Computer and Systems Engineering
Degree awarded: Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
Workload: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Nominal study period: 2 years
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor's degree or equivalent related to IT or ICT field. In practice, it is expected that you know how to program (preferably in C) and are familiar with the basics of discrete mathematics, higher mathematics (differential equations), electronics and control theory
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 100 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€6000, 25 tuition fee waiver scholarships available that guarantee free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
The Master’s programme focuses on designing and using complex modern computer systems. As part of the programme, students cover such subjects as innovation and entrepreneurship, hardware systems design and modelling, computer architecture and programming, software project management and databases, to name but a few.
Students can choose between the following two specialisations:
- Computer Systems Design – focusing on the modelling, analysing, designing and testing of complex systems consisting of both hardware and software components;
- Automation and Systems Engineering – focusing on the modelling, analysing and designing of automation and computer control systems.
The Department of Computer Engineering received the IBM Faculty Award 2011 and has an excellent partnership with experts from the IBM Development Centre in Germany and the IBM research laboratory in Israel.
This Master's programme is supported by:
- Individual approach to students
- Students work closely with professors
- Uses the latest software and hardware to develop practical skills
- Close cooperation and networking with the IT industry
- Develops the computing and IT management skills needed to be effective in the industry and in commerce straight away
Graduates find employment as specialists in the design, realisation, application and administration of computerised equipment and systems. Career opportunities are varied: computer and software companies; banks; diagnostic systems in manufacturing, service, medicine; "smart" houses and manufacturing systems; industrial automation; management control and monitoring systems in air, water and ground based transport, etc. Master’s degree holders interested in high-level research work and university staff positions have the opportunity to continue their studies in the PhD programme.
Career opportunities and potential jobs: designer of computer and automated control systems and the components thereof, project manager, software developer, department manager, management board member, and management board chairman.
The Computer and Systems Engineering Master's programme focuses on the education of designing and using modern complex computer systems. Nowadays computer systems are used more or less everywhere, they are extremely diverse and most of them are "invisible" to users. Such systems include not only traditional PC-s and sophisticated supercomputers, but also computer systems "embedded" into cars and mobile phones, for instance. Most of these computers are interconnected via various wired and wireless networks and do not work in isolation. These embedded systems can be either stand-alone items or an integral part of a larger system and represent the combination of software and hardware designed to perform specific functions.
When studying the Computer and Engineering Systems programme, students are exposed to systems design and modelling, computer architectures and programming, to name few of the topics. Exposure to those topics will position students well for jobs at small, medium and large companies. Their jobs will involve defining, designing and using embedded computer system in areas such as automotive electronics, consumer devices, telecommunications, etc.
The Computer and Systems Engineering programme is supervised by two departments of TUT - Department of Computer Engineering (DCE) and Department of Computer Control (DCC). Students can choose between two of the following specialisations:
- Computer Systems Design (supervised by DCE) focuses on the modelling, analysing, designing and testing of complex systems consisting of both hardware and software components;
- Automation and Systems Engineering (supervised by DCC) focuses on the modelling, analysing and designing of automation and computer control systems.
Faculty of Information Technology (founded in 1965) trains specialists in the main fields of information and communications technology (ICT) at bachelor, master and doctoral level. High-quality knowledge based teaching and training is based on international research and development activities, and tight cooperation with ICT industry.
There are more than 2100 students annually learning in the faculty, which employs 150 faculty members, lecturers, researchers and engineers.
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent related to IT or ICT field. In practice, it is expected that you know how to program (preferably in C) and are familiar with the basics of discrete mathematics, higher mathematics (differential equations), electronics and control theory
- CV - working experience benefits
- Motivation letter
- Online interview- will be conducted only to candidates who have passed the preliminary evaluation
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
Highlight why you would like to attend the chosen programme
Previous experience in the related field - both educational and occupational experience can be described
Your future academic and career goals
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
Question will be related to expected background and knowledge - programming skills, relevant topics of mathematics, electronics and control theory. Additional questions may be asked about motivation letter and/or wider background areas.
For the final grade, both motivation letter (0-5 points; at least 2.5 required to continue) and online interview (0-5 points) will be taken into account.
Threshold 7 points - applicants receiving at least 7 points get admission to TTÜ.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2018/2019 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 100 EUR
- first study year is 6000 EUR
PS! Non-EU students must pay in advance for 60 ECTS (yearly load) before starting their studies.
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. There is no separate application required. Decisions are made based on the Dreamapply application. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Please check here for scholarship options.
Professor Thomas Hollstein
"The world goes embedded": desktop computers morph to smart multiprocessor mobile devices; ambient home and office environments and industrial control systems migrate to networked smart objects...
The new era of distributed embedded computing and control systems revolutionizes the world of IT!
Advanced integrated circuit technologies enable the integration of complete systems on one microchip. The demand for ultra low power and "green" computing in networked on-chip and off-chip "clouds" generates the requirement of new sophisticated integrated hardware/software concepts: scalable, run-time adaptive and reliable multiprocessor and many-core systems and integrated networked hardware/software service architectures will replace classical computer architectures.
The international master programme "Computer and Systems Engineering" (COMPSYS) provides leading edge education for the next generation of hardware/software system and control engineers. The integrated concept of hardware and software education meets future industrial requirements profiles, where pure hardware or pure software skills are not sufficent to successfully design and program sophisticated embedded systems.
The programme prepares the students for a successful start in Estonian or international IT companies or for a research career and makes them ready for working in interdisciplinary and international design teams. So join this international master programme and be prepared for the new future trends in IT!
Thomas Hollstein is Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Tallinn University of Technology (TTU). He graduated from Darmstadt University of Technology in Electrical Engineering / Computer Engineering in 1991. In 2000 he received his Ph.D. on “Design and interactive Hardware/Software Partitioning of complex heterogeneous Systems” at Darmstadt University of Technology. He has an extensive industrial background in the field of embedded HW/SW systems and printable electronics, working for and in cooperation with companies like Bosch, Broadcast Television Systems, Audi, Diehl Avionics, Merck, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and PolyIC. Since September 2010 Thomas Hollstein is a full professor at TTU leading the research team "Dependable Embedded Systems".