Robotics and Computer Engineering

Karl Oliver Tomson

2 January

Application system opens

15 March

Application deadline

30 April

Admission results

2 September

Academic year starts
Level of study
Study language
Duration and credits
2 years , 120 ECTS
Form of study
Regular study
Student places
Tuition fee
6,000 EUR/year
Tuition waivers
12 for citizens of EU/EEA/Switzerland, 1 for all citizenships
  • The University of Tartu belongs to the top 350 universities in the world (see Rankings and Surveys).
  • Become a highly qualified roboticist, computer and space engineer. 
  • Student satellite ESTCube-1, designed by our staff and students, was launched in 2013, making Estonia the 41st space nation in the world. The second one was launched in 2023. You can join the team.
  • You will gain work experience in a research group or at an enterprise in Estonia or abroad.
  • Participate in the robot football competition RoboCup SPL, robotics competition Robotex, student satellite project and Science Bus club.
  • After graduation, you can set up your own technology company or work in an enterprise or a research centre connected to your field of study.


The master's programme in Robotics and Computer Engineering trains highly qualified roboticists, computer and space engineers. The programme provides broad knowledge in robotics, computer engineering or space technology. Graduates can work in enterprises or research and development centres connected to their field of study.

People are surrounded by devices that combine electronics and informatics. The master's programme focuses on the development of high-tech systems and equipment. It combines both hardware and software. Three main specialisation areas are computers, robots and space technology.

The University of Tartu researchers have developed a variety of innovative devices: robotics mannequin, which allows people to choose clothes online that fit them; artificial muscle, which is used in manufacturing artificial limbs and robots; underwater robot. These are just a few examples of intelligent materials and systems laboratories.

ESTCube-1 was the first Estonian satellite built by students from the University of Tartu, the Estonian Aviation Academy, TalTech and the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Its mission ended in 2015; however, the second one is currently being built. The University of Tartu student-led robot football team has participated in the robot football competition RoboCup SPL.

EITM Master School

The master's programme in Robotics and Computer Engineering is a part of the EIT Manufacturing Master School. You can apply to the University of Tartu and complete your studies only in Tartu or apply directly to EITM Master School and study for a year in Tartu and another year at a partner university.

What is EIT Manufacturing?

EIT Manufacturing is an Innovation Community within the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) – that connects the leading manufacturing actors in Europe. Fueled by a strong interdisciplinary and trusted community, it adds unique value to European products, processes, and services – and inspires the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing. 

European Institute of Innovation and Technology
EITM Master School

EITM Master School

The EIT Manufacturing programme aims to attract and empower top talents to further empower them through mobility and other learning opportunities to become leading innovators and entrepreneurs in manufacturing. The EITM master's programme is one of the main assets of the EIT Manufacturing innovation communities, spreading innovation and creating new business in the manufacturing ecosystem. 
Students move from their entry university at the end of the first year to their exit university in a different country for the second year. The language of instruction throughout is English. 
Graduates of the EITM programme are awarded two master's degrees - one from each university. An EIT Label certificate is also conferred to participants who have followed one of the five programmes (with international mobility), taken part in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses (in particular the summer school) and completed an internship in industry.  

The EITM master's programme combines technical competence with skills in innovation and entrepreneurship adopting a learning-by-doing approach. Students follow one of five programmes (with international mobility): 

  • People and Robots for Sustainable Work 
  • Additive Manufacturing for Full Flexibility 
  • Zero Defect Manufacture for a Circular Economy 
  • Platforms for Digitalised Value Networks 
  • Data Science and AI for Competitive Manufacturing 

The master's programme in Robotics and Computer Engineering is involved in the "People and Robots for Sustainable Work" programme, which combines manufacturing science, robotics system physics and control system automation, including the design of customised manufacturing processes and production management. 

Extracurricular activities

Students have an opportunity to participate in the robotics competition Robotex which is held each year and where students can compete with teams from other universities in Estonia and abroad. The University of Tartu also has a robotics club. Students can also participate in the student satellite project and participate in Science Bus (Teadusbuss), which provides students with an excellent opportunity to meet new people and showcase the exciting science experiments.

Further information

Programme highlights in video

Course and module details

This programme structure is the latest one confirmed by the university. Next year's modules will be updated by 15 April. Significant changes to the programme will be announced in advance on this website. Check the Study Information System for the latest updates.

University of Tartu Institute of Technology

The University of Tartu Institute of Technology is a multidisciplinary research institution which unites computer engineering, robotics, electronics, material science, biosciences and environmental technologies. Our students have a broad opportunity to work with scientists creating novel solutions in all fields. Practical courses allow students to gain the necessary skills to work in industry during and after their studies.

The scientific work of our institute focuses on six main areas - biomedical technologies, environmental technologies, systems and synthetic biology, intelligent materials and systems, intelligent computer vision and materials in extreme environments. 

University of Tartu Institute of Technology

The University of Tartu Institute of Technology is primarily located in Nooruse 1 building on the Maarjavälja science campus, next to the Physicum study building, which the institute also uses.

The institute also has sections in the University of Tartu Delta Centre.

University of Tartu Institute of Technology (Nooruse 1) tour

Physicum tour

University of Tartu Delta Centre tour

Robotics and Computer Engineering graduates find work in high tech companies, telecommunication companies, computer production companies, software companies, aerospace technology companies, public administration etc. Since the studies are in English, it is possible to work everywhere. Graduates can work as engineers (e.g. computer and systems engineers), hardware and software architects, system analysts, and quality, technology and purchasing managers. Graduates can also continue their studies at the doctoral level in physics, engineering and technology or informatics.

Admission requirements for Robotics and Computer Engineering


  • bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July) in information technology, electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, mechanic engineering, software engineering, computer engineering, information systems or a related field – please see our country-specific document requirements.

  • prerequisite courses

You can apply if you have graduated from one of the following programmes: 

University of Tartu: Computer Engineering (83866), Computer Science (2476), Science and Technology (144918), Physics, Chemistry and Material Science (144301)
TalTech: Computer Science (175317), IT Systems Administration (175301), IT Systems Development (175303), Cyber Security Engineering (175303), Hardware Development and Programming (175717), Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics (167217), Mechatronics (1975), Product Development and Robotics (165597), Integrated Engineering (126337)
Estonian University of Life Sciences: Engineering (384), Technotronics (81050)
Estonian Aviation Academy: Aeronautical Engineering (194140)
- Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences: Robotics Software Development (207866)

Graduates of other programmes in Estonia and abroad can apply if they meet requirement of prerequisite courses in the following fields in a total value of 45 ECTS:

         - higher mathematics (6 ECTS), physics (6 ECTS), programming (6 ECTS) and computer hardware (3 ECTS);
         - courses in electronics, computer engineering, computer technology or informatics (for the minimum value of 24 ECTS);

In addition to the prerequisites, applicants are expected to take the online entry test.


NB! Citizens of the Russian Federation who, under the legislation of the Republic of Estonia, cannot apply for a long-stay visa or residence permit to study or do not have a valid legal basis to stay in the Republic of Estonia until the end of the curriculum’s standard period of study are not eligible to apply to the University of Tartu in the 2024/2025 academic year. 

According to the current legislation, citizens of Belarus can apply for Estonian long-term visa or temporary residence permit for studies and are therefore eligible to apply to the University of Tartu.


Applications are evaluated based on


  • the score of the motivation letter (yields 60% of the final score)

  • average grade of the previous study level or entry test (yields 40% of the final score)*

    *If you have graduated from a programme listed above, your rank is calculated based on the motivation letter and the average grade in previous studies. You can, however, also take the entry test - in that case the best score will be considered.
    If you have graduated elsewhere and meet the prerequisite requirement, you need to take the entry test. In that case, your rank is calculated based on the motivation letter score and the score of the entry test. You qualify for the entry test only if your motivation letter collects at least 51 points.

Please write a brief motivation letter (in English, maximum of 5000 characters with spaces) based on the following points:

The master’s programme in Robotics and Computer Engineering has three specialisations: computer engineering, robotics and space technology.
1. Which of the three specialisations interests you most and why?
2. How does your previous learning and/or working experience relate to this specialisation?
If none of the three specialisations is familiar to you, please describe some other field of interest you consider relevant for this application.
3. Name three important persons and events related to your field of interest, and explain why you choose these particular persons and events.
4. In what role do you see yourself professionally after completion of the programme?
5. What might be the ”big thing” you’d like to accomplish in your field of interest?

What was the Earth and what was its purpose in Douglas Adams’ trilogy in five parts “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”? (optional, not for assessment).

Additionally, please provide the following information (can be uploaded as a separate document):
- list your previous study and work experience;
- if applicable, list the conferences, workshops, competitions etc. you have attended (preferably related to your specialisation);
- if applicable, list your extracurricular activities (preferably related to your specialisation);
- name up to 3 academic/professional references (optional).

Evaluation criteria:

  • fit between the student’s background and goals, and the study programme (40%)
  • analytical and argumentation skills (40%)
  • fluency of written English (20%)

The maximum score for motivation letter is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more.

The entrance exam assesses the applicant's knowledge in certain subjects (physics, mathematics, programming). It is conducted on the platform from between April 12 - 17, 2024 and can only be taken once. If the test is stopped for any reason, it cannot be resumed. The applicant is responsible for maintaining a stable internet connection. While there is no time limit for each question, there are 30 questions in random order with varying difficulty. The overall test must be completed within 137 minutes. If you can't answer a question, you must move on to the next one without the option to revisit previous questions. No feedback is provided for individual sections of the test. The maximum score is 100 points, and a positive result requires scoring 51 points or more. 

Only those applicants who score 66 points or higher (out of 100) as a combined score from both the motivation letter and GPA or entry test will be considered for admission. For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here

How to apply


The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad:

Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following documents must be submitted electronically via DreamApply by 15 March:

  1. online application
  2. motivation letter
  3. official certified copy of the bachelor's diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript) in the original language (must include description of the grading scale).
    NB! Applicants graduating in the upcoming spring/summer and having their diploma and final transcript issued later than the application deadline should electronically submit their most recent official transcript by the application deadline. The transcript should be supplemented by an official statement from the issuing institution indicating current enrollment and expected graduation date. Admitted candidates are required to post certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (must reach us no later than by the end of July).
  4. official translation of the bachelor’s diploma and Diploma Supplement (transcript) into English, translation certified
  5. proof of English language proficiency
  6. copy of the passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars
  7. confirmation/receipt of application fee payment (if applicable). All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 100, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the fee has been received by the UT.


Submitted applications can not be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g. graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.

Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply.

The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by  April 30 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.

NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.

Terms and conditions of the admission offer

Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.

Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.

The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.

Requirements for educational documents

All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may also specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified. Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).

All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).

Paying the tuition fee (applicable to those receiving a fee-based study place offer)

  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to pay the fee for the first semester once they arrive in Tartu (by 20 September at the latest after signing the fee contract, please read more here).
  • Admitted students from other countries are required to pre-pay half of the first semester's tuition fee. The invoice along with the pre-payment deadline and payment details will be sent to applicants via DreamApply after they have accepted the admissions offer and the University has received the hard copies of the application documents. Second part of the fee is due on 20 September. NB! The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received the pre-payment.
  • NB! Once you have been offered a fee-based study place, be aware that it will not be changed into a fee waiver study place. By transferring the pre-payment to the university, you confirm that you have informed yourself about the process of the visa and temporary residence permit application and you are able to arrive in Estonia by the start of the academic year. If you have any questions please contact

The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see step 3 for more details).

NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa at an Estonian embassy.

Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied.

NB! Admitted students who are not citizens of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland need to make sure they obtain the Estonian long-term visa on time in order to be able to participate in the orientation programme for international students held in the last week of August. They are also required to visit the Admissions Office in person to complete their arrival registration by September 2, 2024, at the latest. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of their admission decision and visa.

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Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information website UT Getting Started.

Estonian applicants should apply via National Admission Information Systems (SAIS). Further information in Estonian is available here.

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Heiki Kasemägi
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Associate Professor of Materials Technology, Programme Director of Computer Engineering, Programme Director of Robotics and Computer Engineering
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