Director of the degree programme: Professor of Practice Risto Sarvas

Degree: Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS

Abbreviation: INF

Learning outcomes

The generic aims of the education are listed below:

  • Provide the students with a comprehensive understanding on the interaction between human beings and digital technologies on individual, group, organizational and societal levels.
  • The students learn about the joint development of digital technologies and business in a novel human-centered, collaborative and creative manner.

More specifically, the studies provide

  • understanding on the role of technology and information systems  within an enterprise and networked business context
  • competences  to work in development of human-centered, user-friendly  ICT-systems for organizations and on society level
  • understanding on knowledge and business networks and networking in different contexts, such as creation and developing business and services,  creating new knowledge or developing organizational processes in collaboration
  • skills to gather, analyze, interpret and present information about users and user experience
  • understanding on and creation of media products, e.g. communication platforms or information visualization tools
  • learning on conceptual solutions for social phenomena employing crowdsourcing, co-creation and sharing  to create novel services.

Degree requirements

The mandatory elements of the student’s curriculum are a major (either long or compact), a Master’s thesis, and elective studies. A compact major is always supplemented with a minor.

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:

  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) is 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 confirms that the proposed study plan fulfills all the criteria of the programme.

A master’s student has two possibilities to structure his/her studies.

Long major

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.

Compact major

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).

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