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Electronics and Nanotechnology, Master of Science (Technology)

Wireless technologies, nanotechnology, semiconductors, photonics, space technology – the Electronics and Nanotechnology Master’s Programme covers some of the most topical themes in today’s engineering world. Our graduates know how to design future-shaping, resource-efficient, and globally significant high-tech solutions that make the development of our society possible.
Aalto electronics-ICT anechoic chamber for 2-60 GHz and two near-field scanners
Get a Master’s Degree in Electronics and Nanotechnology at Aalto University – the leading international and multidisciplinary university in the Nordics and Europe.


Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

30 Nov 2023 – 2 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

Tuition fees:

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

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We are surrounded by wireless technologies almost everywhere we go, space technology is skyrocketing thanks to small satellites, and nanotechnology is enabling major breakthroughs in fields like modern computing and energy harvesting. In the Electronics and Nanotechnology Master’s Programme, the focus is strongly on creating these cutting-edge ​​technologies needed to build sustainable and energy-efficient solutions for the modern world.

Some of the key enablers of developing new technology are semiconductors used especially in microchips. In Finland, there is a large cluster of companies specialised in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. These companies are investing heavily in the field to advance the country’s and the whole EU’s self-sufficiency in microchips. At the same time, the demand for professionals who have the skills to design semiconductors is rapidly increasing.

As a very high-tech oriented Master’s Programme, Electronics and Nanotechnology provides engineering students with all the necessary knowledge and tools to develop electronic devices and components that shape society for the better. During their studies, students get to use state-of-the-art software and, depending on their chosen major, do experiments in world-class research facilities like Metsähovi Radio Observatory and Micronova, which has the biggest cleanroom in the Nordic countries.

Electronics and Nanotechnology graduates have:

  • Fundamental knowledge in their field. Graduates understand the substantial practices and key scientific theories of their chosen specification area.
  • A toolbox for building technology. Graduates can design and build technological hardware relevant to their chosen specification area.
  • A researcher’s mindset. Graduates possess a strong theoretical background and a research-oriented, scientific, and academic approach to solving problems.
  • Revolutionary potential. Graduates are experts in technologies that change rapidly and will in many ways redefine the world we live in.

Language of instruction

In the Electronics and Nanotechnology Master’s Programme, 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 about tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available here.

Structure of studies

The two-year Master’s Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits:

  • Major studies (65 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (25 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

Students select their major at the beginning of the studies. The first semester consists of introductive common studies and the first Spring semester is dedicated to the common compulsory studies in each major. The second year is mostly dedicated to the elective studies and the master’s thesis. You can choose practically any combination of elective courses – from Aalto as well as other universities in Finland and abroad – that supports your studies and suits your interests.

More information about the programme content and curriculum can be found in the Student guide.

Students can approach their engineering studies from both industrial and scientific perspectives. They are able to direct their studies either a theoretically-oriented manner or more towards hands-on practical applications. Thus, the programme is a combination of theoretical and practical courses that utilise different teaching methods: lectures, independent exercises, computer simulations, group assignments, and laboratory work. Upon graduation, students have a lot of hands-on experience of using different softwares and – depending on their major – working in laboratories, cleanrooms, and an astronomical radio observatory.

The programme collaborates closely with the industry: guest lecturers participate in courses and students get to do projects with companies. Additionally, about 50 percent of all the Master’s theses are written for a company.

Master's Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology

Read the student experiences

Pranava Pakala

Student Pranava Pakala: The world is your oyster at Aalto!

Pranava studies Electronics and Nanotechnology and she believes that the field is the solution to most of the problems the world faces today

Eturivissä opiskelijat Otto Simola, Verneri Hirvonen ja Julius Helander. Takarivissä professori Jussi Ryynänen ja vanhempi yliopistonlehtori Marko Kosunen. Kuva: Niina Norjamäki

Students coded an open-source microprocessor that companies can use as they wish

The new processor is suitable, for example, for 6G transceivers and encryption technology. The project encourages young people to study microelectronics; skills that are in high demand in Finland.

Aallon opiskelijoita ICT-Electronics laboratoriossa.

Aalto University students combine an open microprocessor with an AI accelerator

In the recent past, Aalto students implemented a simple processor. Now, they have further refined its structure and combined it with an AI accelerator.



In this programme, students can choose from four different majors depending on their interests and aspirations. All majors are closely connected to current research conducted at Aalto. The majors are:

1. Micro- and Nanoelectronic Circuit Design

In Micro- and Nanoelectronic Circuit Design, students learn to design modern wireless devices and to understand the technology behind the latest developments in wireless connections, such as 5G and beyond. Since no application can run without an electronic hardware platform, this major also focuses on how we can decrease future devices’ energy usage and make them more sustainable. Additionally, upon graduation, students are able to integrate digital and analog radio-frequency circuits into the smallest wireless sensors like the "Internet of Things" or implantable medical devices.

2. Microwave Engineering

In Microwave Engineering, students learn to develop microwave components for modern wireless devices as well as to understand new developments in wireless connections. The major covers interesting current trends, such as reconfigurable intelligent surfaces that can be used to control microwaves. In particular, students learn to design antennas for wireless devices and networks and predict how the waves propagate in different environments.

Microwave engineering is a field where future graduates will have an increasingly vital role in advancing sustainability. They are challenged to design new solutions while prioritising energy efficiency, durability, recyclability, more sustainable life cycles, waste reduction, and minimisation of environmental effects. This means, for example, improving the efficiency of antennas and reducing electromagnetic interference.

3. Photonics and Nanotechnology

In Photonics and Nanotechnology, students learn the principles of physics governing the properties and interaction of light and matter. The main focus is on applying these theories to the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art, green, and efficient devices while utilising, for instance, nanocarbon compounds and 2D materials. In the future, semiconductor companies need a growing number of experts who can make the industry more sustainable, and this major equips students with the necessary skills to meet those needs.

Semiconductor manufacturing technology and novel nanofabrication methods our students learn about can be exploited in many areas, including sensors, optoelectronic devices (solar cells, LEDs, lasers), photonic devices, and even nanoelectronic devices based on quantum physics. During their studies, students have the opportunity to develop components based on semiconductors in the biggest cleanroom research facility in the Nordic countries, Micronova – Finland's national research infrastructure for micro- and nanotechnology.

4. Space Science and Technology

There are four main focus areas in the Space Science and Technology major: space technology, earth observation, space physics, and radio astronomy. Students learn to design and build reliable and energy-efficient space systems, set up space research projects, and process the results scientifically.

5. Wireless and RF Engineering

In the field of wireless and RF engineering, students delve into the intricacies of transmitting and receiving radio waves through the use of antennas. They gain a profound understanding of how these transmitted waves propagate and interact within diverse environments. Additionally, students acquire the skills necessary to manipulate these radio waves to convey information effectively, as well as leverage them for environmental sensing applications, such as radar systems.

Wireless technology is undeniably ubiquitous, with an ever-expanding array of new applications continually emerging. Engineers in this discipline face the ongoing challenge of crafting innovative solutions that prioritize energy and material efficiency, fostering sustainability as they outperform current systems.


Aalto University is known for its international study and research environment. Every year, Aalto welcomes thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad. As the Electronics and Nanotechnology Master’s Programme covers globally relevant technologies and offers state-of-the-art research facilities, it is of great interest to international applicants – studies are conducted in multicultural groups. Additionally, many of our professors and researchers have international backgrounds and experience, bringing their global networks close to students.

At Aalto, students can improve their global competence by, for example:

  • Completing part of the degree, e.g., a minor, abroad in one of the international partner universities as an exchange student.
  • Choosing courses with an intercultural approach, learning foreign languages, and/or becoming a student tutor for international students.
  • Conducting practical training or the Master’s thesis outside Finland.
  • Taking summer courses abroad.

Further study opportunities

The Electronics and Nanotechnology Master’s Programme is considered a great foundation for doctoral studies.

Career opportunities

Employment rates for fresh graduates are extremely good as the electronics and nanotechnology industries are growing fast on a global level. Thanks to the students’ hands-on experience of different softwares as well as of working in laboratories and a cleanroom, they have a significant advantage in the job market. Additionally, many companies within the industry are actively involved in this programme, giving students the possibility to network with employers. Aalto University also has well-established career services through which you can get employed in Finland and abroad.

There is a large variety of Finnish and international employers in this field. Some examples of the companies our recent graduates work for are:

  • Software, telecommunications, IT, and electronics companies (e.g. Nokia, Microsoft, Optenni, HULD, DA-Group)
  • Semiconductor, antenna, and electronic components manufacturers (e.g. Microsoft, Qualcomm, CoreHW, Radientum, Murata, SAAB, Dispelix, Kyocera, Beneq, Picosun, Nordic Semiconductors, Okmetic)
  • Space technology and aerospace engineering companies (e.g. Airbus, Airbus Defense and Space, ICEYE, Kuva Space, Aurora Propulsion, Arctic Astronautics, Leaf Space)
  • Research institutions (e.g. VTT)

Graduates often start their globally-oriented careers in research- and development-focused tasks, eventually shifting towards different industry expert and management positions based on individual preferences. Since the program is very research-oriented, a popular option is to continue studies towards a doctoral degree. Some graduates also start their own companies or find employment in high-growth hardware startups in the field.

Typical job titles of recent graduates employed in companies include, e.g.:

  • Antenna/RF/Microwave Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Business Developer
  • Design Engineer
  • ASIC Developer
  • SoC Architect
  • FPGA Programmer
  • Spacecraft Designer
  • Research Team Leader
Lena Mielke kayaking.

Alum Lena Mielke: Studying at Aalto changed my view on life

Lena Mielke studied Space Science and Technology in the Master's Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology. During her studies, Lena was also able to realise one of her childhood dreams.

Aalto-yliopisto / Maria Hieta / photo: Maria Hieta

A student satellite project launched alumna Maria Hieta’s career in the space industry

Alumna Maria Hieta majored in Space Science and Technology.

Mathias Fontell/Vuoden nuori fyysikko 2019/Aalto University/School of Electrical Engineering/Image: Laura Hujanen

Aalto University alumnus Mathias Fontell receives Young Physicist Prize 2019

The award-winning master's thesis in space technology focuses on solving problems related to radio wave propagation in the upper layers of the atmosphere.

Unto Rautio

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 Electronics and Nanoengineering conducts research in the fields of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology. Our research groups collaborate actively with several national and international institutes and companies.

You can read more about the research at the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering here.

Co-operation with other parties

Aalto University is among the top-ranked universities in the world regarding industry collaboration. As mentioned above, this programme collaborates with the industry in the form of projects, guest lectures, and Master’s theses. As a graduate, you can benefit from our connections. Aalto Industrial Internet Campus offers you the possibility to network with students from other engineering disciplines and prestigious industrial partners.

At Aalto, bridging different disciplines is made easy – students may choose their elective study modules so that their degree is a combination of science, technology, business, and arts. They can supplement their studies with courses from other Aalto schools and programmes as well as courses offered by other universities, including international. This multidisciplinary environment sparks new ideas, friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

Webinar | Electronics and Nanotechnology

Want to hear more about Master's Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology? Check out the webinar recording where programme representatives tell about the studies and answer some of your questions.

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Microwave engineering student working in an anechoic chamber.

Get to know us

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE) conducts research and arranges related teaching courses in the fields of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology.

Aalto University / Aalto satellite / photo: Mikko Raskinen

Educational satellite won a spot in the International Space Station

Aalto students designed a satellite, which even a child can assemble and programme. The instructions can soon be downloaded from the web and you can design the exterior yourself, perhaps from a milk carton.

KitSat educational satellite


Micronova is part of OtaNano - Finland's national research infrastructure for micro- and nanotechnology, jointly run by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University.

Micronova cleanroom kuva: Aino Huovio

Space conquerors win the Finnish Engineering Award

Satellite development began with Aalto University’s technology students’ course work. Now the goal is to achieve billions worth of turnover and a global satellite network.

Suomalaisen insinöörityön palkinnon saajat

Hey, space!

An updated course in radio astronomy allows students to observe far-away galaxies with the help of Finland's only radio telescope used for astronomical research.

Aalto University / Students walking towards Metsähovi radio observatory / photo: Linda Koskinen

A year long wait is over - the Suomi 100 satellite was launched into space

The Suomi 100 satellite, part of Finland’s centenary celebration programme, was built at Aalto University and was launched into space on board the Falcon 9 rocket. The launch took place from California at 20.32 Finnish time.

Suomi 100 -satelliitti

Chat with Aalto students

Are you wondering what it is like to study at Aalto? Come chat with our students about all things Aalto on Unibuddy chat platform.

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Study-option-specific application instructions

Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes in Aalto University.

Applicants meeting Aalto’s general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria decided in advance for each study option. The applications to the Master’s Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology are evaluated based on the following criteria: 

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation process and requested documents

The evaluation process is described under Applicant evaluation process. In addition to obligatory application documents, this study option asks the applicants to submit also the documents listed under Requested documents.

Contact information

School of Electrical Engineering

For enquiries regarding the application process, general application documents and language tests, please contact [email protected]. For enquiries regarding the content of programme, the studies at the School of Electrical Engineering and the study option specific application documents please contact [email protected].

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