Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
The Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences brings together a unique combination of expertise in natural sciences, related applied sciences and engineering sciences. Our research and education are based on in-depth expertise that lays a solid foundation for scientific breakthroughs and technological applications that help address future challenges.
In natural sciences, our strategic profile is made up of three thematic research areas, namely light-based technologies, bio- and circular economy and computational science. In engineering sciences, our thematic research areas focus on the development, production and management of industrial systems and processes from multiple perspectives.
Our students develop a deep understanding of both natural and engineering sciences. The degrees awarded upon the successful completion of our programmes include Bachelor of Science in Technology, Master of Science in Technology as well as Doctor of Science in Technology and Doctor of Philosophy. Our Faculty has an important role at the forefront of research conducted at Tampere University. We undertake experimental, theoretical and computational research. Our activities entail both fundamental and applied research.
We provide education and conduct research that meet the different needs of society. Our research interests cover topics ranging from sustainable development, energy and the environment to new materials, autonomous machines and system design. We engage in extensive research collaboration with industry, and a large number of companies have been spun out from our research.
Automation and Hydraulic Engineering
Our research areas that come under the umbrella of automation and hydraulic engineering include automation and systems theory, innovative hydraulics and automation, robotics and autonomous systems.
Within these broad areas, we pursue research on digital hydraulic technology, intelligent mobile machines, remote handling, mobile robots, information systems in automation, the modelling and optimisation of systems, measurement technology and process control, and factory automation. Our Faculty represents the largest academic hub for research in hydraulics in Europe.
Our research partners are mainly companies operating in the fields of automation, information and communication technologies, hydraulics or in the process or forest industries.
Rapidly evolving photonic or light-based technologies are permeating all aspects of our lives. Our research interests in photonics cover a broad spectrum of topics ranging from fundamental research to practical applications. Our fundamental research activities focus on photonic materials and nanostructures with widely tunable properties. We develop new laser-based semiconductor and fibre optic light sources. In addition, we conduct applied research to develop new measurement methods for environmental and industrial monitoring as well as high-efficiency solar cells. This work is supported by advanced materials characterisation methods. Our photonics community comprises more than ten professors and enjoys a strong reputation for research excellence.
Our areas of priority in physics are aerosol physics and computational physics. Our activities are a balanced combination of fundamental research and the development of industrial applications. In the field of aerosol physics, we develop new measurement methods and instruments for monitoring anthropogenic emissions and atmospheric aerosols and employ aerosol synthesis to generate nanoparticles and nanocoatings. Our research interests in computational physics focus on developing new methods for modelling a wide variety of materials and phenomena. These methods can be used, among other things, to explore the activities of biological structures, the structures of complex materials and quantum dynamics. We work in close collaboration with the photonics researchers in our Faculty.
Our research strategy is to use a chemical approach for the design and fabrication of functional compounds and materials. We also offer a broad and high-level chemistry education required for successful career development in research and industry. We have a number of research teams, all of which focus on different topics: Synthetic Chemistry team develops bioactive organic substances, functional photoactive compounds and new synthesis methods. Photonic Compounds and Nanomaterials team works on the design, modelling, and characterisation of novel photoactive structures which for example can be used by Hybrid Solar Cells team in their work towards eco-friendly, low-cost, and stable photovoltaics. Smart Photonic Materials team develops functional and stimuli-responsive systems for applications in soft-matter photonics, soft robotics and biomaterials science. Supramolecular Chemistry of Bio- and Nanomaterials team develops tools to track and analyze interactions of drug carriers and cells and tailored materials for pharmaceutical applications.
Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems
Our fields of research that fall under the umbrella of mechanical engineering and industrial systems are design and development, manufacturing and automation, life-cycle management and engineering intelligence.
Our activities in these areas focus, for example, on model-based design, product development and product management, aircraft systems, future additive and subtractive manufacturing systems, laser processes, future human-machine systems, adaptive and smart manufacturing systems and networks, the processes and integrity of life-cycle management, and the development of methods for analysing and managing data flows.
Our Faculty conducts the majority of all academic research that is undertaken in the areas of mechanical engineering and industrial systems in Finland. Our research responds to the diverse needs of the mechanical and production industries.
Our research in materials science covers topics ranging from metallic materials, ceramics, coatings, plastics, rubber materials, composites, fibre materials, materials characterisation, tribology as well as paper converting and packaging technologies.
Our research groups are: Materials Characterisation, Metals Technology, Plastics and Elastomer Technology, Surface Engineering Ceramic Materials, Fibre Materials Science, Tribology and Machine Elements, and Paper Converting and Packaging Technology. Tampere Wear Center (TWC), which specialises in exploring different types of wear phenomena and mechanisms, as well as the Thermal Spray Center Finland (TSCF) and the Laser Application Laboratory (LAL), which both involve multiple units from Tampere University and external research institutions, are also housed within our Faculty.
Bio and Circular Economy
The aim of our research group is to develop processes to improve energy and eco-efficiency, to conserve the limited resources of raw materials and to reduce environmental emissions. Our research areas include environmental engineering, energy and biorefining and synthetic biology. Our research goals include the production and recovery of bioenergy, biochemicals, metals and nutrients from different industrial and urban feedstocks. To achieve the goals, we cover research ranging from molecular-level to large-scale processes. We have expertise in various biotechnological and thermochemical processes as well as in their integration for closing material cycling loops.
Our Faculty offers education in automation engineering that provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop our society through automation. The studies counted towards the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology focus on mathematics, physics, languages and programming.
Our students who graduate with a Master of Science in Technology degree have the ability to apply the principles of systems engineering to understanding and analysing the operations of real-world systems. They also have the expertise to model, simulate and optimise different types of systems. They receive a solid grounding in industrial robotics and hydraulic systems and able to implement automation systems in diverse environments.
International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc
The International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc, is a cross-disciplinary degree programme that provides you with a solid grounding in several core fields of engineering and the ability to follow rapid technological developments and apply scientific methods.
The major subjects available in the programme are Mathematics, Physics, and Information and Communications Technology.
We offer our students high-quality teaching in relatively small, multicultural study groups where teamwork is strongly supported. In addition to providing a sound theoretical basis for further studies in the field of technology, the programme places a special emphasis on internationality, employability and connections to industry.
With this unique combination, our students are well prepared for the international world of research and industry. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Technology degree are eligible to continue their studies directly towards a master's degree at Tampere University without having to re-apply. There are multiple options to choose from among the English-taught Masters of Science (Tech) programmes offered by Tampere University.
Master’s Degree Programme in Management and Information Technology
The Master’s Degree Programme in Management and Information Technology, which is available in our Pori unit, combines studies in industrial engineering and management with studies in software engineering. The programme allows students to specialise either in industrial engineering and management or software engineering, depending on their personal interests and career goals.
Students who major in industrial engineering and management are able to combine their engineering expertise with an in-depth understanding of strategic business management, corporate leadership and information and knowledge management. Students who major in software engineering acquire a deep understanding of software development, the management of IT projects, and the design and development of software and data warehouses.
We actively cooperate with companies to provide our students with first-hand insights into the current needs of industry and business. Our MSc graduates have career options in both the private and public sectors. They typically pursue director-level or expert careers in industry. Our flexible learning opportunities allow students to work alongside their studies.
Mechanical Engineering is a broad and rapidly advancing field of science that encompasses machine building, life-cycle management, the industrial internet, 3D printing and mechanics.
The basic phenomena in natural sciences lay the foundation for modern mechanical engineering and therefore the studies give our students a thorough grounding in mathematics and physics. This makes it easier for students to acquire further knowledge as they make progress towards their degree.
Students who complete our programme to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering are automatically entitled to continue their studies towards a master's degree in mechanical engineering. The special strengths of our master's programme are our cross-disciplinary approach and close collaboration with industry and business. Almost all our students complete their master’s thesis is collaboration with working life.
During their MSc-level studies, our students are able to gain more in-depth knowledge and skills in areas that match their personal interests and career goals. The specific content of your degree depends very much on your personal choices and goals.
Materials engineering aims to improve the performance of existing materials and develop new materials. The field examines the production of different structural and functional materials as well as the micro- and macrostructures, composition, technical properties and industrial applications of materials. Materials engineering brings together mechanical engineering and natural sciences without being as theoretical as, for example, engineering physics or as practical as mechanical engineering.
Materials engineering is an excellent choice for students who are interested in addressing the challenges that are facing industry in the areas of machine building, traffic, medicine, energy, process and chemical engineering, and environmental engineering. The successful completion of a degree in materials engineering requires, among other things, previous knowledge of physics and chemistry and an open-minded attitude. During their studies towards a bachelor's degree, our students focus on the connections between the structure and properties of different materials and become familiar with a broad range of production and processing technologies. Later on during their master’s studies, they learn more about the ways to improve the performance of materials.
Our students are able to customise their degree to fit their personal interests and career aims. One option is to complete an international double MSc degree.
Master’s Degree Programme in Engineering and Natural Sciences, MSc (Tech)
Studies in engineering and natural sciences provide students with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry and enable them to pursue a broad range of career options. Our students complete a three-year bachelor's degree in engineering and natural sciences and then move on to a two-year master's programme. Our MSc students are able to major in mathematics, chemistry or engineering physics.
Upon completion of their master’s degree, many of our students continue their studies towards a doctorate or find employment, for example, as R&D engineers, data analysts, mathematicians, researchers, or entrepreneurs who are helping to turn today’s world-class research into tomorrow’s state-of-the-art technology. Even before graduation, our students have excellent opportunities to join the work of research groups on the Hervanta campus. In addition, our students have the opportunity to earn the qualifications to teach mathematical subjects.
Information and Knowledge Management
Digitalisation, globalisation, the industrial internet, smart traffic – information and knowledge management has a key role in addressing many of the current and future challenges facing our society.
How can organisations tap into the valuable data generated on social media? How should the information and knowledge of organisations be managed? Our students approach these questions from the perspectives of data analytics, leadership, software engineering and information systems. Our graduates delve into the latest trends shaping our society and provide solutions to business problems. They have the knowledge and skills to utilise existing data and apply the latest ICT technologies.
The studies offered to our students are designed to meet the needs of working life. Besides information and knowledge management, the courses explore business economics and information technology. Our extensive collaboration with companies ensures that our courses always cover topical and relevant themes.
Industrial Engineering and Management
A degree in industrial engineering and management brings together engineering and business expertise. Our students learn to identify and understand a wide range of business processes as well as acquire in-depth knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences and the ability to apply their expertise to address real-life issues that companies face. At the same time, they develop their competencies in their selected field and refine their communication skills by completing interesting practical assignments, often in collaboration with companies.
While working towards their master’s degree, our students can choose to major in financial and business management, production and supply chain management, technology and project-based business, or international sales and sourcing. Our graduates enjoy excellent employment rates.
Environmental, Energy and Bioengineering
Students who are admitted to our Degree Programme in Environmental, Energy and Bioengineering first complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering and natural sciences in three years and then a master’s degree in environmental and energy engineering in two years. During their BSc studies, students are able to specialise in bio- and environmental engineering, chemistry, or energy and process engineering. They are also able to complete complementary studies that support their area of specialisation and explore, for example, renewable energy, circular economy or environmental policy; there are dozens of options available.
Graduates with a master’s degree in environmental and energy engineering are highly sought-after professionals. Typical positions for our graduates include research, product development or expert roles in industry, research institutions, consulting firms, municipalities and public administration.
Doctoral Programme in Engineering and Natural Sciences
The Doctoral Programme in Engineering and Natural Sciences draws upon the vast expertise of our faculty members in natural sciences, mathematics and other related fields of science and engineering. Our Faculty has a strong commitment to conduct research of the highest quality. Our scholarly activities are closely aligned with the strategic research areas of Tampere University. We encourage our doctoral students to engage in interdisciplinary research and international cooperation. The programme prepares doctoral graduates to pursue a research career and take on challenging expert positions in industry and the public sector.
Students may complete the Doctoral Programme in Engineering and Natural Sciences to earn the degrees of Licentiate of Science in Technology, Doctor of Science in Technology or Doctor of Philosophy. Our students conduct research in the following fields: bioengineering, chemistry, computer science, energy technology, environmental technology, mathematics and physics.
Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management
The two majors available in the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management are industrial engineering and management, and information and knowledge management.
Students may complete the Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management to earn the degrees of Licentiate of Science in Technology (LTech), Doctor of Science in Technology (DTech) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students who hold a master’s degree in technology are eligible to pursue the Licentiate of Science or Doctor of Science degrees. Students who hold some other academic degree are awarded a PhD upon completion of the doctoral programme.
The Doctoral Programme in Business and Technology Management provides students with the expertise to pursue an international research career or take on nationally significant expert positions in the fields of research included in the scope of the programme. Our graduates’ scientific, business and technology expertise enables them to create new knowledge within the scientific community and address significant societal challenges that require in-depth analysis.
The doctoral programme is intended for individuals who hold a master’s degree in business or technology or other fields and are interested in developing in-depth expertise. Students who graduate with a doctoral degree in technology and are looking to pursue an international career in research are typically employed in research and teaching positions in universities and universities of applied sciences or in research and management positions in research institutions. Students who graduate with a licentiate or doctoral degree in technology and wish to pursue expert, management or development careers have a broad range of career options in industry and public administration.
Doctoral programme in Engineering Sciences (TTITO)
We offer doctoral students a high-quality research environment and the opportunity to complete the Doctor of Science in Technology degree in a timely fashion. Students who successfully complete the programme acquire the skills and competencies to pursue a research career or other challenging careers associated with the engineering sciences.
The doctoral programme covers the following research fields: automation science and engineering, mechanical and production engineering, and materials science and engineering.
The programme is primarily intended for talented students who are motivated to work towards a doctoral degree and conduct research that meets high international standards. Full-time students complete the programme and earn a doctoral degree in four years. Applications are accepted all year round.
International Master’s Programme in Photonics Technologies
The international Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies gives students in-depth knowledge of Photonics as a whole, from the most fundamental concepts to advanced technologies. Photonics, the science and technology of light, plays a major role in modern societies in biomedicine, health care, energy and environment, manufacturing, consumer products, and the fiber-optic backbone of the Internet.
The Master’s degree programme in Photonic Technologies gives the student a solid overall knowledge in Photonics and expert knowledge in a well-defined area within Photonics, such as Materials for Photonics or Advanced Laser Technology. Students receive insight to the interface between fundamental optical phenomena, optical materials and modern photonic technologies and learn to apply photonics in various application fields. The programme provides the necessary background and expertise for graduates to become technology experts, researchers, or managers in photonics and work in industry or continue in research and doctoral studies.
We are also a partner in the Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s Programme by five European top universities selected by the European Commission in. In this high-quality European joint programme the students get to pursue their studies in multiple universities. There is a separate student admission for participating in the Erasmus Mundus Europhotonics joint programme.
The Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences invests in strategic partnerships and engages in active cooperation with research organisations and companies. We foster a culture of collaboration that allows us to effectively respond to the changing needs and skill requirements of our society.
Our Faculty maintains an extensive network of contacts. We collaborate, for example, with companies operating in the fields of automation engineering, biotechnology, medical technology, information and communications technology, the process and forest industry, and hydraulics. We have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and laboratories, but our greatest asset is the expertise of our people. Our researchers are among the leading authorities in their field. The depth and breadth of their knowledge means that we can deploy the right mix of expertise to carry out all our research projects. The complementary expertise of our researchers and our international collaboration networks provide a solid foundation for our research activities.
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Automation Technology and Mechanical Engineering
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