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Honours Programme in Information and Computer Science

An honours programme for exceptionally qualified Master's students at the ICS department was launched in Autumn 2009. To qualify, a student must have one of the department's subject areas as a confirmed ("HOPS") major or minor in their M.Sc. degree studies, a general GPA of 4.0 or higher, and show good progress in their studies. The honours status is granted for one year at a time for a maximum of two years.

Students admitted to the honours programme are associated to one of the department's research groups, and will have the opportunity for part-time employment during semesters in research-related work. In summer the students have the possibility of entering into full-time employment in the department's competitive summer internship programme. The honours students will also have access to the department's research facilities (computing resources, online services, library).

The deadline for honours status applications for the academic year 2014-2015 is Monday, June 16, 2014, 3 p.m. To apply, please submit the following printed documents to the ICS Department Secretary, Ms. Minna Kauppila (Computer Science building, 3rd floor, office B336) by the deadline:

  1. A brief CV.
  2. A copy of your official personal study plan ("HOPS") for your M.Sc. studies, as submitted to your Degree Programme office. (In the case of the Degree Programme of Computer Science and Engineering, see the instructions in English or Finnish.) Indicate also whether you already have an appointed tutoring professor for your M.Sc. level studies, and if so then who that is. If you are not yet a student at Aalto university, provide an informal plan concerning your Master's studies at the ICS department (major, specialisation, supervising professor if known).
  3. An up-to-date transcript ("Oodi-ote") of your studies.

You will have the opportunity to update your transcript concerning your studies in Spring 2014 until Wednesday, 6 August. You must have completed your B.Sc. studies and obtained your degree certificate by that date. New students to the honours programme will then be selected by the steering group of the ICS department in the following weeks, and the selected students will enter the programme on 1 Oct 2014.

First-year honours students continuing to the second year must have completed at least 50 study credits in their first year in the programme, with a total GPA of 4.0 or higher. The standing of the second-year students is verified in connection with the admissions process for the first-year students.

Applicants who have been selected as first-year students (beginning of studies in Autumn of 2014) to ICS international Master’s Programmes are reviewed separately during Spring and those students who are selected also to the honour’s programme are contacted personally.

For further information on the programme, please contact the HR coordinator of the ICS department, Mr. Stefan Ehrstedt (Computer Science building, 3rd floor, office B345).

Honours students in 2014-2015

First year 

  • Alonso Baldonedo Pablo (Macadamia)
  • Chistiakov Sergei (FadCo)
  • Moskalev Artem (Macadamia)
  • Sintonen Henri
  • Shetty Rakshith Ramesh (Macadamia)
  • Stegmann Roelant Antonius (Macadamia)
  • Vranou Gavriela (Macadamia)

Second year 

  • Dykstra Karmen (Macadamia)
  • Ilievska Maja (MBI)
  • Kilpeläinen Elina (MBI)
  • Khakipoor Banafsheh (MBI)
  • Van Den Broeke Gerben (Macadamia)