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Computational Engineering, Bachelor of Science (Technology), Master of Science (Technology)

Are you interested in using computers to model and simulate the physical world? If yes, come study Computational Engineering at Aalto!
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Bachelor of Science (Technology) + Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

3 Jan 2024 – 17 Jan 2024

Language of instruction:



3+2 years, full-time


General eligibility for higher education

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


180+120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Engineering

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €12000/y (Bachelor’s studies) + €15000/y (Master’s studies) Read more

Admission to Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology, Bachelor and Master of Science in Technology (3 yrs + 2 yrs)


Engineers and scientists are now relying heavily on computational simulations to develop new technologies and shape the world we live in. Ships, geothermal power plants, wind turbines and biomedical devices are a few examples of products where computer models are used to predict how new design ideas will behave in reality. The Computational Engineering major will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, use and develop these computational tools. You will learn how to build precise virtual models of complex physical systems and use them to make accurate predictions. 

Throughout your studies, you will develop your skills in applied mathematics and become familiar with the most common theories in physics, mechanics, and engineering. You will learn to use some of the most popular engineering software packages and develop your programming skills by implementing algorithms to solve design problems. 

You will also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to tackle real-world engineering problems in multidisciplinary projects. These projects will bring you closer to professional engineering practice and allow you to develop your abilities to work as a team, manage projects, and communicate your results effectively. 

After completing your studies, you will have a strong background in mathematics, engineering, and computing. You will not only be familiar with existing computational methods, but also possess the knowledge necessary to follow future developments in this rapidly evolving discipline. The program will give you the foundations to become a computational expert ready to tackle advanced engineering problems in a variety of fields. 

Computational Engineering is one of the majors in the Aalto University Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology available in English. 

Language of instruction

The language of instruction in the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology and the Computational Engineering major is English. The programme is conducted entirely in English, meaning that all courses and exams are in English. For students with sufficient proficiency in Finnish, it is also possible to study the 20-25 credit minor subject of the bachelor’s degree in Finnish.

Studies at the master’s level can also be completed entirely in English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Aalto University’s tuition fee for bachelor’s programmes taught in English is 12 000 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 bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) is composed of basic studies of the programme (65 ECTS mathematics, programming, industrial engineering and management, obligatory languages, Aalto studies, orientation), the major in computational engineering (65 ECTS including BSc thesis and seminar), the minor (20-25 ECTS) and elective studies (25-30 ECTS). 

More information on the programme content and curriculum can be found in the Student Guide. There may be some changes to the courses for the academic years 2024–2026 — the new curricula will be published in April 2024, when they will also be visible in the Student guide

Computational engineering will help you to become an expert in developing and using advanced simulation techniques to analyse complex physical problems. 

Computational engineering is a multidisciplinary field incorporating mathematics, engineering principles and computing notions. The knowledge and skills that you will acquire throughout your studies will rest on these three cornerstones. 

Mathematics are an important part of the major since they constitute an essential tool to solve engineering problems. During your studies, you will develop your abilities in: 

  • Integral and differential calculus 
  • Linear algebra 
  • Statistical analysis 

Engineering principles. You will become familiar with fundamental engineering theories in a broad range of fields including: 

  • Fluid mechanics 
  • Thermodynamics 
  • Mechanics of materials 

Computing. You will learn to implement your own simulation techniques and gain experience with the most relevant engineering software packages. The core topics you will learn about include: 

  • Programming principles and algorithms 
  • Numerical methods 
  • Finite Element method 

Finally, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to solve real-world problems as part of team projects. 

Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology


The major in the bachelor's degree is Computational Engineering.


The study environment in Aalto University is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. 

Aalto University also offers diverse possibilities for developing your global competence by e.g. completing part of your degree abroad in an international partner university (exchange studies), taking a summer course abroad, or acting as a tutor for first-year students. 

Further study opportunities

After completing their Bachelor degree, most of our graduates continue their education to the Master’s level before starting their professional career. Graduates from the Computational Engineering major will be entitled to pursue a Master of Science (Tech.) degree at Aalto University. You will also be able to apply to Master's programmes at other universities in Finland and abroad.

More information can be found in the Student Guide

Career opportunities

Computational simulations now constitute an essential part of all technological industries. This means that you will be able to pursue a career in a wide range of fields including energy, construction, manufacturing, mechanical systems and more. 

Our students usually continue their education to the Master’s level. After completing their studies, our graduates typically work for small, medium, or large companies, governmental organisations or research institutions. An academic position is also possible after completing a doctorate degree. Professional titles that typically include possibilities for advancement to management duties include: 

  • Civil engineer 
  • Geoengineer 
  • Mechanical engineer 
  • Naval architect 
  • Product designer 
  • Production engineer 
  • Software engineer 
  • Structural engineer 

Research focus

The Computational Engineering major has a broad scope. Throughout your studies, you will interact with professors conducting research in a variety of disciplines including mechanics of materials, geoengineering, computational fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, energy conversion and more. 

Co-operation with other parties

Aalto University has close links with the corporate world: our academic staff collaborates with Finland’s largest companies and the University supports the creation of smaller innovative startups around its campus. This collaboration ensures that our education is close to the needs of engineering companies and helps our graduates to kick-start their professional career. 

Aalto University also has several student exchange agreements with other universities around the world. You will have opportunity to participate in student exchanges and our staff will be available to guide you through this process. 

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Akin Erdem studies in Computational Engineering programme remotely from Turkey

Although, Akin has not been able to physically come to Finland, he has formed strong friendships with his fellow students and has been able to find motivation for studying.

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In September 2018, we received 39 new students in the Data Science and Digital Systems and Design majors that are part of the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology taught in English. About one third of the new students in this programme are from Finland, while the rest are from countries like Vietnam, South Korea, India, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Russia, Italy and the USA.


Contact information

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