Master in Product Management

University of Oulu

Program Description
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Master in Product Management

University of Oulu

Master in Product Management

Master's Programme in Product management (ProM) is a two-year programme taught in English. The programme educates product management professionals who can actively manage products and the product range. The focus is on technology product management. It builds on the engineering disciplines and focuses on product management.

ProM provides courses in contemporary topics, with an emphasis on product management.The core of the programme is the product development process, the delivery process and the entire demand-supply chain. Problem-solving and communication skills in international context are highlighted. ProM includes close collaboration with industry and lectures practical cases to enhance the learning experience. Guest lecturers from industry are often invited to speak. Assignments are typically connected to practical industrial challenges, allowing students to gain industry experience as they start building networks in the business world. ProM also has strong links to all engineering disciplines at the Faculty of Technology.

Programme Outline

ProM is a two-year full-time programme. The course load has been designed to ensure a smooth progression of studies so that students receive their Master's Degree in Engineering as planned.

Graduate Profile

Studying Product Management combines knowledge from engineering and management sciences. Students’ technical background acts as a foundation for applying product management methods in product creation and delivery process. The graduates will be competent in different product management aspects from productivity and quality to information and technology management. They will be capable to enhance productivity, quality and well-being, and can use their knowledge when solving challenging problems in all industries. Graduates will have a good background for doctoral studies.

Career Opportunities

The programme provides the graduates with competence to work in the field of product management in several tasks, with close links to engineering disciplines.

Potential job titles are, for example, Account Manager, Customer Quality Engineer, Development Manager, and Project Manager. The graduates can work in various industries.

Applicant Profile

A successful applicant of the programme already has a strong engineering background from their earlier studies. A Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in relevant fields of engineering such as civil engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering is a prerequisite. The previous degree should include the minimum of 60 ECTS in mathematics, physics or engineering.

In the programme, the students start with the basic concepts and continue to different aspects of product management.

Programme Admissions

Prerequisites

  1. Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in relevant fields of engineering such as civil engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering.
    • Those who will receive their degree after the deadline of the application, but before August are eligible to apply.
    • General admission requirements for the Faculty of Technology.
  2. Sufficient English language proficiency
    • Applicants should demonstrate their language skills with an approved language test.

Application procedure

STAGE 1: Written applications

  • Take the language test and submit the result.
  • Fill in the online application. All available study programmes of University of Oulu can be found on the Studyinfo portal where you can search for suitable programmes and start the application.
  • Print out the application form, sign it, and send it with all the requested documents to the University Admissions Finland.
  • Find two referees to give recommendations.

Mandatory attachments to the application

  1. A copy of passport's information page or a copy of an official ID card
  2. Bachelor's degree certificate
    • Please attach an officially certified copy of your Bachelor's degree certificate in the original language.
    • If the original language is other than Finnish, English or Swedish, please include an English translation (by an authorized translator).
    • Those who are applying during their last semester and have not yet received the degree certificate should include an estimate concerning the expected graduation date (in English).
  3. University transcript indicating the grading system of the institution
    • Please attach an academic transcript of your Bachelor's studies. It must be an original transcript from the institution or an officially certified copy.


    • If the original language is other than Finnish, English or Swedish, please include an English translation (by an authorized translator). Copy (copies) of other degrees/studies completed: Please attach officially certified copies of other degrees or studies you have finished.
    • If the original language is other than Finnish, English or Swedish, please include an English translation (by an authorized translator).
  4. A Curriculum Vitae
    • Please attach your CV in English (max. 2 pages) preferably in the Europass format.
  5. Reference letters
    • Two reference letters are needed. The referees should send them directly to the University Admissions Finland. Please follow the instructions provided by the Studyinfo portal. The reference forms must be received by the deadline of the application which is mentioned in Studyinfo portal.

STAGE 2: Interview

On the basis of the written applications, the selection committee will invite a number of applicants with the highest points to an interview (in English). Applicants will be interviewed via skype, telephone, or other accessible method.

Applicants selected for an interview will be invited by e-mail at the latest by week 11. The interviews will take place during the weeks 11-13.

Selection criteria

The applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

Written applications (max 16 points)

  1. The level and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the Bachelor's degree and other studies: grade of the Bachelor’s thesis (if not available, the overall grade of Bachelor’s degree studies) (0–10 points)
  2. The quality of the applicant's Motivation Letter* (0–2 points)
  3. The quality of the applicant's Research Interest* (0–2 points)
  4. Sufficient language proficiency
  5. Reference letters (0–2 points)

*Motivation Letter and Research Interest are included in the online application form.

Interview (max 10 points)

The maximum points available from the interview is 10 points. To be selected, applicants must obtain at least 5 points from the interview.

There will be 20 students selected to the Master's programme according to the points. If two or more applicants score the same number of points, their order shall be determined on the basis of the relevance and the level of the applicant's overall study record in the Bachelor's degree.

Final Selection

The final selection is carried on the basis of written applications and the interview. There will be 20 students selected to the Master's programme according to the total points. If two or more applicants score the same number of points, their order shall be determined on the basis of the relevance and the level of the applicant's overall study record in the Bachelor's degree.

An applicant is entitled to information on how his/her points were calculated. Any appeals shall be delivered to in writing to the Board of Examiners and sent to the Registry Office within 14 days from the publication of the results. The next application period will be: mid-December 2016 - January 2017.

University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme 2017-2018

Connected with the renewal of university strategy, the increased importance of internationalization and the introduction of tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens, the University of Oulu has assigned a significant amount of money for tuition scholarships for 2017 entry. The scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The tuition fee waiver awarded covers 100 % of the full tuition fee. Applicants can apply for the tuition scholarship as part of the admissions process.

University of Oulu Scholarship Scheme in more detail

The University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme (IM Scholarship) provides scholarships to academically talented international students. The scholarship is aimed at students studying for a Master’s degree in the University of Oulu two-year International Master’s programmes. The scholarship covers the full international tuition fee. University of Oulu IM Scholarships do not cover living costs.

In order to retain the scholarship in the following year of study, a student must have completed 55 ECTS by the end of the previous academic year. If a student does not achieve this requirement during the first year of studies, they will be liable to pay the full international tuition fee for the second year if they wish to complete their Master’s degree programme. An exception to this rule can be made if a student has been granted approved leave from studies (e.g. due to serious illness).

Eligibility Requirements to Apply for International Master’s Scholarship

Applicants are eligible to apply for a University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-18, if they are:

  • Non-EU/EEA* citizens who do not have a permanent residence permit in Finland.

(Applicants not eligible for the International Master’s Scholarship are: 1) non-EU/EEA citizens who have a permanent residence permit in Finland, 2) EU/EEA citizens or comparable persons, 3) University of Oulu students who have been accepted to study BEFORE the academic year 2017-18.)

  • Eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Oulu for academic year 2017 – 18.
    • The applicant has obtained their first academic degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) from a recognised institution of higher education.
    • The applicant proves a high level of proficiency in English language. Approved methods of demonstrating language proficiency.

Applicants who are in their last term/semester of studies for their first academic degree during the application period, can apply for the scholarship. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of study placement for a Master’s programme will receive a conditional scholarship offer.

The scholarship application will be processed in the selection procedure only if the applicant meets the admissions criteria.

*European Union / European Economic Area member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. With the EU legislation, Switzerland is also comparable for EU member states.

The nature of residence permit is indicated in the residence permit with a letter. A permanent residence permit bears the letter P or A and an EC residence permit for third-country nationals with long-term EC resident status bears the letters P-EY.

Application for International Master’s Scholarship 2017-18

There is no separate application system for the International Master’s Scholarship. All applicants for University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes need to complete the Student Application Form. Those applicants who are applying for the University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship have to additionally complete the “Application for Scholarship,” section which can be found at the end of the Student Application Form. The International Master’s Scholarship application section cannot be completed and/or submitted without the Student Application Form.

The application period for the University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes and International Master’s Scholarships is 15.12.2016-25.1.2017

Selection criteria for University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-2018

Admissions and scholarships decisions will be taken at the same time. Those students successful in obtaining an International Master’s Scholarship will be notified at the same time as their offer of admission to their International Master’s programme is confirmed. The selection criteria for the University of Oulu IM Scholarship are based on previous academic performance and academic potential.

For questions concerning the University of Oulu IM Scholarship, please contact admissions.officer(a)oulu.fi

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Last updated October 21, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
10,000 EUR
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Start date Sept. 2017
Place
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Duration 2 years
Price 10,000 EUR
(for non-EU/EEA students, see Scholarships and Fees)