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, Automation, Control Engineering or Materials Science. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as Computer Science, Engineering, Natural Sciences or Mathematics will be considered.
Applicants who already have a Master’s degree of comparable quality and content in Electrical Engineering, Automation, Control Engineering or Materials Science or related field, 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.