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Electronics and Nanotechnology, Master of Science (Technology)

The Master’s Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology offers the opportunity for students to go into the details of future-shaping and globally significant technologies. We are surrounded by wireless technologies everywhere through the rise of mobile devices, space technology is skyrocketing in the form of small satellites, and nanotechnology is enabling major breakthroughs in fields like solar energy harvesting. This programme focuses strongly on researching and building hardware for these technologies, paving the way for a fluent shift towards a career in the industry or an academic postgraduate path.
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.

Degree:

Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.12.2022 – 2.1.2023

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Electrical Engineering

Tuition fees:

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

The application period will open 1.12.2022 09:00 (UTC+2)

Applying to master’s programmes

Description

The technologies covered in this programme are prevalent already today, and will be even more so in the future. The programme equips engineering students with all the necessary knowledge and tools to explore new worlds and solve practical problems to shape society for the better. Electronics and Nanotechnology graduates have:

  • Fundamental knowledge in their field. Graduates understand the substantial dynamics 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.

Upon graduation from the Electronics and Nanotechnology programme, graduates have gained substantial knowledge and skills to work as an expert in their chosen specification area.

Join the webinar for Electronics and Nanotechnology

Do you want to hear more about the Master's programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology? In this webinar the programme representatives will introduce the programme and answer your questions regarding the studies in the programme. All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar.

Register for the webinar held on 25 October!
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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 Electronics and Nanotechnology is organised by the School of Electric Engineering and comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

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

Majors are selected at the end of the first semester, after introductive common studies in the possible specification areas.

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. See the programme curriculum

Students can approach their engineering studies from both industrial and scientific perspectives. They can direct their studies either towards a theoretically-oriented manner or more hands-on practical applications. Thus, the programme is a combination of theoretical and practical courses that consist of lectures, independent exercises, computer simulations, laboratory work and group assignments.

Specialisations

The studies are closely connected to current research in the relevant field as all majors are linked to ongoing research within various research groups in the departments. There are four majors, i.e. specification areas, offered by the programme:

1. Micro- and nanoelectronic circuit design

In micro- and nanoelectronic circuit design, students learn to design modern wireless devices and understand the technology behind the latest developments in wireless connections, for example 5G. They will also be 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 design microwave components for modern wireless devices and understand the technology behind the latest developments in wireless connections. In particular, students learn to design antennas for modern wireless devices and networks and predict how the waves propagate in different environments.

3. Photonics and nanotechnology

In photonics and nanotechnology, students study the principles of physics governing the properties and interaction of light and matter. However, the focus is always on applying these theories to fabricating practical hardware devices. The manufacturing technologies originated in semiconductor processing for microelectronics, but these methods added with nanofabrication methods can be applied to many more application areas, such as sensors, optoelectronic devices (solar cells, LEDs, lasers), photonic devices, microfluidic devices and even nanoelectronic devices based on quantum physics. The Micronova research center provides the largest cleanroom facilities in Northern Europe to implement these applications.

4. Space science & technology

In space science & technology, four focus areas exist: space technology, earth observation, space physics and radio astronomy. During the studies, students will learn to design and build functional space systems, set up scientific space research projects and perform science with the results.

Internationalisation

As the programme covers technologies that are globally relevant, the study environment is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. There are diverse possibilities for exchange studies all around the world included in the degree as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or representing Aalto University in occasionally organised student competitions.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad each year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through studies, but also multiple free time events, activities and celebrations around the campus. Programme administrators, active student tutors and student support services work rigorously 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

Graduates from the programme typically embark on their globally-oriented careers in research and development-focused tasks, and eventually shifting towards different industry expert positions based on individual preferences. Resulting from the very research-based studies, a very popular option is to continue the studies as a researcher and a graduate student towards a doctoral degree. Some graduates also start their own companies or get employed in high-growth hardware startups in the field. Overall, employment rates for fresh graduates are extremely good as many companies within the industry are actively involved already during their studies.

Aalto University has well-established career services through which you can get employed in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find good positions with ease upon graduation. Large share of MSc graduates continue as doctoral researchers in Finland or internationally.

Typical job titles of recent graduates employed in companies include:

Antenna/RF/microwave specialist, Technical sales engineer, RF system engineer, Consultant, RF/antenna/microwave engineer, Test engineer, Business developer, design engineer, ASIC developer, SoC architect, electronics designer, FPGA programmer, VHDL software engineer, CEO, CTO, Head of Mission Management, Spacecraft System Engineer, Spacecraft System Analyst, Software Design Lead, Spacecraft Designer, Head of Communications Network, Research Team Leader, Quality Assurance Engineer etc.

Some examples of the companies our recent graduates work for in Finland or internationally are Nokia, Nokia Bell Labs, Qualcomm, Huawei, Optenni, Cojot, Radientum, Airbus, VTT, CoreHW, SAAB, Huawei, Murata, Vaisala, Microsoft, Nordic Semiconductors, ICEYE, Kuva Space, Aurora Propulsion,  HULD, Arctic Astronautics, DA-Group, Airbus Defense and Space, Leaf Space.

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Research focus

The Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering conducts research and arranges related courses in the fields of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology. The department research groups have active national and international collaboration with several institutes and companies. Research groups are working with world-class research facilities and instruments; the largest clean rooms in the Nordic countries are located in the Micro- and nanotechnology centre Micronova.

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.

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.

Watch webinar recording
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.

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Micronova

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.

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Space conquerors win the Finnish Engineering Award

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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.

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Are you wondering what it is like to study at Aalto University? Or what student life is like at Aalto’s vibrant Otaniemi Campus or at the Mikkeli Unit? Come chat with our students about all things Aalto!

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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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The application period will open 1.12.2022 09:00 (UTC+2)

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