Master's Degree Programme in Automation Engineering - Factory Automation and Robotics

General

Program Description

Reach higher – choose automation!

Do you want to become an expert in factory automation and robotics?

Join our inspiring learning environment with international staff!

Automation and robotics can be confusing terms to many. As described by IEEE Automation and Robotics Society, “Robotics focuses on systems incorporating sensors and actuators that operate autonomously or semi-autonomously in cooperation with humans. Robotics research emphasizes intelligence and adaptability to cope with unstructured environments. Automation focuses on systems that operate autonomously, often in structured environments over extended periods, and on the explicit structuring of such environments. Automation research emphasizes efficiency, productivity, quality, and reliability” states the IEEE.

Tampere University offers a unique learning environment for factory automation and robotics. After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in different fields of automation and robotics. You will also have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in industry or continue your studies towards a doctorate.

To be a successful student of Factory Automation and Robotics, you need to have a background in an applicable field of engineering with proficiency in mathematics and physics and strong programming skills.

The studies consist of two majors that complement each other. The studies in Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics prepare you to apply systems thinking to design, develop and integrate factory automation and information systems. The robotics major provides you with skills and knowledge related to robotics and the technology involved, such as the fundamentals of robotics, the control of robotics and sensing/perception systems.

After graduation, you will have excellent career opportunities in different fields of engineering. The jobs that our graduates have gone into include, for example, project manager, design engineer, application specialist, automation system designer and R&D engineer. With your Master of Science Degree in Technology, you will also have excellent opportunities to continue working in academia as a scientist or pursue a doctoral degree.

Information about studies

  • Type: Master's degree
  • Degree earned: Master of Science (Technology)
  • Planned duration: 2 years
  • Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
  • City: Tampere
  • Campus: Hervanta Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 €

Study objectives

Automation is everywhere in our modern society. Without automation, we would not have electricity, water or heating systems in our homes. Automation technology is used to control both individual machines and entire factories. Robots and vehicles are the most visible examples of applications in which automation engineering has a significant role. Automation is an essential technology when productivity, energy and resource efficiency, and the quality of products are improved. Automation engineers have job opportunities in all the branches of industry, as basic knowledge of automation and systems can be widely applied in the fields of engineering and economy.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Factory Automation and Robotics leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology. The studies in Factory Automation deal with the scientific field of the automation of information (Informatics) in order to build knowledge-based Factory Automation Systems. The studies in Robotics provide you with fundamental knowledge of robotics and related technologies, such as robotics control and sensing/perception systems.

Our graduates are experts in Factory Automation and Robotics. They are prepared to pursue diverse expert, development and management careers.

More about the language of instruction

The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. You are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. In addition, students are required to complete a course in the Finnish language. The course provides them with an introduction to everyday Finnish and Finnish culture.

Study contents

More than half of the studies in the programme involve different laboratory assignments, hands-on exercises, practical learning and the use of machines and devices in innovative learning environments. The programme gives you an opportunity to gain both theoretical and practical competencies in the fields of factory automation and robotics. Problem-solving, teamwork, project management are the most important soft skills you will learn.

Compulsory basic studies introduce students to automation engineering and prepare them to pursue more advanced studies. The module also provides students with other necessary skills, such as the basics of the Finnish language and guidance for thesis writing.

To complete a Master's Degree in Technology, you are required to prepare a master's thesis. The thesis carries 30 credits and may be completed in about six months. The topic of the thesis must be related to Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics, or Robotics. Students prepare their master's thesis individually. Your master's thesis is an extensive treatise, which trains you for independent study and research, mastery of scientific methods, the convention of references, and the scientific mode of presentation in a good literary form. The thesis is conducted and written independently but under the supervision of a professor or a doctoral graduate in the field of your major subject.

You can freely select elective courses that are counted towards your degree, such as courses in the Finnish language. You do not have to complete elective courses if the scope of your degree meets the minimum requirement of 120 credits.

Choosing a field of specialisation

Our students can choose either Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics or Robotics as their major. As you will be initially taking both modules, the final decision can be made later on.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 12,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

Structure of studies

The Master’s programme (120 ECTS) may be completed in two years of full-time study.

All students with a previous degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences (AMK) are required to take complementary studies, such as courses in mathematics depending on their background.

Career opportunities

After completing the programme you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in different fields of automation. During the studies, students develop the expertise to take up different expert, development and management positions in their field. Many of our students do their thesis work in industry or work there as summer trainees.

You will have the required competencies to pursue a career in industry or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree.

Co-operation with other parties

Automation and Robotics is with the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Tampere University and enjoys close collaboration with several other faculties and groups. The staff of the university have strong cooperation on these topics, which reflects in both education and research. Collaboration among automation, mechanical engineering, signal processing, machine learning, computer science groups are exemplary. Students will enjoy this inspiring environment.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students at Tampere University.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • Which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • From the relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • From an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally.

Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Automation Engineering the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:

  • Automation or control engineering, robotics, mechatronics, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, fluid power. We require proficiency in mathematics, physics and strong programming skills.

Applicants who have completed their degree in Finland must meet the minimum cumulative GPA set by the programme to be eligible. The minimum is the same as in the admission to the same Master’s degree programme offered in Finnish.

  • Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK): 3,00/5
  • Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto): 3,00/5

When counting the cumulative GPA weighted by ECTS only the courses (include thesis) with numeric grade value are taken into account. Applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s degree must meet the minimum cumulative GPA when applying and after graduation.

Language skill requirements

All applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

The minimum English language test result requirements

Test name & Minimum test result

  • TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with no section below 20
  • IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5
  • PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 42
  • C1 Advanced: C
  • C2 Proficiency: C1
  • Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only these studies are accepted. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions.

Intake

A maximum of 20 students is admitted to the Automation Engineering programme.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.

The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.

Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.

All students with a degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. Admitted students will be informed on these studies in detail when the studies start in the autumn of 2020.

Scoring

The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.

In this programme, applicants are ranked based on the admission points they receive for previous qualifications, English language skills and other relevant factors that support the application.

Admission points (maximum 100 points) are given in the following categories:

  • Previous qualifications maximum 60 points
  • English language skills maximum 10 points:
    • 5 points: e.g. TOEFL 92 / IELTS 6,5 and if proven by previous studies accepted by Tampere University
    • 10 points: e.g. TOEFL 103 or higher / IELTS 7,5 or higher
  • Other relevant factors that support the application maximum 30 points
  • CV/Résumé and the motivation letter submitted with the application constitute the basis of admission points given in this category.

How to apply

Application step-by-step checklist
  1. Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply three programmes at the same time.
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
  4. When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application. Application period 4 December 2019 at 8:00 GMT+2 - 15 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  5. Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post, according to the country specific-requirements if applicable. Documents must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 31 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
  6. Wait for the admission results to be announced in early April 2020.
  7. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
  8. Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing your arrival in Finland.
  9. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Online application form

The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 4 December 2019 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 15 January 2020 at 3 pm (GMT+2).

Enclosures

You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.

You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.

Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 31 January 2020.

There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.

Admission results and appeals

Admissions results will be announced in early April 2020. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Last updated Jan 2020

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