The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is a transdisciplinary study programme in engineering combining software, digital media, and management with a societal perspective.
The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is a transdisciplinary study programme in engineering combining software, digital media, and management with a societal perspective. The programme provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between human beings and digital technologies on an individual, group, organizational and societal level. This is done by teaching social sciences, philosophy, design, management and software engineering.
The Information Networks programme applies problem-based learning and collaborative group work, often conducted in real-life projects with companies and other organisations. This helps the students to establish contacts and professional networks already during their studies. Companies involved in these projects are global knowledge-intensive companies, such as ICT companies, design and software consulting companies, other service or governmental organizations, and also start-up firms.
Typical roles or areas of expertise after graduation include service and UX designer, management consultant, academic researcher, teacher, product manager, IT-system architect, entrepreneur, media or social media creator, or a game developer.
The programme also provides an excellent basis for doctoral studies. Aalto University Career Services provides information on employers, job and thesis opportunities, and hints for job-hunting for all Aalto University students.
Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish).
The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish.
The tuition fee is €15 000 for non-EU/EEA students.
Content of the studies
Studies in the Master’s Programme in Information Networks combine courses in computer science, media technology, industrial engineering and management and business with a human-centred approach. The programme 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.
You can focus on one substance area, or choose to build a broader multidisciplinary combination of competences. The four focus areas, tracks, in the Information Networks major are ICT in Business, Knowledge and Business Networks, Media, and User-Centered Design.
- The ICT in Business track focuses on creating and developing systems within and across organizations and networks. Knowledge-intensive business and services are based on seamlessly working ICT systems that enable collaboration between customers, clients, suppliers and other stakeholders. The track provides you with an understanding of how to design, lead, and develop information and communication systems in the context of business value creation
- The studies in the Knowledge and Business Networks track focus on managing business networks, knowledge and innovation, and collaboration and leadership, especially in knowledge-intensive networks. The studies combine in a novel way courses offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management and focus on networks from management, development and leadership point of views for value creation especially in ICT enabled business ecosystems. The studies provide you with a broad understanding of networks and networking in different contexts, such as creating and developing business and organizations, creating new knowledge or developing organizational processes in collaboration.
- The Media track improves your skills in understanding and creating digital media products ranging from communication platforms and social media to information visualization tools. You will learn the basics of handling interactive images, audio and video on the web. This weaved together with a strong understanding of software and content production processes gives you a unique set of skills. Through collaborative work, you will act as both a producer and a client of media production platforms, such as social media platforms. You will acquire the skills to create and design digital media and social media concepts. Via experimental projects and prototyping, studies will focus also on learning the essential applications of emerging new media like augmented reality, large-scale screens, smart spaces, wearable devices, and interactive animations.
- In the User-Centered Design track, you will learn the concepts, models, methods, and processes that can be applied in the design and development of systems and services so that the outcomes deliver excellent user experiences. The core of the User-Centered Design track includes the conceptual and methodological basis for working with people in different stages of software and service development and design. During real-life study assignments, you will learn how to analyse user contexts, form user requirements, do interaction design, develop user interfaces, evaluate the usability of a system, and connect these to business goals. You will also learn how to use qualitative and quantitative data and results in decision-making. After graduation, students often find work in technology companies as user interface and interaction designers, UX managers, software developers, or project managers.
Structure of the studies
The Master of Science (Technology) degree (120 ECTS ) structure consists of a major (either long or compact), a Master’s thesis, and elective studies.
Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The student and the supervising professor agree upon the topic of the thesis. Master's theses are typically written for a company or for one of the research projects of the department in question.
The study environment in the Information Networks programme is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Science offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be included in the degree e.g. as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence include conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.
Co-operation with other parties
The Information Networks programme has well-established relations with companies and active collaboration with other domestic and foreign universities. The programme also encourages the students to include their curricula studies from other universities than Aalto University.
Programme-specific admission requirements
Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes at Aalto University.
The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is responsible for the academic assessment of the applications. Enrolment is limited to the maximum quota and the evaluation process is highly competitive. Concurrently, the programme has no minimum quota to be fulfilled. Thus, only the highest-ranked, the programme-specific admission requirements best fulfilling applicants will be admitted.
The academic assessment bases on the following criteria:
- Content of the previous degree(s)
- Previous academic performance (grades)
- Motivation and dedication to the programme
- Language proficiency
- Recognition of the home university
- Relevant work experience or other relevant activity
The most important criteria are the content of the previous degree(s), previous academic performance and the motivation to the programme.
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