Industrial Management, Master's Degree


Degree title
Master of Engineering
Duration / Date(s)
1 year
Next application period:
3 Jan – 17 Jan 2024
Study places
Price / Tuition fee
Tuition fees might apply
See our student Tiia's experience of studying Industrial Management in Metropolia.

What is Industrial Management

Industrial Management Master's degree program is a 1-year program that allows to study alongside a full-time job. The average student in the program is a 30-40+ years old engineer or team leader, who wants to make a career leap from engineering toward management positions.

Our graduates gain a degree of a 'Master of Engineering' in Industrial Management (level 7 of EQF, European Qualification Framework, corresponding to diplomi-insinööri).

Industrial Management Master's degree program started in 2006 as a forerunner of Metropolia's Master's level education. The program has been developed in collaboration with leading industrial companies and is updated annually. You can choose between specialization Management of Industrial Services or Data Driven Business.

Our warm welcome to join a wide network of peers studying Industrial Management - from the leading industrial companies such as Kone, Outotec, Konecranes, Metso, Valmet, Schneider Electric, GE, ABB, Ericsson, Telia, Elisa, Enfo, and many others, including public organizations and peers representing various SMEs.

How you will study

The courses are conducted via contact teaching, self-study, team work, class discussions, business simulations, workshops and seminars. The studies are integrated into real-life business projects that allow you to study part-time while working.

At the very heart of your studies will be the Master’s Thesis, a business development project conducted in a grounded evidence based manner, typically addressing a real-life business challenge of your employer organization.

Our agile learning mode offers you support whilst you are on the move:

  • Interactive lectures, expert workshops & class discussions
  • Face-to-face consultancy with experienced faculty members, and opportunity for individual advice, development and help
  • Multichannel learning with a variety of modes, with course materials available online
  • No examinations, instead practical assignments and discussion leader sessions
  • Active peer community of learners.

You will be instructed by experienced staff and experts from both business and academia. See below who your instructors will be.

Content of Industrial Management Master's Program

The degree consists of Professional Studies (30 ECTS credits) and Master’s thesis project (30 ECTS credits). Studies consist of lectures, hands-on working with selected tools, workshops, assignments, and projects as well as independent studying. The program is divided into two fields of specialization which is the students freely choose from: Management of Industrial Services, and Data Driven Business. Studies are offered at the Metropolia Karamalmi campus in Espoo.

Common professional studies lay the foundation on which the specialization is built on.

Management of Industrial Services

In today’s business environment services are not limited only to pure service organizations, instead all types of organizations must be able to create a sustainable competitive advantage in order succeed in its business. If the customers’ internal value creating processes are understood a company can develop a total integrated offering which serves their customers’ value creating processes and suits to the competitive situation of most companies today. Companies may still be considering a step to a service focus in their business or they already have an offering comprising services, and in both cases, there is a need for competent developers, who can take the initiative to create new services or develop existing ones further.

Data Driven Business

The amount of data is sky-rocketing but the number individuals, who can interpret the data is growing at a much lower pace. The companies should base their decision making on data instead of a hunch or feeling. Today’s businesses call for professionals who can combine financial data, process data and data external to the company in the development of the competitive advantages. Especially, being able to capture skills in modern analysis methods and tools makes a difference.

Choosing a field of specialization

 The program is divided into two fields of specialization: Management of Industrial Services and Data Driven Business. Students can freely choose between specializations. A field of specialization is started only if enough students choose the option. 

Structure of studies

The degree consists of Professional Studies (30 ECTS credits) completed in the autumn and spring semester. The autumn semester is dedicated for Professional Studies and the spring semester is reserved for the Master´s thesis (30 ECTS credits). Support from student’s employer and integration with her/his work contributes to the learning experience. 

Student has the right to complete the studies in accordance with the curriculum for the degree in question and with the approved personal study plan. Metropolia organizes the Master's degree studies and study guidance in such a way that the student can aim to complete the studies in one academic year. However, normally students achieve their degree in 1,5 years since the students are responsible for acquiring the partner organization for their thesis development work themselves.

Professional Studies (30 ECTS)

Common professional studies for all students: 15 ECTS

  • Strategy, Management and Leadership
  • Performance Management 
  • Business Process Development

Specialisation studies: 10 ECTS

Management of Industrial Services

  • Customer Oriented Service Business
  • Supply Chain Management

Data Driven Business

  • Business Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Supporting Business Processes with ERP Systems (SAP)

Elective Studies: select 5 ECTS

  • Technical Sales
  • Working in International Contexts
  • From other specialisation

Final project

The student concentrates on working individually and carries out a Master’s thesis project (30 ECTS). The project deepens his/her knowledge of his/her professional expertise. The student learns to utilize applied research methods, evaluate his/her own expertise and complements those fields of expertise in an appropriate manner.

During carrying out the Master’s thesis project the student applies the data search methods relevant to his/her own field of study, adapts previously acquired information with new information and applies to solve a real-world business problem. He/she will learn to perceive details when part of a larger context.

Career opportunities

After graduating with a Master of Engineering Degree in Information Technology, you may work in advanced specialist tasks in international engineering surroundings of ICT and medical technology industries. 

The program gives a broad view on latest developments in ICT and medical technology fields and gives competences to various advanced specialist tasks such as: 

  • Project Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Sales Manager, Export Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Head of Unit


Master of Engineering


Our intercultural program is conducted in English to allow improvement of your communication skills. The students of the program come from various countries and it offers a great opportunity to network with people with different backgrounds. 

Scholarships and tuition fees

The tuition fees concern students who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries. Students pay annual tuition fees based on their study right. The payment obligation concerns all the academic terms during which a student is registered as attending.

Annual tuition fee

  • 11 000 for those, whose right of study starts before 1 August 2024
  • 11 500 € for those, whose right of study starts after 31 July 2024.

This fee applies only to non-EU/EEA degree students.

Read more on tuition fees and scholarships

Contact persons

Head of Industrial Management Program
Sami Sainio
sami.sainio [at] (sami[dot]sainio[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Instructors and frequent contributors

Dr. Thomas Rohweder, Principal Lecturer, instructs in Strategic Management, Leadership, and International Operations.

Doctorate from Aalto University of Economics, Department of Management and International Business.

Dr. Rohweder has accumulated roughly 30 years of experience in the Finnish paper making industry, most of which he has acted in various general managerial positions, e.g. heading business divisions, daughter companies, profit units. During his career he has lived as an expatriate in the United States and the Netherlands.

His core competences are strategic planning, management systems and people leadership, in a global business context.

Complementary to his university role, Dr. Rohweder is an active senior management coach.

Dr. James Collins, Senior lecturer, instructs in ‘International operations’ and R&D skills.

Dr. Collins spent over 20 years in the shipping industry - as mariner and in ship operations, a shipbroker and coal trader, and a marine insurance underwriter - before taking up academic research and teaching. His doctoral studies examined leadership in the UK public sector. In addition to research skills & methods, his teaching and research interests are broadly captured by the topic of ‘people in organizations’.