Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering


Master of Science (Technology).
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120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Technology and Engineering


2 years, full-time


An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Tuition fees & scholarships:

Yes, for non-EU citizens.
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Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Electrical Engineering

Application period:

2018-04-20 - 2018-05-04


Information and communications technology (ICT) is in the forefront of the digital revolution, which is radically transforming the world as we know it. There is a constant need for well-rounded communications engineers with great knowledge of the technology fundamentals, in-depth programming skills and solid understanding of the business dynamics. At Aalto you can become a true game changer in the field.

Study programme

The Communications Engineering major focuses on communications and networking technology, networking business, and human-centric communications. Depending on your interest, you can focus your studies more towards Internet Technologies, Wireless Communications, or Communications Ecosystem.

  • Wireless Communications: You will learn about modern wireless communication system architectures (LTE, 5G), signal processing methods, resource control methods, and the related spectrum management issues. You also get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and can get involved with software-defined radio-based implementation and experimentation work.  See detailed course data >>
  • Internet Technologies: You will learn how the Internet really works and evolves, and how to design and implement new protocols and services, and secure your network. We cover fixed, mobile, corporate and wide area networks and their use for current and future applications. You will also learn how networks can be virtualized. See detailed course data >>
  • Communications Ecosystem: You will learn about operator business, to conduct a techno-economic analysis of communications systems and services, and to understand the end-user needs and behaviour. You can also focus on user-interface design. See detailed course data >>

Multidisciplinary everywhere
In the world of networks, everything becomes intertwined: security, business, usability... That's why the multidisciplinary approach of Aalto University guarantees you an interesting study environment. You can do research that's not only theoretical, but also spawns exciting new real-world applications.

Excellent testbed facilities
Our research covers all the OSI layers of communications systems as well as the theoretical foundations and techno-economical and usability aspects of the technology. We have excellent testbed facilities, and we are able to experiment with all parts of communications systems including radio access networks and mobile core networks. This is our strength compared to many other academic institutions. For more of our research, see and

Encouraging international atmosphere
You can enjoy a truly international environment. Our staff and students come from around the world, and we have a long tradition with teaching in English to people from different cultures. Also the Finnish ICT sector as a whole is very international, and many of our foreign students have found their dream careers here.

Career opportunities

Finland is an especially good place for studying Communications Engineering since the telecom cluster has a strong position here. Almost all major equipment manufacturers (Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, Coriant, Airbus Defence and Space, etc.) are present in Finland. We also have a very strong ICT industry in general. Besides the telecom sector, you can find successful career paths in other industrial sectors and governmental organizations.

Leader in industry collaboration
Aalto University is among the top-ranked universities in the world when it comes to industry collaboration. As a graduate you can leverage on our connections. Aalto Industrial Internet Campus offers you the possibility to network with students from other engineering disciplines and prestigious industrial partners.

Appreciated PhDs for universities and industry
Some of our graduates continue with their education after graduating towards a doctoral degree either in Finland or abroad. Our PhD alumni are appreciated in top universities around the globe as well as in industry seeking senior R&D personnel.

Communications engineering students with excellent study progress are able to tailor their study plan towards research career during their master studies by applying on the doctoral track. Selection is based on excellent study progress and shown potential in form of special assignment done in a department research group. Application to doctoral track is continuous. More information about the doctoral track can be found from departments web page.


Build the startup of your dreams?
Aalto University supports entrepreneurship and startups in various ways. Our new business incubators, hubs, courses and communities have already helped over 500 startups grow their wings. If you wish to become an entrepreneur, Aalto is the place for you.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Non-EU/EEA students selected in the application round 2018 will be charged tuition fees. Further information on the tuition fees can be found here.

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

The general eligibility requirements are the same for all Master's programmes in the field of science and technology. Please see also the requirements concerning language skills.

Eligible applications are then sent for the academic evaluation described in more detail below.

Programme-specific admission requirements

Applicants to the programme must first meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master’s programmes in Science and Technology.

Admission criteria to the CCIS programme is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics or physics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in the required areas.

Required background:

  • mathematics (linear algebra, calculus, probability theory, statistics, and discrete mathematics)
  • software engineering and programming skills
  • operating systems
  • basics of computer networks
  • basics of communications engineering
  • communication protocols (Internet and mobile)

Knowledge of at least some of the following areas is considered an advantage for successful study performance in the chosen study track:

  • computer architecture
  • distributed systems and parallel programming
  • practical experience in networking
  • software engineering
  • communications systems components and design
  • fundamentals of communications and information theory
  • fundamentals of electronics systems design
  • economics
  • management
  • complex systems
  • social or behavioral sciences
  • user-interface design

Learn more about the evaluation of applications

The student selection process is competitive and the best applicants are selected according to the following evaluation criteria:

1. Content of the previous degree(s)

2. Recognition and quality of the applicant’s home university

3. Study success: grades achieved and pace of studies

4. Motivation and commitment to studies in the programme

5. Other relevant achievements (work experience, publications, etc.)

6. Recommendations

7. Language proficiency

The selection process is paper-based.

During the evaluation of eligible applications, the applicants’ previous study success and contents of the previous degree(s) are checked first. Only those applications that pass this preliminary evaluation will be evaluated against the full set of criteria listed above.

The applicant’s study success will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Very good previous study success is expected. Recognition of the applicant’s home university affects the final interpretation of the academic performance. The minimum GPA for applicants from Finnish universities of applied science is 4.0. Applicants with a GPA below this limit will not be admitted unless they have other exceptional qualifications. Programme’s courses or equivalent courses completed in open university or as non-degree studies with excellent grades may support the application.

The contents of the applicant’s previous degree(s) are evaluated based on the courses listed in the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted. The applicant is expected to have completed a sufficient amount of studies in the major-specific subject areas (see above). Relevant work experience, professional certificates and/or online courses are judged case-by-case, but they do not, in general, compensate for the university level studies that include also the theoretical foundations of the required subjects.

In the final phase of the academic evaluation, the applicants who pass the preliminary evaluation are ranked, and the best applicants are selected. The programme does not have a minimum quota to be filled, and not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted.

Studies in the Master’s programme should provide genuinely new knowledge for the applicant. If the applicant already has a Master’s degree, the motivation letter should clearly indicate why another Master’s degree is necessary. In most cases, non-degree or, e.g., open university studies are recommended instead of degree studies to complement the earlier degree or to improve one’s professional skills.


Application documents

In addition to the compulsory application documents, 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

The application should provide the full educational history of the applicant.

The applicant’s motivation letter (a compulsory part of the online application form) should be written in English. For purposes of study guidance, applicants are asked to indicate already on the motivation letter the track they wish to follow.

Also, the supplementary application documents described above (recommendations letter(s), course descriptions, work or other certificates, and publications) should preferably be submitted in English. If a  language other than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations.

Contact information

Location: Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Otaniemi Campus, Espoo


  • For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language requirements, please read the instructions first. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact Aalto University Admission Services at admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi.
  • For enquiries regarding the contents of studies in Communications Engineering, please contact Master Admissions at the School of Electrical Engineering at masters-sci [at] aalto [dot] fi (


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