• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Machine learning is one of the strong points of Aalto University. This solid education in modern computational data analysis gives you excellent opportunities for a career in research institutions or in the private sector in the rapidly developing fields of machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence.

The methods of machine learning and data mining are applicable and needed in a wide variety of fields ranging from process industry to data science. Recent spearhead application areas include

  • bioinformatics,
  • computational astrophysics, biology, and medicine,
  • interactive technologies,
  • information retrieval,
  • information visualization,
  • neuroinformatics, and
  • social-network analysis.

Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (Macadamia) is one of the eight majors offered in the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS).

Learning outcomes

The major in Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (Macadamia) covers a wide range of topics in modern computational data analysis and modelling methodologies.

A Macadamia graduate:

  • is able to formalize data analysis problems in terms of the underlying statistical and computational principles;
  • is able to assess the suitability of different machine learning methods for solving a particular new problem encountered in industry or academia, and apply the methods to the problem;
  • can interpret the results of a machine learning algorithm, assess their credibility, and communicate the results with experts of other fields;
  • can implement common machine learning methods, and design and implement novel algorithms by modifying the existing approaches;
  • understands the theoretical foundations of the machine learning field to the extent required for being able to follow research in the field.

This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Machine Learning and Data Mining programme is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Machine Learning: Basic Principles
  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning: Advanced Probabilistic Methods
  • Algorithmic Methods of Data Mining
  • Kernel Methods in Machine Learning
  • Information Visualization
  • Research Project in Machine Learning and Data Science

For more information, please visit programme website.

                                                          Detailed Programme Facts

                                                          English Language Requirements

                                                          You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                                          • Minimum required score:


                                                            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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                                                            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.

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                                                            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).

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                                                            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

                                                          In addition to the compulsory application documents, the applicants are requested to provide the following, additional documents:

                                                          • at least one original recommendation letter (preferably academic)
                                                          • course descriptions of courses taken in relevant subject areas (see the subject list above)
                                                          • work certificates and certificates of other relevant achievements
                                                          • copies of any publications
                                                          • official transcript of records for other university studies which are not included in the mandatory part of the application
                                                          • GRE or GMAT test results, if available

                                                          Tuition Fee

                                                          • International Applies to you

                                                            15000 EUR/year
                                                            Tuition Fee
                                                            Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                                          • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                            Tuition Fee
                                                            Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                                                          Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English from August 2017 onwards are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens.

                                                          Living costs for Helsinki

                                                          910 - 1400 EUR/month
                                                          Living Costs

                                                          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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