M.Sc. Software Engineering

Åbo Akademi University

Application deadline: 30 January
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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 Masters 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 located in the Turku Science Park, in the ICT building, where research groups and academic programmes meet, interact and collaborate with ICT companies - many of which are multinational and well known. The study facilities are brand-new and equipped with the latest technology.

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.


Major subject

Advanced studies in Software Engineering 50 sp

Mandatory courses 20 sp: Development of web applications and web services, Software architectures, Project course

Selectable courses 30 sp: 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

Minor subject

Information systems and Management Sciences 20 sp

Selectable courses: Management Science and Inventory Analysis, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Data mining and text mining, Managing the Digital Enterprise, Project Management, Mobile Value Services, User-centered Design of Information Systems, Financial planning.

Mandatory Swedish language course 5 sp

Master thesis 30 sp

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

Free optional studies (15 sp), including courses offered by TUCS.


A completed university level Bachelors 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 bachelors degree corresponds to the programme and on the study merits of the student.
Applicants must always prove their knowledge of the English language.

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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

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