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, our 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.
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.
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 vast majority of Master’s theses are completed in collaboration with industry. 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.
Doctoral Study Opportunities
After graduation, you will have the opportunity to apply for Doctoral Studies in Natural Sciences. The duration of Doctoral Studies as full-time study will take approximately four years and studies include both taught elements and Doctoral Dissertation.
Compulsory Core Studies, 68-75 ECTS:
- 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, 10-15 ECTS
- TIES501 Seminar, 3-5 ECTS
- TIES502 Master’s Thesis, 30 ECTS
- TIES503 Maturity Test, 0 ECTS
Elective Major Subject Studies, 20 ECTS (Choose from below):
- 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
- Any other subject related course provided by the IT Faculty (in consultation with the Study Advisor)
Other Optional Studies, 17 ECTS (Choose from below):
- TIES481 Simulations, 5 ECTS
- TIES445 Data Mining, 5 ECTS
- ITKS557 Cross-Cultural and Context Computing, 2 – 6 ECTS
- TIEJ607 Research Ethics, 2 ECTS
- TIES328 Communication Systems and Services, 5 ECTS
- ITKST45 Introduction to Cyber Conflict, 5 ECTS
- Any other JYU course available in English
Language Studies, 10 ECTS:
- XSU0005 Suomi 1(-5), 5 ECTS
- XENX009 Integrated Research Communication, 5 ECTS
Application period: (08.01.2020 at 08:00 – 22.01.2020 at 15:00)
Student admission to study programme
These admission criteria are valid in student selections made in 2020, 2021 and 2022. However, the Faculty of Information Technology reserves the right to make changes to the admission criteria, if needed, in between admission rounds. The number of study seats available in the programme is decided on yearly, and will be published in the Studyinfo portal before each admission round.
The admission process comprises of two parts.
Phase 1: Online application and required attachments
First, the applicant submits an online application and required electronic attachments in the Studyinfo.fi portal. The applicant submits hard copies of application attachments to the University of Jyväskylä Admission Services, as per instructions. Instructions on submitting attachments will be published on the University’s website before the beginning of the admission round.
All eligible applications are evaluated according to the criteria explained below. Ineligible applications will not be processed further, after they have been found not to meet the eligibility criteria and/or documentary requirements.
Criteria Points Min. 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 25. 25 Total 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 Points Max. points Work experience in a related field on the last day of the application period. 10 Points: 3 years or more
7 Points: 1 year or more
3 Points: 6 months or more
10 Publications 4 Points per scientific publication in a conference or journal 10 Additional undergraduate or graduate degrees. 2 points: per an additional degree
1 point: for additional relevant professional training courses
10 Total 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.
Phase 2: Evaluation of interview
After the first phase, all eligible applicants are invited to an interview, which is conducted online. Interviews will be evaluated according to the criteria stated below.
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. The interview score will be multiplied by 2.5 to give it more weight in the final scores.
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).
After the evaluation of the interview, each applicant’s scores from the first and the second phase of admission are added together to form the applicant’s final admission score. Applicants will be ranked according to their admission score, and the highest-scoring applicants, in accordance with the number of study seats in the programme, will be admitted. 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 enroll will not be reallocated.
All applicants will be informed on the results of the admission round via email by the deadline given on the University’s website. In connection to the results, applicants will be informed on the policy and deadline for appealing against the admission decision.
Application for the tuition fee scholarship
Applicants, who are liable to pay tuition fees, can apply for a tuition fee scholarship from the University of Jyväskylä. The application for the scholarship is integrated in the admissions application. In this Master’s programme, two (2) scholarships, which cover 100% of the tuition fee for two years, and four (4) scholarships, which cover 50% of the tuition fee for two years, are available for applications. The scholarships are awarded based on the admission criteria of the programme. The scholarship-applicants will be ranked according to their admission score. The two highest-scoring applicants will receive the 100% scholarship, and the four next ones will receive the 50% scholarship. If two or more scholarship-recipients have the same admission score, higher weight is given to the points received from the interview.
If the applicant applies for the scholarship to more than one Master’s programme at the University of Jyväskylä and gets admitted to more than one programme, the applicant can receive the scholarship only to one programme, according to the preference she/he has stated on the application form.
If one of the scholarship-recipients does not accept the scholarship, it can be transferred to the next-best scoring applicant. The scholarship can be transferred from one applicant to another only once.
Admitted applicants will be informed on the result of their scholarship application together with the Letter of Admission.
Eligible applicants to the Master’s degree programme must have a suitable higher education degree and adequate proficiency in the English language demonstrated in one of the ways described below.
1) Higher education degree, which meets the following requirements:
Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree, which gives eligibility to Master’s level education in the country in which the degree was issued. Applicants holding a degree, which gives eligibility to Doctoral programmes, should primarily seek admission to Doctoral level.
The higher education degree must be in the fields of 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.
If an applicant has acquired the required skills in programming, data, mathematics and theoretical computer science outside their formal degree education, relevant proof of this may be accepted along with a good average grade of the degree.
The higher education institution awarding the degree has to be a recognised part of the official national education system of the country, i.e. to be listed as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).
If the applicant holds a degree, which gives general eligibility to Master’s level studies, but the field of the degree is not wholly compatible with that of the Master’s programme, it is possible for the Faculty to accept the applicant, if she/he can complete the required studies as electives included in the Master’s degree. However, if such complementary studies are required, which would cause the total amount of credits in the degree to exceed 120 ECTS, the applicant cannot be admitted.
The degree used for proving eligibility may be unfinished at the time of application, in which case the applicant can be conditionally selected. In such a case, the degree must be completed and related certificates (degree certificate and/or final official transcript of records) must be received by JYU by the given deadline. The deadline will be published on the University’s website before the beginning of the admission round.
2) English language proficiency demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- Upper secondary education, in which the language of tuition is English, completed 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, in which the language of tuition is English, completed in an EU/EEA country, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
- An international language proficiency test in English. Approved language tests and required minimum results are as follows:
- TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 92
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE): A, B, C or C1
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): A, B or C
- PTE Academic: 62
PTE, IELTS and TOEFL results are valid for two years. The result must be valid until the end date of the application period. The University of Jyväskylä accepts only the results of Cambridge tests completed in 2005 and thereafter.
- The Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI), which must be passed at least with intermediate level 4 in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension. The University of Jyväskylä accepts only the results of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency tests completed in 2002 and thereafter.
- The applicant has completed or is completing a higher education degree in Finnish in a higher education institution in Finland, and the degree fills the requirements of proficiency in English as a foreign language as stipulated by Government decrees (Valtioneuvoston asetus yliopistojen tutkinnoista 794/2004 and Valtioneuvoston asetus ammattikorkeakouluista 1129/2014). ). In case the degree is uncompleted at the time of application,
- it must be the same degree, which the applicant uses for proving eligibility to the programme, and
- the applicant must have completed the studies required in the Government decrees for obtaining the required English proficiency in such a schedule, that he/she is able to submit a document proving these studies by the supplementation deadline for attachments.
Applicants should register for a language test well in advance of the application deadline, so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline. Receiving the test results may take up to two months.
If the result of the language test is below the required minimum, the application will not be considered for admission.
No other means for proving language proficiency than the ones listed above will be accepted. No waivers to the language proficiency requirements are given.
Some of the attachments can be submitted as electronic attachments to the online application form, whereas others need to be submitted as hard copies by postal mail. The specific requirements concerning hard copies will be published on the University’s website before each admission round.The applicant is responsible for reading the instructions and submitting the required documentation accordingly. The applicant must make sure that she/he complies with the requirements for the correct admission round.
Documents received by the University, which are not listed below, or which do not meet the University’s document requirements, or which are received by the University after the given deadline, will not be considered in the evaluation process of applications.
If an applicant has several higher education degrees, or separate studies in higher education that are not part of a degree, all of these can be considered for defining the applicant’s eligibility and calculating the admission score, provided that attachments proving these studies meet the University’s document requirements. If the applicant submits documentation of more than one degree, the admission score will be calculated using the degree and separate studies, which give the highest admission score to the applicant. Only studies from a higher education institution, which is a recognised part of the official national education system of the country in which the institution is located, will be considered.
Required attachments include:
1. A) Official transcript of records of a higher education degree
A transcript of records is a document issued by a higher education institution containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained by a student. If the awarding institution issues transcripts or their translations in English, Finnish or Swedish, a transcript of records in one of these languages is sufficient, and the translation mentioned in part 1. B) is not needed.
B) Official translation of the transcript into English, Finnish or Swedish, if needed
If the official transcript of records is in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation into one of these languages is required in addition to the official transcript in original language.
2. A) Copy of degree certificate of higher education degree
A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree and has graduated. If the degree certificate is in English, Finnish or Swedish, the translation mentioned in part 2. B) is not needed. A copy of degree certificate is not required in the application phase from applicants, whose degree used for proving eligibility is unfinished at the time of application.
B) Official translation of the degree certificate into English, Finnish or Swedish, if needed
If the degree certificate is in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation into one of these languages is required in addition to the copy of the degree certificate.
3. Certificate of English language proficiency
A certificate for proving English language proficiency can be:
- An electronic copy of a language test certificate submitted as an attachment to the online application form (these will be verified from the test organization)
- A copy of an official educational document
The accepted means for proving language proficiency are stated in the eligibility criteria of the programme. Instructions for submitting different kinds of certificates for proving language proficiency will be published on the University’s website before each admission round.
4. Copy of a valid passport
A copy of the identification pages of a valid passport with the applicant’s name, date of birth, nationality, and expiry date of the passport, submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application form. In case the applicant does not hold a valid passport, another official identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license) stating the same information is accepted. A copy of passport is not required from citizens of Finland, because their nationality can be confirmed from a national database.
5. Copy of residence permit card, if needed
A copy of both sides of the residence permit card, submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application form. Required only from applicants holding a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, EU Blue Card, or residence card for a family member of an EU citizen.
6. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
An electronic attachment to the online application form. Curriculum vitae is a document, which provides information on the applicant’s educational and work history, skills and competencies.
7. Motivation letter
An electronic attachment to the online application form. In the motivation letter, articulate clearly your reasons for applying. Consider your activities, experiences and commitment related to the field of the Master’s programme. Relate your plans after graduation, in case you are admitted to the programme. The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters in Latin alphabet, including breaks and punctuation.
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