Basic Information

Degree title
Master of Engineering
Duration / Date(s)
1,5 years
Next application period:
  • 4 Jan - 18 Jan 2023
Study places
Joint Application 2022: Networking and Services (30) and Medical Technology (20)
Price / Tuition fee
Free of charge: Applicants from EU/EEA, Annual tuition fee: 11 000 € for non-EU/EEA applicants

Why study with us?

Looking for new career prospects? Interested to broaden your knowledge in Information Technology? Need new skills to deal with upcoming challenges?

Our aim is to educate you to work in advanced specialist tasks in the field of ICT, focusing on two fields: Networking and Services, and Medical Technology. The studies enable you to follow the professional development of the field, both from the applied research and practical viewpoints. Continuous learning is a must in all professional tasks and ICT is one of the fastest developing technical fields.

The program is targeted for professionals in working life wishing to become a Master in Information Technology. Studies are designed and implemented in such a way that students in full-time employment can participate. Prerequisite for participation is a bachelor level degree in engineering and at least two years of working life experience is required. There is no entrance exam. The student selection is based on two preliminary assignments, see details in application pages. Note that there exist several ways to apply to the program, see details from Applying.

Our intercultural program is conducted in English to allow improvement of your communication skills and get familiar with students from different countries and cultures. Your Master's degree will directly refer to your real-life project and address both your company's and your personal interest. The teaching is aimed at professionals both with an industry and a public sector background.

Program content (preliminary)

The degree consists of Professional Studies (30 ECTS credits) and Master’s thesis project (30 ECTS credits). Studies consist of lectures, laboratory work, workshops, assignments, and projects as well as independent studying.

The program is divided into two fields of specialization (learning paths): Networking and Services, and Medical Technology. The selection is asked in the application process. A field of specialization is started only if enough eligible students have passed the application process.

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Networking and Services

In the first study year, you will undertake a course in Research Methods and Skills and attend a seminar on Trends in ICT, and complete four professional courses on selected topics. You can broaden your studies by completing one course outside the professional courses offering or by doing a research or innovation project on an agreed topic. The second study year (autumn) is reserved for the Master´s Thesis. The Thesis is usually completed in cooperation with your employer.

The Research Methods and Skills course provides you the required knowledge to prepare and facilitate a high-quality Master’s thesis. The lectures on Trends in ICT -course are given by professionals from highly esteemed companies in the field of ICT and will provide you with a good understanding of the current status of the business and the challenges the industry is facing.

The professional courses give a broad and up-to-date knowledge on this fast-developing field of networked applications. Cyber Security gives an insight into existing and emerging technologies and challenges faced in this increasingly important field. The Fundamentals of Data Science and Machine Learning course provides the student an understanding of the methods and tools to process, visualize and analyze data for data science and machine learning applications. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning course gives students an overview of recent developments in AI with emphasis on machine learning and reinforcement learning. The Internet of Things (IoT) course provides a comprehensive understanding of the potential IoT applications and services in different environments. The course introduces also the overall architecture of the IoT infrastructure and related frameworks and standards.

Autumn courses last from week 35 to 50, and spring courses from week 3 to 19. Courses will typically take place during one afternoon and two evenings per week. The studies are offered as classroom teaching at the Karamalmi campus at Espoo. 

Medical Technology

Medical technology is steadily growing field of technology in Finland. Medical Technology Professional studies focus on medical devices including software. Studies are tailored for professionals working in business, industry and public sector, who want to deepen their knowledge, skills and competences in medical technology to capture new career opportunities for the future. Studies enable novel career prospects for professionals, with previous degree for example from ICT, automation, electronics or electrical engineering.

The Medical Technology Professional studies gives a focused and up-to-date knowledge and skills related to medical devices. Medical Devices and Environments of Use course focuses on medical devices including software, clinical environments where medical devices are used, and requirements that the context of use gives to medical devices. Regulations and Standards course gives the latest information related to medical device regulation and essential standards used to fulfill the requirements originated from the regulation. Safety Related Usability course offers tools for improving usability and taking safety of use into account when developing medical devices. Medical Device Life Cycle course will provide the understanding of medical device life cycle that is highly dependent on strict requirements for safety, performance and suitability to intended purpose of use. Research Methods and Skills course provide the required knowledge to prepare and facilitate a high-quality Master’s thesis. Student chooses Elective course from Metropolia UAS Master’s Degree Programs or elsewhere, Elective Course can also be Master level online course.

The Medical Technology Professional studies will be implemented in the following way. The first study year (autumn - spring) focuses on the above-mentioned courses, and planning and conducting Master’s thesis. There will be face-to-face and online meetings on one or two evenings per week. Autumn courses last from week 35 to 50, and spring courses from week 3 to 19. Second study year focuses on finalizing Master’s thesis. The studies are offered partly as classroom teaching at the Myllypuro campus at Helsinki and partly as online teaching.

Interested in Medical Technology? You can find more information about Medical Technology specialization from the brochure (pdf)

Master's Thesis

Both specializations include Master's thesis. In Master’s thesis, a research and development project is planned, implemented and evaluated in co-operation with working life. High-quality background information and proper R&D methods are used to develop novel practices and/or solve problems for authentic working life cases. Thesis is a written report of this project produced according to the given guidelines, the results are presented also in seminar.

Preliminary course contents 2022 - 2023

Networking and Services

Trends in ICT

  • Presentations from external representatives in the field of ICT covering new services, business models and other innovations effecting the overall ecosystem
  • Presentations from students on selected IT related topics
  • Assignments given during the course

Research Methods and Skills

  • Research approaches (action research, multiple and single case studies, construction research approach
  • Research methods and techniques applicable in a Master’s Thesis
  • Data collection methods and approaches to data analysis (including reliability and validity issues)
  • Structure, research design, and objective of a Master’s Thesis

Cyber Security

  • Contemporary cyber security threats
  • Threat analysis and cyber defence
  • Cyber security practices
  • Assignments on cyber security
  • Seminar presentations

Fundamentals of Data Science and Machine Learning

  • Python programming language and its use in processing data
  • Tools for the analysis and visualisation of data, basic statistical methods
  • Building models for making predictions

AI and Machine Learning

  • Overview of recent developments in artificial intelligence with emphasis on machine learning and reinforcement learning.
  • Deep learning, and its applications in areas such as predicting from multidimensional data, performing image recognition, text analysis, and image and text generation. Dense, convolutional, and recurrent neural networks.
  • Basics of reinforcement learning and agent/environment modelling with Markov decision processes.
  • Practical hands-on programming assignments using Python and relevant machine learning libraries.

Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Potential applications and services provided by IoT
  • The overall architecture of IoT
  • Standards and frameworks supporting IoT
  • Enabling technologies for the IoT

Medical Technology

Medical Devices and Environments of Use

  • Medical devices including physical devices, software and artificial intelligence
  • Clinical environments, users, workflow and care guidelines
  • Methods for defining clinical requirements
  • Specifying clinical requirements for selected medical device

Regulations and Standards

  • Medical device regulation in EU: requirements for medical devices and manufacturers
  • Essential standards
  • Methods for defining intended use and risk class, and risk management
  • Defining intended use and risk class, and implementing risk management for selected medical device

Safety Related Usability

  • Basic concepts of usability
  • Medical device safety of use
  • Usability engineering methods in medical device development
  • Planning and conducting a usability test for selected medical device

Medical Device Life Cycle

  • Medical device business environment
  • Medical device from idea to post-market
  • Tools and standards related to medical device life cycle management
  • Carrying out a feasibility study for selected medical device

Research Methods and Skills

  • Research approaches (action research, multiple and single case studies, construction research approach)
  • Research methods and techniques applicable in a Master’s Thesis
  • Data collection methods and approaches to data analysis (including reliability and validity issues)
  • Structure, research design, and objective of a Master’s Thesis

Elective Course

  • According to the student’s individual study plan, the student chooses 5 ECTS from Metropolia UAS Master’s Degree Programmes or elsewhere including Master level online courses.

Your competence portfolio after you have completed MEng degree

  • Broad view to information and medical technology presented by leading companies in the field
  • Up-to-date knowledge on selected topics
  • Ability to conduct a professional research study 
  • Ability to evaluate and develop your own knowledge and capabilities
  • Valuable network of international experts to boost your career

Career Prospects

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. In some sectors a Master’s degree is often a prerequisite for management positions.

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
  • Senior Developer
  • Solution Architect
  • Head of IT
  • IT-Specialist, System Specialist
  • Quality Engineer
  • Senior Test Engineer
  • Team Lead, SW Development
  • Lead Developer
  • Master Data Specialist
  • Solution Sales Manager
  • Regulation Specialist 

Students' stories

Wael Awad and Patrick Lindfors share their experiences about studying Master's degree Programme in Information Technology on Metropolia.

Brothers in Arms - two colleagues from Nokia at the Master’s graduation ceremony

I have always been interested in learning new skills and learning in an intensive way such as in this Master’s program suits me the best, said Raimo Ahosola at the graduation ceremony. And you never know when a formal Master’s level degree is required.

Today’s fast changes both in technology and job market require constant update to one’s knowledge. Continuous learning has become a habit for me, continued Jari Kallio. I also prefer a traditional type of education where a teacher is present compared to virtual, web-based courses. Even though I must say that combining work and studies was sometimes a little challenging.

This program suited me very well, said Raimo. The content included something totally new but also something that I was already familiar with … therefore the workload was OK. And meeting other students with different backgrounds is always refreshing. I was also able to do my Master’s thesis to my employer which helped a lot.

Now when I graduated I must say that the program was an excellent experience, continued Jari. I also enjoyed meeting new people from different companies and countries. Maybe some courses outside the technical area could have been nice to broaden the scope as engineering is not the whole world. This was probably the last degree program as such that I complete, but I will never stop studying.

I think the main value of this program to me was that it provided a wide view on the IT-field. When you are working for a long time in the same position in a company it is difficult to see what else is happening there, added Raimo. Also the academic skills obtained in this program are for sure valuable in future projects.

Lavanya Alamuri, Master of Engineering

I spent most of my life in India and moved to Finland in 2008 with my husband for his job at Nokia. I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and worked for Wipro Technologies Ltd, in India for three years before moving to Finland. The sudden introduction to a very open Finnish culture was a bit of cultural shock for a while. Metropolia created a perfect environment for me to come closer to the Finnish culture and education system.

Master’s degree programme in Information and Technology has the most amazing combination of subjects. They fell in perfect place for my aspirations to be in pace with digital age. Coming from a Computer Engineering background, studying mobile programming, cloud services and networks expanded my knowledge in mobile domain, which helps me to a great extent in my job of creating games at Rovio.

I did my Master’s thesis on Mobile Advertising which provided me an avenue to strengthen my understanding on mobile market and the potential for advertising. Ads are one of the key revenue generators for the games. This helped me in my work to understand the bigger picture.

Metropolia gave me a truly international, multicultural environment. I loved the flexible learning and student life experience here. Most importantly it suits the working professionals as the courses are in the evening. Teachers are highly supportive and provide a good guidance. Just like my friends, I would highly recommend this programme at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Listen to Lavanya’s interview in radio NRJ in 2/2014 (mp3)

Open University of Applied Sciences

Open University of Applied Sciences (Open UAS) gives you an opportunity to study all the above mentioned professional courses  excluding Research Methods and Skills course. 

Open UAS gives you an opportunity to

  • build up on your knowhow and skills needed in working life
  • learn about studying at a University of Applied Sciences
  • carry out courses before applying for a degree programme
  • study as a hobby

For more information and how to apply Open UAS

How to apply?

Instructions for the Joint Application 2023 will be published in Autumn 2022.