Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology
New 2023! Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology, 120 ECTS (2 years), Vaasa
In today's world, IT technology is everywhere, both in small embedded devices and in fully digitized services in the cloud. Digitalization has simplified and made it easier to do our jobs. All these systems, and the need for new innovations, are created by programming and systems experts. The systems should work in mobile devices, in computers, and be accessible via the cloud. The systems must be secure, while at the same time being easy to use. To meet these needs, more IT engineers are needed.
Do you want to become one of those experts who take on IT-related challenges? At Novia, you can study for a degree in the Information Technology programme, which is a modern and exciting education with flexible study forms.
The competencies given include knowledge of cloud-based solutions, IoT data acquisition systems, AI-based algorithms, business systems based on Big Data and 3D visualization of the results in an easy and understandable way. Within these competencies, the focus is on how to solve the challenges by programming. In addition to the programming itself, you also learn how to manage the development process itself, how to digitize and present data, and how to take into account the customer's needs. This also includes the technical competencies such as networks and databases.
Terms such as Devops, Scrum, Front-End/Back-End, IoT, BI/AI, Web, Mobile and cloud-based solutions thus become part of your workday. You'll also learn how to deploy solutions to customers and how to maintain those solutions. In the training, you can also choose at least one free module to create your own knowledge profile!
The programme is 2 years and comprises 240 ECTS.* The programme is meant for students who have already completed at least 2 years of university level studies in a related field (120 ECTS, for details see general eligibility). These earlier studies will be accredited and included in your degree. The studies are completed as full-time studies in Vaasa. The programme is suitable for students who would like to change the field of studies or supplement their existing university degree with a bachelor’s degree in information technology.
* Eligibility criteria: 120 ECTS of previous university level studies in the field of technology or engineering.
Studies in Information technology lead to a bachelor’s degree in engineering. The studies encompass 120 ECTS and the time of study is typically two years.
The programme in Information Technology is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive competence to master the IT industry’s newest and most important technologies. During the studies the students develop a professional way of understanding information technology and how technology is used today.
The studies aim at building the student’s competence and to create a professional identity. The advanced professional studies focus on programming and the concept of DevOps. DevOps is a method that combines programming and software development into a continuous process.
The students immerse themselves in topics that are central for information technology, such as:
- Cyber Security
- Graphic Programming and Basic Game Programming
- Cloud-Based Solutions
- Big Data
- AI-Based Systems
During their studies, students learn to master IT concepts, as well as conduct requirements analyses, and design new and innovative solutions originating from industry needs. By combining theory and practice, students get to work on their problem-solving skills by planning and constructing IT solutions to problems, either by themselves or in groups. The focus is on web and mobile applications, but the programme also provides qualifications to create solutions for embedded systems and workstations. The first two years are completed as basic studies and professional studies. Specialisation takes place in the third and fourth years.
Practical training can be performed in companies and/or in research and development project groups. The practical training periods give the student the opportunities to get acquainted with working life, to get valuable contacts and not least to be able to test his or her abilities. The final thesis project is mostly carried out in cooperation with companies.
Structure of Studies
The studies consist of:
- Previous University Level Studies, 120 ECTS
- Professional Studies, 75 ECTS
- Practical Training, 30 ECTS
- Thesis, 15 ECTS
Information technology is used almost everywhere in today’s technological society. Future tasks will consist of problem-solving and logical thinking. An engineering degree in information technology will open doors to the position of a Programmer, Project Manager, or System Planner, with tasks connected to cloud-based services and the development of web and mobile applications. Future employers consist of larger businesses that need experts with broad information technology proficiency. Small and medium-sized businesses that are in need of planning and implementation experts.
Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has completed a bachelor’s degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a first-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields. The degree falls under Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level d.
The bachelor´s thesis consists of 15 ECTS. It often acts as a link between studies and career and provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The thesis becomes part of the student’s competence profile. The thesis can consist of internal and/or external commissions, joint projects, or other projects related to the working life, such as:
- Investigation (e.g. an examination, mapping, analysis and/or evaluation)
- Development Work (e.g. the development of working methods or activities)
- Product Development (e.g. a prototype or model)
- Plan, Production, or Artwork (e.g. an event, a collection, an artistic production, a course, designing material, such as a guidebook/manual or handbook)
Language of Instruction
The programme is offered in English.
Postgraduate Study Opportunities
After completing the bachelor’s degree, students can pursue their studies in order to complete a master’s degree. For instance, a master’s degree, in the field of technology, can be completed at a university of applied sciences in Finland, such as Novia UAS, or abroad.