Master's Degree Programme in Computational Sciences and Engineering, Master of Science (2 yrs)

Degree name
Master of Science
Planned duration
2 years
Studies begin
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

The focus of the Computational Sciences and Engineering programme is the theory and practical use of mathematical modelling, simulation, numerical analysis, optimization, machine learning and data mining methods which enable effective analysis and management of big data.

 Graduates will have knowledge of:

  • the principles of continuous and discrete simulation and be able to recognize where to apply them;
  • the most common basic principles of using discrete methods in modern computer architectures;
  • the principles of multiple criteria decision making that are based on the usage of single and multiobjective optimization.

 Graduates will be able to:

  • develop mathematical simulation models for technological and natural phenomena and create effective programmes to solve those models;
  • create and solve optimization tasks based on simulation models;
  • conduct research in computational sciences.

Computational Sciences are in the forefront of the Faculty’s research profile and they have strategic importance in leading industrial nations having an impact on the country’s competitiveness. Computational Sciences is linked to problem solving, critical thinking, productivity and creativity.

Study contents

The programme consists of courses in simulation, data analysis, signal processing, optimization and decision making but will also include some language studies as well as project studies to provide graduates with excellent international communication skills.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
  • 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

If you are unsure about whether you'd 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. Students of the programme can direct their studies towards the following areas:

  • data analysis and signal processing, information networks and enterprise architectures;
  • optimization and decision making, including courses in mathematical modelling and, particularly, multiobjective optimization.

Structure of studies

Major Studies, 85 ECTS:

  • Compulsory Core Courses, 15 ECTS
  • Elective Major Subject Studies, 25 ECTS
  • Project Studies, 10 ECTS
  • Compulsory Thesis Studies, incl. Thesis and Thesis Seminar, 35 ECTS

 Language Studies, 10 ECTS:

  • Finnish language, 5 ECTS
  • English language, 5 ECTS

 Other Optional Studies, 25 ECTS

  • Students are free to choose courses across the University subject to course/ level/ subject specific prerequisites.
  • Examples include: preparatory or advanced level language courses in various languages offered by the Language Centre, multidisciplinary module on Learning, Human Development and Wellbeing  and Creating Careers Lecture Series just to mention a few.

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

The main research fields in Mathematical Information Technology are:

  • Computational Sciences
    • Scientific Computing
    • Optimization
    •  Signal Processing and Data Mining
  • Mobile Systems
  • Intelligent Systems and Software
  • Human and Educational Technology

 Scientific computing supports the core field “basic natural phenomena and the structure of matter” in the University’s profile. In scientific computing and optimization main research topics have been:

  • Finite Element Method based numerical simulation
  • Theory, methods and software development of multiobjective optimization (in particular interactive multiobjective optimization and decision support)
  • Applications to problems in natural sciences and engineering (e.g. acoustics and fluid dynamics).

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.

  • industrial optimization
  • simulation
  • data mining
  • anomaly detection
  • wireless communications
  • linear algebra
  • applied mathematics
  • big data
  • decision making
  • signal processing
  • scientific computing
  • cyber security
  • data analysis
  • optimization
  • non linear optimization
  • multiobjective optimization
  • computational science
  • mathematical modelling
  • comsci

Application period: Master’s Degree Programmes (University of Jyväskylä) (15.11.2016 at 08:00 - 05.01.2017 at 15:00)

Student admission to study programme

The selection process comprises of two parts:

1) Ranking of applicants based on the application documents as follows:

  1. Educational background: content and amount of studies
  2. Relevant work experience
  3. Publications
  4. International experience (work, study, living)


Admissions Criteria




Educational background:

Content and amount of studies

10-25 Points:

A relevant undergraduate academic degree


A minimum of 25% of the undergraduate courses in Mathematics/ Algorithms/ Programming/Statistics: good skills in all of the following: numerical methods, linear algebra, multivariate calculus and programming (incl. algorithms and data structures)

The percentage is rounded up to the nearest integer and is directly converted to points within the range of:

25% = 10 points

75% =25 points


2 Points: Any other degree studies (e.g. Master’s degree)

If the applicant already has a relevant MSc, it can be used for educational background scoring for the above, as appropriate.


Relevant work experience

Minimum of 6 months



Scientific publication(s) in a conference or journal


International experience (work, study, living)

3 months or more





2) Skype interview

 Points will be given by categories.


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. Bachelor's degree

  • An undergraduate academic degree in a relevant field (e.g. Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer/Network/ Software Engineering, Information Technology);
  • A minimum of 25% of the undergraduate courses must be in Mathematics/ Algorithms/ Programming/Statistics, as eligible applicants must have good skills in all of the following: numerical methods, linear algebra, multivariate calculus and programming (incl. algorithms and data structures).

Applicants, who will graduate during, or shortly after, the application period, may be conditionally selected. In such cases, the applicants must include confirmation of their graduation date in their application, and graduate by 30 June; the degree certificate must be delivered to the Faculty Office by 17 July at the latest.


2. English language proficiency

The language test must be valid during the application period. Test results are valid for two years.

  • TOEFL (Paper Based Test) score of 580 or (Internet Based Test) 92; or
  • IELTS (Academic module) score should be 6.5 or above; or
  • A passing grade of A, B or C in CAE or CPE; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59 or above; or
  • National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) for English with skill level 4 or higher at all skill areas.

Candidates can be excepted from the above test requirement only if they have:

  • Upper secondary school education completed in English language in the Nordic countries, i.e. Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Island, or Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand; no other countries are considered for exemption regardless of the official language of the country.
  • A higher education degree completed in English language in one of the following countries: EU/ EEA country, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The final dissertation must have been completed in English and the language of tuition must be stated in any one of the documents issued by the awarding institution.

Please note:

  • 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 c. 1 month for the test results to be available.

If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.

Entrance examination and aptitude test


A maximum of 20/30 (tbc) best applicants will be interviewed by Skype video call; the structured interview will take c. 15-20 minutes per candidate.

The interview will assess the candidates’ motivation and the adequacy of their previous experience and language skills.

A two members of the academic staff along with the International Coordinator of the Faculty will score the interviews as per the following categories:

Knowledge of Subject Matter

Questions concerning:

  • background knowledge of the applicant
  • concepts of the study field and research methodology


Questions concerning:

  • special research interests
  • future career aspirations
  • preparedness for study in Finland

English communication skills

Each interviewer gives interviewees 1-10 points, i.e. an applicant can get a maximum of 30 points for the interview. An applicant must receive a minimum of 2 points per interviewer, i.e. a total of 6 points, to be able to pass the interview.


The final point score for each applicant is the sum of the application and interview score, i.e. the maximum point score is 60 points.

Time Place Description

Required attachments

Required documents for application

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

2) Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). When the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient.

3) 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). When 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.

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:

  1. taken directly from your original educational documents
  2. include every page of your educational documents
  3. 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)
  4. 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. Documents supplied by countries that have ratified the Hague Convention are legalised by the issuance of an Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate). 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.


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. Information on the Hague Convention as well as an English language list of its member states can be found here:

It also provides information about the authorities issuing Apostille Certificates in the various countries.


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.

4) Certificate of English language proficiency

5) 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)

6) Reference letter from a referee of no family relation to you (e.g. teacher/ supervisor/ employer).

N.B. There are some additional country specific requirements for the supporting documents for applicants from certain countries.

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required documents for application
University Admissions Finland, Unioninkatu 40 C
05.01.2017 15:00

Additional information on applying

 The applicants are notified about the decision by e-mail as soon as the formal decisions have been made and the acceptance letter will be sent to all successful applicants by 15 March 2017.

Accepted students must confirm their enrolment by 31 March 2017. Studies will commence annually on 1 September (or the first working day of the month) with the Orientation Programme organized by the International Office.

Successful applicants are required to verify the information given in their applications by showing the original degree certificate and transcript of records on arrival. If a student fails to submit these documents upon registration at the University of Jyväskylä, their admission will be invalidated.

For detailed description of the application process, please see the University's webpage:

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: healtcare.

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