Degree structure

Director of degree programme: Associate Professor Mikko Jääskeläinen

Degree: Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS

Abbreviation: IEM

Description of the programme

The Master’s Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) combines engineering with economic and human fundamentals to create value and efficiency. Unique in its multidisciplinary and integrative essence, IEM studies explore the foundations of business and engineering processes and inspire an engineering mindset to develop business. The distinctive focus of the programme is to educate graduates with knowledge, skills and will to create and transform technology-based businesses in new or established firms.

IEM professionalism is an integrated skill set consisting of mathematical, technological, economic, and social competences that focuses on proactive problem solving in value creating processes. In essence, the ethos of IEM studies emphasizes a systemic, solution oriented engineering mindset. Emphasis is on capability to solve the right problems right, i.e. identify needs, define problems accordingly, and solve them effectively. Building on these foundations, the program develops strong competencies for the creation and transformation of technology-based business combining strategic, operations, and people perspectives. 

Degree structure

The degree consists of a major (45 ECTS), a minor (20 ECTS), elective studies (25 ECTS), and the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS).

The major must be one of the five options described in the curriculum. For the majors in Strategy and Venturing, Operations and Service Management, and Leadership and Knowledge Management there are no restrictions or quotas concerning the major for IEM students. Students admitted directly to the major in Strategy (offered in cooperation with the Aalto School of Business) must complete this major, naturally. Students must separately apply for the major “Framtidens Industriföretag” (FIF). Each major has compulsory and optional courses. The common compulsory element in each major is one of the available Research Assignment courses in IEM best addressing the field of the major.

Graduates from the programme should have obtained appropriate knowledge of one technical discipline. Therefore, the selection of the minor is regulated. Students graduating from the Bachelor’s programme in Science and Technology (Teknistieteellinen kandidaattiohjelma) and continuing their major studies in IEM in the master’s programme as well as students with equivalent educational background are required to select their minor in a field of engineering that clearly differs from industrial engineering and management. More detailed instructions for choosing the minor are described in section "Minor".

Each student's major and minor are confirmed in the Personal Study Plan.

In order to support graduation in 2 years, it is important to recognize the critical path. Students are encouraged to choose their major before the 1st year starts. Thereby, the first autumn emphasizes the compulsory courses of the major enabling the research assignment already in the first spring (or the 2nd autumn). The research assignment is a prerequisite for starting the master’s thesis. Although the intensive work takes place in the 2nd spring, preparations for the master’s thesis should gradually start in the beginning of the second year. The choice and timing of the optional and integrative courses of the major should support the progress in the critical path.

During the 1st autumn, students should choose their minor (whether the choice is restricted of free). In the planning and scheduling of studies, students should take into consideration quotas, prerequisite knowledge and the suggested sequence for the courses in the minor. The sooner the choice of the minor is made; the more possibilities a student has to level the overall workload without delaying the graduation. Likewise, planning of a semester in a foreign university becomes easier.

The last element in making the personal study plan is choosing the electives. 

Industrial Engineering and Management Compact Major

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