Wireless Industrial Automation, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The Masters Programme in Wireless Industrial Automation at University of Vaasa offers a carefully designed education programme to integrate advanced wireless communication with monitoring, control, and automation in industrial applications.


The aim of the Master’s Programme in Wireless Industrial Automation at University of Vaasa is to educated qualified Masters of Science with a specialization in distributed energy production information systems.

Wireless communication is the backbone of connecting people as well as machines and devices toward the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). By 2020, it is expected that about 70% of the total IP traffic will be handled in the last mile (i.e., the end-part of the telecommunication) by wireless networks. Hence, wireless communication is an essential part of other distributed systems such as smart cities, wireless automation, smart grids, e-health systems, e-government, security, and countless other applications. Therefore, the major mission of our programme is to provide the required scientific and technical information to our students to be able to understand, analyze, and deal with such advanced systems.

The programme addresses the areas of telecommunication architecture evolution, digital communication and radio technology, modern wireless networks, systems engineering, embedded systems, and programming skills. Besides the courses, several seminars are organized to address more advanced topics related to for example smart automation, game theory, and energy informatics.

Our two-year programme leads to a degree of Master of Science in Technology. We prepare our students for the future job market requirements in the technology sector as well as research institutions.

Students applying for admission to the programme should have completed their undergraduate studies in an appropriate field. The programme leads to a Master of Science in Technology degree, and it can be completed in 2 years.

Programme Structure

Your M. Sc. degree consists of Complementary Studies, Major Studies, Business Studies (for Finnish students only) and Optional Studies. In addition to these, some students are assigned Supplementary Studies (details in the info box on the right).

Complementary Studies
Mandatory courses
  • Personal Study Plan
  • Writing Academic English
  • Finnish for Foreigners I (or Finnish for Foreigners II or III, native Finnish speakers choose an optional course)
  • Information Skills I
  • Wireless Networks
  • Computer Architectures
  • Probability and Stochastic Processes

In addition to the mandatory courses above, choose enough courses from the list below to reach a total of 30 ECTS of Complementary Studies (in case mandatory courses make less than 30)

  • Mobile Communication Services and Systems
  • Telecommunication Software
  • Telecommunication Electronics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Advanced Optimization or separately agreed courses
Major Studies
  • You can select your major courses relatively freely, but please note that many of them have prerequisites.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to the programme, the applicant must fulfil the following criteria:

  • a Bachelors degree (3-4 years) in an appropriate field outside Finland or
  • a university level Bachelors (or Masters) degree in an appropriate field in Finland
  • a polytechnic level Bachelors 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.
Prior studies at Bachelor level or higher in the core areas of the programme.
English language proficiency as instructed in admission criteria.
  • For more information please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • Free EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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