Department of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science

Education

In the field of Computer Science Aalto University provides education on Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels.
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Why Computer Science?

Stories about Computer Science students and researchers - who are they, what they do? Computer Science in Aalto University is a lot more than just coding.

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Teaching creativity to computers - Christian Guckelsberger wants to equip AI with the motivation to discover the unexpected

Research on computational intrinsic motivation could answer some fundamental questions about the nature of creativity, but also improve household robotics or even self-driving cars
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If you study computer science, you may end up developing better cancer treatments by applying AI

Heli Julkunen developed a machine learning method that predicts how different drug combinations kill cancer cells, and now she helps advance preventive healthcare as a data scientist
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Tuomas Sandholm applies game theory in his companies and encourages everyone to study AI

Sandholm, the Alumnus of the Year at Aalto University School of Science 2019, was recently named among the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of the year in the United States
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‘The atmosphere at Aalto is comfortable and you can do things at your own pace’

Thong Tran, the first graduate with a major in Data Science, shares his experiences on studying at Aalto University

Bachelor's and Master's studies

Aalto University has a wide range of study options in technology and computer science. Here are some options.

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Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology - Data Science

Data science gives you the foundations to become a top-level expert in the modern knowledge society. You will obtain the required skills to solve real-world problems using methods of algorithm design, machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistical inference, operations research, and optimization.

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Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies

The Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies educates a new generation of engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs and academicians who are all committed to get people to live healthier lives. Life science technology can, for example, shape and equalize healthcare systems and lower the production costs of medicine.

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Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology

The major in Acoustics and Audio Technology equips students with a fundamental understanding of human hearing, audio perception, and physics of sound. The skills they acquire enable, for example, reducing noise pollution, planning harmonic environments and designing coherent sound experiences.

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Master's Programme in Information Networks

The Master’s Programme in Information Networks educates cross-disciplinary thinkers and innovators with technical yet human-centric skills. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between human beings and digital technologies on an individual, group, organisational and societal level.

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

Software pervades all areas of human activity: industry, commerce, healthcare, media, and even art. Majoring in Computer Science provides students with a deep understanding of the behaviour of computer programs and computing technologies, training them to excel in the theory and practice of advanced computing.

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

Our world is digitally revolutionised, highlighting the increasing importance of internet technologies, wireless communication and communications ecosystems. The Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Communications Engineering covers both theoretical fundamentals and the hottest hands-on applications of communications technology, including topics like 5G, IoT, machine learning, and cybersecurity. The study option consists of a hard technological core surrounded by human-centred behavioural economics and sciences.

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Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Game Design and Development

Game Design and Development is a multidisciplinary major that tightly integrates students from different backgrounds. Students create and analyze games, experiment with new technologies and design approaches, and meet like-minded talent with whom to build the future of games and interactive experiences.

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Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Human-Computer Interaction

How will artificial intelligence change the way we use computers? What will come after the mouse and keyboard as input devices? What makes a computing system trustworthy or interesting for people? How to design interactions that thrill and motivate users? Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) educates future leaders who study, innovate, and improve information technology for the benefit of people. Aalto’s HCI major distinguishes itself internationally by a focus on computational and engineering methods with a strong contribution from psychology and design. The rigorous curriculum offers a unique opportunity for students of computer science and engineering to learn how to apply technical approaches in human-computer interaction. The study option is based on outstanding HCI research at Aalto University. The university was recently ranked #13 worldwide in research impact in the area of HCI.

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Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

The data-intensive major in Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence deals with some of the most challenging problems of the 21st century. Be it finding new solutions to tackle climate change or better understanding the causes of an epidemic, this field has an integral part to play.

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Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Security and Cloud Computing

Studies in Security and Cloud Computing give students a broad understanding of the latest and future technologies for secure mobile and cloud computing systems. Students will gain both practical engineering knowledge and theoretical insights into secure systems engineering, distributed application development, network and service architectures, and cloud and mobile platforms. We believe in combining theoretical knowledge and security expertise with product development skills. The studies are also closely linked with research at Aalto University. The graduates are well prepared for international industrial R&D jobs, security engineering and consulting, various expert roles, and doctoral studies at Aalto University and internationally.

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Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Software and Service Engineering

Software and Service Engineering is the backbone of modern society and economy. The Master’s programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Software and Service Engineering equips students with some of the most sought after skills in today’s job market, across a wide range of industries.

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EIT Digital MasterSchool (external link)

Tomorrow's digital innovators and entrepreneurs

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FITech Network University

Study ICT courses for free alongside work. A large selection of courses is available both at beginner level and for experienced ICT professionals.

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SECCLO Programme in Security and Cloud Computing

SECCLO (Erasmus Mundus)

Master's Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO) (Erasmus Mundus)

The world is becoming more digital. Can you keep up with its security and privacy needs? SECCLO is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme in the field of computer science, in information security and cloud computing. The programme combines practical engineering skills with a strongly research-based curriculum. The emphasis is on combining security knowledge with hands-on R&D skills in a specific technical area, cloud computing.

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Henkilökuvassa hymyilevä, parrakas ja silmälasipäinen Bruno Duarte on kahden muun miehen kanssa. Heillä kaikilla on siniset SECCLO-tunnuksin varustetut hupparit päällään.

Alumnus of SECCLO programme: ‘Creating a bond with Finland’

A summer internship led to a career in cybersecurity at Ericsson for Bruno Duarte from Paraguay, who graduated from the SECCLO Master’s programme in Security and Cloud Computing in 2020.

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Flexibility and enthusiastic teaching make the SECCLO programme a great option

The first graduates of the SECCLO programme share their study experiences

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Doctoral Studies

Doctoral Programme in Science

The Doctoral Programme in Science is a multidisciplinary programme with a unique combination of science, technology and business. The research done is committed to high standards of international excellence and the aim is to educate doctors in different research fields to tackle increasingly complex societal challenges in areas such as energy, environment, health and well-being. Multidisciplinary research work and collaboration within and outside Aalto University is highly valued.

HICT

The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) is a collaborative doctoral education network hosted jointly by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this area in Finland. The network serves as a collaboration platform for doctoral education combining all the relevant subfields of computer science and information technology at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki.

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Aalto Doctoral Programme in Science

The Doctoral Programme in Science is a multidisciplinary programme with a unique combination of science, technology and business. The research done is committed to high standards of international excellence and the aim is to educate doctoral students in different research fields to tackle increasingly complex societal challenges in areas such as energy, environment, health and well-being. The doctoral programme offers a four-year doctoral programme in physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science or industrial engineering and management.

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Doctoral track combines Master’s and doctoral studies

Top students selected to the doctoral track can have their studies tailored towards pursuing a doctoral degree and start working in the department’s research groups already during their Master’s studies.

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HICT

Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology HICT (external link)

Collaborative doctoral education network hosted jointly by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki.

Study options

Find your study option. Choose the study field, degree level and the language of instruction, and explore all the options.

Study at Aalto

Do you want to study in the Nordics in Finland? At Aalto University science and art meet technology and business. We believe in the power of curiosity and encourage our students to explore the unknown as well as to learn and do things in a whole new way.

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Admission Services

Aalto University organises several admissions. On this page you can find instructions for applying to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programmes.

Instructions on how to apply

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Department of Computer Science

To foster future science and society.

Artistic depiction of a bright light in space / made by Ray Scipak

School of Science

Science for tomorrow’s technology, innovations and businesses

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FITech Network University

Study ICT courses for free alongside work. A large selection of courses is available both at beginner level and for experienced ICT professionals.

Study at Aalto
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