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

Students are admitted to study for a Master of Science in Technology degree in the Master’s Programme in Communications and Systems Engineering on the basis of a polytechnic level Bachelor’s degree, university level Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree, or suitable Bachelor’s degree (3-4 years) completed outside Finland. The annual intake of the programme is 25 students.

The students are admitted to study Communications and Systems Engineering in the field of Computer Science. The degree of accepted students must be completed and the degree certificate awarded and evidence forwarded to University of Vaasa by the deadline of accepting the offered study place (31 July 2015 at 16.00 GMT +2).

The applicants who have not yet completed their Bachelor’s degree by the application deadline must submit a transcript of records stating all the completed courses and an estimation of the graduation date issued by the higher-education institution when applying for admission to the programme. 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 (31 July 2015 at 16.00 GMT +2).

Students are admitted to the programme on the basis of their application documents. The admission is based on the previous studies of the applicants (e.g. studies in Telecommunication and Mathematics), English language proficiency, work experience, and motivation of the student.

Applications to the programme may be submitted to the University once a year, during the application period starting in early spring. The applications are evaluated and the students selected by the staff of Communications and Systems Engineering unit. The admission results are sent to the applicants by the International Office.

The accepted students may be required to complete supplementary studies (maximum 60 ECTS) as part of their degree to supplement the skills and knowledge acquired during their previous studies to the level required in the Master level studies:

  • Students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in the field of technology at a polytechnic are required to complete approximately 30 ECTS of supplementary studies as instructed by the programme.

  • Students who have completed an appropriate degree in a university are usually not required to complete any supplementary studies.

If necessary, the need for supplementary studies is estimated case-by-case by the unit based on the applicants previous studies (0–60 ECTS).

The studies in the programme begin in autumn semester. It takes approximately 2-2,5 years to complete the studies in the programme. The programme comprises 120 ECTS as well as the possible supplementary studies.

Admission Criteria

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 2015 at 16.00 GMT +2). 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 below listed ways. University of Vaasa does not apply a strict time limit to how recently the necessary verification of English language skills has been acquired. However, if the language skills verification is several years old it may have a negative effect on the admission decision.

  • TOEFL test results with minimum score of 580 in paper-based test or 92 in iBT (University Admissions Finland’s TOEFL institution code is 3138)
  • IELTS test results (academic band) with minimum overall band score of 6.5 (each section minimum 5.5)
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic band) results with minimum overall score of 62
  • National Certificate of English Language Proficiency (arranged by Finnish National Board of Education before 2012) with minimum overall language proficiency level 5
  • CPE test (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with pass grade A, B or C – ID number and secret code need to be provided on the copy of the certificate
  • CAE test (Certificate in Advanced English) with pass grade A, B or C – ID number and secret code need to be provided on the copy of the certificate
  • Certificate of secondary education completed in English language in an EU / EEA country, United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Certificate of English as the A1 language as part of an International Baccalaureate examination (minimum grade 2)
  • Certificate of English as the A2 language as part of an International Baccalaureate examination (minimum grade 5)
  • Certificate of English as the A language (literature/language and literature/language and performance) as part of an International Baccalaureate examination (minimum grade 2)
  • Certificate of English as the A language with a minimum grade of Magna Cum Laude Approbatur as part of a Finnish Matriculation examination
  • Certificate of English as the LI language as a part of European Baccalaureate examination (minimum grade 4)
  • Certificate of English as the LII language as a part of a European Baccalaureate examination (minimum grade 7)
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree conducted in English language in an EU / EEA country, United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Doctoral degree conducted in English language in an EU/EEA country, United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree with English (language/literature/philology) as the major subject
  • English language studies included in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree conducted in Finland
  • Studies as exchange student at the University of Vaasa
Evaluation of the applications (0-40 points):
  1. Degree certificate (suitability of the major subject in Bachelor's degree to the Master's programme in question, scope of the degree, applicant’s success in the previous studies) 0-25 points

  2. Work experience 0-5 points (on the basis of the submitted application documents)

  3. Motivation 0-5 points (on the basis of the Letter of Motivation)

  4. Skills in Mathematics 0-5 points (on the basis of the submitted application documents)

Accepted students must register as attending students personally at the University by the registration deadline. Students may not register as non-attending for the first semester and cannot postpone the beginning of their studies in the programme. The offer of the study place is valid only for the one particular intake.

Application

Before submitting your documents please consult the country-specific requirements that may concern you. They apply to the country where the degree has been obtained.

Application period starts on 1 January 2015 and ends on 27 February 2015. The application and the required documents must be submitted according to the instructions. The printed application and the required documents should submitted by 27 February 2015 at 16:00 (GMT+2) at the lastest. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.

All applicants (both Finnish and international) must apply for admission to the programme by as instructed under Creating Your Application.

To be enclosed in the application:

  • Degree certificate(s) of previous studies

  • Transcript of university records. The transcript should clearly state the completed courses and the grades. An explanation of the grading system should also be enclosed in the transcript.

  • Photocopy of passports information page / official ID

  • Letter of Motivation
    The letter of Motivation is used to assess the applicant's enthusiasm and commitment to studying Communications and Systems Engineering at the University of Vaasa. The letter should be a maximum of two pages and should, at the very least, provide clear and compelling answers to the following questions:
    I) Why am I applying for admission to this programme at the University of Vaasa?
    II) What especially interests me in the programme?
    III) How do my previous study and/or work experiences support my application, i.e. why should I be admitted?
    IV) The Master's Programme in Communications and Systems Enginerring requires strong background in mathematics (like matrix analysis and calculus), stochastic analysis, and programming (e.g., C, C++, Matlab). Explain your strengths in these branches.

  • CV: Please use the Europass CV form

  • Proof of language proficiency

The applicants may also enclose other documents to the application (e.g. work certificates,recommendation letters, certificates of studies or courses) if they are relevant in the admission process and support the application. The documents must be submitted in English, Finnish or Swedish. Original documents must be presented upon registration to the University if the applicant is offered a study place in the programme.

The evaluation of the applicants’ previous studies is made by the programme representatives. The Dean makes the final decision about admitted students.

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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