Master of Engineering
The programme focuses on the latest trends in information technology and digital services. The goal is to utilise the opportunities created by ICT to promote business operations, industry and the public sector. The programme broadens students’ understanding and improves cooperation between different operators in the ICT sector in terms of software-based services, usability and infrastructure, while taking the principles of sustainable development into consideration. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to work in demanding expert, development, design and leadership roles or as entrepreneurs. They will have the skills to work in international operating environments and to develop customer-oriented, sustainable and financially profitable operations.
The programme consists of advanced professional studies with the key content of gamification, big data, mobile technologies, virtualisation and a broad offering of cloud services. The student can choose optional studies from a multidisciplinary offering (including management, business competence, user-centred service design). The scope of the thesis is 30 ECTS.
The structure of studies is 60 ECTS as follows:
•Advanced studies 20 ECTS
•Complementary studies 10 ECTS
•Thesis 30 ECTS (includes research methods)
The programme is delivered as intensive weeks with 2–3 intensive weeks in autumn 2017 and 2–3 in the following spring. There are four contact session days per course during the intensive weeks. The course also includes portions to be completed in advance or after the course. One contact session day will be spent on preparing the thesis.
The main language is Finnish but you can also take examinations or complete the assignments or the thesis in English, for example. Professional subjects are studied partly in English.
The thesis is an important aspect of the programme. The thesis is usually prepared as a development project for industry or the public sector. The goal is to apply theory in practice, develop professional work methods, solve problems independently and holistically as well as to document the development work in accordance with good practices. The thesis provides the student with an opportunity to profile their studies. The thesis preparation will begin immediately after the programme starts.
The programme qualifies graduates for public positions and services requiring a Master's degree. The graduate is able to design, develop, manage and assess demanding ICT projects. The student knows how to apply interactive and agile methods to manage projects and to document projects in accordance with the general practices of the ICT sector.
Good proficiency of English is a requirement for developing and learning new in the ICT sector. International guest lectures are organised when possible. The student is provided with international exchange opportunities through the extensive network of Lahti University of Applied Sciences’ international partners. English-language courses can be included in the programme in order to strengthen one’s language skills and international contacts. The thesis may also be compiled in English.
When possible, the programme also includes lecturers from workplaces and other institutes of higher education. Course offerings from other Master’s programmes in the Lahti University of Applied Sciences create opportunities for establishing new networks.
The degree programme is closely linked to Lahti University of Applied Sciences’ focus area of Smart industry and its research, development and innovation activities. For additional information, see www.lamk.fi/tki-toiminta. In addition, the new technologies in the ICT sector will guide the focus areas of research.
The programme offers career advancement opportunities for employees in both public and private sector, depending on their employment experience and topic of the thesis. Typical career options include an ICT manager, project manager, scrum master, software architect, ICT team leader, etc.
A University of Applied Sciences Master’s degree holder can pursue a scientific degree in a science-oriented institute of higher education or a technical university (may require complementary studies).