Industrial IT and Automation

Industrial IT and Automation

Porsgrunn - Full time

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.

Study facts

  • Progression of study: Full time
  • Campus: Porsgrunn
  • Teaching model: On Campus
  • Application code: Non-EU 7147 and EU/EEA 7136
  • Study level: Master's degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Closing dates: Non-EU/EEA applicants may apply from 1 October to 1 November. EU/EEA applicants may apply from 1 February to 15 April.
  • Start up: Autumn 2023
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 4


This master program entitles you to use the protected title “Sivilingeniør”»

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 programme coordinator 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)

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.

Get international experience

You can take parts of Industrial IT and Automation abroad. Studying or taking an internship abroad can give you the opportunity to expand your international competence, language skills, personal qualities and adaptability. It can also make you more attractive in the job market. We have agreements with foreign universities, colleges and internships adapted to your studies.

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describes the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.

Study plan for 2023 autumn

Admission requirements

This programme requires a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics engineering or Computer Science (related programmes may also be accepted). In addition you must have passed the following:

  • At least 25 ECTS in mathematics and 5ECTS in statistics
  • A bachelor course in Programming Language at minimum 5 ECTS credits
  • A bachelor course in Electro/Electronics (Knowledge about resistors, capacitors, inductors and transistors) at minimum 5 ECTS credits

You must also fulfil the English requirements and have 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.

Export control

This programme may be covered by the regulations on export control. Export controls are applied to countries where there is suspicion about development and use of weapons of mass destruction. USN may therefore decide to conduct a specific evaluation of these applicants. As it is under discussion, we do not have more information at present.


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