Master's Programme in Information Networks
Master of Science (Technology).
Field of Study:
Technology and Engineering
2 years, full-time
An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
Tuition fees & scholarships:
Yes, for non-EU citizens.
Language of Instruction:
2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24
Become an expert in human-centered approach to digital technologies!
Master’s Programme in Information Networks is a trans-disciplinary study programme in engineering building on information and communication technology (ICT) and digital media. It combines the fields of social sciences, advanced digital technologies and business.
The programme provides the students with a comprehensive understanding on the interaction between human beings and digital technologies on individual, group, organizational and societal levels. You will learn about the joint development of digital technologies and business in a novel human-centered, collaborative and creative manner.
Studies in Master’s Programme in Information Networks combine courses in computer science, media technology, industrial management and business with a human-centered 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.
ICT in Business
The ICT in Business track focuses on efficient utilization of enterprise information and communication systems within and across organizations and networks. Well-functioning and meaningful information systems with seamless and accurate information exchange between customers, clients, suppliers and other stakeholders are key resources in knowledge intensive business and services. The track provides you with an understanding of how to improve the role and impact of information and communication systems in service and business value creation.
Knowledge and Business Networks
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 on networks and networking in different contexts, such as creation 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 to information visualization tools. You will learn the basics of handling images, audio and video interactively 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. You will acquire the skills to create and design media and service 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 not only fit the users' needs, but also deliver excellent user experience. The core contents of the User-Centered Design track include the conceptual and methodological basis for working with users in different stages of software and service development.
During the real-life-connected 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.
Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS, degree structure consists of a major (either long or compact), a Master’s thesis, and elective studies. A compact major is always supplemented with a minor.
The Information Networks programme applies problem-based learning and group assignments, often conducted in real life projects. These usually help the students to establish company contacts already during the studies. Co-operating companies include especially global knowledge intensive companies, such as ICT companies, consulting companies, other service or governmental organizations, but also start-up firms.
Typical jobs after graduation include e.g. expert tasks, consulting, researcher, teacher, user experience (UX) manager, IT-system developer, entrepreneur with own business, media development, system architect, game development...
The programme provides also 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 students
The applicants should note that citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) countries or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees while studying towards a degree at Aalto University. However, most non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees.
Those who are liable to pay tuition at Aalto University are eligible to apply for Aalto University scholarships (tuition fee waivers). These applicants apply for the scholarship at the same time they apply for their preferred study options with the same application form during the application period. See further information.
General admission requirements
Once the eligibility of the applicant is determined, application will be sent to academic assessment that is based on the programme-specific admission requirements.
Programme-specific admission requirements
The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is responsible for the academic evaluation 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 evaluation is based on the following criteria. The most important criteria are the content of the previous degree(s), previous academic performance and the motivation to the programme.
Content of the previous degree(s)
An acceptable applicant shows clear interest in technology but also in people as individuals, groups, communities and society using the technology. Acceptable applicants’ previous degrees allow them to take the engineering Master’s degree in two years. Therefore, preference will be given to applicants with the B. Sc. degree either in computer science, media technology, industrial engineering and management or natural sciences, or with some combination of these subject areas. The official study transcript of the applicant should indicate:
- elementary university-level mathematics such as calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, about 20 ECTS combined
- programming or computer science, about 20 ECTS
- computer graphics or media technology, about 10 ECTS
- operations and service management, organisational behavior or leadership, about 20 ECTS.
Additionally, human-centred studies (e.g in user experience design, communication, psychology, sociology or philosophy, or some combination of these subjects) will be considered as a merit for the applicant. The desired amount of this type of studies is also about 20 ECTS.
The Programme Selection Board reserves the right to require the applicant to complete defined complementary courses as prerequisites for the Master's programme. These studies cannot be included in the Master's degree. Applicants will be notified about whether they are required to take complementary studies at the time of selection. The amount of these courses may not exceed 15 ECTS.
Previous academic performance (grades)
An acceptable applicant has achieved consistently very good grades at her/his home university. The degree certificate and/or the official transcript of university records should clearly indicate this. In the Finnish universities applying the grading scale 1-5 (5= excellent), the weighted GPA should be about 4.
When evaluating each applicant’s academic performance, we emphasize the grades achieved in the degree that gives the eligibility for applying. The recognition of applicant’s home university affects the final interpretation of the academic performance.
Other evaluation criteria
- Motivation and dedication to the programme
- Language proficiency
- Recognition of the home university
- Relevant work experience or other relevant activity
The Selection Board reserves the right to decide whether or not a degree and/or a university meet the programme-specific admission requirements.
Learn more about the academic evaluation of applications
Before entering the academic evaluation process, the eligibility of all applications has been checked by the university's Admission Services.
In the first phase of the academic evaluation, the Programme Selection Board assesses each applicant's suitability for the studies in the Master's Programme in Information Networks. As described above, suitability requires very good academic performance (grades) and previous studies/degree compatible with the studies in the programme. To pass the first phase, an applicant must meet the Programme Selection Board’s expectations concerning both the motivation to the programme and the content and the grades of the previous studies.
In the second phase of the academic evaluation, the Programme Selection Board ranks the best suitable applicants based on the information on the application documents and the assessment criteria. The maximum quota needs not to be fulfilled. In addition to academic performance, other study-related merits that become apparent in the application documents are considered.
When evaluating the content of the applicant’s previous studies/degree and dedication to the programme, we take into consideration that the studies in the programme will give the applicant genuinely new knowledge. If the applicant already has a Master’s degree (in any subject), the motivation letter must clearly address the additional benefits that he or she seeks to gain by studying in the Master’s Programme in Information Networks. The motivation letter should clearly express the applicant’s interest and dedication to the Master’s programme. The motivation letter is a compulsory part of the online application form.
The Programme Selection Board consists of academic faculty members of the Master's Programme in Information Networks.
In addition to the compulsory application documents, the programme appreciates the following, additional documents:
- A content description of the completed courses and/or other skills that the applicant considers most relevant to show his/her suitability for the programme (referring to the application documents)
- Description of courses that will be completed after the application period but by 31 July 2018 (relevant for an unfinished degree)
- Certificates of relevant university-level non-degree studies
- Relevant Master's Degree certificate (if available) (officially attested)
- Letter of recommendation (at least one).
- The recommendation should be written by a person who has supervised you in either academic or employment capacity. The recommendation must be delivered in a sealed envelope. The recommendation should be specifically for the Master's Programme in Information Networks.
- Relevant letters of reference (work certificates) and other certificates of relevant activities. In case you have work experience or other activities that could support your application, include copies of these documents to your application.
- GRE- or GMAT-test (if available)
The number of references or recommendations is not decisive but they complement the assessment of the applicant’s capabilities, motivation and dedication.
Applicant’s motivation letter (compulsory part of the online application form) should be written in English. Also additional application documents described above (recommendations letter(s), course descriptions, work or other certificates, and publications) should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.
Location: Aalto University School of Science, Otaniemi Campus, Espoo
- For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language requirements, please read instructions first. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact Aalto University Admission Services at admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi.
- For enquiries regarding the contents of studies in Information Networks, please contact Master Admissions at the School of Science at masters-sci [at] aalto [dot] fi.