• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


MSc Software Engineering provides students with advanced software engineering and management skills, as well as specialized skills in two major application domains: enterprise systems and embedded real-time systems.

The programme is jointly delivered by the two largest public universities in Estonia - University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology. Students will receive a joint degree signed by both universities.

Why study software engineering in Estonia?
  • Unique small country that strives to be the number one IT force in the world.
  • Pioneer in electronic identity, electronic voting, adopting mobile technology, online banking and electronic government services.
  • Mobile parking system was commissioned first in the world in Estonia.
  • Home to Skype, NATO’s cyber-defence centre of excellence, the EU’s IT Agency and many successful IT start-ups.
  •  99.6% of banking transactions are done electronically.
  •  Over 86% of citizens have ID-cards that they use to access online banking, e-voting, sign documents etc.
  • It takes only 15 minutes to establish a firm in the Internet.

Programme Structure

Curriculum structure:

  • Core compulsory module 24 ECTS
  • Specialization module 24 ECTS
  • Practice module 18 ECTS
  • Elective courses 18 ECTS
  • Master's seminar 6 ECTS 
  • Master's thesis 30 ECTS



Depending on the choice of specialisation students will be based either in Tartu (specialisation: Enterprise Software Engineering) or in Tallinn (specialisation: Embedded Real-Time Software Engineering) for most of the programme's duration.

Elective courses, the Practice module and Master´s thesis can be done at both locations.

Core compulsory module (24ECTS):

  • Software Economics
  • Systems Modeling
  • Advanced Programming
  • Software Quality and Standards 

Specialisation module (24 ECTS) - choice of two modules:

  • Enterprise Software (studies at the University of Tartu)
  • Embedded Real-Time Software Engineering (studies at Tallinn University of Technology)


Career opportunities include path high-end technical roles (e.g. software analyst, architect or research engineer) or managerial roles (e.g. project/team leader or technology officer).


  • Prof Marlon Dumas belongs to the top 1% of the world's most-cited  scientists in the field of computer science. 
  • The  Institute of Computer Science is the most international institute at the University of Tartu. Several courses will feature guest lecturers from the industry or foreign institutions. 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

General admission requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Information Technology, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Systems or a related field.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Natural Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Business or Economics are eligible if they have completed at least 24 ECTS of courses in Information Technology, including courses in Programming, Database Technology and Software Engineering.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tartu

  • 300 - 600 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Most admitted students will receive tuition waivers. Monthly stipends & various industry scholarships available.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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