Embedded Computing (Master)

Degree: Master
University: Åbo Akademi University City: Turku , Country: Finland
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Max Duration 24
  • Start Date of Studies september
  • Admission deadline late February
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme description

    University: Åbo Akademi University (Department of Information Technologies)
    Partners: Turku Centre for Computer Science, Nordic Master School in Innovative ICT

    This two-year programme is designed to prepare its graduates for the challenging design tasks in the Embedded Systems Industry. The programme contains courses given by both Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku in the areas of Embedded Systems. The programme will be designed and implemented in co-operation with the corresponding programme at University of Turku.

    The Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing is provided by the Department of Information Technologies at Åbo Akademi University. The study environment benefits from the teaching and research experience gained as part of the Centre for Reliable Software Technology (CREST) - an excellence research centre at the Department of Information Technologies. Its research is focused on the development and analysis of software intensive systems and on the use of software based research paradigms in systems modelling and development. CREST’s key competencies are in formal methods for software development, construction of embedded systems, software processes, high performance and energy efficient computing, systems biology, data mining, and CS education.

    Since its founding in 2002, CREST has been appointed National Centre of Excellence by the Academy of Finland for the years 2002-2007. CREST has a worldwide network of researchers and industrial companies.

    The Department of Information Technologies is located in the Turku Science Park, in the ICT building, where research groups and academic programmes meet, interact and collaborate with ICT companies - many of which are multinational and well known (Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, etc.). The study facilities are brand-new and equipped with the latest technology.

    Throughout this programme the students will:
    - work in a multicultural and multilingual environment
    - participate in practical projects with the industry
    - get the ability to work in teams
    - understand and apply basic notions of project management
    - become highly skilled engineers

    Career prospects
    When graduating, the students will have both a good understanding of theoretical issues for starting PhD studies, as well as practical competences for a successful career as an embedded systems engineer in industry. The numerous fields in which embedded systems are applied ensure a wide range of career opportunities in Finland and abroad. Furthermore, the Career Services at Åbo Akademi University can help students enter the labour market and to advice them on issues dealing with job-hunting.

    Nordic Master School in Innovative ICT
    Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing is part of Nordic Master School in Innovative ICT. NMS iICT is one of the pilot projects awarded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and based on joint development of existing Master Programmes (120 sp) at the partner universities, which are Åbo Akademi University, University of Turku, The Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) and Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia). NMS iICT focuses on combining and coordinating world-leading Nordic ICT –related education of the partner universities. The NMS iICT curricula also are to equip the students with basic skills and tools in innovation and entrepreneurship.

    The student of Master’s Degree Programme in Embedded Computing can decide her-/himself whether or not s/he wants to participate in Nordic Master School. In order to become a NMS iICT student, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship -module is an obligatory part of studies. The module is designed especially for students with technical background, taking into consideration their specific needs and interest in the I&E studies – when involved in the business world, it is not sufficient to know the technology, but also the mechanisms how the business works with technology. The I&E module is, of course, worthwhile for students intending to graduate for commercial world, but also people in the academic world will get an advantage from the module, as more and more of the scientific research is funded by the corporate world. These studies are part of optional studies and form a minor subject (25 sp). The Innovation and Entrepreneurship –module is described at the end of this section. In addition to the I&E studies, the student can choose to carry out part of her/his major studies in one of the partner universities. Every university offers Core Competence -modules (30 sp), which are based on their special field of know-how. The student can choose one or two of these Core Competence –modules according to her/his personal study plan. Mobility is not a compulsory part of studies, but highly recommended.


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