Computer Science is a broad area of science that spans over computer programming; development of bid data systems and large distributed systems; web- and cloud-computing; data security; new paradigms such as nano-, bio- and quantum-computing; algorithms for biotechnology, banking, aeronautics; etc. Computer Science graduates are able to adapt quickly to new ideas, new technologies, and to multidisciplinary fields.
Highlights of our education program include various programming methods, data structures and algorithms, databases, cryptography and network security, software architectures, computer networks, computer graphics, concurrent programming, fault-free programming. Our study programme gives a broad basis across different areas of Computer Science. It provides the students with the necessary knowledge and skills for a multitude of careers in the software industry, high-performance computing, e-health, IT-security, internet-based companies, etc. It also provides the required background for doctoral research in Computer Science.
During the programme the students may acquire the following skills:
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.
The Bachelor degree studies are followed by advanced studies, leading to the Master of Science (MSc) degree. The MSc studies are scheduled to be completed in two years after obtaining the Bachelor degree. The objective of the advanced studies is to instil a scientific way of thinking and studying in Computer Science, to provide the students with skills necessary for independent work, as well as with the ability to adapt easily to new knowledge, concepts, and methodologies. This is especially important in Computer Science, as developments in the field are advancing at a rapid rate.
The students undertaking the advanced studies need to specialize in a certain Computer Science area. The topic of the MSc thesis is chosen in this area of specialization. The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate the achieved scientific maturity of the student. The thesis is a scholarly essay developed independently by the student, with content logically and linguistically correct. A MSc thesis in Computer Science is often accompanied by a software implementation.
When graduating, the students will have both a good basis for starting PhD studies, as well as solid practical competences for successful careers as software engineers, software designers, software analysts, or computational scientists. The numerous fields in which computer systems are applied ensure a wide range of career opportunities in Finland and abroad. Finland is a high-tech-intensive country with a strong demand for such graduates.
Overview of the Master of Science programme in Computer Science, 120 cr
The Computer Science studies consist of:
Applicants should already have completed a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or in a closely related field. They should also have completed at least 25 credits of courses in Mathematics as part of their Bachelor's degree studies. Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of how well their Bachelor's degree corresponds to the programme and on the study merits of the student.
No entrance examination. Admission is granted on the basis of the application.
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):
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 .
No work experience is required.
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