Tampere University of Technology

Information Technology, M.Sc.

Information Technology is an integral part of numerous everyday products. Related applications are involved in nearly all the fields of engineering, ranging from architectural design to control and monitoring functions in manufacturing industries. The Master’s degree Programme in Information Technology from Tampere University of Technology will qualify you for rewarding careers in a wide array of industries.

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Programme overview

The Master's Degree Programme in Information Technology at Tampere University of Technology offers you an international study environment and opens the door to diverse career opportunities that require an excellent command of the English language. When applying for admission to the programme, you select your focus area (major) from among the following:
  • Audio-Visual Signal Processing
  • Communication Systems and Networks
  • Data Engineering and Machine Learning
  • Software Systems
  • User Experience

The courses counted towards the degree develop the ability to conduct research in the field and perform the tasks of an IT engineer. The profession includes the design, implementation and technical applications of systems based on data processing, automation and data transmission. You will also acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in research and teaching or take on management positions. In addition, you will be able to apply your expertise in other branches of engineering.

The degree makes you eligible for apply for admission to doctoral programmes.

Competitive degree meets high international standards

The Master's Degree Programme in Information Technology provides you with the professional knowledge and skills needed to take on challenging expert, development and management positions. In addition, the programme prepares you for the role of an expert capable of contributing to public debate pertaining to your field of study. Students who complete the programme possess good language, communication and cooperation skills and the ability to operate in a multidisciplinary and international community. In accordance with the fundamental objectives of the programme, you attain the prerequisites to continue your studies towards a scientific postgraduate (doctoral) degree. You learn to understand the nature of scientific knowledge and to analytically and critically evaluate information and apply scientific methods.

Excellent career prospects

Students who graduate from the Degree Programme in Information Technology gain excellent prerequisites to develop and apply information technology and manage comprehensive entities in many areas of technology and society. Our graduates typically find employment in research, design, development, production and operating tasks or commercial and administrative tasks relating to the field.

There is a demand for ICT personnel in the fields of service production, manufacturing and telecommunications. New employees are needed in research and product development, customer service and customer relations, project leadership and management, technical tasks, design, and sales and marketing. ICT experts are also required in other fields, as the importance of information technology continues to grow and related applications become more widespread. The demand for international experts in the global markets is growing. Furthermore, cross-disciplinary competence is highly appreciated in the field.

Programme Structure

The programme is comprised of 120 credits. Courses are worth 90 credits and the remaining 30 credits are awarded for successfully completing a master's thesis. Each credit is equal to an average workload of 27 hours, including lectures, exercises, assignments, independent study and an examination
The degree is made up of four study modules: common core studies, major studies, master's thesis and possible minor or elective studies. All study modules may include both mandatory and optional courses.

Common core studies

The common core studies ensure that all students are prepared to apply the language, communication and co-operation skills required for work, scientific activities and public social discussion.

Advanced module (major subject) in the focus area

Students complete an advanced module in the focus area that they were originally admitted to pursue:

  • Audio-Visual Signal Processing
  • Communication Systems and Networks
  • Data Engineering and Machine Learning
  • Pervasive Systems
  • User Experience

The advanced study module constitutes the major subject of the master's degree. The master's thesis is written on a topic connected to the major subject.

Minor studies / elective studies

Students can leverage their major by selecting a minor subject that best suits their professional and personal interests. The minor can be chosen freely from among the wide range of alternative minors. A minor study module is not mandatory, instead of a minor, students can freely choose elective courses depending on their personal interests.

Master's Thesis

A Master's Thesis is an independent scientific work written on a topic connected to the student's major studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    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: 550

    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: 79

    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

Educational qualifications

Applicants are expected to meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Applicants must hold a BEng/BSc degree that is equivalent to a bachelor's degree according to the Finnish system of higher education and has taken at least three years/180 credits of full-time study to complete.
  • The degree must be conferred by an internationally recognized university that is listed in the latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities.
  • The field of the BSc degree should be computing, information technology, electrical engineering, computer science or another discipline related to the programme. Competence in mathematics, physics and computer science is required.
  • The overall grade (CGPA) of the degree should be at least 70 % of the maximum marks.

Applicants from Finnish Universities

  • The minimum requirement of weighted GPA is 2,7/5 or 1,6/3.

Applicants from Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences

  • The minimum requirement for applicants from Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences is to have a degree in the field of engineering or technology.

  • The minimum requirement of weighted GPA is 3,0/5 / or 1,8/3

Language requirements

The official language of the programme is English, and therefore a good command of the English language is an absolute prerequisite. Candidates must demonstrate their language proficiency by completing one of the following language tests:

  • TOEFL (min. score 79 where writing min. score 20 in the web-based iBT; min. score 550 in the paper-based test PBT). Please note that we do not accept the institutional TOEFL test ITP for this application.
  • IELTS (score 6.0 or higher, writing min. 5.5)
  • Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) (grade "C" or higher)
  • PTE Academic (min. score 53)

Please note that we cannot accept any other language certificates or free-form statements.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • Free EU/EEA
For students who are citizens of countries within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, studies in all degree programmes will remain free of charge.

Funding

TUT scholarships

TUT is introducing a generous scholarship programme for fee-paying students. With the help of the TUT scholarship, TUT continues to provide excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.

The TUT scholarship programme consists of the TUT academic excellence scholarship and tuition fee waivers.

TUT academic excellence scholarship

TUT is awarding the TUT academic excellence scholarship to up to nine of the most talented applicants. The TUT academic excellence scholarships include a full tuition fee waiver as well as an allowance of 7000 € per academic year to cover living costs. The scholarships are awarded for an academic year and considered on an annual basis.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.