Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Software and Service Engineering

Studies in Software and Service Engineering teach students how to design, develop, and manage digital products and services.
SSE aalto

Tutkinto:

Diplomi-insinööri

Hakuaika:

2.12.2019 - 3.1.2020

Opetuskieli:

englanti

Kesto:

2 vuotta, täysipäiväinen

Hakukelpoisuus:

Soveltuva alempi korkeakoulututkinto

Koulutusala:

Tekniikan ala

Laajuus:

120 opintopistettä

Korkeakoulu:

Perustieteiden korkeakoulu

Lukuvuosimaksut:

EU/ETA-alueen ulkopuoliset kansalaiset, €15000/v (maisteriopinnot)

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About the studies

Study objectives

Digital products and services are crucial to economies, societies and human well-being. They allow businesses to go beyond the traditional boundaries, tap into new capabilities and reach exponential growth.

Studies in Software and Service Engineering equip students with the skills that will be of highest value to modern organisations. Students learn how to design, develop, and manage digital products and services. They evolve into independent thinkers capable of tackling complex, real-world problems taking into account the human, societal and organizational factors.

Career opportunities

The Software and Service Engineering major equips you with the skills required for a highly successful career in relevant business sectors.

Typical job titles of recent graduates include Application Developer, Business Development Manager, Code Writer, DevOps Engineer, Full Stack Developer, IT Consultant, Operations Lead, Requirements Specialist, Service Designer, Software Engineer, Solutions Architect, Systems Designer, Technical Project Manager, User Interface Designer.

Some examples of the companies our recently graduated alumni work for are Accenture, CGI, Cisco, Digia Plc, Eficode, F-Secure Corporation, Futurice, Gofore Oy, Huawei Technologies, IBM, Innofactor, KONE Corporation, Microsoft, Next Games, Nokia, Nordea, OP Financial Group, Reaktor, RELEX Solutions, Remedy Entertainment, Smartly.io, Tieto, Unity Technologies, VR Group, Wärtsilä.

Qualifications

Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish). 

Post-graduate studies

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish. More information is available in the General information about studies page (aalto.fi).

Tuition fees

The tuition fee is €15 000 for non-EU/EEA students. Further information is available on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (aalto.fi).

Content of the studies

Students can choose to specialize in one of the three subfields: Software Engineering, Service Design and Engineering, or Enterprise Systems.

Software Engineering
Software is what runs economies and organizations. In the Software Engineering track, you will study the processes, methods and techniques used in professional software development. Subjects covered include requirements engineering, design, implementation and testing, and deployment. You can also participate in courses on project management, organizational development, and configuration management.

Service Design and Engineering
Understanding customer and user needs are essential in digital service design. Core contents of the Service Design and Engineering track include the conceptual and methodological basis for working with customers, users, and other stakeholders throughout digital service development. The user-centred and software-engineering methods support these joint design and evaluation activities.

Enterprise Systems
Developing and managing information systems is crucial for companies looking to create value and secure their competitive advantage. The Enterprise Systems track provides you with the knowledge, competences, and skills needed to successfully tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities present in the industry.

Structure of the studies

The studies (120 ECTS credits) consist of a major subject studies, Master´s thesis (30 ECTS)  and elective studies (25-35 ECTS). Software and Service Engineering major can be taken either as a long (55-65 ECTS) or a compact (40-45 ECTS) major.

The elective studies can consists of additional major courses, multidisciplinary courses, studies abroad, or an additional minor. Students can select their minor either from the other majors in the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences or from the other Master’s programmes offered by Aalto University.

See the Software and Service Engineering curriculum on the student portal Into. Please note that there may be changes to the curriculum for 2020-2022. The new curriculum will be published in April-May 2020.

Doctoral Track

Software and Service Engineering major offers also a competitive doctoral track where a limited number of top students can be admitted. Students selected to the doctoral track can have their studies tailored towards pursuing PhD studies and can start working towards a PhD in one of the department’s research groups already during their Master studies. Applicants are asked to indicate their interest in entering the doctoral track in the application form. The best doctoral track applicants will be interviewed. Read more >>

Thesis

Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The topic of the thesis is agreed upon by the student and the supervising professor. Master's theses are typically written for a company or for one of the research projects of the department(s) in question.

Internationalisation

The study environment in the programme is strongly international, and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Science offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be included in the degree e.g. as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence include conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students. 

Research focus

The topics of the major are linked to ongoing research focus areas in the Department of Computer Science at the Aalto University School of Science.

Programme-specific admission criteria

Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes in the field of science and technology.

The admission criteria to the programme is a high quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering. Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics or physics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in the required areas.

The required background for the Software and Service Engineering major:

  • software engineering
  • project and team work
  • programming
  • web and mobile development
  • algorithms and data structures
  • database

Knowledge of the following areas is considered an advantage:

  • software product development
  • human-computer interaction
  • information systems
  • software business
  • theory of computing
  • mathematics (statistics and discrete mathematics)
  • computer networks

Evaluation criteria

The student selection process is competitive and the best applicants are selected according to the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Content of the previous degree(s)
  2. Study success: grades achieved and pace of studies
  3. Recognition and quality of the applicant’s home university
  4. Motivation and commitment to studies in the programme
  5. Other relevant achievements (especially work experience, publications, Junction Hackathon competition or other programming competition wins, etc.)
  6. Recommendations
  7. Language proficiency

During the evaluation of eligible applications, the applicants’ previous study success and contents of the previous degree(s) are checked first. Only the applications who pass this preliminary evaluation will be evaluated against the full set of criteria listed above.

The applicant’s study success will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Very good previous study success is expected. The recognition of the applicant’s home university affects the final interpretation of the academic performance.

The minimum GPA for applicants from Finnish universities of applied science is 4.0. Applicants with GPA below the limit cannot be admitted unless they have other exceptional qualifications. Programme’s courses or equivalent courses completed in open university or as non-degree studies with excellent grades may support the application.

The contents of the applicant’s previous degree(s) are evaluated based on the courses available on the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted. The applicant is expected to have completed sufficiently studies in the major-specific subject areas (see above). Relevant work experience, professional certificates and/or online courses are judged case-by-case, but they do not, in general, compensate for the university level studies that include also the theoretical foundations of the required subjects.

In the final phase of the academic evaluation, the applicants who passed the preliminary evaluation, are ranked and the best applicants are selected. During this stage, SSE values especially relevant work experience. The programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled, and not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted.

Studies in the Master’s programme should provide genuinely new knowledge for the applicant. If the applicant already has a Master’s degree, the motivation letter should clearly indicate why another Master’s degree is necessary. In most cases, non-degree or e.g. open university studies are recommended instead of degree studies to complement the earlier degree or to improve one’s professional skills. If the applicant already has a valid study right leading to a Master's degree in the admission target in question, the applicant cannot be readmitted without special reasons.

Required application documents

In addition to the compulsory application documents, applicants to the programme are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)*
  • 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.
  • At least one original recommendation letter (preferably from work supervisor)
    • You can upload the recommendation letter(s) to your online application form. There are no specific instructions for their content.

*) The lack of these documents will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

In addition, these additional study-option-specific documents add value to your application:

  • Course descriptions of courses taken in relevant subject areas (see the subject lists above)
    • You can either copy the course descriptions from the university website or study guide or summarize them yourself. A list of most important topics covered will suffice.
  • Work certificates and certificates of other relevant achievements
  • Copies of any publications
  • Official transcript of records for other university studies which are not included in the mandatory part of the application
    • With documents related to degree studies, follow these instructions. With other higher education studies (e.g. open university or other non-degree), upload the documents to your application as part of the study-option-specific documents.
  • GRE or GMAT test results, if available
    • Please upload the test result to your study-option-specific documents.

The application should explain the full educational history of the applicant.

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).

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, required compulsory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admission Services at [email protected].

For enquiries regarding the study-option-specific application documents, doctoral track or studies in the programme, please contact Learning Services at Aalto University School of Science at [email protected].

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