Master's Degree Programme in on the Engineering of Data-intensive Intelligent Software Systems


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Program Description

EDISS is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programme jointly delivered by Åbo Akademi University, University of the Balearic Islands, University of L’Aquila and Mälardalen University.


In the age of data explosion, scientists are dealing with the massive magnitude of unstructured, complex data which contain an unprecedented amount of decrypted information which in turn can facilitate the breakthrough data-driven discoveries and predictions. At the same time, software and system engineers focus their attention on the engineering process of software, therefore collecting requirements and building system architectures that, more and more, deal with data collections and management.

EDISS promises to bridge this gap by bringing together data scientists and software engineers in order to engineer data-intensive intelligent software systems.

EDISS will educate experts who can masterfully integrate data science and ML solutions into software and system engineering processes.

Programme Design

EDISS is a two-year programme (120 ECTS) based on the collaboration between four university partners. Åbo Akademi University is the entry university for all students and in the second year, the students will follow their individual mobility path within one of the three specializations provided by EDISS. For each student, the choice of the second-year institution will be decided, in the second semester of the first year, by the EDISS selection committee based on the student’s list of preferences, his or her academic performance and the teaching staff input.


All students completing the EDISS programme will obtain a double master’s degree from Åbo Akademi University and the institution chosen for the second-year specialization.  

In addition to the mandatory and elective courses offered in the programme, EDISS students will participate in a one-week winter school organized each year during the second semester of the academic year. The programme also includes a mandatory internship for first-year students with an associate company.  

First-Year Curriculum

The first-year courses focus on building strong theoretical tools for the students to be able to master the skills, techniques and requirements of the second-year specialization. The hosting university for all studies during the first year of the programme is Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

Besides the core data science-related courses, which are compulsory for all first-year students, Åbo Akademi University provides a list of courses that, based on their preferences and their future target specialisation, the students could choose up to 15 ECTS from. 

In addition to the core data science-related courses, compulsory for all first-year students, Åbo Akademi University offers a list of courses that, based on their preferences and future target specialisation, students could choose up to 15 ECTS from. 

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Second-year specialisations

In the second year, the students will start their specialization based on the mobility path they have chosen:

  • Industrial Machine Learning – Software Engineering, offered by Mälardalen University, Sweden 
  • Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems, offered by University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Model-Driven Machine Learning – Software Engineering, offered by University of L'Aquila, Italy

During the first semester of this second year, they will receive the required formal training needed for carrying out their master thesis as well as training on research methodology. During the last semester of their studies, the students will focus on implementing their master thesis work.

Admission requirements

Student background and eligibility: EDISS requires knowledge of basic computer science, software engineering, and applied mathematics. The student should be able to solve basic computer science problems, to build a given software artefact (e.g., a requirements model, a design model), to improve and fix a given design.

The student should be eager to learn new technologies and methods, instead of only working with technologies or methods they have prior knowledge of, and capable of sharing and producing knowledge in a team.

The programme is open to students that meet the following admission requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s or equivalent undergraduate degree (180 ECTS) from an accredited university, in Computer Science, Software Engineering or equivalent subjects. If proof of qualification is not available at the time of application, such students will be provisionally assessed and required to submit said proof by the end of July to finalize the admission procedure. We expect the applicant to have passed courses in several of these areas: computer science (e.g., programming, algorithms and data structures), basic computer architecture, computer networks, software engineering and mathematics.
  • An English proficiency test: all applicants (note the exceptions below) are required to have adequate results in an English language proficiency test (IELTS or TOEFL) with a minimum total score of IELTS 6.5 (with no individual score below 6) or TOEFL iBT 93. The test results must be valid and verifiable at the test organizer at least 14 days after the end of the application period.
  • An English-language test is not required if you have received your secondary education in English or have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with English as the language of instruction (and mentioned in your diploma), in a university or university-level institution in one of the following countries:
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Ireland
    • New Zealand
    • the United Kingdom
    • the United States
    • an EU/EEA country or
    • Switzerland

Note that degrees completed as distance education or studies on an off-shore campus are not accepted even though the degree would be issued by a university in one of the countries listed above.

Applicants should be aware that joining EDISS is an extremely competitive process. Only the best applicants will be selected.

Fee and scholarships

Costs for participation in the EDISS Master’s programme amount to 9 000 € per year for students from Partner Countries and to 4 500 € per year for students from Program Countries.

The Programme Countries are all EU Member States and the following non-EU countries: North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Serbia. 

The partner countries are all countries not listed in the programme countries.

Erasmus Mundus scholarships

EDISS offers very attractive scholarship opportunities to allow all students with an outstanding academic background to join our programme. Applications to the EDISS program and for Erasmus Mundus scholarships are completed simultaneously through one single online application.

The scholarships are available for non-EU and EU students, and the total amount of the scholarship varies according to the students’ nationality and place of residence. The EDISS participation cost is covered by the Erasmus Mundus scholarship through the participation costs for two years (24 months). Moreover, Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders will get a subsistence, travel and installation costs scholarships. 

Detailed information about the Erasmus Mundus scholarships is available on the programme website.

How to apply?

For more information on the application requirements and procedures, fees and scholarships, please check the programme website

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Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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