Master's Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology
Master of Science (Technology).
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.
Language of Instruction:
Electronics and Nanoengineering
2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24
Publication of Results:
Are you curious how modern wireless devices work and why wireless connection is getting faster and faster? Would you like to know how to integrate radio-frequency circuits and antennas into smallest wireless sensors, e.g., for the "Internet of Things", for satellite-based earth or space observation, or for implantable medical devices? Perhaps you are also interested in nano fabrication methods, solar panels, or radio propagation and electromagnetics in basic research?
Master's Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology answers to all these questions and more. The programme offers you fundamental knowledge in the following areas: micro- and nanosciences, micro- and nanoelectronic circuit design, advanced materials and photonics, radio science, and space science & technology. In this programme you approach engineering studies from both industrial and scientific perspectives. You can be theoretically oriented or direct your studies more towards practical applications.
The programme offers five major options. During the first semester you focus on the common subjects, and at the end of the semester you select your major. During the second and third semesters you gain a deep insight in your chosen major, which leads to the Master's thesis during the second year of your studies. The programme is a combination of theoretical and practical courses which consist of lectures, independent exercises, computer simulations, laboratory works, and group assignments. The studies are closely connected to the current research in the relevant field. The programme also allows for elective studies from a broad choice of topics within for example arts, business and other technological subjects.
The Master's degree (120 ECTS) is composed of studies in the major (65 ECTS), elective studies (25 ECTS), and the Master's thesis (30 ECTS).
Advanced Materials and Photonics
This Major offers capabilities to work in a very broad range of challenges. The main goal is to give sufficient theoretical skills in physics, electromagnetic radiation, modelling, optics and in many materials-related topics. The major covers the basic theoretical courses required to master the relevant general physical phenomena ranging from nanosciences to even plasma and space physics.
Students are expected to gain good knowledge in natural sciences, enabling them to understand the basic physical and natural processes behind electronics, modern communication technologies and in nanosciences. This major gives excellent knowhow in materials science that is needed everywhere in industry.
The course list of Advanced Materials and Photonics is here.
Micro- and Nanoelectronic Circuit Design
Integrated circuits are the enablers of the complex functionality embedded in all present day electronic devices. Combining logic, processors, memory, analog and digital signal processing, and radio frequency communications, electronics have provided minituriased implementations of functions that decades ago could not be even dreamed of. In future, the number of integrated circuits per person is envisioned to continue to increase rapidly simply because the emerging ubiquitous intelligence in all areas of life cannot be implemented without them. There is no application that can run without an electronic hardware platform.
To be able to design integrated circuits for embedded devices, designers need to handle not only the the theory of electronics, but also the design flow principles, tools, and the various abstraction layers of the design presentations. For example, designing the analog front-end amplifier that directly connects to a brain sensor or the RF front-end connecting to an antenna requires an understanding of transistor and transmission line models for analog custom circuit and layout design. On the other hand, implementing digital circuits, such as processors, DSP accelerators and high speed digital interconnects, requires knowledge of the working of hardware, efficient implementation methods of signal processing algorithms and good coding practices with hardware description languages, as well as the capability to efficiently use the highly automated implementation and verification tool chains.
After completing the major the student knows the most common technologies used in integrated circuit design. He or she understands the operation and theory of common circuits used in circuit design; knows the design tools used in the design flow and can utilize the functionalities of these programs; and understands analog, RF and digital circuits. The optional courses in the major complement the student's knowledge in the chosen field. The student will be able to design integrated circuit blocks from specifications to a producible layout.
The course list of Micro- and Nanoelectric Circuit Design is here.
Micro- and Nanosciences
Micro- and nanotechnologies are mainly fabrication methods developed in the semiconductor and electronics industry. The technologies, however, can be used far more widely to realize miniaturized devices having also optical, mechanical and chemical functions. These types of devices are increasingly used in applications like telecommunications, biomedicine, environmental measurements and automation systems.
The major micro- and nanotechnology focuses on physical phenomena occurring at the micro- and nanoscale, device fabrication methods and the operating principles of the devices. An important aspect of the education is to get familiarized with advanced and emerging nanomaterials and the various optical, chemical, electrical and mechanical processes affecting the micro- and nanoscale devices.
Having studied this major, the student is able to know and understand the properties of common and emerging materials used in micro devices, such as solar cells, LEDs, lasers, and nanoelectronic devices. The student also knows the major fabrication methods used to fabricate microdevices. In addition, the student knows where and how nanotechnology can be applied to enhance these devices.
The student understands the relevant mathematical concepts and principles used to model these devices. He or she understands the structural, electronic and photonic properties of the devices, and the underlying physical principles and phenomena and the operating principles behind the micro devices.
The course list of Micro- and Nanosciences is here.
Radio Science and Engineering
Would you like to discover new electromagnetic phenomena or invent new wireless gadgets? This major provides you with the ability to do high-level scientific research and to develop components and systems for the present and future wireless world. The education covers and combines aspects of both electromagnetics and wireless systems.
Upon successfully finalizing the Radio Science and Engineering major you will possess
- thorough knowledge of electromagnetics and wireless systems, and the related mathematical tools
- thorough understanding of radiowave propagation and the interactions of electromagnetic fields and matter
- the ability to use this understanding to create new components and systems for modern wireless sensing and communications applications that are superior in their operation and have novel functionalities
- the ability to use analytical methods and numerical tools in the design of new components and circuits and to measure and evaluate the performance of devices and systems
- the proficiency to translate your expertise into new technological solutions for environmental, well-being, and communications challenges in industry and academia
The course list of Radio Science and Engineering is here.
Space Science and Technology
Send a satellite to another planet; tune in to a distant galaxy far, far away; investigate planetwide processes and the prerequisites for life in the solar system and beyond
In Aalto ELEC you can study in the only space science and technology major in Finland, engage yourself in a challenging space project, and get involved in high profile international science. It is a rapidly expanding field with research challenges extending from the birth of our universe to the skyrocketing prospects of nanosatellites in orbit around the Earth.
The sky is not the limit!
We have four focus areas: space technology, earth observation, space physics and radio astronomy.
These include, for example:
- building of satellites and space instruments
- Earth observation & microwave instruments and techniques on airborne and spaceborne platforms
- space weather
- space plasma simulations
- space environment of the Earth and other solar system objects
- radio astronomical techniques
- study of active galactic nuclei and galactic objects.
The student can choose the study field(s) according to her or his academic or career interests.
Learning outcomes of the Major
Students completing the space science and technology major will be prepared for graduate education in one of the focus areas, or for work in industry or in large astronomy or space research related organizations such as ESA (www.esa.int), ESO (www.eso.org), or NASA (www.nasa.gov). You will be familiar with space as an environment for instruments and science, and people and the society at large. You will be able to design and build functional space systems, set up scientific space research projects and do science with the results.
The course list of Space Science and Technology is here.
Non-EU/EEA students selected in the application round 2018 will be charged tuition fees. Further information on the tuition fees and scholarships offered can be found here.
Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering typically offer the best students summer trainee/research assistant positions.
Required prior knowledge
The applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree (a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent) in electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as natural sciences, mathematics, or materials sciences will be considered.
The following background knowledge, which is typically obtained by studying a Bachelor degree at a research university, especially in electrical engineering or a closely related field, is required for the Master's Programme:
- basic programming skills
Students chosen to the programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. The admission letter will provide information on any such requirements. The complementary studies cannot be included in the Master's degree but will be required for graduation.
The application process is competitive. First the applicant’s suitability for the programme is evaluated. The applicants are then ranked, and the best applicants are granted admission.
The evaluation of the applicants is based on the following criteria:
Content of the previous degree
The applicant should have a Bachelor's degree (a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent) in electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as natural sciences, mathematics, or materials sciences will be considered.
Applicants with a previous Master's degree of comparable quality and content in nano and radio sciences or a related field or who intend to complete one will not be accepted to the programme except for special reasons, which the applicant must explain in the application. The Master's programme should provide genuinely new knowledge and further the career of the applicant.
Recognition and quality of the home university
The applicant's previous degree will be evaluated based on the international reputation and academic quality of the university and programme.
The degree programme is looking for applicants with excellent study success in their previous studies. The applicant's study success in previous studies will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. The grades will be evaluated in relation to how demanding the studies have been.
The time used for the previous studies will also be taken into account.
All the applicant's previous university studies, including incomplete degrees and non-degree studies, will be considered when evaluating study success. Applicants who have previously studied at Aalto University, e.g. as exchange students, are also evaluated according to the grades in those studies and the number of credits obtained in comparison to the time used.
Motivation and commitment
The applicant should be motivated to study the chosen field and committed to full-time studies with a plan to complete the Master's degree in two years.
Other relevant achievements
The applicant's other relevant achievements may be considered if documented in the application. These can be, for example:
- experience of demanding work where the Master's degree would be necessary
- participation in scientific research which has led to publications
- special achievements in his or her previous career or as an entrepreneur, prizes in competitions, or published writings
At least one letter of recommendation must be attached to the application. It should preferably be from a university professor, lecturer or a thesis instructor who has supervised the applicant at the university. The recommendation should comment on the applicant's suitability to the specific Master's programme and major.
The applicant must meet the mandatory language requirements. In addition to this, it is critically important to be able to use English as a working language. The studies are conducted fully in English.
Advice for applicants from Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences
The minimum GPA for applicants from Finnish universities of applied science is 3.2. Applicants with a GPA below the limit will not be admitted unless they have other exceptional qualifications. Meeting the minimum does not guarantee admission to the programme.
Previously, all admitted students whose previous degree was from a Finnish university of applied science were required to take complementary studies. This is no longer a requirement, and complementary studies are assigned only in individual cases. Therefore, it is important to demonstrate the depth of the required prior knowledge in the application. This can be achieved, for example, with excellent grades in the relevant Bachelor courses, and by completing a small number of demanding courses in the areas of required knowledge.
In addition to the mandatory application documents, applicants to the NanoRAD programme are requested to provide the following additional documents:
- at least one original recommendation letter (preferably academic)
- 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
The application should explain the full educational history of the applicant. If you have started or completed other studies in addition to the Bachelor's degree mentioned above, please provide also the official transcripts and possible degree certificates of those. If you have work experience or other activities or achievements that support your application, please include certificates or other proof in the application. If you have publications, include copies or permanent web links to them. Use the CV and motivation letter to provide a summary of your personal history, achievements and objectives and other points that you find important for the application.
For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language tests, please contact admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi (email@example.com.)
For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies at the School of Electrical Engineering please contact masters-elec [at] aalto [dot] fi (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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