Aim and Structure of the Higher University Degree

The School of Engineering follows a two-phase degree structure. The students first complete a lower degree (Bachelor of Science in Technology) and then a higher degree (Master of Science in Technology).

The degrees consist of courses, and the extent of a course is expressed in credits. The average number of hours demanded by one academic year of studies, 1600 hours, is equivalent to 60 credits. The Bachelor’s degree consists of 180 credits. This means that it is possible to acquire the degree after three years of full-time studying. The Master’s degree (Master of Science in Technology) consists of 120 credits. This means that it is possible to acquire the degree after two years of full-time studying.

The education leading to basic degrees is planned and organized so that students graduating from the degree programmes will be able to work in areas requiring technical and scientific expertise.

Aim of Higher University Degree

Studies leading to the Master’s of Science degree shall provide the student with

  • good overall knowledge of the major subject of the degree programme;
  • knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods, and capability to lifelong, flexible learning;
  • knowledge and skills to understand the problems of his/her own field, from the point of view of the user, of technical and social organisations, and of the environment;
  • knowledge and skills to operate as an expert and developer of the field in working life;
  • good language and communication skills, as well as
  • knowledge and skills needed for scientific postgraduate education.

Structure of Higher University Degree

The studies leading to the Master of Science degree consist of

  • three modules, at least one of which shall be an advanced module (level 3) in one of the major subjects of the student’s own degree programme;
  • studies of  methodological principles (9-11 credits);
  • elective studies (at least 20 credits), and
  • Master’s thesis (30 credits).

Structure of Higher University Degree.

In Master’s Programme, the modules to be completed are determined in the study programme and they are confirmed in the personal study plan (HOPS).

Advanced and Special Modules

A Master’s programme is based on focused subject studies which for the Intermediate, Advanced and Special Modules. In the Master’s programmes of the Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, the contents of one of the Special Modules depend on the student’s background.

The student’s major subject is determined by the Master’s programme he/she studies in. There is no minor subject in the Master’s programmes.

Methodological Principles

The purpose of the Methodological Principles module is to support writing one’s Master’s thesis. Some of the courses to be included in the methodological principles module are determined beforehand, and some of them the student can choose from the methodological principles list.

Master’s thesis

Master’s thesis shall be written on a topic related to the major and agreed upon together with the student and the professor whose field of speciality includes the topic. Further information on Master’s thesis can be found in Chapter 7.

Elective Studies

Students are free to choose courses for their Elective studies module (20 cr). Elective studies module can also include practical training. Also, the language studies are included in the module.

Obligatory foreign language courses/tests

According to the Degree Regulations a student shall demonstrate written and oral skills in at least one foreign language included in the curriculum and needed for practicing his/her profession. Language proficiency is demonstrated by passing a course or courses in the foreign language provided by the Language Center. I f a student has demonstrated his/her language proficiency by completing foreign language courses already for the Finnish B.Sc or other lower university or polytechnic degree, he/she does not need to demonstrate it again for the Master’s degree.

More information about the language courses can be found on the Language Center website

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