Degree Structure

Director of the degree programme: Professor Eila Järvenpää

Abbreviation: INF

Description of the programme

The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is a trans-disciplinary study programme in engineering building on information and communication technology (ICT) and digital media. It combines the fields of social sciences, advanced digital technologies and business. The programme offers one major, Information Networks, which will be completed either as a long major (55-65 ECTS) or a compact (40-45 ECTS).

The programme builds on a vision where finding, defining and solving effectively relevant ICT and digital media related challenges is not possible without a holistic understanding about the interplay between technology, business and humans. Accordingly, the Master's students combine in their studies computer science, media technology, industrial management, and business with a human-centered approach. The students can focus on one substance area, or choose to build a broader multidisciplinary combination of competences.

Master’s Programme in Information Networks encourages the students to construct their personal study plan in a multi-disciplinary way by offering well-structured study entities of the programme’s core substance areas. The in-built trans-disciplinary is strengthened by integrating blended learning methods together with some compulsory studies in philosophy, aesthetics, social media, and research methods. These themes unfold the programme philosophy and provide insights into analyzing and understanding human-centered technology and business development.

The program applies problem-based learning and group assignments, often conducted in real life projects. Thus, the students develop unique collaborative abilities in multidisciplinary problem identification, problem solving, continuous learning, and innovation. The programme prepares students to act as active co-creators, facilitators and integrators of human-centred innovation in the networked world.

Degree requirements

The mandatory elements of the student’s curriculum are a major (either long or compact), a Master’s thesis, and elective studies (Figure 1 and 2). A compact major is always supplemented with a minor.  The Master’s degree adds up to 120 ECTS. Figure 1 and 2 illustrate the options of the study structure. 

Figure 1. Long major (55-65 ECTS) in Master´s degree in Information Networks.

Information Networks Long  Major

Figure 2. Compact major (40-45 ECTS) and a minor (20-25 ECTS) in Master´s degree in Information Networks.

Information Networks Compact Major

The specific content of the major depends on the student's own interest areas, so called tracks. The Information Networks major offers four study tracks that are (1) ICT in Business, (2) Knowledge and Business Networks, (3) Media and (4) User-Centered Design.  Each track equals 20 ECTS at minimum and 30 ECTS at maximum. Moreover, the major includes Information Networks specific studies of 15 ECTS.

Besides the major the programme requires elective studies (25-35 ECTS) and the Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS). If the student chooses to take a compact major, a minor (20-25 ECTS) will be mandatory. When starting her/his Master’s studies, the student selects his/her main interest area. During the first semester the student is obliged to make his/her study plan (HOPS) which after its approval acts as a contract between the student and the programme. The student’s curriculum must include technological studies 20 ECTS at minimum. The Information Networks specific studies (15 ECTS) are not considered technological. Before approving the study plan the programme will confirm that the proposed study plan will fulfill all the criteria of the programme.

Following the degree requirements the Information Networks Master’s student has two possibilities to structure his/her studies:

  1. Long major (55-65 ECTS) plus elective studies (25-35 ECTS) and Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)
  2. Compact major (40-45 ECTS), minor (20-25 ECTS) plus elective studies (25-30 ECTS) and Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

The extent of a major may not exceed 65 ECTS. Equally, the extent of a compact major together with a minor may not exceed 65 ECTS. Thus, the students will always have a choice of completely elective studies at minimum 25 ECTS. The students are obliged to complete the chosen majors or minors in that extent they are offered.

A long major (55-65 ECTS) consists of

  1. Information Networks specific studies (philosophy, aesthetics, social media, research assignment), 15 ECTS
  2. Selected core substance area i.e. a core track from the Information Networks offering, 20-30 ECTS
  3. Selected complementary studies from other Information Networks tracks than the core track so that the extent of the long major is fulfilled.

 The student is encouraged to select the core content of the long major to support his/her Master’s Thesis interests.

A compact major (40-45 ECTS) consists of

  1. Information Networks specific studies (philosophy, aesthetics, social media, research assignment), 15 ECTS
  2. Selected core track from the Information Networks offering, 20-30 ECTS
  3. Selected complementary studies 0-10 ECTS

A compact major is supplemented with a minor that broadens the student’s competence. The student is encouraged to select the core content of the compact major to support his/her Master’s Thesis interests. A minor is selected from study entities that are offered as a minor. The professor of the student’s core track approves the suggested minor by signing the student’s personal study plan (HOPS). 

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