Software Engineering (Master)

Degree: Master
University: Åbo Akademi University City: Turku , Country: Finland
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Start Date of Studies september
  • 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

    Software Engineering focuses on the systematic, efficient and effective development of software systems. The study programme in Software Engineering comprises the use of specification, design, programming, validation and lean project planning and management to develop high quality, affordable and maintainable software systems. Communication skills and team work are also an important part of the studies. There is a special emphasis on the development of Internet-based software services and applications.

    The study programme is designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to join the software industry and participate in demanding software development projects. It also provides the required background for doctoral research in Software Engineering.

    Successful completion of this two-year full-time study programme results in the award of a Master of Science (Technology) degree in Computer Engineering – Software Engineering.

    Objectives of the Programme
    During the programme the students will acquire the following skills:
    • Learn advanced specification, design, programming, and validation techniques
    • Understand software project planning, management methods and tools
    • Improve communication and team-work skills
    • Familiarize with the development of web-based software services and applications
    • Participate in demanding software development projects
    • Obtain knowledge and competence to join the software industry

    Nordic Master School in Innovative ICT
    Master’s Degree Programme in Software Engineering 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 Software Engineering 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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