Information Technology (Internet of Things)

Bachelor of Engineering 

Become an international expert in information technology with our Internet of Things programme!

NEXT APPLICATION PERIOD: 5-19 January 2022

Degree programme: Information Technology (Internet of Things)
Degree title: Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng)
Duration: 240 ECTS, 4 years
Study mode: Full-time studies
Study place: Microkatu campus, Kuopio, Finland
Language: English
Annual intake: 30


The Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology (Internet of Things) programme aims to develop experts in information technology with the specialisation in Internet of Things (IoT). The degree programme qualifies engineers to work in the fields of IoT and Big Data; especially, in companies operating within the digital health and industrial internet sectors. The duties of an IoT graduate may vary from software design to electrical engineering, the design of smart wireless devices, and the whole IoT system in the cloud.

Our programme incorporates the Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate (CDIO) method to enhance students process of acquiring deep engineering know-how while developing communication, interpersonal, social and teamwork skills. IoT graduates are prepared to work in international environments and teams.

Programme Highlights

IoT Laboratory

IoT students apply the apply and strengthen the theoretical knowledge acquired in different types of laboratories such as in the IoT laboratory.

Automation Laboratory

Another laboratory that available to our IoT students is the Automation Laboratory.

Smart Factory

The third and last laboratory in which our IoT students practise is in the Smart Factory.

Cooperation with companies

Students get the chance to work closely with local businesses in different courses throughout their studies.

Internships

The programme includes 30 ECTS of practical training. During this time, students get to apply all of their acquired skills and knowledge in a specific firm.

Thesis

An opportunity to explore on a deeper level a topic of your interest. The thesis is also the last project to complete before graduation!

Focus areas

The IoT programme develops student’s competencies with a focus on the industrial internet and digital health sectors.

  • Industrial Internet: Students get hands.on experience by working with digital factories connected with 5G communication platforms, clouds and various digital twin technologies. Students have the opportunity to gain scientific know-how on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and Product Life-Cycle Management (PLM).
  • Digital Health: Students learn how technology is transforming the heath care industry. With the IoT health care applications, students acquire a clear vision of how different stakeholders, such as patients, families, doctors and hospitals, are benefited.

Content of studies

Each year, the studies have two assigned themes.

FIRST YEAR: Learning communication and teamwork & learning natural science skills.

During the first semester, the studies will cover issues in natural science, mathematics, physics and languages. This is done by working in cooperation with a partner organisation from the surrounding environment. The students will form teams around SMEs in cooperation with Savonia, and start getting to know the various phases needed for carrying out a project. These skills cover basic knowledge of different fields of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The second semester continues with the development of applications within the IoT field. The student gains a profound insight into the successful implementation of IoT applications. Students will go through team building phases and become familiar with multicultural working teams and methods. The students are also expected to apply ICT knowledge to practice within the partner organisation and to be able to share their understanding with fellow students. At the end of the year, the students will have a comprehensive understanding of the entire ICT systems of IoT as a foundation to develop their professional career.

SECOND YEAR: Learning application areas & training of electronics and project skills

During the second year, students will focus on essential internationalisation skills. Firstly, the students will learn how to use the tools for software development and analysis in Big Data. Secondly, the students will put these skills and understanding into use, again together with local organisations, within the aim of preparing for training periods and projects.

THIRD YEAR: Development of telecommunication skills & development of ICT

In the third year, students will focus on adapting professional level tasks in programming, and electronics, wireless and cloud technologies.  As their skills and understanding grow, students perceive the evaluation and development of demanding IoT applications professionally. By this stage the students’ management and leadership skills will grow to meet the demands of an international level profession.

FOURTH YEAR: Professional expertise in IoT applications

The fourth year is reserved for the thesis, training and business intelligence possibilities of IoT. Skills are deepened in cloud computing and analytics. The skills gained in previous years are sharpened during the thesis and project work.

Programme structure

The degree consists of 240 ECTS. According to the curriculum, one academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS, which is equivalent to 1600 hours of a student’s work load. The studies consist, among others, of lessons in class, distance learning, independent studies, web-based learning and an internship. The studies include working life oriented research and development activities.

Click here to access the full Information Technology (Internet of Things) curriculum.

Student selection

Study places: 30
Eligibility to apply
Tuition fee

Students are selected on the basis of the online entrance examination “International UAS Exam”, which is common to UASs.

International UAS Exam

International UAS Exam consists of two phases:

  1. First phase – written exam in February 2022 (date to be confirmed)
  2. Second phase – group interview (oral exam) on 28 February – 11 March 2022

The entrance examination assesses the applicants’ abilities to study in universities of applied sciences. The entrance examination does not contain any pre-reading materials or pre-tasks.

More detailed information on the International UAS Exam can be found at UASinfo.fi (to be published by 22 October 2021)

International UAS exam is available in the following study fields:

  • Arts and Humanities, Education
  • Business and Administration, Information and Communication Technology
  • Natural Resources
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Seafaring
  • Social Services, Health Care, Sports, Beauty Care
  • Technology

In seafaring studies, a separate aptitude test will be arranged on 5 May 2022 for the sea captain studies.

 

Special arrangements in the International UAS Exam

If you have special needs that should be considered when participating in the International UAS Exam, you can apply for special arrangements. Please read further information and instructions at UASInfo.fi (to be published by 22 October 2022).

Thesis

The thesis at Savonia is always work related. This gives you a good opportunity to network with professionals in your own field already during your studies, and often the thesis turns out to be a starting point for your career.

The thesis emphasises the cooperation between you, working life and the UAS – from choosing the topic to setting the goals and to actually doing it. During the process you show that you are capable of working  independently in recognising, evaluating and solving developmental challenges in working life. Professional reporting and communications skills are required as well.
Your work-related thesis can be:

  • A developmental project, which you or your team plan and implement based on the requirements of your client. Examples of such a project include product or service development, work flow development and information material development such as a guide or manual.
  • A research-oriented project, where you or your team will perform appropriate research activities in order to shed light to the developmental or problem-solving needs of your client.
  • A compiled thesis, where eg projects, researches or scientific articles done during the studies are gathered together and reported as a synthesis.

Your thesis process will be supported by business research studies, thesis seminars and methodology workshops. You can do your thesis independently or in a group.

Career possibilities

B.Engs in Information Technology will work, among other things, in project or sales engineering duties or research and related tasks. You will also have the skills and competences needed to become an entrepreneur.

Titles:

  • Product Developer or Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Web developer
  • ICT specialist
  • Sales Engineer
  • Integration Engineer

Internationality

Our B.Eng-groups are multinational and -cultural by nature, so you will get accustomed to an international work environment from day one. In addition, the B.Eng programme itself is designed for internationalisation. Close cooperation with our international partners brings you in contact with people and organisations outside Finland, making it possible for you to compare views, share knowledge and work side by side on projects by using technology-based communication tools as well as meeting in person.

Student exchange is also a natural and recommended part of your second-year studies, and internships (basic and/or professional) could take you anywhere in the world.

Our selection of language studies is substantial, complemented by the offerings of University of Eastern Finland. Cross-cultural studies provide a good basis for your personal experiences in all aspects of internationality.

Cooperation

Savonia is active in developing the surrounding community via, among others, student projects, joint research projects and various development programmes. The cooperation with the local working life is highly valued and based on long-term relationships. Also the joint activities with the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia UAS bring a variety of options for our students. International aspects are dealt with in a close network of foreign partner institutions, covering exchange, internships, projects and joint or double degrees.

Research

Our B.Eng programme is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses in their internationalisation efforts. You will work on various work-related research or developmental projects of SMEs during your studies and gain valuable insight into the industrial internet or digital health world.

Possibilities to continue studies after graduation

A B.Eng degree is an internationally recognized and approved qualification. A B.Eng graduate is eligible to apply to continue theoretical studies at most universities world-wide. Often the following Master’s degree can be completed in 2 years, depending on the field of study and the student. However, should you wish to continue your studies to the Master level at a university of applied sciences, you will be directed to start your working career to gather 3 years of work experience before entering a Master’s programme.

Language of instruction

Our whole programme is conducted in English apart from mandatory languages courses in Finnish (for foreign students) and in Swedish (for Finnish students). Please note that you are not expected to be perfect when you start your studies – your language skills will improve while doing engineering studies. The multicultural learning environment with students speaking various languages is the best way of preparing for the challenges of the engineering field in IoT!

Meet your teachers:

Picture of the Senior Lecturer Rajeev Kanth

Rajeev Kanth
Senior Lecturer
rajeev.kanth@savonia.fi

Picture of Senior Lecturer Markku Kellomäki

Markku Kellomäki
Senior Lecturer
markku.kellomaki@savonia.fi