Tallinn University of Technology

MSc in Computer & Systems Engineering

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The 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.

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.

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Students for TalTech international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. Online interview will be conducted only to candidates who have passed preliminary evaluation. The maximum score for the motivation letter and online interview is 10 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 5 points is admitted.

Programme Specific Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in IT or ICT

Related engineering fields that have good coverage of IT, electronics, mechatronics and/or robotics.

In order to qualify for the studies in Tallinn University of Technology an applicant has to have at least 60% of the highest possible CGPA.

In order to apply, a candidate is required to upload a Test-taker Score Report of the GRE General Test to the DreamApply application system with the necessary threshold scores:

  • Verbal Reasoning at least 145
  • Quantitative Reasoning at least 150
  • Analytical Writing score at least 3.0

This is a prerequisite for qualifying and has to be fulfilled latest by the application deadline.

Candidates who have obtained a full Bachelor's degree in EU, EFTA or OECD member state are waived from the GRE requirement.

Please see more information about our GRE General Test requirement here, including the exact eligibility criteria for being exempted from this prerequisite and how to order the test result electronically to TalTech.

Please provide the 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.

NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Neglecting the rules of referencing and citation is considered plagiarism and will result in the disqualification of your application.

Questions 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.

Duration of the interview is approximately 15 minutes.


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

Why this programme?

  • Individual approach to students

  • Students work closely with the professor

  • Uses the latest software and hardware to develop practical skills

  • Close cooperation and networking with IT industry

  • Develops the computing and IT management skills needed to be effective in the industry and in commerce straight away


  • General studies - cover the courses about entrepreneurship, languages and ethics.

  • Core studies - consist of courses that teach fundamentals about computer systems and control engineering.

  • Special studies - students can choose from specialised sets of courses covering areas of computer engineering, embedded systems, control engineering, software engineering, systems modelling, and robotics.

  • Free choice courses - students can choose from the wide variety of courses offered at the university.

  • Graduation thesis - an engineering project to apply theoretical knowledge to solve practical problems or a research project to investigate different theoretical approaches.

Future Career

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.

What students say

Estonia is an amazing place where to study and/or work in the field of IT. All the systems are online and you can even contribute to the Estonian e-voting system code to Github! Yes, they open-sourced it! You can digitally sign your papers, log-in to almost all of your accounts (i.e. university accounts, banks, gsm operators, doctors) with your ID card. life is easier in terms of paperwork because there is none! The country itself works like a cool technological startup (e-governance is a real thing!), and they evolve their technology at an amazing rate! You can meet robots while you're on the way to your faculty or you can found your startup with a few clicks like I did! The entrepreneurial environment in Estonia is so fruitful. 

TalTech and its associated companies are providing enough resources for the entire experience to be cherished even more thanks to their mentoring you and sponsoring your projects. You can master your technical and entrepreneurial skills simply by following your lectures and attending workshops/seminars/events. If you're an engineer who wants to study not only theory but also practice that theory, TalTech offers lots of opportunities with a variety of lab environments, and you'll be evaluated more for your projects than for your exams!  Gülçin Yildirim, Turkey

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