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.
Master's Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology
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Objectives of studies
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.
Content of studies
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The course selection is wide and depends strongly on the chosen specification area.
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.
The programme includes a master's thesis which is an independent research project worth 30 ECTS. The master's thesis is written on topic related to the advanced studies in the programme. Master's theses are typically written on topics commissioned by the industry or on topics based on the needs of the research projects at the university.
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.
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.
The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).
Additional informationn about research related to this programme can be found at the webpage of the department of Electronics and Nanoengineering.
Study-option-specific application instructions
Required prior knowledge
For admission to the Electronics and Nanotechnology programme, a high‐quality Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in physics, or in a related field is required. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, or mathematics, will be considered if they can show to have acquired sufficient skills and knowledge.
Background requirements depend on the chosen study field within the programme. Recommended background includes sufficient skills in
- basic programming skills
Students chosen to the programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. The admission letter will provide information on any such requirements. The complementary studies cannot be included in the Master's degree but will be required for graduation.
In addition to the mandatory application documents, applicants to the Electronics and Nanotecnology programme are requested to provide the following additional documents:
- curriculum vitae*
- motivation letter*
- The motivation letter should be written in English. The maximum length of the motivation letter is about 4000 characters. There are no specific instructions for the content of the motivation letter except for the general advise that you should write a separate motivation letter for each study option you apply to.
* the lack of these two application documents will adversely affect the evaluation of your application
- at least one original recommendation letter (preferably academic)
- work certificates and certificates of other relevant achievements
- copies of any publications
- the official transcript of records for other university studies which are not included in the mandatory part of the application
The application should fully explain the educational history of the applicant. If the applicant has started or completed other studies in addition to the Bachelor's degree mentioned above, he or she should also provide the respective official transcripts and other possible (degree) certificates. If the applicant has work experience or other activities or achievements to support their application, certificates or other proof should be included in the application. If the applicant has publications, copies or permanent web links to the publications should be provided. The CV and the motivation letter should be used to provide a summary of one's personal history, achievements, objectives and other points that one considers important for the application.
General instructions on study-option-specific documents
All additional application documents described above should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.
Upload the documents to your online application form in pdf-format. Name the file(s) according to format: Name of the document-Lastname-Firstname (e.g. CV-Lastname-Firstname.pdf). Maximum file size is 1.0 GB.
The study-option-specific documents must be uploaded for each study option separately, even if you use the same document (e.g. CV). Please check carefully the study-option-specific document requirements for each study option you apply to.
The deadline for the study-option-specific application documents to be uploaded to your application form is 10 January 2020 at 15:00 (GMT +2).
Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility criteria and language requirements at Aalto University.
The application process is competitive. First, the applicant’s suitability for the programme is evaluated. The applicants are then ranked, and the best applicants are granted admission to the programme.
The evaluation of the applicants is based on the following criteria:
Content of the previous degree
The applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits or equivalent) in electrical engineering, in physics, or in a related field. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, or mathematics, will be considered if they can show to have acquired sufficient skills and knowledge. Background requirements depend on the chosen study field within the programme.
Applicants with a previous Master’s degree of comparable quality and content in the fields of the Master’s Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology or who intend to complete one, or who have a valid study right in this application target will not be accepted to the programme except for special reasons, which the applicant must explain in the application. The Master’s programme should provide genuinely new knowledge and further the career of the applicant.
Recognition and quality of the home university
The applicant’s previous degree will be evaluated based on the international reputation and academic quality of the university and the programme.
The degree programme is looking for applicants with excellent success in their previous studies. This will be evaluated on the basis of the Grade Point Average (GPA) and results in key courses. The grades will be evaluated in relation to how demanding the studies have been. The time spent on the previous studies will also be taken into account.
All the applicant’s previous university studies, including incomplete degrees and non-degree studies, will be taken into consideration when evaluating study success. Applicants who have previously studied at Aalto University, e.g. as exchange students, are also evaluated according to the grades, the number of credits obtained, as well as on the time spent on these studies.
Motivation and commitment
The applicant should be motivated to study the chosen subject and committed to full-time studies with a plan to complete the Master’s degree in two years.
Other relevant achievements
The applicant’s other relevant achievements may be considered if documented in the application. These may include, for example:
- experience in demanding work where the Master’s degree would be necessary
- participation in scientific research leading to publications
- special achievements in one's previous career or as an entrepreneur, prizes in competitions, or published writings
At least one recommendation letter should be attached to the application. It should preferably be from a university professor, lecturer or a thesis instructor who has supervised the applicant’s studies at the university. The recommendation should comment on the applicant’s suitability to the specific Master’s programme and major.
The applicant must meet the mandatory language requirements. In addition to this, it is critically important to be able to use English as a working language. The studies are conducted fully in English.
The minimum GPA for applicants from Finnish universities of applied science is 3.8. Applicants with a GPA below the 3.8 limit will not be admitted unless they have other exceptional merits. Meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission to the programme.
Previously, all admitted students whose previous degree was from a Finnish university of applied science were required to take a selection of complementary studies. This is no longer required, and complementary studies are assigned only in individual cases. Therefore, it is important to demonstrate the depth of the required prior knowledge in the application. This can be achieved, for example, with excellent grades in the relevant Bachelor courses and by completing a small number of demanding courses in the areas of required knowledge. A limited number of seats for non-degree students are available in the Bachelor-level courses in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Programming at Aalto University, and similar courses may be available through the Open University.
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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