually and selecting those with the best qualifications. The intake of the Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering is 25 students. The application period for the international Master's programmes is January - February annually.

Contents

The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering mainly focuses on wireless communication and mobility. The programme also addresses the areas of telecommunication architecture evolution, digital communication and radio technology. Key subject areas in mobile networks are wireless communication, quality of service, mobility and security. The curriculum is carefully designed with high-quality courses and up-to-date course contents.

Programme Structure

Supplementary studies

Maximum of 60 ECTS credits of supplementary studies are required from students holding B.Sc. degree in different but closely related field and from students holding B.Sc. degree from a Finnish polytechnic. Students are expected to make a personal study plan (HOPS) in which student outline his/her overall plans for completing the degree and supplementary studies.

Supplementary studies are obligatory for students holding a polytechnic degree and recommendable for others. For example: Supplementary studies (28 ECTS) to students holding B.Sc. degree from Finnish polytechnic:

  • Digital Signal Processing 5 ECTS
  • Integral Transforms I 3 ECTS
  • Integral Transforms II 5 ECTS
  • Basic Course in Probability 5 ECTS
  • Object Modeling 5 ECTS
  • Information Security 5 ECTS

Method Studies (16 ECTS)

Obligatory Courses

  • Writing Academic English I 3 ECTS
  • Writing Academic English II 2 ECTS
  • Finnish for Foreigners I 5 ECTS
  • Information Literacy Skills I 1 ECTS

Choose courses worth of at least 5 ECTS of the following:

  • Algebra II 5 ECTS
  • Discrete Mathematics 5 ECTS
  • Numerical Methods 5 ECTS
  • Time Series Analysis 5 ECTS
  • Stochastics Processes 5 ECTS
  • Operation Analysis 5 ECTS
  • Advanced Optimisation 5 ECTS
  • Separately agreed course (separately agreed with the Head of the programme in personal study plan discussion)

Minor or Complementary Studies in the Major Subject (25 ECTS)

The students who have not completed their Bachelors degree on the field of telecommunications engineering must include a complementary studies to their masters degree. The students who have completed their Bachelors degree on the field of telecommunications engineering may include a minor subject on any field to their degree.

Complementary Studies: Choose courses worth of at least 25 ECTS credits of the following:

  • Mobile Communication Services and Systems 5 ECTS
  • Advanced Course in Signals and Systems 5 ECTS
  • Telecommunication Architectures 5 ECTS
  • Telecommunication Software 5 ECTS
  • Telecommunication Electronics 5 ECTS
  • Separately agreed course (separately agreed with the Head of the programme in personal study plan discussion)

Minor Subjects (25 ECTS)

The purpose of the minor studies is to give the student an opportunity to choose study modules according to their special needs or interests. The minor subject can also strengthen the students management skills or expand their knowledge of their own area of specialisation.

Optional Courses (9 ECTS)

The students may choose courses from all the study programmes of the University of Vaasa or other universities.

For example:

  • Practical Training 1-5 ECTS

Recommended optional courses:

  • Finnish for Foreigners II 5 ECTS
  • Basics of C-programming 3 ECTS
  • Embedded C-programming 2 ECTS
  • Computer Simulation in Communication and Systems 5 ECTS
  • Mathematical courses
  • Data Processing 5 ECTS
  • Information Literacy Skills II 1 ECTS

    Major Studies 70 ECTS (Advanced Level Studies 40 ECTS and Master's Thesis 30 ECTS)

    Obligatory Courses (25 ECTS)

    • Digital Communication 5 ECTS
    • Wireless Communication Networks 5 ECTS
    • Teletraffic Theory 5 ECTS
    • Introduction to Radio Technology 5 ECTS
    • Cryptography 5 ECTS

    Optional courses, choose enough courses to reach total of 40 ECTS credits. Recommended optional courses:

    • Broadband Wireless Communication 5 ECTS
    • Radio Resource Management 5 ECTS
    • Special Topics in Telecommunications 1-10 ECTS
    • Project Exercise in Telecommunications 3-15 ECTS
    • Telecommunications Seminar 3-10 ECTS
    • Embedded Network Devices 5 ECTS

    Other possible optional courses (separately agreed with the head of the programme)

    • Optics 5 ECTS
    • Optoelectronics 5 ECTS
    • Advanced Signal Processing 5 ECTS
    • Seminar on Signal Processing 3 ECTS
    • Embedded system 5 ECTS

    Master's Thesis 30 ECTS and Maturity test 0 ECTS

Requirements

The annual intake of the Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering is 25 students. Approximately half of these 25 students are admitted to the programme on the basis of a previous degree completed outside Finland.

Applicants are eligible to apply for admission to the programme if they have completed

  1. a Bachelor’s degree (3-4 years) in an appropriate field outside Finland or

  2. a university level Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree in an appropriate field in Finland

  3. a polytechnic level Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field in Finland.

The appropriate fields include e.g. telecommunications, computer science, automation or electrical engineering, or others similar to the aforementioned fields of study.

The Bachelor’s degree must be completed and the degree certificate awarded by the deadline of accepting the study place (31 July 2014). The applicants who have not completed their degree by the application deadline must submit a transcript of records stating all the completed courses in their application. In addition, an explanation of the courses not yet included in the transcript (not yet completed) is required.

The students who have not yet completed their Bachelor’s degree may be offered conditional admission to the programme. This means that the study right is given to the students only if the student graduates and receives his/her degree certificate by the deadline of accepting the opening.
The applicants are required to have skills in the following areas when applying for admission to the programme:

  • Mathematics (integral transforms, algebra)

  • Basics of Physics (electromagnetism, waves)

  • Programming skills

  • Basics of theoretical electrical engineering and/or electronics

  • Basics of telecommunication engineering

In addition, knowledge of the following areas may be considered as an advantage in the admission process:

  • Telecommunication systems

  • Embedded systems

  • Automatic control engineering / signal processing

  • Operating systems

  • User interfaces

When applying for admission, the applicants are required to prove their English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL test results with minimum score of 580 in paper-based test, 213 in computer-based test or 92 in iBT (University of Vaasa’s TOEFL institution code is 0647)

  • IELTS test results (academic band) with minimum score of 6.5 (each section minimum 5.5)

  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic band) results with a minimum score of 62

  • National Certificate of Language Proficiency (arranged by Finnish National Board of Education) with an average language skill level 5 or 6 in the English language

  • CPE test (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with pass grade A, B or C

  • CAE test (Certificate in Advanced English) with pass grade A, B or C

  • Certificate of secondary education completed in English in EU / EEA countries, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa

  • Certificate of English as the A language (i.e. mother tongue) as a part of International Baccalaureate degree, or as the LI (i.e. mother tongue) or the LII (i.e. as the official language) as a part of European Baccalaureate degree

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree (or equivalent) completed in English in one of the EU / EEA countries, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. If the language of instruction (English) is not clearly stated in the degree certificate, it is to be verified by a certificate signed by a university official

  • English as the major subject in Bachelor's or Master's degree

  • Certificate of English as a foreign language in a Finnish university degree

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

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