Why choose Information Technology at Metropolia?
Information Technology is everywhere in today's society as it is needed in electronic and media appliances, computers, household devices, and almost in every part of our everyday lives.
We offer you:
- Excellent combination of basic and professional courses in Information Technology
- High-quality education
- A solid basis to work as an engineer both in Finland and abroad
- Major options in Game Development, Smart IoT Systems and Software Engineering.
- International and supportive learning environment
- Multidisciplinary educational institution with a vast partner network
Could I be a student in Information Technology?
Yes you can! You don't need to be a computer wizard to start with as we will equip you with the skills and knowledge required in the field. You just need to be committed and hard-working student with a devoted attitude towards the world of information technology and engineering. We offer you an international study environment in which you have a possibility to make friends and future colleagues with students from all around the world.
What will you study?
You will learn the basics in core engineering subjects such as mathematics and physics. Professional studies in Information Technology will fortify your engineering skills in addition to languages and communication skills and business courses that will top-up your competence.
You will be linked to working-life throughout your studies via industry-related projects, work placement periods and a Final Year Project. This gives you a chance to create useful networks and plan your future career whilst studying.
How fulltime studies are implemented?
You will study fulltime, and studies require in average 40 hours of hard studies weekly. About half of the studies is guided by a teacher, rest of it should be filled by the student. Your studies will include theoretical teaching, various practical assignments, independent and group studies as well as written assignments. You will study four 15 credits courses in the first year and the courses require full-time attendance.
NOTE: It may be very hard to study fulltime, if you are working simultaneously.
If you have completed IT related studies earlier, we will do an individual study path to ensure the smooth progress of your studies - take a look to recognition of prior learning process https://www.metropolia.fi/en/academics/bachelors-degrees/information-technology/acceptance-material
Bring your own laptop
We expect you have own laptop in the beginning of your studies. Laptop configuration guidelines are: Windows 10 (64-bit version) laptop with minimum 8 GB memory (RAM) and at least 256 GB SSD storage / Hard drive. However, more memory is better as you need to install several software packages into your hard drive and run some resource-heavy programs. You can select also Linux OS if you are more familiar with Linux. MacBook is also ok, but be careful with memory as it differs from Windows requirements. Unfortunately, we cannot provide support on any other than Microsoft computers. Chrome OS not recommended.
You will choose your major option during your first study year. We offer you three options: Game Development, Smart IoT Systems and Software Engineering.
- Starting studies in major option requires that you have followed the curriculum as planned and have completed 60 credits, i.e first year studies.
- The major option will be offered if a sufficient number of students will choose the major option.
- NOTE: We have limited study places in each major option.
- If the number of students applying for a major exceeds the number of study places, the selection criteria will be based on study success and other criteria defined by the degree program.
Major option will give you an in-depth insight into the subject areas that are relevant and up to date in each major option. You can also extend your knowledge in any other major options by taking it as a minor option in your engineering studies. Major Options and course offerings in Major Options are subject to change.
Game Development major has focus on game development for different platforms. Good skills in programming, ability to use game engines and real time graphics production using various methods are in key role in the major.
Programming in courses is mostly C# and C++ and mainly focuses on game development, algorithms, graphics programming and back-end systems. During the studies, students take part on several game projects in multi-professional teams. Game Development major gives possibility to work on different game development related roles in a game company and supports entrepreneurship and creating and publishing game products. The skills in game development acquired during the major studies are such one can work in a game company but also in other software companies as well.
Software Engineering - Digital Media in Your Hands
You will learn the skills and knowledge needed to become a software engineer. On top of the technical software engineering topics, you will learn also teamwork, communication and user experience design skills. For teaching programming and software design we use moderns' tools and frameworks including Android development with Kotlin, iOS development with Swift and hybrid app development with React Native. We emphasises a practical approach to software engineering and all courses include substantial amount of coding. Every semester there will be a large project course during which you get to develop an application that you can add to your portfolio for improving changes of getting hired already during your studies. Graduate of Software Engineering usually work as software engineers, mobile web developers, full stack developers, iOS and android developers.
Smart IoT Systems - Internet is everywhere
Embedded IoT Devices are devices with open-source operating system. They for example control industrial processes or collect IoT data for cloud services. Therefore, understanding basics of cloud services is important. Students learn professional embedded development practices and tools by participating development projects during their study. Graduates will work for example in product research and development departments, as a technical specialists or as software developers in various ICT companies.
Embedded IoT Devices
Embedded IoT Devices are devices with open-source operating system. Therefore, example control industrial processes or collect IoT data for cloud services. Understanding basics of cloud services is important. Students learn professional embedded development practices and tools by participating development projects during their study. Graduates will work for example in product research and development departments, as a technical specialists or as a software developer in various ICT companies.
IoT and Networks
IoT and Networks studies give student an insight to the world of computer network technologies, server systems and cloud services. You can put the learnt theory into practice in our data communication laboratory which is based on IP-networking, server systems and mobile networks. Courses developed in co-operation with the leading networking equipment manufacturers give excellent skill set for secure network and server system design, implementation and maintaining. Students may work in various ICT related positions after the graduation such as a project manager, network specialist, cloud system administrator, ICT security specialist or technical specialist.
What lies ahead after graduation?
You can have many different career and further study paths after your graduation. Your future job may range from systems, software and hardware design to consulting, product support and management positions.
Many of our graduates also pursue for further studies in various Master-level studies in prestigious universities both in Finland and abroad.