• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The purpose of the major is to provide the students with basics of either signal processing or speech and language processing and the ability to apply those in various fields of science and technology. This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Signal, Speech and Language Processing programme is offered by Aalto University.



Students focusing in signal processing are given a strong theoretical background of modern signal processing. This means a toolbox of knowledge on signals and systems modelling, representation through transforms, systems optimization and implementation. Some emphasis is on the most recent research priorities in the field of signal processing in domains of data analysis, compression and storage, communications as well as in representation of signals. In addition, students can obtain even deeper understanding of signal processing and adjacent sciences, or apply signal processing in other fields. Interesting applications include radar systems and networks, data transmission, sensing and tracking of objects and spaces, as well as analysis of technical (machine based) and social (human based) networks. The cyber level of the smart power grid is increasingly important for efficient energy distribution and utilization, offering a platform for applying signal processing methodology for solving essential problems of great societal impact.

Students focusing in speech and language processing are provided basics of that field and the ability to apply those in various fields of science and technology. Speech and language processing utilizes signal processing, mathematical modeling and machine learning for statistical language modeling, information retrieval and speech analysis, synthesis, recognition and coding.  Applications and research priorities have recently been, for example, speech recognition and synthesis, dictation, subtitling, machine translation, language learning, large-scale video data indexing and retrieval, speech coding and quality improvement in mobile phones and networks as well as in medical research of the human voice.

This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Signal, Speech and Language Processing programme is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Content and structure

The major offers two different study tracks: signal processing and speech and language processing. The tracks consist of compulsory part and optional part.  Student must follow one of the study tracks.  In the major there are two courses common to both tracks.

The major can be completed either as a long (60 cr) or compact (40 cr) major. Students taking a compact major take also a minor (20-25 cr). Students taking a long major may include an optional minor in their elective studies.

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                                                            Detailed Programme Facts

                                                            English Language Requirements

                                                            You only need to take one of these language tests:

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                                                              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.

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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
                                                            • the official transcript of records for other university studies that 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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                                                            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.


                                                            Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

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