The international master’s programme in Software Engineering offers general software engineering and management skills and specialised skills in two major software application domains: enterprise systems and embedded real-time systems.
The programme is delivered jointly by Estonia’s two largest universities: the University of Tartu and TalTech. Students graduating from this programme obtain degrees from both universities.
The programme prepares students for high-end technical or managerial roles at the most respected technology companies. The programme is closely related to the tech industry, and the students get opportunities to receive practice at the partner companies.
You will acquire a skill set that enables you to perform integrative tasks, including the ability to successfully:
Over 50% of students will receive a tuition waiver for full-time studies.
Once admitted, you can apply for a number of additional monthly scholarships, including the Industrial Master’s Programme in IT scholarship.
Information about scholarships is available on the webpage of the Institute of Computer Science.
You can find a thorough description of the curriculum on the website of the Institute of Computer Science.
First-year students of the programme have the opportunity to apply to the Industrial Master's Programme in IT during the spring semester. Participants of the programme spend most of the second year of their studies at partner companies. There they will be involved in the development processes. The programme culminates with writing a master's thesis on a topic that is of importance to the partner in cooperation with a supervisor from the partner company. The programme provides an opportunity to challenge your technical skills and kick-start your career without jeopardising your graduation from the university. Participants in the programme receive a monthly scholarship of 660-900 euros per month.
The following version of the programme courses applies to the current academic year. To view the most updated version, please visit the University of Tartu Study Information System and choose the next academic year (if available).
The studies take place in the University of Tartu Delta Centre, the university's most modern study environment.
The Institute of Computer Science traditions also include activities involving students, such as the Institute's annual day and Delta Career Day, where the most influential IT companies in Estonia are always present. Students are also welcome to participate in Sandbox's digital product innovation programme.
We have organised data science seminars for many years, where representatives of universities and companies talk about their experiences.
In addition, the Institute has a vibrant student life, as the institute's official student organisation regularly organises events.
The programme prepares students for a career path leading to high-end technical roles (e.g. software analyst, architect or research engineer) and managerial roles (e.g. project/team leader or technology officer). Graduates of this programme are well equipped to join the highly dynamic software industry in the Baltics, Northern and Eastern Europe.
Our graduates are currently employed by companies such as Google, Facebook, Ericsson, Swedbank, TransferWise, Bolt, Kuehne + Nagel, Nortal, etc.
Updated on 8 March 2022:
1) The application deadline for Ukrainian citizens for the first and second level of study (excluding Medicine) will be extended to 1 June.
2) As of 7 March 2022, University of Tartu has decided that citizens of Russian Federation and Belarus can submit applications for first and second level programmes offered in the academic year 2022/2023 only if they hold a residence permit or long-term visa of the European Union or are currently studying in Estonia.
Please write a brief motivation letter (in English, maximum of 6000 characters with spaces) based on the following points:
The maximum score for motivation letter is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more.
For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here.
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 electronic documents must be submitted via DreamApply by 15 March:
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.
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 May 15 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 18-132, 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 the 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 applicants who receive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/residence permit in Estonian embassies.
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. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website. For housing alternatives please find further information on Tartu Welcome Centre website.
Travel information can be found here.
Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information website UT Getting Started.