Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Industrial Master’s Programme? How does it differ from the standard master’s programme?
You will get the chance to do advanced practical studies in cooperation with a selected partner company throughout your Master’s programme. You will pass your regular Master’s curriculum following an individual study plan.
Who can apply?
All 1st year Master students in Software Engineering and Computer Science can apply.
When will the programme begin and how long will it last?
The programme will start in the beginning of 2nd semester in February and will end with a successful defence of your Master thesis.
What is an individual study plan?
Individual study plan is a course plan based on your standard curriculum and customised for your and the company’s research interests.
What will I do in the company?
You will perform practical tasks related to the company’s everyday work, which are relevant to your curriculum and Master’s thesis. You will get a chance to explore different angles of the chosen field as well as get to know your personal strengths and weaknesses.
How much time will I spend in university vs company?
During the 2nd and 3rd semester you will spend approximately half of your time in the university and half in the company (2-3 days per week). During the last semester when you are expected to work full time on your Master’s thesis you will spend most of the time in the company.
How will my tasks in the company be evaluated?
Your tasks will be evaluated based on the same criteria as defined in the related course. Both ICS lecturers and company supervisor will be involved.
Who will supervise my Master’s thesis?
You will be assigned a supervisor by ICS. Additionally you will have a co-supervisor from the company.
Do I have a say in which research topic I will choose?
Yes, we expect you to help define the research topic within research areas proposed by the company. We expect you to be proactive, as it will help you to stay on track during your studies.
Will I need to sign a contract?
Yes, you will sign a trilateral agreement with the company and the ICS.
What will be in the contract?
The contract will cover details of your individual study plan, terms of confidentiality, intellectual property, stipend, etc. other conditions relevant to each party and agreed mutually.
How are intellectual property rights regulated?
You are expected to agree on transferring all intellectual property rights of the results of tasks and your Master’s thesis done in the company to the company.
How much is the stipend?
The stipend is 660 - 900 euros per month.
I Spring Semester: 660€/per month, February - August
II Autumn Semester: 750€/per month, September - January
III Spring Semester: 900€/per month, February - June
Can I apply for other stipends while being in the programme?
The scholarship cannot be used at the same time with other stipends. Excluding the Estonian needs-based study allowance, travel stipends, Reet and Teet Villigi, Cybernetica and Ülo Kaasiku scholarships.
In case you are a Dora+ or MFA scholarship recipient, then starting from February you will receive only Industrial Master’s in IT scholarship.
Can I work in another company while being in the programme?
The programme is mainly targeted to students who want to focus fully on their studies and not work in parallel. You will be forbidden to work in a competitive position with your partner company. However, you may work in a non-IT related position outside the scheduled hours.
Can I go to Erasmus exchange while being in the programme?
If you have decided to apply for Erasmus exchange, this Industrial Master’s Programme will not be suitable for you. You are expected to collaborate closely with the partner company throughout your studies.
What happens if
I don’t meet up to the company’s expectations?
Your studies and progress will be evaluated by your supervisors in the ICS and the company. This is a study program, so you don’t need to worry that you don’t know everything in the beginning. You are expected to be curious and proactive, learn and practice and commit to fulfilling the programme on schedule. If you show lack of interest and dedication, the company has the right to cancel the agreement with you.
I want to quit the programme?
You will be selected to the programme with confidence that you will complete the programme as planned. However, sometimes unexpected circumstances still happen that may force you to pause your studies. In such a case your participation in this programme will be terminated without the option of continuation. You will have the chance to continue your studies by the regular curriculum.
I don’t manage to keep up with the individual study plan?
You are expected to fulfill your study plan in a timely manner. If the reasons for delay are justified, the supervisors may approve changes in the plan. In case there are no reasonable justifications for delays, the company has the right to cancel the agreement with you.
I don’t finish my Master’s thesis on time?
You are expected to defend your Master’s thesis at the end of your two year Master’s studies which is in June. After the official end of the programme, the stipend will cease and the company may discontinue your supervision.