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Master's Programme in Information Networks
About the studies
The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is a transdisciplinary study programme in engineering building on information and communication technology (ICT) and digital media. While combining the fields of social sciences, business and advanced digital technologies, the programme provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between human beings and digital technologies on an individual, group, organizational and societal level. Students will learn about the joint development of digital technologies and business in a novel, human-centered, collaborative and creative manner.
The Information Networks programme applies problem-based learning and group assignments, often conducted in real-life projects. This usually helps the students to establish company contacts already during the studies. Companies involved in these projects are especially global knowledge intensive companies, such as ICT companies, consulting companies, other service or governmental organizations, but also start-up firms.
Typical roles or areas of expertise after graduation include expert tasks, consulting, researcher, teacher, user experience (UX) manager, IT-system developer, entrepreneur with own business, media development, system architect, game development.
The programme also provides 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 University students.
Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish).
The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish. More information is available in the General information about studies page (aalto.fi).
The tuition fee is €15 000 for non-EU/EEA students. Further information is available on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (aalto.fi).
Content of the studies
Studies in the Master’s Programme in Information Networks combine courses in computer science, media technology, industrial engineering and 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.
- 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.
- 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 of networks and networking in different contexts, such as creating 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 study assignments that are connected to real life, 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.
Structure of the studies
The Master of Science (Technology) degree (120 ECTS ) 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.
Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The student and the supervising professor agree upon the topic of the thesis. Master's theses are typically written for a company or for one of the research projects of the department in question.
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 e.g. as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.
Co-operation with other parties
The Information Networks programme has well established relations with companies and active collaboration with other domestic and foreign universities. The programme also encourages the students to include to their curricula studies from other universities than Aalto University.
Additional information on research related to this programme is available on the department websites at Department of Computer Science and Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.
Programme-specific admission requirements
The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is responsible for the academic assessment 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 assessment bases on the following criteria:
- Content of the previous degree(s)
- Previous academic performance (grades)
- Motivation and dedication to the programme
- Language proficiency
- Recognition of the home university
- Relevant work experience or other relevant activity
The most important criteria are the content of the previous degree(s), previous academic performance and the motivation to the programme.
In addition to the compulsory application materials, i.e. the application form and the compulsory documents, see http://www.aalto.fi/en/studies/master_admissions/master_tech/#required_application_documents, the programme appreciates the following additional documents:
- A content description of the completed courses and/or other skills that the applicant consider most relevant to show his/her suitability for the programme (referring to the admission requirements)
- Description of the 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.