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Communications and Data Science, Master of Science (Technology)

Communications and Data Science is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (EMJM) programme that covers a range of timely, industry topics relevant to modern fields of engineering. In this two-year master’s programme, you will study at least in two partner universities and two countries, one year at both.
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Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

4 Dec 2023 – 19 Jan 2024

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Electrical Engineering


The expertise gained through the Communications and Data Science Programme features diverse programming skills, good mathematical background, goal-oriented problem solving, as well as efficient project planning and management. Students will advance their knowledge in the broad field of computer networks and cybersecurity, and gain professional experience through tailored industry-relevant projects and entrepreneurship training.

The Programme will empower students to solve industry-relevant problems employing cutting-edge tools of artificial intelligence, automation and control theory, data analytics, wireless systems, and signal processing. Students will acquire competences in a range of techniques covering the broad areas of electronics, data science, distributed systems, modelling and analysis of signals and systems, machine learning models, and communication systems.

During their studies, students will further acquire expertise in other areas, such as teamwork and coordination, entrepreneurship, critical thinking, and sustainability.

Language of instruction

In the Master’s Programme in Communications and Data Science, the language of instruction is English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

The CoDaS programme has a joint participation fee and a generous scholarship scheme funded by the European Commission (Erasmus Mundus).

See further information on CoDaS' participation fee and available scholarships from the programme website (

Structure of studies

CoDaS is an international joint master’s programme, where you will study at least in two partner universities, one year at both.

All Consortium Universities can be either Home University (first year) or Host University (second year). On the first year, you will complete courses with 60 ECTS at Home University and on the second year, you will complete courses with 30 ECTS and the thesis with 30 ECTS at Host University. On the first year, you will already get a chance to study your field of specialization by completing a course online provided by the second year university.

All students of the programme are required to study at two countries other than their country of residence at the start of studies. If you are a resident of the country of the Home or Host University before starting in the programme, you are required to complete the final semester (thesis work) in another Host University or within the industry in another country.

The total number of credits of the programme is 120 ECTS.

After completing the programme, you will graduate from the two universities you have completed 60 ECTS, including the thesis. You will be granted a double degree, meaning that you will receive a diploma from both universities.

Joint International Master's Programme in Communications and Data Science

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The Programme is structured into 2 years:

First year: basic studies common in all Consortium Universities:

  • General studies (languages, soft skills)
  • Mathematics/Programming/Security
  • Communications engineering
  • Data Science

Second year: specialization studies, specific to all Consortium Universities, and Thesis

  • Communications, Data Science, and Security (Grenoble INP)
  • Communications and Data Science (Técnico Lisboa)
  • Communications, Automation, and Machine Learning (Aalto University)
  • Communications, Machine Learning, Medical Informatics & Biomedicine (TU Braunschweig)
  • Communications, 5G/6G and Internet of Things, and Data Science (UPC)

To learn more about the studies, visit the programme website (


The Communications and Data Science Programme is a double degree programme offered by the Unite! university network. This means that you will study at two European universities and in two different countries. The study environment in the programme is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through studies but also via multiple free time events, activities and celebrations around the campus. Active tutoring programmes and support services work tirelessly to help international students integrate into Nordic culture and welcome them at home in Finland.

Further study opportunities

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career opportunities

The employability of graduates in these areas is very high at the European level since there is a lack of human resources in the target domains in all European countries and even worldwide.
Besides the companies in the telecommunications sector, such as telecom operators, consultancies, service providers, and encompassing manufacturers, one can envisage other companies and organizations hiring these graduates, in need of technical human resources dealing with networks, Internet of Things, security, data analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence.

Research focus

Department of Information and Communications Engineering carries out research in the areas of information and communications theory, communications and networking technology, and communications ecosystem. Department combines the research traditions from electrical and communications engineering with computer science and economics. With 11 tenure track professors and 5 other professors, department is well positioned to approach research in communication and networking in a comprehensive fashion covering all the OSI layers from physical to applications.

Co-operation with other parties

Aalto University is among the top-ranked universities in the world related 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.

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Professori Stephan Sigg, image: Evelin Kask

Professor Stephan Sigg: Communications and Data Science offers a good mix of relevant topics

In this master's programme, students study in two different European universities. Professor Sigg reminds that studying in different environments and countries opens many new doors.

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Unite! network

Unite! is a network of top technical universities in seven European countries. Unite! connects engineering, science, and technology with the grand challenges of society in co-creation by students, faculty, and staff. Unite! education provides skills for a new generation of European and global citizens who actively contribute to the advancement of knowledge, European competitiveness, and the development of solutions for societal challenges. Unite! programmes focus on multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multilingual education.

More information about Unite! network on the network's page.

How to apply

The programme has a separate admission process and its own application periods. Please see the admission schedule and application instructions on programme's webpage

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Contact information

CoDaS Admissions Office

For the application instructions and further information on the programme, please see the programme website For enquiries regarding the content of programme, admission and the studies, please contact [email protected].

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