Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology: Smart Systems

The Smart Systems specialisation track provides a competitive skillset and profound knowledge in the highly relevant field of Internet of Things (IoT) based smart and autonomous embedded systems, with the main application areas in mobile robotic systems and smart environments. 

The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology provides versatile and high quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education. The programme has international double-degree collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Master School and with the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the academic year 2021-2022, the programme offers four specialisation tracks:

  • Cyber Security
  • Smart Systems
  • Digital Health
  • Cryptography

The Smart Systems specialisation track prepares its students for challenging software and hardware oriented research and development tasks on embedded intelligent systems in industry, society and academia. Graduates’ employment prospects are excellent in Finland, in Europe and globally. A student can tailor the orientation of his/her studies toward a hardware or software emphasis by elective studies in both major and minor subjects.

Programme in brief


A. Advanced-level studies in the major subject 50 ECTS
B. Thematic module or minor subject 20-25 ECTS
C. Elective studies 15-20 ECTS
D. Master of Science in Technology thesis 30 ECTS



The Smart Systems specialisation track covers the key concepts, technologies and methods needed in design of smart and autonomous networked systems. These include e.g. Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, energy efficient embedded and distributed computing platforms, edge and fog computing paradigms, intelligent multi-agent system concepts, as well as relevant software and hardware design methods. The content has a close connection with recent research in the field. The theoretical content is augmented with practical exercises in e.g. robotic and autonomous applications.


In the Master's thesis, the student must prove his/her ability to do scientific work, mastering of research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skills in scientific writing. In writing the Master’s thesis, the student needs to apply their technological skills, abilities and expertise into identifying an engineering problem, studying its relevance to the field, proposing and designing a solution to the problem, testing and analysing the solution and evaluating its usefulness. The thesis is often commissioned by a company, which means that an efficient and capable student could be directly employed by the commissioning company, which could lead to a successful career in the industry. On the other hand, a scholarly oriented student might choose a thesis topic relating to the research conductud by a research group at the University and apply for the position of doctoral candidate upon completion of an academically distinguished Master’s thesis. Research areas are multi-robot systems, autonomous robots and edge computing. Further information here:

Topics of recently completed Master’s theses include:

  • A Study on UWB-Aided Localization for Multi-UAV Systems in GNSS-Denied Environments
  • Formation Control Algorithms With Limited or No Communication
  • Neural Network Implementation of FPGA and Accuracy Comparison
  • Introducing an Autonomous Warehouse with Multidimensional Movement Patterns and Collision Detection for AGVs
  • Embedded AI and Human-Sensing in Intelligent Buildings
  • VSLAM and Navigation System of Unmanned Ground Vehicle Based on RGB-D Camera
  • Data Reduction Methods of Audio Signals for Embedded Sound Event Recognition
  • Acoustic Data Transmission for Embedded Software Platforms
  • Design and Implementation of UHF RFID Smart Readers
  • An Intelligent Circular Economy Upstream Monitoring & Optimization System Based on Industrial Internet of Things

Career options


Embedded Intelligent systems are everywhere, increasingly so. There is an increasing need for highly skilled and creative engineers, system architects, specialists, and innovators in the embedded systems industry in the Turku region, other regions in Finland, Europe, and globally. 


The employment percentage of those holding an M.Sc.(Tech.) degree is high in Finland. Depending on the personal study plan of a student, the Smart Systems  specialisation track provides competence for a wide variety of jobs, to mention a few for example:

  • embedded systems/solutions engineer/developer
  • embedded systems R&D test engineer
  • wireless embedded software engineer
  • robotic systems software engineer
  • internet of things solutions architect
  • hardware engineer
  • automotive systems enginee
  • autonomous vehicle systems engineer.

Master's Degree (Technology) provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed within the University of Turku Graduate School

Entry requirements


General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.

Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests. 

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.


The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology must be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields of previous studies for the Smart Systems specialisation track are:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Engineering
  • Communication Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Other relevant fields of studies where sufficient knowledge of embedded systems and programming is achieved

In addition to the education and language certificates you should include certificates of any relevant work experience into your application.

You may apply to maximum two of the four specialisation tracks offered at the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The choices must be prioritized.


The contents of formally eligible applicants' previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the programme. Therefore admitted students can be advised or required to complete up to 60 ECTS of additional, Bachelor level studies while studying for the Master's Degree. The extent and contents of the supplementary studies are defined individually for each student when a personal study plan is formulated in the beginning of the studies. The supplementary studies may be part of the Master's Degree only up to 20 ECTS and they may therefore extend the targeted study time.

Since the language of instruction in Bachelor’s level at the University of Turku is Finnish, an applicant needing supplementary studies available only in Finnish can be required to submit proof for Finnish skills during the application process. In case such proof is not submitted, the applicant needing supplementary studies available only in Finnish must be rejected.


Annually 60 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The decision of admission will be based on

  • the relevance of the applicant’s awarded degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • the language test result (see Language requirements)
  • the motivation letter
  • possible answers to the optional questions included in the application
  • possible relevant work experience
  • possible interview

Please tell in the motivation letter why you are applying to the Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology at the University of Turku, and especially why you are applying to the chosen track(s). If you apply for two tracks, please specify your answer for each of them.

It is possible to have only one Bachelor’s or Master’s study right at the Faculty of Technology. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous BSc. or MSc. study right at same faculty.

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