Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #137 (QS) ,
Information and communications technology (ICT) is in the forefront of digital revolution, which is radically transforming the world as we know it. This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering programme is offered by Aalto University.


Study programme

The Communications Engineering major focuses on communications and networking technology, networking business, and human-centric communications. Depending on your interest, you can focus your studies more towards Internet Technologies, Wireless Communications, or Communications Ecosystem.

  • Wireless Communications: You will learn about modern wireless communication system architectures (LTE, 5G), signal processing methods, resource control methods, and the related spectrum management issues. You also get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and can get involved with software-defined radio-based implementation and experimentation work.  
  • Internet Technologies: You will learn how the Internet really works and evolves, and how to design and implement new protocols and services, and secure your network. We cover fixed, mobile, corporate and wide area networks and their use for current and future applications. You will also learn how networks can be virtualized. 
  • Communications Ecosystem: You will learn about operator business, to conduct a techno-economic analysis of communications systems and services, and to understand the end-user needs and behaviour.
Career opportunities

Finland is an especially good place for studying Communications Engineering since the telecom cluster has a strong position here. Almost all major equipment manufacturers (Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, Coriant, Airbus Defence and Space, etc.) are present in Finland. We also have a very strong ICT industry in general. Besides the telecom sector, you can find successful career paths in other industrial sectors and governmental organizations.

This Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering programme is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Introduction to Master’s Studies at Aalto ELEC
  • Trends in Communications Engineering Research
  • Wireless Systems
  • Internet Traffic Measurements and Analysis
  • Communication Theory
  • Radio Resource and Spectrum Management P
  • Signal Processing for Communications
  • Mobile Communication Systems
  • Laboratory Course in Communications Engineering
  • Coding Methods P
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                                                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                                                • Programme intensity Full-time
                                                                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                                                                • Credits
                                                                  120 ECTS
                                                                • Languages
                                                                  • English
                                                                • Delivery mode
                                                                  On Campus

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