Reach higher – choose automation!
After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in different fields of automation. 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. We also require 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.
Extent of studies
Form of learning
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 into everyday Finnish and Finnish culture.
Studies in the programme involve not only conventional lectures but also more practical ways of learning – 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.
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.
Studies in the fields of Factory Automation and Industrial Informatics and Robotics provide you with in-depth knowledge of both subjects and open the door to a broad range of career opportunities.
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 gradaute 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 initally taking both modules, the final decision can be made later on.
Structure of studies
The master’s programme (120 cr) 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.
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.
You will have the required competencies to pursue a career in industry or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official eligibility criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Applicants for a second Master’s degree may be admitted only under special provision and only if they are able to show that the courses that count towards a degree at Tampere University provide the applicant with genuinely new knowledge and skills.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. All students with a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) degree are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. For more information on the complementary studies, please contact the academic coordinator of the degree 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
- 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.
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 admission criteria will not be selected.
General eligibility criteria
To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
• a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master's degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
• a good command of English for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility to university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
It is not possible to apply to a Master’s programme on the basis of a Master’s degree. The only exceptions are the one-tier degree programmes where the first cycle degree is not compulsory and the so-called long cycle degrees.
Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree
You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree if the degree will be completed and you are able to send an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and final transcript of records by post by the given deadline (around end of July, exact date to be given later). In this case, you can be admitted to a Master's programme conditionally. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.
Programme-specific eligibility criteria
Each Master's degree programme can define more detailed eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements of the applicant's previous education. These criteria will be decided and published yearly for the following application round.
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.
For applicants who have completed their degree in a University of Applied Sciences (AMK) or a University in Finland the required minimum CGPA is the same as in the admission to the Master’s degree programmes offered in Finnish:
|Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK)||Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto)|
Language skill requirements
You 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.
English language tests
The minimum English language test result requirements for the Master's programme:
C1 Advanced/CAE: C
In the Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you completed your secondary education and/or have taken a higher education degree in English in Finland or other EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States. You must have resided in the country while studying.
How to apply
- Check the admission criteria
- Start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- If required book a time for the language test
- Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application
- Send the officially certified copies of your educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office by 30 January 2019. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results
- Accept the offer of admission by the given deadline
- Pay the tuition fee, if required
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Application process in detail
Select the Master's degree programme you wish to apply to. Carefully read the general eligibility criteria and programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. Applicants who do not meet the general and programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected.
Check which application documents you are required to submit and make sure to obtain them in time. Remember to check if there are any country-specific requirements for your documents. Please note that some documents may be required to be sent separately by a third party. Make sure these documents are also delivered in time.
When applying to the Master’s programmes you usually must demonstrate your proficiency in English with an internationally recognised academic language test report. We advise all 2019 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach Tampere University.
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts 4 December 2018 at 8:00 am and ends 23 January 2019 at 3:00 pm (GMT +2).
Some application enclosures are the same in all Tampere University Master’s programmes while some include programme-specific.
You will need to upload all application documents online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading the application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post by 30 January 2019.
You can find the list of the required enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
Country-specific requirements for application documents
Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Note that the degree awarding country may be a different one from the country where the studies are taken. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for attesting documents.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced by early April 2019. All applicants will be informed of the admissions results.
Please see Tampere University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure.