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MEng in Automation Technology, Intelligent Systems

Degree awarded
Master of Engineering

Novia University of Applied Sciences, Wolffinite 33, 65200 Vaasa, Finland

+358 (0)6 328 5000

+358 (0)6 328 5110

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Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
2 years (60 ECTS)

Date of commencement
September 2023

Application deadline
18 January 2023

Class size
20 Students

Cost / fees
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Student grants / Financial assistance
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Novia UAS does not offer student accommodation. Students are expected to arrange their own living before their arrival in Finland/or place of study.

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
The degree programme in Automation Technology provides the opportunity for a broad interdisciplinary career. After graduation with a special emphasis on machine learning methods and intelligent system understanding, you will be qualified to work in various expert, development, and management positions in an international industrial environment in automation and control. The education also offers an excellent basis for a career in research or product development.

Exchange partner schools
The network of international partner universities of Novia University of Applied Sciences offers a wide range of opportunities for internationalization.

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students 59 % / 41 %
2. Ratio of Men / Women 97 % / 3 %
3. Age range 33 - 58

Admission requirements
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Principal Lecturer
Ray PŲrn
Mobile: +358 50 431 1281

Contact for application
Admissions office
Address: P.O.Box 6, 65201 Vaasa, Finland
Telephone / Fax: +358 (0)6 328 5055 / +358 (0)6 328 5510

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  • Novia University of Applied Sciences

    Master of Engineering in Automation Technology, Intelligent Systems

    The Master's degree programme in Automation Technology is designed for the professional engineer who wants to deepen his or her knowledge and understanding of the methods and possibilities of modern automation and intelligent systems. The student will study automation and control both on a theoretical level and on a practical level Ė learning to design and use automation systems and how to apply modern techniques of data-driven decision making. A special emphasis is put on the use of machine learning methods in industrial automation and the study of intelligent systems.

    Study Content

    The degree title is Master of Engineering and the extension of the studies are 60 ECTS. The degree programme is located in Vaasa, Finland.

    Studies in Automation Technology will give the student knowledge in the methods and techniques of planning, implementing and using modern systems of process control and automation. Both model-based and data-based methods are covered.

    The curricula include the application of machine learning methods for industrial automation and studies of intelligent systems. Specific applications include data-driven fault detection, automatic event classification and techniques for predictive maintenance.

    The Masterís degree programme in Automation Technology (60 ECTS) consists of:
    • Research methods and scientific writing, 5 ECTS
    • Dynamic systems Ė modeling, simulation and control, 5 ECTS
    • Machine learning methods in automation, 5 ECTS
    • Development of modern automation systems, 5 ECTS
    • Intelligent systems, 5 ECTS
    • Project course in automation, 5 ECTS
    • Masterís thesis, 30 ECTS
    The studies are designed for students who are already working. Tuition in the Master's degree programme is organized so that studying can be combined with full-time work during a period of two years. During these two years, the studies are scheduled for two days a month from September to June.

    The studies consist of virtual parts and intensive course days mainly at Campus Vaasa, Finland. The studies of the programme involve not only theoretical lectures but also practical ways of learning, laboratory assignments and hands-on exercises in innovative learning environments.

    The learning process is characterized by a strong integration of real working life problems and development projects. The thesis work is realized as a research and development project related to working life.

    Degree Project

    The Masterís thesis comprises of 30 ECTS. In the masterís thesis work the student plans and implements a development project in and/or for real working life, typically for their employer/organisation, applying case specific research and/or development approaches

    In the Masterís thesis student completes an original research and contributes to knowledge and understanding in the field of automation.

    Alternatives for the thesis are for example contributing to research work in the university community at the campus, development projects for the laboratory research equipment or studies regarding solving industrial control and automation tasks with the industry or working life.


    Apply online here at
    Application begins: January 4, 2023 at 08:00 AM UTC+2.
    Application ends: January 28, 2023 at 03:00 PM UTC+2.
    Read more about the application process.

    Cost / Fees

    Non-EU/EEA students are liable to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees for the academic year 2023-2024 (1 August 2023 - 31 July 2023) are set per degree programme. The tuition fee for Master degree programmes is 10 000 euro per academic year. The tuition fee might be adjusted according to the inflation. Full-time studies correspond to 60 ECTS/academic year. The total fee will vary according to the number of academic semesters needed to complete the studies. The studies may be completed in fewer academic semesters only in exceptional cases.

    The tuition fees do not concern those who are:
    • enrolled at Novia UAS before 2017
    • enrolled in Swedish degree programmes
    • EU/EEA citizens or their close family members (children or spouse)
    • British citizens and have registered, or applied to register, their EU right to residence in Finland in accordance with the withdrawal agreement. Note! The withdrawal agreement does not apply to British citizens who enter Finland on or after 1 January 2021. British citizens entering Finland on or after 1 January 2021 are liable for tuition fees like other non-EU citizens.
    • residing in Finland or the EU/EEA on a permanent basis (has one of the following: continuous residence permit (A-type permit issued for purposes other than studies), permanent residence permit (type P/P-EU) or has the EU-Blue card issued in Finland). The permit must be valid through 1 August for the autumn semester and through 1 January for the spring semester.
    Note! A type A permit issued for studies does not exempt you from tuition fees.
    More information about tuition fees and exempting documents can be found in the Am I required to pay tuition fees? section at Studyinfo.

    Early bird fee

    Fee-paying students who are admitted to our English degree programmes through the Joint Application for Higher Education are entitled to an early bird tuition fee for their first study year if they fulfil the following criteria:
    • Confirm their study place within two weeks from the notice of admission.
    • Pay the tuition fee no later than 31 May 2023.
    • Have not earlier been offered the early bird tuition fee for the same degree programme.
    The early bird tuition fee is valid for the first year of studies and amounts to 50 % of regular tuition fee. Students may choose to pay the early bird tuition fee for the first academic year or for the first semester.

    The early bird tuition fee is only offered once per degree programme. If an applicant, who has been offered the early bird tuition fee in a previous application, re-applies to the same degree programme, he/she will not be entitled to the early bird tuition fee.

    Student grants / Financial assistance

    Fee-paying students at Novia UAS can apply for scholarships at Novia UAS. The application for scholarships is open 1-15 May. Only current students of Novia UAS paying tuition fees are eligible to apply for the scholarships offered. The scholarships are granted retroactively based on the number of credits completed at Novia UAS. The credits must be completed at Novia UAS and be registered in the student register. Only the completed credits will be considered, no other factors will affect the scholarship.

    Criteria for scholarships
    • Your studies should be completed successfully according to your studyplan and curriculum and proceed at a normal pace.
    All students that have applied for scholarships within the application period and fulfil the above mentioned criteria will be granted scholarships. The scholarship amounts to 50 % of the tuition fee. Also graduated students that have been paying fees at Novia UAS can apply for the scholarship retroactively.

    About Novia University of Applied Sciences

    Novia UAS is the largest Swedish-speaking UAS in Finland with over 4 500 students. With traditions dating back to 1813, Novia UAS offers multidisciplinary higher education with a practical orientation. Novia UAS is training students to become experts and developers based on the requirements of working life. High quality degree programs provide students with a proper platform for their future careers.

    Novia UAS is a modern high-class University of Applied Sciences with campuses located in four cities in Finland: Vaasa, Turku, Raasepori and Pietarsaari. We offer higher education at both Bachelor's and Master's levels as well as further education in Swedish and English within:
    • Technology and Seafaring
    • Health and Welfare
    • Business
    • Natural Resources
    • Culture and Arts
    The Master's degree programme in Automation Technology is based at Campus Vaasa. Vaasa is an active and international environment for students at Novia UAS. The modern facilities, wide range of degree programmes, and good workplace/internship opportunities within the relevant industries, both in the private and the public sector, provide an attractive study environment.