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Master's Programme in Information Networks

The Master’s Programme in Information Networks educates cross-disciplinary thinkers and innovators with technical yet human-centric skills. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between human beings and digital technologies on an individual, group, organisational and societal level.
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Get a Master’s Degree in Information Networks at Aalto University – the leading international and multidisciplinary university in the Nordics and Europe.

Degree:

Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Science

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)
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About the studies

Description

The great challenges of our time, from climate crisis to information manipulation, all have something in common: they are complex societal phenomena and solving them is unclear. These so-called wicked problems call for holistic approaches that recognise larger connections between things. The Master’s Programme in Information Networks educates cross-disciplinary thinkers and innovators with technical yet human-centric skills. Tailored to the needs of the modern digital economy and information society, the programme provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between human beings and digital technologies on an individual, group, organisational and societal level.

Upon graduating from the Master’s Programme in Information Networks, graduates will have:

  • Societal perspective to networked technologies. Graduates understand the broader impacts of networked digital technologies and pave the way for sustainable, human and ethical visions of technology in society.
  • Understanding of how technology and information systems reshape businesses. Graduates possess a great amount of knowledge on how technologies from big data to cloud computing and from IoT to AI allow new business models and organisations to develop.
  • Ability for critical thinking. Graduates are skilled in actively evaluating information, technology and business models from ethical, philosophical and societal perspectives.
  • Socially conscious engineering mindset. Graduates are skilled with tools and knowledge on how to create societally sustainable and ethically sound technologies, organisations, and businesses.
  • Strong personal and interpersonal skills. Graduates have strong communication skills and are able to work with a range of different personalities and professionals. The graduates also understand their own role, identity and goals in the context of technology, business, and societal impact.

Language of instruction

In the Master’s Programme in Information Networks the language of instruction is English.

Content of the studies

The programme offers one major, Information Networks. The major includes compulsory Information Networks courses and studies from the selected focus area. Thus, the specific content of the major depends on the student’s own interest. The students may build their competence profile in one of the following focus areas:

  • Software Engineering and Architectures focuses on how software and data is designed and engineered as large architectures, especially in an enterprise environment.
  • Business and Organisational Design deals with how organisations and businesses are shaped to create the value, impact, and outcomes desired.
  • Social and Digital Media addresses how digital communication, especially in social media, is strongly shaping the way information is created, represented, and consumed.
  • User, Data and Design focuses on how design processes and data are used to create digital products and services that are usable, valuable and functional.

To see the tracks described in more detail, please visit the student portal Into. The students are encouraged to select the core content of the major to support their master’s thesis interests.

Topics

The common courses revolve around topics such as technology and society, philosophy, aesthetics and digital ethics. Depending on the focus area the student chooses, the topics include organisational design, service design, user experience, social media, business design, and software design. To give concrete examples of the topics covered, here are some courses picked from the programme’s extensive curriculum:

  • Societal Design Project (9 ECTS)
  • Aesthetics (3 ECTS)
  • Philosophy (3 ECTS)
  • Facilitating Change (3 ECTS)
  • Growth Hacking (5 ECTS)
  • Information manipulation (5 ECTS)

Methods

The faculty is dedicated to fostering open communication and shared decision-making with the students. According to the student well-being survey conducted by Aalto, the vast majority of students at Information Networks feel that they receive sufficient support during their studies. The close community is one of the strengths of the programme – Information Networks’ guild Athene actively organises various events and company collaborations.

The study methods embrace active peer learning and problem-based learning. Various group work assignments enhance students’ communication and negotiation skills and prepare them for real-life work environments where collaboration is crucial. Information Networks has close ties with the practical world – through various project courses, students receive briefs from companies, organisations and charities. Students learn to solve problems creatively and ethically, and discuss the end results in close collaboration with professors and stakeholders. Teaching methods don’t only mimic real-life scenarios but actually introduce students to projects with real problems and viable solutions.

The Master’s Programme in Information Networks gathers together a relatively small number of students, and there are a number of ways in which students can have a say in their learning. The professors are highly dedicated to their field and encourage close cooperation and open communication between faculty and students.

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    An 'info student' can teach crowdfunding to entrepreneurs in slums and coding to secondary pupils

    In her diploma work, Niina Arvila studied how awareness of crowdfunding and the skills it requires could be spread among entrepreneurs of small communities in poor countries. Alongside her studies, Arvila has arranged a coding club to adolescents and works as a UX Designer at technology event Slush.

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    Structure

    Overall, the Master’s Programme in Information Networks comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

    • Long or compact major (40-65 ECTS)
    • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
    • Elective studies (25-35 ECTS)
    • Possible minor (20-25 ECTS)

    If the student chooses to take a compact major, a minor (20–25 ECTS) is mandatory.

    Personal Study Plan (PSP)

    The Personal Study Plan (PSP) is a practical tool to define a student’s own study path, compiling an optimal selection of courses that are aligned with the student's interests and programme requirements. PSP is also a useful tool for students to keep track of their studies. At best, it shows where students are with their studies and sets concrete milestones for them to follow.

        Internationalisation

        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 as, for example, an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence include conducting practical training abroad or taking a summer course abroad.

        Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through their studies, but also through multiple free time events, celebrations and extracurricular activities around the campus. Active tutoring programs and support services work hard to help international students integrate to the Nordic culture and feel at home in Finland.

        Multidisciplinary opportunities

        The programme follows a transdisciplinary approach, bridging the gap between society, technology, business and the human factor. Not only are the courses tailored so that students develop a wide palette of skills and creativity to tackle problems of significant importance, but the programme also brings together individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

        Aalto University is well-known for bridging disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus and freedom of choosing elective courses across the University bring students from different fields under one roof. This spontaneous multidisciplinarity environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

        Career opportunities

        Societally conscious engineers, able to see the bigger picture, are increasingly sought after in the job market. Multidisciplinary problem identification, problem solving, continuous learning and innovation are qualities that open doors to an exceptionally wide range of careers. Graduates can best be defined as active co-creators, facilitators and integrators of human-centred innovation in the networked world.

        A survey conducted in spring 2020 examined the career paths of Information Networks alumni. 99.1% of the respondents said that they are employed. Examples of job titles for recent graduates include:

        • Consultant
        • UX Designer
        • Service Designer
        • CEO
        • Analyst
        • Software Developer
        • Social Media Producer
        • Journalist

        The most common work places for recent graduates were Aalto University, Futurice, Capgemini, Reaktor, Mandatum Life, Elisa, Nokia, Columbia Road, Gofore, Suunto, Kaiku Helsinki, Bain & Company, Sievo, Solita, Telia Company, Terveystalo, Veikkaus and Nitor.

        Aalto University has well-established career services to support students’ employment in Finland and abroad. Thanks to the flexible curriculum, many Aalto students work already during their studies and guarantee themselves entry positions before graduation. There is also a very active entrepreneurship community at Aalto, working as a springboard for founding a company.

        Post graduate opportunities

        The Master’s programme in Information Networks at Aalto is considered a great foundation for doctoral studies and post-doc positions.

        Study-option-specific application instructions

        Contact information

        Admissions

        For enquiries regarding the application process, required compulsory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admission Services at [email protected].

        School of Science

        For enquiries regarding the study-option-specific application documents or studies in the programme, please contact Learning Services at Aalto University School of Science at [email protected].

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