Master of Science - Industrial IT and Automation

Master of Science - Industrial IT and Automation

Are you interested in the world of cybernetics and how we utilize information from physical systems in a computer network? Become an expert in Industrial IT and Automation, and explore the opportunities within this field.

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Study level
Closing dates
EU/EEA: 1st of March
Others: 1st of December
Start up
Autumn 2020

Why study Industrial IT and automation?

With a master's degree in Industrial IT and Automation (IIA) you get an education that opens a variety of career opportunities. The field of work spans several topics, from engineering cybernetics, modelling and data science to software engineering.

The student environment is good, offering good facilities and close contact with the teachers. The academic community is strong, and the degree can qualify for further PhD studies at USN, or at other universities.

Semester exchange to USN

Within this programme there are several exchange opportunities for students from partner universities. Please contact our program administrator for details and course lists. Application deadline is April 15 and October 15 for spring semester for exchange.

What kind of job do you qualify for?

With a MSc degree in Industrial IT and Automation, you are qualified for work in most areas of the private and public sectors. This involves developing advanced control and monitoring systems, but also developing software and utilizing machine learning concepts in various applications.

Examples of work fields:

  • Manufacturing
  • Process industry
  • Energy systems
  • Vehicle control
  • Building automation
  • The oil and gas industry
  • Software development

Working with the local business community

The local business community will be involved throughout this programme, from guest speakers from our partnering institutions to visiting with relevant companies in the community.

In this programme you will do extensive research and work closely with our network of partners. The majority of the bigger projects in our programme are done in close partnerships with- or within a company.

USN offers career days on campus every year with visits from relevant local businesses. In addition, several of our partners offer summer jobs to students.

What you will learn

The master programme in Industrial IT and Automation provides a broad knowledge in monitoring, control and optimization of all types of technical and industrial systems based on cybernetic methods and computer engineering.

You will learn how to develop and apply mechanistic (physics-based) and statistical mathematical models for monitoring and control. You will learn to collect measurement data from sensors, store these in process databases, and to program algorithms for the analysis of measurement data and calculation of control signals. Key programming tools are MATLAB, Python, LabVIEW, and various object-oriented languages.

The master programme in Industrial IT and Automation introduces new technologies, including IoT (Internet of Things) and Industry 4.0, and focuses on open standards. We are working closely with industry on student projects and master theses. You will learn about:

  • Sensors and measurement systems
  • Data analysis
  • Computer program design and programming
  • System design
  • Automation systems
  • Mathematical modelling and simulation
  • Control algorithms
  • Advanced control, including model-based predictive control (MPC)

Gain international experience

You can take parts of the Master in Industrial IT and automation abroad. To study or take an internship abroad can give you the opportunity to expand your international skills and adaptability. It can make you more attractive in the labour market. USN has exchange programs with universities around the world that makes it possible for you as a student to travel abroad.

Further studies

The master's degree is eligible for doctoral studies at the University of Southeast Norway or at other universities and colleges in Norway and abroad.

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronicals or Computer Science (related programmes may also be accepted)
  • Mathematics at the level of Mathematics III (at USN), or the equivalent
  • Passed a bachelor course in Control Theory (Knowledge about Closed Control Loops and PID controllers) at minimum 5 credits
  • Passed a bachelor course in Programming Language (minimum 5 credits)
  • Passed a bachelor course in Electro/Electronics (Knowledge about resistors, capacitors, inductors and transistors) at minimum 10 credits

English requirements.

A cumulative grade point average equivalent to, or better than, a C in the ECTS system (we do the grade conversion).

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.

USN makes reservations in regards to the commencement of the study program.

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