Information Technology,
Master's Degree

Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree Open Studies

Degree: Master of Engineering

Duration: 1,5 years

Extent: 60 ECTS

Free of charge:Applicants from EU/EEA

Annual tuition fee: 11 000 € for non-EU/EEA applicants
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Study places: 40

Next application period: 9 - 23 January 2019

Transfer application: 1 - 15 May
1 - 15 November
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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. The studies enable you to follow the professional development of the field, both from the applied research and practical viewpoints.

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 three 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.

Our intercultural program is conducted in English to allow improvement of your communication skills. 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 professional studies are offered at the Leppävaara campus.

IT Masters


In the first study year, you will undertake a course in research methods and attend a seminar on Trends in ICT, and complete 20 ECTS from our course offerings for advanced professional studies. You can broaden your studies by completing one course outside the advanced professional courses offering or by doing a research or innovation project on an agreed topic.

The methodological studies provide 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.

Professional courses

The advanced professional courses gives a broad and up-to-date knowledge on this fast developing field of networked applications. Cloud Computing gives an insight into existing and emerging technologies and tools for utilizing and creating cloud-based services and applications. The Big Data course provides understanding of the capabilities of big data in ICT business. The Internet of Things (IoT) course extends this knowledge into internetworking of devices to collect and exchange data to form “the infrastructure of the information society”. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning course will provide students with an overview of recent developments in AI with emphasis on machine learning and reinforcement learning.

The second study year (autumn) is reserved for the Master´s Thesis. The study is usually completed in cooperation with your employer.

Preliminary course contents 2018 - 2019

Common Courses

Trends in ICT

  • Presentations from external representatives in the field of Information and Health Technology 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

Methodological Studies

  • 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

Advanced Professional Studies

Big Data

  • Big Data in ICT business: applicability, opportunities, models and processes, legal and ethical constraints
  • Acquisition and preprocessing of data, interfaces to data
  • Data management solutions (RDBMS, No-SQL, other data models), MapReduce and distribution of workload
  • Analysis of big data: data mining methods (association analysis, clustering, classification), text and web mining, analysis tools, visualization and communication of analysis outcomes

Cloud Computing

  • The concept of cloud computing
  • Classification of cloud services: private vs public, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS
  • Cloud computing in enterprise architecture
  • Cloud platforms, service providers, and economy of cloud-based solutions
  • Client solution technologies
  • Data security and legal issues
  • Hands-on assignments

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

A complete list of course offerings will be announced before the application period starts.

Your competence portfolio after you have completed MEng degree

  • Broad view to information technology presented by leading companies in the ICT
  • Up-to-date knowledge on selected topics
  • Ability to conduct a professional research study
  • Valuable network of 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. In some sectors a Master’s degree is often a prerequisite for management positions.

Students' Stories

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.

Radio interview

Listen to Lavanya’s interview in radio NRJ in 2/2014.

Timetable 2018 - 2019 (preliminary)

Autumn 2018 courses last from week 36 to 51, and spring 2019 courses from week 2 to 18. Courses will typically take place during one afternoon and two evenings per week. Common courses are planned for Monday evenings and start at 17.00.

Open University of Applied Sciences

Open University of Applied Sciences (Open UAS) gives you an opportunity to study all the advanced professional courses and Trends in ICT course of the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology.

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

Ask about studies

Ville Jääskeläinen
Head of Master's program in IT
Tel. +358 40 511 6172
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To the Leppävaara Campus 2018-2019

Scholarships and tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for Master's Degree in Information Technology is 11 000 €. The fee concerns only non-EU/EEA degree students. Read more about tuition fees and scholarships