Degrees

The Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Technology degrees as well as the postgraduate degrees of Licentiate of Science and Doctor of Science in Technology.

Education leading to the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees is organised in degree programmes that give graduates the knowledge and skills needed in positions that require expertise in the field of technology. The Bachelor of Science in Technology degree can be obtained from the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering which has four majors. Four degree programmes lead to the Master of Science in Technology degree. Postgraduate students study in the Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering which comprises 30 areas of research.


Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree requires students to complete 180 credits. It’s available only in finnish and can be completed in three academic years of full-time study.

Students admitted into the bachelor’s degree programme are also granted the right to complete the Master of Science in Technology degree. The three-year bachelor’s programme provides the students with the prerequisites needed to complete the master’s degree. The content of the studies is determined by the field of specialization, the student’s own interests, and when completing the master’s degree, also by the major and minor chosen in the bachelor’s studies.

The School’s bachelor’s programme has three specializations:

  • Automation and Information Technology
  • Bioinformation Technology
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Structure of the bachelor’s programme

Studies leading to the Bachelor of Science in Technology degree comprise the following:

  • general studies (65—70 cr.), which include courses determined by the student’s degree programme, Aalto courses and compulsory language courses;
  • major studies (60—65 cr.), which include the bachelor’s thesis and the thesis seminar (10 cr.);
  • minor studies (20—25 cr.); and
  • elective studies (25—30 cr.), where students can include another minor or more courses from the general studies or from their major, for example.

Aims of the bachelor’s degree

Education leading to the Bachelor of Science degree aims to provide the student with:

  • knowledge of the fundamentals of the studies included in the degree programme and prerequisites for following developments in the field;
  • knowledge and skills needed for scientific thinking and scientific working methods;
  • prerequisites for education leading to a master’s degree and continuous learning;
  • knowledge and skills to understand and analyse the effects and utilisation of technology;
  • ability to cooperate and participate in goal-oriented team work;
  • capacity to apply to acquired knowledge and skills in work life;
  • adequate language and communication skills.

Education is based on scientific research and practices in the field.


Master of Science

The Master of Science in Technology degree requires students to complete 120 credits. The degree can be completed in two academic years of full-time study.

Structure of studies

Studies leading to the Master of Science degree include:

  • studies in research methodology (10 cr.)
  • three modules, at least one of which must be an advanced module of a major in the student’s degree programme. Only one of the modules can be a basic module. (20 + 20 + 20 cr.)
  • elective studies (a minimum of 20 cr.) and
  • the master’s thesis (30 cr.)

Intermediate and advanced studies are included in the modules. An individual special module (20 cr.) can be a module confirmed by the School or a module that comprises the student’s personal studies. The content of the module must be approved by the School.

Aims of the master’s degree

Education leading to the Master of Science in Technology degree aims to provide the student with:

  • good overall knowledge of a major of the degree programme;
  • knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods, as well as prerequisites for continuous and flexible learning;
  • ability to understand problems in one’s own field from the point of view of users, technical and social systems as well as the environment;
  • prerequisites for working as an expert and developer in one’s own field in work life;
  • good language and communication skills; and
  • prerequisites for scientific postgraduate studies.

Education is based on scientific research and practices in the field.


Postgraduate degrees

The Aalto University School offers the postgraduate degrees of Licentiate of Science and Doctor of Science in Technology. The Doctor of Science degree can be obtained directly after the master’s degree without completing the licentiate degree.

All doctoral candidates (i.e. postgraduate students) in the School of Electrical Engineering belong to the Aalto Doctoral Programme in Electrical Engineering. The programme was established on 1 January 2011. It comprises 30 areas of research and is run jointly by all the School’s departments and two special units.

The doctoral programme is managed by the programme director who is responsible for the programme’s operation as well as the development and coordination of doctoral studies in the School of Electrical Engineering. The Doctoral Programme Committee is also chaired by the director.

Information for doctoral students (into.aalto.fi)

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