Master's Degree Programme in Cognitive Computing and Collective Intelligence, Master of Science (2 yrs)

Degree name
Master of Science
Planned duration
2 years
Studies begin
Autumn 2018
Extent of the study programme
120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction
Degree level
Master's degree
Tuition fee per year for non-EU/EEA students
8000 Euros

Study objectives

Students who graduate from the programme will think beyond the routine and will be able not just to adapt to a change but to help to create and control it. This means that our graduates will not be able only to “solve smart problems”, but in addition to it they will be able to “invent new and smart problems” and drive them by “designing artificial smart problem solvers”.

On completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  • use, design and train complex self-managed and continuously evolving public and private industrial systems, digital ecosystems, cyber-physical systems, systems-of-systems, platforms, services and applications;
  • will be able to connect their designs with publicly available Deep Learning and  Big Data analytics and Web-based Cognitive Computing capabilities as services;
  • will be able to figure-out and approach various challenging aspects of complex problems world-wide, which require collective intelligence and self-managing service-based architectures for their solutions;
  • understand, and professionally utilize for that purpose, knowledge on enabling technologies and tools;
  • perform research training and academic doctoral level studies;
  • will be skillful in international communication due to the integrated language and communication studies.

More about the language of instruction

This programme is taught in English.

Study contents

Cognitive Computing (the umbrella label for technologies that ingest data and then learn as their knowledge base grows) simulates human thought processes in a computerized model. It focuses on self-learning and self-managing systems that use artificial intelligence (machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, natural language processing, etc.) to mimic the way the human brain works. While targeting the automatic decision-making and problem-solving, the Cognitive Computing systems are able to learn their behavior through education. They support forms of expression that are more natural for human interaction, which allows them to interpret data regardless of how it is communicated. The primary value is their expertise and the ability to continuously evolve at enormous scale as they experience new information, scenarios and responses. Cognitive Computing as a technology enables various forms of intelligence interact naturally to collaboratively address complex problems. The technology relies on advances in the study of Collective Intelligence, in regards to not only physical groups of humans, but more to the conceptual and mechanical systems we build. Cognitive Computing and Collective Intelligence is the only way nowadays to address the complexity challenges related to the Big Data and the Internet of Things. Combination of these technologies and challenges is resulting to qualitatively new and efficient Smart Cyber-Physical Systems and Industry 4.0.

Tuition fees

Tuition is free for EU/ EEA students. For non-EU/ EEA students the tuition fee is 8000 euros per academic year. However, tuition is also free to those non-EU/EEA students who:

  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse/ child)
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens *)

*) continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type


Scholarships to cover the fees in full are granted for 50% of the non-EU/ EEA students liable to pay the fees in the order of ranking based on the admissions criteria.

If you are unsure about whether you would be subject to tuition fees, you can find more information from the University's web page:

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

The major subject of students of the programme is Mathematical Information Technology.

Structure of studies

Compulsory Core Studies:

TIES4910 Deep Learning for Cognitive Computing: Theory, 5 ECTS

ITKS5440 Semantic Web and Linked Data, 5 ECTS

TIES4560 SOA and Cloud Computing, 5 ECTS

TIES438 Big Data Engineering, 5 ECTS

TIES4530 Collective Intelligence and Agent Technology, 5 ECTS

TIES4580 Self-Assessment on Study Progress, 0 ECTS

TIES4570 Cognitive Service Development Project, 15 ECTS

TIES501 Seminar, 3 ECTS

TIES502 Master's Thesis, 30 ECTS   

TIES503 Maturity Test, 0 ECTS


Elective Major Subject Studies:

TIES4911 Deep Learning for Cognitive Computing for Developers, 5 ECTS

TIES4520 Semantic Technologies for Developers, 5 ECTS

TIES4371 Interface of Things, 5 ECTS

TIES454 Agent Technologies for Developers, 5 ECTS


Other Optional Studies:

TIES481 Simulations, 5 ECTS

TIES445 Data Mining, 5 ECTS

TIES410 Future Internet, 5 ECTS

ITKS557 Cross-Cultural and Context Computing, 2 - 6 ECTS

TIEJ607 Research Ethics, 2 ECTS


Language Studies:

XSU0005 Suomi 1, 5 ECTS

XENX009 Integrated Research Communication, 5 ECTS

Final project

The aim of the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) and the thesis seminar (5 ECTS) is to familiarize students in scientific thinking and ways of working and enable them to complete an empirical piece of research and report it following relevant scientific procedures.

Career opportunities

  • Software (Cloud) Service Architects: designing the technical infrastructures of service enabled applications;
  • Enterprise Architects: architecting and aligning enterprises processes, structure, data and control;
  • Web Service (IT) Professionals: experts in the development and composition of Web services into enterprise applications;
  • Big Data and Knowledge Engineers, Architects, Modellers and Analysts: experts in Big Data, metadata and ontology engineering, knowledge management, data and knowledge integration and evolution, in constructing data-as-a-service solutions, data-intensive applications, expert-systems and knowledge based-systems;
  • Analytics Professionals: experts in decision making and support, optimization based decision making, prescriptive analytics;
  • Researchers (PhD studies): graduates are well-prepared to successfully pursue a career in academia.


The Faculty staff is very international, including research staff, PhD students and teachers from around the world. We have active collaboration with our international partners, including student and teacher mobility. Our students can take part in student exchange and practical training abroad.

Co-operation with other parties

The Faculty is engaged in active international cooperation both in the field of research and teaching. We have strong collaboration with industry both at local and national level. The majority of Master’s theses are completed in collaboration with industry.

Research focus

In Mathematical Information Technology, the object of teaching and research is the effective automation of information processing. Main areas of research are scientific computing and its technical applications, software engineering, telecommunication, embedded systems, mobile computing and teacher education.

In Computer Science and Information Systems, information systems and information processing are studied from four major perspectives: technological, human, business, and information. These constitute the generic mission of the Faculty: to understand information systems and information processing comprehensively, including the implications they have, in the context in which they are used by their users.

Faculty’s main research areas:

  • Computational Sciences
  • Software and Telecommunication Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Cognitive Science and Educational Technology
  • Cyber Security and Computational Thinking and Decision-Making crosscut all above areas

The programme locates itself in the core of the area of computational thinking and decision making which is one of the major development areas of the Faculty. Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing research and teaching are well established and the Faculty research is aligned to strategic plans of IBM Watson; the inventor and leading global provider of Cognitive Computing services. The programme is designed to capitalize this core research to teaching.

Postgraduate study opportunities

After graduation, you will have the opportunity to apply for Doctoral Studies in Natural Sciences. The duration of Doctoral Studies as fulltime study will take approximately four years and studies include both taught elements and Doctoral Dissertation.

  • linked data
  • future internet
  • soa
  • data mining
  • automated decision making
  • big data analytics
  • internet of things
  • collective intelligence
  • data science
  • cognitive computing
  • cloud computing
  • agent technology
  • semantic web
  • semantic technologies
  • ibm watson
  • artificial intelligence
  • deep learning
  • machine learning

Application period: Master's Degree Programmes (University of Jyväskylä) (15.11.2017 at 08:00 - 10.01.2018 at 15:00)

Student admission to study programme

The selection process comprises of two parts: review of the application documents and Skype interview.

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

The student selection board assesses the content of the applications; ineligible applications will be disregarded. The selection board will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic background and work experience in the field.

In order to pass this stage of the process, an applicant needs to demonstrate good performance in earlier studies in a related field and/or relevant work experience. Good performance should be proven by presenting one or more relevant degrees and an accompanying transcript. From this information a score is calculated as follows:



Max. points

Educational background

content and amount of studies.

The percentage of relevant courses (scaled by the course size) with an ECTS grade of C* or higher is directly converted to points. The percentage is rounded to the nearest integer. The minimum points are 15; the maximum points given (out of 100) is 25.





* ECTS grade C = Finnish grade 3.00

Courses are considered relevant if they are relevant for the content of the programme; namely courses in the following fields: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Network Engineering, Information Technology, Software Engineering and Mathematics.

A maximum of 10 extra points may be awarded based on relevant work experience, additional degrees, or scientific publications as follows:

Criteria awarding extra points


Max. points

Work experience in a related field. At the last day of the application period.

10 Points: 3 years or more

7 Points: 1 year or more

3 Point: 6 months or more

Only relevant work experience mentioned in the application form will be accounted for.



4 Points perscientific publication in a conference or journal.


Additional undergraduate or graduate degrees.

For at most one additional degree, the score for “Educational background, content and amount of studies.” (as described above) will be awarded. The maximum amount of points awarded is 10.



Altogether a maximum of 10 extra points may be awarded.

All students who obtain 25 points or more pass to the second phase of the selection procedure and will be informed by e-mail.

If there are two or more applicants with the same total score placed in the last place for selection, all of them will be selected.

There are no arrangements for clearing (i.e., study places for those accepted students who do not wish to enrol will not be reallocated.)


1. An eligible applicant must have an undergraduate (First cycle) degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Applied Mathematics, Control Systems or other closely related field. The applicant must have good skills in programming, as well as in using related information structures and algorithms.

An applicant who will graduate during, or shortly after, the application period can be conditionally selected. In such a case, a confirmation of the graduation date by the home institution must be included in the application, and the degree certificate must be delivered to the Admissions Services by 17 July 2018.

2. The  applicant must demonstrate English language skills in one of the following ways:

  • an international language proficiency test, or the National Certificate of Language Proficiency taken in 2012 or after, which must be passed at least with intermediate level 4 (in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension). The following levels are the minimum requirements for international language proficiency tests:
    • TOEFL: 580 (paper-based test) / 92 (Internet-based test); or
    • IELTS: 6.5 or
    • CPE and CAE: passing level A, B or C; or
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English): 59

      The Pearson test of English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are valid for two years. The certificate must be valid until the end date of the application period.
  • Upper secondary education completed in English in a Nordic country (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland), the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
  • A higher education degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The language of examination must have been English and the thesis must have been written in English. The language of examination must be detailed in the degree certificate or its attachment, the transcript of records or other official document issued by the higher education institution.
  • The applicant has completed or is completing a higher education degree in Finland and the degree includes studies of academic English for at least 6 ECTS credits (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, levels B2–C1 and field-specific content). This requirement also applies to the JYU students who, after completing their bachelor’s degree, continue to a Master’s programme for which they have been granted the study right at the same time when they were granted the right to pursue the bachelor’s degree. Applicants who wish to prove their English proficiency in this way are required to submit the form available at: However, applicants who have completed a minimum of 6 ECTS of studies in academic English at the University of Jyväskylä are not required to submit the form.

Please note:

  • As there are often delays in the language proficiency test results processing, please ensure that you register for the language test well in advance of the application period so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline.
  • Late results will not be accepted. It normally takes approximately a month for the test results to arrive at the institution.
  • If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.

Entrance examination and aptitude test


Phase two is a Skype interview (c. 30-40 mins.), in which the programme related skills of the applicant will be examined. All applicants who passed the first stage will be invited by e-email for a Skype interview.

Interviews will be held in during March 2018.

There are 4 main categories:

  • programming (concepts, paradigms, languages, tooling, and techniques);
  • data (data structures, file formats, databases, and networking);
  • mathematics; and
  • theoretical computer science (including artificial intelligence).

During the interview, a minimum of two experts will record their score (0-10) for the answers in each category. The score for a category is the average of the scores given by the experts.

If a student obtains an average score of 5 or less for 2 or more categories, he or she will be disqualified. The total score of an applicant is the sum of the average score in each category (max 40).

The applicants with the highest scores in the interview will be invited to the programme. If there are two or more applicants with the same total score placed in the last place for selection, all of them will be selected.

Required attachments

Required attachments

1) Application form There is an electronic application form. The application form itself is available only during the application period. Late applications will not be processed.

2) Officially certified transcript of records from the student’s institute of higher education both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In case where the original language is English, one certified copy is sufficient. Note that the transcript is a document containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. See also the requirements for certified copies below. NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents. 

3) Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient. See also the requirements for certified copies below. NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents. 

4) Copy of a valid passport (the identification pages with name, date, place and expiry date) or other identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license).

5) Certificate of English language proficiency

6) Curriculum Vitae (CV) maximum 2 pages.


Requirements for certified copies:

University Admissions Finland does not accept regular photocopies of educational documents. All educational documents must either be officially certified (attested) by the awarding institution, or legalised (see below).

For some countries, there are country-specific document requirements that must be followed first and foremost before any other requirements for document attestation. In addition, officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public are accepted. Find more information at the website of the Local Register Office (Maistraatti).

NB! Please note that officially certified copies issued by notaries public in other countries are not accepted without legalisation.

Official certification by the awarding institution

Officially certified copies of academic documents can be issued by the awarding institution. If you request officially certified copied from the awarding institution, make sure that the copies submitted to University Admissions Finland meet the following criteria:

  • taken directly from your original educational documents
  • include every page of your educational documents
  • bear the original stamp of the awarding institution on each page of the document (e.g. a generic stamp stating only “Certified true copy” will not be accepted)
  • bear the original signature of the certifying officer

Please note that regular copies of certified copies will not be accepted.

The officially certified copy can be sent to University Admissions Finland either by the applicant or the awarding institution.

Legalisation of documents

If you cannot obtain officially certified copies of your academic documents from the awarding institution, you may submit legalised copies of your academic documents. Legalisation takes place by two different means depending on whether the relevant country is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 1961.

  1. Apostille: documents supplied by countries that have ratified the Hague Convention are legalised by the issuance of an Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate)

    The Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate) is necessary if the document has been issued by the authorities of a country that has ratified the Hague Convention of 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. It also provides information about the authorities issuing Apostille Certificates in the various countries.
  1. Legalisation: documents issued by other countries are legalised in two steps: first by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, then by a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country.

    If the country issuing a document is not a signatory of the Hague Convention, a document is legalised by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, after which a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country legalises the document, certifying the competence of that foreign ministry official to issue such legalisation.
Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required attachments
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
10.01.2018 15:00

Additional information on applying

The applicants are notified about the decisions by e-mail by 28 March at the latest.

Applicants who have grounds for an appeal may submit their appeal by 11 April 2018. There is no appeal process for the scholarship decisions.

Accepted students must confirm their enrolment by 20 April.

Studies will commence on 29 August 2018 with the Orientation Programme.

Admissions services

Admission Services

Visiting address:
ADMISSION SERVICES, Seminaarinkatu 15 (T-building), 2nd floor

Postal address:
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä

Telephone: +358 40 805 3018

University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Information Technology

The Faculty of Information Technology is the first and largest of its kind in Finland.  Information Systems Science has been taught at the University of Jyväskylä since 1967. Currently, there are more than 1500 Bachelor's and Master's level students and 150 doctoral level students studying in the Faculty of Information Technology. There are nearly 200 members of staff working in the Faculty.

Major subjects taught in the Faculty

  • Mathematical Information Technology
  • Information Systems Science
  • Computer Science
  • Cognitive Science

Students studying Mathematical Information Technology, Computer Science or Cognitive Science as their major subject, are awarded the degree of Master of Science. Students of Information Systems Science will graduate with the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

Student benefits

Information on living expenses

In Finland, the general cost of living is relatively high. You must be able to cover your everyday living expenses independently so you should have at least 700-900 euros per month at your disposal. When applying for student residence permit, you (unless you are EU/EEA student) will need to show, that you have at least 560 € per month (6720€ per year) at your disposal. This is the absolute minimum required by the immigration authorities. EU citizens who come to Finland to study do not need to apply for a student residence permit, however they should also be able to cover their living costs independently.

Please look also at the information concerning the tuition fees charged (from non-EU/EEA students).

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Finland are approximately 700-900€. This may vary a bit, depending on your study location in Finland – for example, accommodation and other living costs are not necessarily so high in Jyväskylä than other larger cities.

As a student you can get discounts in student restaurants and cafeterias, public transport, etc. Student housing with shared facilities is usually a low-cost accommodation option.

You can’t be guaranteed to find employment during your studies so it is not possible to cover part of your living expenses doing work.

Financing your studies

The University of Jyväskylä offers high-quality, research-based Master’s degree programmes in English.

In compliance with Section 10 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university must charge a fee of at least EUR 1,500 per an academic year from a student admitted to education other than bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in Finnish or Swedish. Fees are not charged to a citizen of a state belonging to the European Economic Area or to a person who is equivalent to a European Union citizen under a treaty concluded by the European Union and its Member States with another contracting party, or to a family member of the individual. Nor is a fee charged to a person with the European Union Blue Card, a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national referred to the Finnish Aliens Act, or to a family member of the individual. The Aliens Act is applied in the definition of persons regarded as family members. Furthermore, no fee is charged to a student participating in commissioned education in compliance with Section 9 of the Universities Act.

A university must have a scholarship system to support the studies of students participating in fee-charging degree education.

For further information, please see: tuition fees and scholarship.

The cost of course literature is not very high, since most of the course books can be borrowed from the University Library.

International students cannot apply for student loans and grants in Finland, unless you have lived in Finland for the past two years in some other capacity than that of a student and can be considered permanent residents in Finland. Inquiries about study aid should be directed to the Study Aid Unit, P.O.Box 35, FIN-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland, tel. +358 14 260 1068. Further information:

Health care services

The Finnish Student Health Service (generally referred to as YTHS) provides health and medical care for Bachelor's and Master's level students who have joined the Student Union. Doctoral students are not entitled to the services of YTHS. For further information, please see: healthcare.

Information about accommodations

Comfortable student apartments are located within walking distance or a short bus ride away from the campus.

Student housing in Jyväskylä is provided by KOAS (The Central Finland Housing Foundation) and Kortepohja Student Village. The student apartments are located about 2.5 - 4 kilometers from the University main campus and the city center. Degree students should apply for accommodation as soon as they have been admitted to the University of Jyväskylä.


All students studying at the University of Jyväskylä are responsible for obtaining their own insurance. You should therefore acquire your own health, accident and travel insurance before coming to Finland. For further information, please see: insurance.

Contact details

Visiting address:
Mattilanniemi 2 (Agora rakennus)

Postal address:
Informaatioteknologian tiedekunta, PL 35