Approved by the Academic Committee for Electrical Engineering on 28 May 2018.


I General provisions

Section 1 Mission

As a unit defined in Section 3 of the Constitution of the Aalto University Foundation, the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, hereinafter the school, operates in the fields of science and technology. The school carries out scientific research in its fields, provides related higher education leading to degrees, and supports continuing education and societal services related to its fields of expertise in accordance with the Aalto University strategy. The special mission of the school is to create a scientific basis for the creation of new technologies in various fields, to create new technologies for its fields, and to train students as visionary experts in its fields. In carrying out its mission the school shall act in close interaction with the other schools of Aalto University.

The school provides bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and adult education.

The school awards the degrees provided in Section 2 below as well as non-degree studies and study modules not included in them.

Section 2 Degrees

The school awards the following degrees:

  1. Bachelor of Science (Technology)
  2. Master of Science (Technology); and
  3. the pre-doctoral degree of Licentiate of Science (Technology) and Doctor of Science (Technology).

The degrees shall be completed in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees (‘degree decree’) of 19 August 2004 (Valtioneuvoston asetus yliopistojen tutkinnoista 794/2004) as amended, as well as with the Aalto University General Regulations on Teaching and Studying and with the present regulations.

The primary doctoral degree awarded by the school is Doctor of Science (Technology).

Provisions on the licentiate and doctoral degrees are given in the Aalto University General Regulations on Teaching and Studying (OOS).

For the purposes of the present degree regulations, ‘bachelor’s degree’ refers only to bachelor’s degrees earned at a university and ‘master’s degree’ only to master’s degrees earned at a university.

Section 3 Organisation of education leading to a degree

The education leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees shall be planned and organised in the form of degree programmes focusing on expertise required in the field of science and technology.

The education leading to a degree may be organised in collaboration with one or several Aalto schools or other universities.

Section 4 Student admissions and right to study

Students are admitted to the school to pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in accordance with provisions issued separately on student admissions.

Students admitted to pursue both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree may begin studies towards a master's degree when they have earned the bachelor’s degree or at least 150 credits towards it.

Students who do not have a right to pursue a degree at Aalto University may pursue non-degree studies at the school provided they have applied for permission to pursue such studies in a manner specified by the school.

II Bachelor’s degree

Section 5 Aims of the bachelor’s degree

The education leading to a Bachelor of Science (Technology) shall provide students with:

  1. wide-ranging basic knowledge in an easily identifiable and internationally recognised field of science and technology in the course of basic studies and studies towards the major;
  2. knowledge and skills needed for scientific thinking and the use of scientific methods;
  3. knowledge and skills needed for studies leading to a master’s degree and for continuous learning;
  4. capacity for applying the acquired knowledge and skills to work; and
  5. adequate language and communication skills.

The education shall be based on scientific research and the practices of the field.

The goals put forth in subsection 1 are specified in the curricula of the degree programmes.

Section 6 Extent and structure of the bachelor’s degree

The extent of the bachelor’s degree shall be 180 credits.

Studies leading to the bachelor's degree consist of

  1. basic studies (65–70 cr);
  2. studies towards the major (60–65 cr);
  3. studies towards the minor (20–25 cr); and
  4. elective studies (25–30 cr).

The combined extent of basic studies and studies towards the major shall be 130 and the combined extent of the minor and elective studies 50 cr.

Studies towards the major include the bachelor’s thesis (10 credits).

Section 7 Requisite components of the bachelor’s degree

To earn a bachelor’s degree, students must complete the studies referred to in Section 6 above.

The courses to be included in the degree are specified in a personal study plan prepared in accordance with the degree requirements. 

Students shall demonstrate that they have achieved the goals set for the degree, for the studies and for the bachelor’s thesis, and the language proficiency referred to in Section 13. In addition, students shall write a maturity essay.

Section 8 Thesis

The bachelor’s thesis is written while attending the bachelor’s thesis seminar.

The bachelor’s thesis is to be written in the language one has been educated in and on a topic related to one’s major. Students may also be granted permission to write their bachelor’s thesis in another language by the teacher in charge of the bachelor’s thesis seminar. Students who have been educated in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or have been educated abroad may write their bachelor’s thesis in English.

The bachelor’s thesis is a public document. It shall be available at the school.

As necessary, further instructions on the bachelor’s thesis and the related process shall be issued by the school.

III Master’s degree

Section 9 Aims of the master’s degree

The aim of the education leading to the degree of Master of Science (Technology) is to:

  1. provide students with in-depth knowledge of the field of the major and give them the knowledge and skills needed to understand the challenges of the field from the points of view of users, technical and social systems, and the environment;
  2. provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for operating as an expert and developer of the field;
  3. provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods independently;
  4. provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for scientific postgraduate education; and
  5. provide students with the language and communication skills needed to follow the scientific development of the field and to engage in scholarly communication in the field of science and technology.

The education shall be based on scientific research and the professional practices of fields requiring expertise in science and technology.

Section 10 Extent and structure of the master’s degree

The extent of the master’s degree shall be 120 credits.

Studies leading to the master's degree consist of

  1. advanced studies (85–95 cr.); and
  2. elective studies (25–35 cr).

(4 November 2013)

The studies towards the major are included in the advanced studies.

The degree programme may have a compulsory minor (20–25 cr), in which case the extent of the major is 40–45 cr. (4 November 2013)

The advanced studies include a thesis (30 credits).

Section 11 Requisite components of the master’s degree

To earn a master’s degree, students must complete the studies referred to in Section 10 above.

The courses to be included in the degree are specified in a personal study plan prepared in accordance with the degree requirements.

Students shall demonstrate that they have achieved the goals set for the degree, for the studies and for the master’s thesis, and the language proficiency referred to in Section 13. In addition, students shall write a maturity essay.

Section 12 Thesis

The master’s thesis is written on a topic related to the advanced studies of the degree programme.

Students may apply for a topic for their master’s thesis when the bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 45 credits counted towards the master’s degree have been completed.

The topic and the language of the master’s thesis are approved by the school upon application by the student; the school also appoints a thesis supervisor and one or two thesis advisors for it. The master’s thesis supervisor shall be one of the professors of Aalto University as defined in Section 16 of the Aalto University Bylaws. For special reasons, the supervisor may also be another professor, university lecturer or senior university lecturer working at the school as their main occupation. The thesis advisor shall hold at least a master’s degree.

The master’s thesis must be completed in one year. Students who fail to submit the master’s thesis for examination by the deadline shall submit a new thesis topic application to the school.

The master's thesis includes a seminar presentation or an equivalent presentation.

The evaluation and approval of the master's thesis shall be requested in writing from the school.

The master’s thesis is a public document. It shall be available at the school.

As necessary, further instructions on the master’s thesis and the related process shall be issued by the school.

IV Provisions applied to both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees

Section 13 Language proficiency

Students must demonstrate in studies included in education for a bachelor’s or master’s degree or otherwise that they have attained:

  1. such proficiency in Finnish and Swedish as is required of civil servants in bilingual public agencies and organisations under Section 6(1) of the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (Laki julkisyhteisöjen henkilöstöltä vaadittavasta kielitaidosta 424/2003) and which is necessary for their field; and
  2. such proficiency in at least one foreign language as is needed to follow developments in the field and to operate in an international environment.

Students who have been educated in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or have been educated abroad shall only be required to demonstrate, in studies included in education for a bachelor’s or master’s degree or otherwise, that they have attained only the language proficiency referred to in subsection 1(2).

A partial or full exemption from the language proficiency requirements set forth in subsection 1 may be granted by the school only for special reasons.

Students admitted to the school to pursue a bachelor’s degree who, under subsection 2, have been exempted by the school from the requirements set forth in subsection 1(1) either completely or only with regard to the national language in which they are required to demonstrate satisfactory written and oral proficiency, shall complete a minimum of two credits in a language of their choice to meet the foreign language requirement of the bachelor’s degree.

Section 14 Demonstrating proficiency in Finnish and Swedish

The excellent oral and written language proficiency necessary for the field of the student required under Section 13 subsection 1(1) above shall be demonstrated by writing a maturity essay demonstrating command of the field of the thesis using that national language of Finland which the student has been educated in (Finnish or Swedish).

Students who have already demonstrated their language proficiency in a maturity essay for a Bachelor of Science (Technology) or for another bachelor’s degree are not required to demonstrate it again by writing a maturity essay for the master's degree.

The satisfactory oral and written language proficiency necessary for the field, required under Section 13 subsection 1(1), may be demonstrated by passing either an examination or a designated course in the other national language of Finland (Swedish or Finnish) offered by the university, or by passing an equivalent examination at another higher education institution. Students who have already demonstrated their language proficiency for a Bachelor of Science (Technology) or for another bachelor’s degree are not required to demonstrate it again for the master's degree.

Students exempted from the language proficiency requirements referred to in Section 13(1) shall write their maturity essay in a language separately determined by the school.

Section 15 Demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language

Students shall demonstrate to have acquired the level of written and oral proficiency required under Section 13, subsection 1(2) in one foreign language included in the curriculum.

The language proficiency required under the previous subsection shall be demonstrated by passing a foreign language course or courses.  These courses place emphasis on the language needed in the field of study. If the university organises an examination for the purpose of demonstrating the requisite language proficiency in a given foreign language, the required language proficiency may be demonstrated either wholly or partly by passing that examination. Students who have already demonstrated their language proficiency for a Bachelor of Science (Technology) or for another bachelor’s degree are not required to demonstrate it again for the master's degree.

Section 16 Other studies

The bachelor’s degree may include a work placement furthering professional development, while the master’s degree may include a work placement improving expertise. The content and extent of the work placement is specified in the curriculum.

V Miscellaneous provisions

Section 17 Director of degree programme

The director of degree programme is in charge of the planning, execution, assessment and development of the programme.

Section 18 Curriculum of a degree programme

The curriculum of a degree programme is a general presentation of the goals and implementation measures of the programme.

The curriculum of a degree programme shall include at minimum:

  1. the learning outcomes of the programme and the scientific and professional skills provided by it; 
  2. the study modules of the degree programme and their learning outcomes and
  3. the name of each course, its extent in credits, timing, learning outcomes, core contents, teaching and working methods, language of instruction, evaluation methods, grading scale, the teacher in charge of the course and the unit or department in charge of organising the course.

Section 19 Evaluation of study attainments

Study attainments are evaluated using the evaluation methods specified in the curriculum. 

If the evaluation method specified in the curriculum is a written or oral examination, a minimum of two possibilities must be arranged for taking the examination each year. In such cases, possibilities for earning credit for the courses to be removed from the curriculum shall be provided at least in the academic year following the removal.

The school may require that students who have tried to pass a given course twice without receiving a passing grade retake the course.

Students shall register for an examination one week before the examination is organised. Registration shall be interpreted as participation in the examination unless the registration is cancelled before the start of the examination.

Section 20 Study guidance

Each bachelor’s or master’s degree student shall have a tutor teacher instructing themin their studies, appointed by the school. Tutor teachers shall hold at least a master’s degree.

As part of the study guidance process, each student shall prepare a personal study plan (HOPS) confirmed by the school. Students prepare the HOPS as a tool for planning the contents, extent and duration of their studies. The HOPS is based on the curriculum.

The purpose of study guidance is to support students in choices regarding their studies, in the smooth progress of studies on the planned schedule, and career planning.

Section 21 Transfer of credits

When pursuing a degree at the school, students may transfer credits awarded by another Aalto University school or other Finnish or foreign universities or institutions for corresponding studies and replace studies included in the degree with other studies of a corresponding level. The school decides the issue on the basis of a written application.

Section 22 Grades

In bachelor’s, master’s, licentiate and doctoral degrees, knowledge demonstrated to be on an acceptable level is graded on a scale of 1–5. The same scale is also used for approved bachelor’s and master’s theses. In addition, on reasonable grounds, some courses may be graded ‘Pass’ if acceptable knowledge has been demonstrated, provided the use of this grade has been noted in the curriculum.

Students who, in the course of their studies towards either the bachelor’s or master’s degree, have shown excellent knowledge of the field as well as exceptional maturity and sense of judgment in the thesis may have this recognised in their degree certificate with the phrase 'Pass with Honours'. The decision regarding awarding a degree with honours rests with the school. A degree may be awarded with honours if the weighted average grade of the courses included in the degree (excluding the thesis) and the grade for the thesis both are at least 4.0.

Section 23 Validity of study attainments

Courses or study modules may be included in the bachelor’s and master’s degrees for a maximum of 7 years after their date of completion. On reasonable grounds, the period of validity may be extended at the discretion of the school.

The compulsory language studies included in the degree remain valid indefinitely.

Section 24 Entry into force

These degree regulations enter into force on 1 August 2018.

Section 25 Transitional provisions

Students who were admitted to pursue both a bachelor’s and master's degree prior to the entry into force of the present degree regulations may complete their degrees in accordance with the degree regulations of the School of Electrical Engineering of 7 June 2011 until 31 October 2016. After that, students will be transferred without separate application to study in accordance with the degree structure specified in the present degree regulations.

Students admitted to pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree prior to the entry into force of the present degree regulations shall have their master’s programme determined in accordance with the present degree regulations. Students who have started their studies prior to the entry into force of the present degree regulations will be transferred to study in the master’s programme or major best corresponding to the one they were originally admitted to.

Students admitted to pursue both the bachelor’s and master’s degree prior to the entry into force of the present degree regulations may, upon application, transfer to study in accordance with the current degree regulations in a manner specified by the school.

Doctoral students who have been granted a right to study towards a Doctor of Philosophy prior to 1 August 2013 are entitled to earn a Doctor of Philosophy.