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Communications Engineering - Computer, Communication and Information Sciences, Master of Science (Technology)

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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Get a Master’s Degree in Communications Engineering at Aalto University – the leading international and multidisciplinary university in the Nordics and Europe.


Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1 Dec 2022 – 2 Jan 2023

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

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)

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The world comprises networks that connect people and devices that are a prerequisite for all other technologies to work successfully. As new technologies need better networks, building, maintaining and developing them is crucial for our future. The Communications Engineering study option prepares students to answer the needs of this rapidly evolving field. Communications Engineering graduates have:

  • Excellent knowledge of technology fundamentals. Graduates are experts in the fields of internet technologies, wireless communications and communications ecosystems.
  • Solid understanding of behavioural economics and sciences. Graduates know what makes communications technology usable and economically feasible.
  • Solid understanding of business dynamics. Graduates know the laws of business and can navigate accordingly.
  • In-depth programming skills. Graduates have exceptional skills in programming, including readiness for demanding fields like machine learning and network protocols.
  • Practical experience in the field. Graduates have worked closely within the industry already during the studies and have good connections to leading companies.
  • World-shaping power in their hands. Graduates possess the knowledge and tools to have great impact on technological advancements and the future.

Upon graduation from the Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Communications Engineering programme, graduates possess excellent knowledge and skills in the field of communications technology as well as a lot of relevant hands-on experience from the industry.

Language of instruction

In the Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Communications Engineering, the language of instruction is English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Aalto University’s tuition fee for master’s programmes taught in English is 15 000 euros per academic year. Tuition fees apply to citizens of countries other than those of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

Aalto University has a scholarship programme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. The scholarship may cover 100% or 50% of the tuition fee.

More information on tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available at the Scholarships and Tuition Fees webpage.

Structure of studies

The Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Communications Engineering is organised by the School of Electrical Engineering and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Major studies (60 ECTS)
  • Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (30 ECTS)

Communications Engineering is one of the ten study options in the Master's Programme in Computer, Communications and Information Sciences. New students are admitted directly to this study option and there is no additional process for choosing a study option after the admission.

At the beginning of their studies, students define their Personal Study Plans (PSP) together with an academic advisor. The primary purpose of PSP is to ensure that the studies support the student’s interests and are completed in a logical order. More information on the programme content and curriculum can be found in the Student guide.

Studying in the Communications Engineering study option consists of lectures, individual assignments, collaborative projects and hands-on experiments. Students enjoy strong peer support and face-to-face help from professors as the group of Communications Engineering students is relatively small.

Communications Engineering student Niki Aarnio in the winter.

Student Niki Aarnio: The Communications Engineering study option combines commercial and technical expertise

Niki Aarnio has especially liked the internationality and concrete nature of his studies

Communications Engineering students

Aalto's students' project work utilises LEDs and smartphones for indoor navigation

Project supervisor Alexis Dowhuszko thinks that the project covered all the phases needed to create a start-up



The Communications Engineering study option has a technological core that is supported by more human-centred behavioural economics and sciences. It focuses on communications and networking technology, networking business, and human-centric communications. Students can follow their interests and choose their specification area out of the following options:

1. Advanced networking & cloud technologies for mobile systems

Students learn to design data networks, cloud systems, and services for the use of large enterprises and operators (fixed and mobile) taking into account efficiency, scalability, security and reliability. They also learn how networks can be virtualized and run on cloud systems for lowering operational expenses and easing remote management.

Our courses give an excellent basis to understand and develop advanced networking technologies and cloud technologies for beyond 5G networks, data centers, and e-commerce; impacting both private and public sectors. The main objective of our courses is to educate youth and instill in them the capacity to empower the society with innovative mobile services, and help Finland retain the competitive edge in the field of mobile communication systems.

2. Communications Ecosystems

Students learn about network economics, to conduct techno-economic analyses of communications systems and services, to design value networks, and to understand the end-user needs and behaviour.

3. Human-centric communications

Students interested in human aspects of communications can take courses on user research, human factors engineering, user interfaces, and AI-based methods for interaction.

4. Mobile computing and ambient intelligence

Students learn the key information technologies and operation strategies needed for humans to access data ubiquitously while being mobile as well as how various sensor technologies and artificial intelligence techniques can be utilized to make the everyday environment sensitive to the user needs. Our courses give an excellent basis to understand and develop new services and applications in the 5G era.

5. Wireless Communications

Students learn about the modern wireless communication system architectures, fundamentals of the underlaying communications theory and signal processing methods, resource control methods and the related spectrum management issues. Our courses give an excellent basis to understand and develop new technologies for beyond 5G radio access networks.


The study environment in the programme is strongly international, and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Electrical Engineering offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be easily included in the degree e.g. as an international minor. Communications Engineering students have also the opportunity to take the second-year studies at EURECOM in Sophia Antipolis, France, and complete a double degree graduating from both Aalto University and EURECOM.

Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.

Further study opportunities

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

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

Communications engineering students with excellent study progress are able to tailor their study plan towards a research career during their master studies by applying to the doctoral track. The selection is based on excellent study progress and shown potential in the form of a special assignment done in a department research group. Applying to the doctoral track takes place on an on-going basis.

Career opportunities

The Nordics are the focal point of communications engineering. Two of the top three industry-leaders, Nokia and Ericsson, have grown here and are proof of the Nordics being the world’s leading telecom cluster. Other major equipment manufacturers (e.g. Huawei, Airbus Defence and Space) are present in Finland, making the ICT industry even stronger.

Aalto University and the Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Communications Engineering work closely with the described industry, guaranteeing excellent employment opportunities. Besides the telecom sector, other industrial sectors and governmental organisations are looking to hire Communications Engineering graduates. Usually, the career path starts already during studies – for example in the form of an internship, project work or a thesis carried out for a company.

Students can undertake internships in the industry already during their studies. The most successful students are offered the possibility to work in a research group along their studies.

Bhavya Omkarappa / Aalto University / School of Electrical Engineering / Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering

Communications Engineering student Bhavya Omkarappa found her dream job at Ericsson

Bhavya Omkarappa thinks courses in Aalto University are very effective in simulating real working life scenarios

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

See stories and career paths of alumni who have studied Communications Engineering.

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School of Electrical Engineering graduates in working life

School of Electrical Engineering Master's graduates are successful in finding jobs corresponding to their education. On this page you can find information on job titles, job sectors and career development of our graduates.

School of Electrical Engineering

Research focus

The department of Information and Communications Engineering combines competence in different areas of research fields varying from ICT technology to core electrical engineering and its basic phenomena. We have deep industry-academia relationships both in research and teaching. With these companies, we boost practical applications that create societal impact.

Co-operation with other parties

Besides the wide selection of courses available at Aalto University, students have the opportunity to include courses in their curriculum from other universities – even internationally. The major also regularly welcomes visiting students from other universities. The CCIS (Computer, Communication and Information Sciences) programme is in itself multidisciplinary, encouraging collaboration across disciplines.

Aalto University is well-known for bridging disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus and freedom of choosing elective courses across the university bring students from different fields under one roof. This spontaneous multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

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Learn more about Master's Programme in in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Communications Engineering. Watch the webinar recording where programme representatives tell more about the studies, career possibilities and answer some of your questions.

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