Wireless Communication Engineering, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The Wireless Communication Engineering programme at the University of Oulu consists of cutting-edge knowledge and latest developments in the essential areas and topics of wireless communications systems and networks.
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The Wireless Communication Engineering programme at the University of Oulu consists of cutting-edge knowledge and latest developments in the essential areas and topics of wireless communications systems and networks. It will give you relevant skills and core knowledge of the latest methods, tools and technologies combined with time-tested issues such as information theory, advanced wireless communication systems, communication networks, stochastical and digital signal processing, antennas, radio channels, radio engineering, electronics design, and computer engineering. You will possess the essential knowledge on the design of wireless communications networks at the system level.


WCE will give you the professional edge!

As a graduate of WCE you will get foundational background in a growing, dynamic field of wireless communications including networking, systems and technologies. The skills gained in the Master’s Degree Programme offer a solid academic training that answers to the demands of wireless communications industry globally.


WCE will advance your career!

You may get the possibility to move forward even during your studies. Centre for Wireless Communications, CWC, provides a number of jobs as a trainee or a master's thesis student, with the possibility to continue as a doctoral student atCWC doctoral study programme at the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS), and even as a post doctoral researcher at CWC. Typically 10-12 master's degree holders from CWC receive Ph.D. degree every year.

Programme Structure

Course Structure:
  • Basic Module (subject studies)
  • Advanced module (advanced studies)
  • Optional Module (elective studies)
  • Advanced practical training (internship)
Courses Included:
  • Elements of Information Theory and Coding
  • Wireless Communications
  • Communication Networks
  • Advanced practical training
  • Radio Engineering
  • Mobile Telecommunication Systems
  • Introduction to Optimization
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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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

Programme Specific Academic Requirements
B.Sc. Degree requirements

Applicants who have obtained a university level Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following degree programmes:

  • Communication engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer engineering

are eligible. The Bachelor’s degree should be equivalent to 180 ECTS corresponding at least three years of full-time study. Bachelor’s degree must have been granted by an academic, higher education institute, which enables the applicant to apply for higher university degree (master) studies in his/her home country. Other degrees are not eligible.

Students who are on their last term/semester of Bachelor’s studies can apply to study for a Master’s degree. Applicants with good academic records can be offered a conditional study placement.

Students are asked to state the expected date of graduation on the application form and provide the transcript of records with the other application documents.

In the case that the applicant is accepted for study, the applicant has to submit officially certified copies of his/her Bachelor’s degree certificate and the final transcript of records by the deadlines.

Prior Studies

The tight 2-year time-frame of the WCE programme does not give room for students to patch up their knowledge. Hence, the applicants for the programme are expected to possess sufficient basic knowledge from the areas of mathematics, probability theory and stochastic processes, signal theory, telecommunications theory, modulation methods, network theory, analog and digital electronics, radio engineering, electromagnetic wave theory, radio channels, signal processing, computer engineering, and programming skills.

Documents Required
Abstract of your Bachelor's Thesis (max. 3000 characters)

Please fill into your application the Abstract of your Bachelor's thesis if a thesis is an obligatory part of your B.Sc. degree (in English, max 3 000 characters). If your B.Sc. degree does not include an obligatory written Bachelor’s thesis indicate it clearly by typing “My B.Sc. degree does not include a written B.Sc. thesis work”. If you are currently doing your thesis work (i.e., if you are on your last term/semester of your Bachelor’s studies) but it is not yet completed, write a draft abstract describing thesis contents.

Motivation Letter (max. 7000 characters)

Describe briefly (max. 7000 characters) your motivation for applying to study in Master's Degree Programme in Wireless Communication Engineering. Your letter should entail the following: why you wish to study at the University of Oulu, reasons why you have chosen this particular degree programme, how your previous studies and work experience support studying in this programme, how you will finance your studies, describe all working experience you have in engineering before and after obtaining B.Sc. degree, how your possible studies at the University of Oulu would improve your future career and/or study objectives, and what are your plans after obtaining Master’s degree.

Please note that all application documents must be sent to the University Admissions Finland address in Helsinki, nor to the University of Oulu.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a certain country-specific way. By using your My UAF account you can check if your degree-awarding country has any specific requirements for the way the documents have to be submitted.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 10000 International
  • Free EU/EEA


University of Oulu International Masters Scholarship Programme 2013-2014

The University of Oulu International Masters Scholarships provide scholarships to academically talented international students in architecture, business, economics, education, engineering, and sciences. The scholarship is aimed at students studying for a Masters degree in the University of Oulu two-year international Masters programmes. The scholarship is for one academic year and covers the full international tuition fee. The University of Oulu IM Scholarship does not cover living costs.

In order to retain the scholarship in the second year of study, a student must display excellent study results by the end of their first academic year. If a student does not achieve this requirement, they will be liable to pay the full international tuition fee if they wish to complete their Masters degree programme.

Eligibility Requirements to Apply for International Masters Scholarship

Applicants are eligible to apply for a University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2013-14, if they are:

  1. Non-EU/EEA citizens who do not have a permanent residence permit in Finland.

(Applicants not eligible for the International Masters Scholarship are: 1) non-EU/EEA citizens who have a permanent residence permit in Finland, 2) EU/EEA citizens or comparable persons, 3) University of Oulu students who have been accepted to study BEFORE the academic year 2012 13.)

  1. Eligible to apply for a Masters degree programme at the University of Oulu for academic year 2013 14.
  • The applicant has obtained their first academic degree (Bachelors or equivalent) from a recognised institution of higher education.
  • The applicant proves a high level of proficiency in English language. Approved methods of demonstrating language proficiency.
  • Applicants who are in their last term/semester of studies during the application period, can apply for the scholarship. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of study placement for a Masters programme will receive a conditional scholarship offer.

The scholarship application will be processed in the selection procedure only if the applicant meets the admissions criteria.

Application for International Masters Scholarship 2013 14

There is no separate application for the International Masters Scholarship. All applicants for University of Oulu Masters degree programmes need to complete the Student Application Form. Those applicants who are applying for the University of Oulu International Masters Scholarship have to additionally complete the Application for Scholarship, which can be found at the end of the Student Application Form. The International Masters Scholarship application form cannot be completed and/or submitted without the Student Application Form.

Application period for the University of Oulu Masters degree programmes and International Masters Scholarship is 3.12.2012 31.1.2013.

Selection criteria for University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2013

Admissions and scholarships decisions will be taken at the same time. Those students successful in obtaining an International Masters Scholarship will be notified at the same time as their offer of admission to their International Masters programme is confirmed.

International Masters programmes in the scholarship scheme 2013 14

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he nature of residence permit is indicated in the residence permit with a letter. A permanent residence permit bears the letter P or A and an EC residence permit for third-country nationals with long-term EC resident status bears the letters P-EY.

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