Software product management is an integral part of software development.
Software product management defines how the life cycle of a digital product is managed, planned and governed. Continuous business change, imposed by new technology and the digitalisation of businesses and society, forms the environment for modern software development.
The Master's Programme in Software Product Management and Business focuses on the design, implementation and maintenance of software and digital services in their business context. The programme combines business with software engineering in modern software platforms and ecosystems.
The Master's programme builds on the Bachelor's Programme in Software Engineering and aims to develop professional skills towards understanding complex software-intensive business environments and long-term management aspects of software engineering.
To start the studies directly with a pre-existing Bachelor's degree, at least 24 ECTS credits in software engineering or related subjects (computer science, information sciences or information technology) are required, but the Bachelor's degree may be from a different field.
The programme is well suited for people already in the working world because its teaching mainly consists of intensive periods on Fridays and Saturdays.
Intended learning outcomes
As a graduate of the Master's Programme in Software Product Management and Business, you will be able to:
- analyse, develop and manage new software-based digital products in the software industry;
- manage and analyse business platforms related to the digital product portfolio of organisations;
- manage enterprise-level systems and the software landscape and its connections to external platforms and ecosystems;
- analyse a problem and identify and elicit functional, non-functional and sustainability requirements appropriate for its solution;
- demonstrate empiricism and familiarity with the methods of academic research and writing;
- design, evaluate, and adapt software processes and software development tools to meet the needs of an advanced development project;
- elicit user needs and design an effective software solution;
- communicate logically, convincingly, and effectively both orally and in writing;
- function effectively in teams and adapt teaming strategies to improve productivity;
- recognise human, security, social, and entrepreneur issues and responsibilities relevant to engineering software and the digitalisation of services;
- integrate into a multi-cultural working environment with a practical orientation and collaborate in professional networks;
- acknowledge life-long learning as a way to stay up to date in the profession.
Degree structure and studies
The Master's Programme in Software Product Management and Business is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme is arranged at LUT's Lahti campus, and it combines lectured courses with online learning assignments.
The programme includes core, specialisation, minor, language and elective studies.
Core studies (31 ECTS credits) include courses on software engineering models and methods, requirements engineering, running a software project, and research design methods.
Specialisation studies (65 ECTS credits) include courses on software product management, software business processes, software innovation and software portfolio management.
The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. Students complete it during their fourth semester.
Minor studies (24 ECTS credits) may be selected based on your experience, prior studies and areas of interest from the LUT minor studies portfolio, but industrial engineering and management, business analytics or international business and management are recommended especially.
Elective studies may also be selected from any disciplines at LUT to complement your studies.
After graduation, you will have good competencies to work as an expert in the software industry in development, management and business development.
Typical job titles include:
- Senior software developer
- Software product manager
- Product owner
- Business development director
How to Apply
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You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:
- Regular admission: 1 December 2020-20 January 2021
- Rolling admission: 1 October 2020-31 May 2021