Last modified 15.3.2011 at 13:20

Mastering the wireless communication

Text: Heikki Ylipaavalniemi Photo: Milan Kolarovic

The Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology leads to a new higher education degree in communications engineering.

The education focuses on new low-power technologies which can be used to transfer information wirelessly.

The new degree programme started at the School of Engineering in the end of 2008. The degree programme in strongly connected to the working life and gives the students abilities to work in an international work environment.

The degree programme is suitable for international students because it’s conducted entirely in English. At the moment there are already 20 students studying the degree and three of them are from outside of Finland.

The focus of the education is in low-power wireless data transfer technologies and in new software technologies. These technologies can be used e.g. to monitoring of environment, controlling the condition of machines or in hospitals to transfer the information measured from patients to the control room.

An international region

According to the Newspaper Kaleva the Oulu region has over 550 companies working in the field of technology. The head of Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Jyrki Laitinen tells us that the companies mainly work in the international markets.

The students graduating from the degree programme will be experts in R&D in the field of wireless communication.

– We don’t educate students straight to a particular job because nowadays the companies are looking for people who have not only a degree and technical expertise but also social skills, who are able to create social networks and who have initiative and development skills, Jyrki says.

Upgrade your skills in Finland

The applicants must have a bachelor’s level degree before applying for the degree programme. They are also required to have at least three years of relevant work experience after having obtained the higher education degree.

The duration of the studies will be 1–2 years. The scope of the degree is 60 ECTS credits which consist of 30 credits of theoretical studies and a Master’s Thesis of 30 credits.

The classes will be held during the evenings 1–2 times a week. This allows the students to work alongside studying and usually students already have a job in Finland. This is practical because the Master’s Thesis is usually done in co-operation with the work place.