Master's Programme in Information Networks

The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is a transdisciplinary study programme in engineering combining software, digital media, and management with a societal perspective.
Aalto University / students doing teamwork /  photo by Unto Rautio




2.12.2019 – 3.1.2020




2 år, heltidsstudier


Lämplig lägre högskoleexamen


Det tekniska utbildningsområdet


120 studiepoäng


Högskolan för teknikvetenskaper


€15000/år (magister studier) för studeranden från länder utanför EU/EES

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About the studies

Study objectives

The Master’s Programme in Information Networks is a transdisciplinary study programme in engineering combining software, digital media, and management with a societal perspective.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. This is done by teaching social sciences, philosophy, design, management and software engineering.

Career opportunities

The Information Networks programme applies problem-based learning and collaborative group work, often conducted in real-life projects with companies and other organisations. This helps the students to establish contacts and professional networks already during their studies. Companies involved in these projects are global knowledge intensive companies, such as ICT companies, design and software consulting companies, other service or governmental organizations, and also start-up firms.

Typical roles or areas of expertise after graduation include service and UX designer, management consultant, academic researcher, teacher, product manager, IT-system architect, entrepreneur, media or social media creator, or a game developer.

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). 

Post-graduate studies

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).

Tuition fees

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 creating and developing software systems within and across organizations and networks. Knowledge intensive business and services are based on seamlessly working ICT systems that enable collaboration between customers, clients, suppliers and other stakeholders. The track provides you with an understanding of how to design, lead, and develop information and communication systems in the context of 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 and social media to information visualization tools. You will learn the basics of handling interactive images, audio and video 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, such as social media platforms. You will acquire the skills to create and design digital media and social media 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 deliver excellent user experiences. The core of the User-Centered Design track include the conceptual and methodological basis for working with people in different stages of software and service development and design. During real-life 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.

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.
See the Information Networks curriculum on the student portal Into. Please note that there may be some changes to the curriculum for 2020-2022. The new curriculum will be published in April-May 2020 on Into-pages.


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 include 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.

Research focus

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

Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master's programmes in Aalto University. 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
  • Recommendations

The most important criteria are the content of the previous degree(s), previous academic performance and the motivation to the programme.

Application documents

In addition to the compulsory application materials, i.e. the application form and the compulsory documents, (see general eligibility and language requirements), one study-option-specific document is required:

  • Motivation letter
    • The motivation letter should be written in English. The maximum length of the motivation letter is about 4000 characters. There are no specific instructions for the content of the motivation letter except for the general advise that you should write a separate motivation letter for each study option you apply to.

The programme appreciates the following additional, study-option-specific 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 2020 (relevant for an unfinished degree)
  • Certificates of relevant university-level non-degree studies
  • Relevant Master's Degree certificate (if available) (officially attested, see instructions)
  • 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 should be specifically for the Master's  Programme in Information Networks. You can upload the recommendation letter(s) to your online application form. The number of references or recommendations is not decisive but they complement the assessment of the applicant’s capabilities, motivation and dedication.
  • 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.
  • Curriclum Vitae (CV)
  • GRE- or GMAT-test, if available

General instructions on study-option-specific documents

All additional application documents described above (e.g. recommendations letter(s), work or other certificates) 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.

Upload the documents to your online application form in pdf-format. Name the file(s) according to format: Name of the document-Lastname-Firstname (e.g. CV-Lastname-Firstname.pdf). Maximum file size is 1.0 GB.

The study-option-specific documents must be uploaded for each study option separately, even if you use the same document (e.g. CV). Please check carefully the study-option-specific document requirements for each study option you apply to.

The deadline for the study-option-specific application documents to be uploaded to your application form is 10 January 2020 at 15:00 (GMT +2).

Contact information


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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