M.Sc. Software Engineering

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • Free (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
Åbo Akademi University | Turku, Finland
Software Engineering is a major subject within the Master’s programme in Computer Engineering. The programme in software engineering comprises the use of specification, design, programming, validation and lean project planning and management methods and tools to develop high-quality, affordable and maintainable software systems.

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Software Engineering focuses on the systematic, efficient and effective development of software systems.
Software Engineering is a major subject within the Master’s programme in Computer Engineering. The programme in software engineering comprises the use of specification, design, programming, validation and lean project planning and management methods and tools to develop high-quality, affordable and maintainable software systems.

The studies include courses in software engineering, network software, information systems and management sciences. Communication skills and team work are also an important part of the studies. There is a special emphasis on the development of internet-based software services and applications. The capstone project course and the master thesis are often carried out in collaboration with the local or national software industry, such as Nokia, Ericsson, F-Secure, Vaadin, Tribeflame, Ixonos, etc.

The programme is designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to join the software industry and participate in demanding software development projects. It also provides the required background for doctoral studies in software engineering.

Successful completion of this two-year full-time study programme results in the award of a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomingenjör).

Study Environment

The Department of Information Technologies is affiliated with the Turku Center for Computer Science graduate school, which coordinates all research and education in IT in both universities in Turku (University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University). Through TUCS, the students in the Software Engineering program can take advantage of advanced-level courses offered by both universities.

The programme is coordinated by the Software Engineering Laboratory which is committed to performing high-quality research on processes, methods, and tools for engineering software-intensive systems.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 27 January
Tuition fee
  • Free (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )

At the moment there is no tuition fee at Åbo Akademi, but students enrolled at our university have to be members of the student union (fee 116 € during the academic year 2015-2016).

Notice also that there is an application fee of 100€ for applicants to Finnish higher education institutions (polytechnics/Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) and universities) who are applying based on a qualification completed outside the EU/ETA. Please see http://www.abo.fi/ansok/applicationfee for more information.

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Advanced studies in Software Engineering 60 cr

  • Mandatory courses 25 cr: Development of web applications and web services, Software architectures, Project course, Experimentation in Software Engineering.
  • Selectable courses 35 cr: Specification Methods: Software Testing, Databases II, Software Safety, Software Quality, Parallel Programming, Code Optimization, Network Software, Cryptography and Network Security, Introduction to Computer Graphics, Advanced Computer Graphics, Advanced Text Algorithms, Neural Networks

Master thesis 30 crMaster's thesis in Software Engineering (includes Master's thesis seminar)

Free optional studies 30 crIncluding courses offered by ÅAU and TUCS. Courses from University of Turku can also be included in the free studies.
The courses in academic writing provided by the Centre for Language and Communication - Academic Skills in English for Masters Students I (903840) and II (903800) - are highly recommended.

Requirements

No entrance examination. Admission is granted on the basis of the application.

Applicants must always prove their knowledge of the English language.

Academic requirements

A completed university level Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or in a closely related field is required for admission. Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of how well the bachelor’s degree corresponds to the programme and on the study merits of the student.

We expect that a prospecive student has passed courses in these areas:

  • mathematics, including discrete mathematics and algebra.
  • programming courses, including one or more courses in object-oriented programming. Introductory courses in other programming paradigms such as functional and logic programming are also recommended.
  • basic computer science courses such as algorithms and data structures, operating systems, computer networks and protocols. A course in compiler construction is also recommended.
  • software engineering courses such an introductory course to software engineering and software projects, analysis and design course(s), and a project / laboratory course involving development of a non-trivial project.

Applicants who meet the general and specific eligibility criteria can, if admitted, still be required to do supplementary studies. This can be the case if the applicant lacks a certain qualification within the bachelor's degree that is required in order to be able to follow a specific course within the programme. The supplementary studies can not exceed 60 credits. The supplementary studies are not always offered as part of the master's degree.

Supplementary studies are given along side the degree studies and the admitted student is from the beginning registered as a full-time degree student.

If the applicant is formally eligible for studies the degree certificates and transcripts of records are always assessed individually by the academic board of the programme in order to determine whether the profile of the previous studies match the academic requirements of the sought programme.

A completed university level Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or in a closely related field is required for admission. Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of how well the bachelor’s degree corresponds to the programme and on the study merits of the student.

Language requirements

All applicants must always prove their level of English language proficiency by submitting one of the following English-language test scores to their application (the minimum requirements are listed below):

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Scores in the Academic test with an average of 6.5, with no individual scores below 5.5. Even if an applicant has the minimum score required in the different sections, the applicant is not eligible if the required total score is not achieved. The results are valid for two years.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Total scores of at least 575 points in the paper-based test, or 90 in the Internet-based test (iBT). The Test of Written English (TWE) is required for those taking the paper-based TOEFL test. The results are valid for two years.
  • PTE Academic (Pearson’s test of English): Total score of at least 62 points. The results are valid for two years.

No other English proficiency test is accepted.

For more detailed information on admission requirements, please check admission requirements and application procedures at http://www.abo.fi/ansok/en/masters .

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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