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Master of Engineering, Information Technology, Cloud-based Software Engineering

The Master of Engineering, Information Technology, Cloud-Based Software Engineering in Centria UAS is a brand new degree programme, which is aimed at those who wish to broaden their expertise and possibilities in working life. If you want to take the next step towards new opportunities and get a Master’s degree, this is your chance to do so. Studies provide you with adequate knowledge about modern cloud services, their design methods and their use. Studies are offered in English and they contain both online and on-campus studies.

Degree: Master of Engineering

Study type: Blended learning

Duration: 60 credits, 1 year

Campus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €

Places: 20

Application period opens: 01.02.2024 at 08:00

Application period closes: 29.02.2024 at 15:00

Studies start in autumn 2024

Teaching language: English

Programme description

The Master of Engineering degree programme gives you skills to master cloud development and architecting in the context of intelligent industrial applications. The studies will give you advanced knowledge, especially in cloud architecting and how to leverage the cloud as a software platform. You will also study management and research & development methods and tools. With these studies, you are ready to take more responsibility in the field of digitalisation. The Master’s thesis is a large part of the degree, and you will get a chance to start planning it from the early stage of your studies. After completing the programme, you can lead companies’ cloud development to support their business growth. The degree programme has been developed to fulfil the needs of working life. 

In the annual national survey, our master’s level students have ranked Centria as the best university of applied sciences in Finland for several years in a row now.

The Master of Engineering, Information Technology, Cloud-based Software Engineering degree programme is aimed at applicants from all over the world. You are eligible if you have a higher education degree completed both in or outside the European Union or the European Economic Area. You must also have at least two years of post-graduate work experience. 

More information on the programme

The scope of the studies is 60 ECTS, and the planned duration of the studies is 1 year. The studies consist of core studies, profiling studies, optional studies and the Master’s thesis. The Master’s thesis is a large part of the degree, and you will get a chance to start planning it from the early stage of your studies. 

The studies are conducted in English and are organised as blended learning, so it is possible to work alongside studies. Multimodal learning methods are used. The learning process consists of lectures, independent work, distance learning assignments and development projects. Furthermore, independent distance studies in the student’s own time are required.

The start date of studies is in mid-September, studies start with orientation which requires on-campus attendance. Participation in the teaching takes place either on the campus or online. One cannot participate in online teaching from home or from one’s own computer without a justified and approved reason. Elective studies can be taken entirely online if a student chooses such courses. Teaching takes place between 10 am – 4 pm, 2–3 times a month.

The study environment in Centria is very international, and this will give you many possibilities to practice and improve your language skills and learn about new cultures and habits. We also provide you with the opportunity to go on a Master’s level exchange to one of our partner universities abroad. Centria offers Master’s studies in the fields of technology, business and social & health care. The studies are conducted either in Finnish or English, and you can also choose optional studies from the supply of other Master’s programmes. 

The thesis is a development project, and it is an essential part of the studies. The thesis project aims to develop your ability to find new research information and apply it in your thesis work. The thesis project helps you gain the expertise that you need in challenging expert and managerial positions. The thesis project is a combination of theory and practice. 

The scope of the thesis is 30 ECTS. 

You can find Master’s theses written by our students on www.theseus.fi

Most of our students work full-time during their studies. By completing the Master’s Degree programme, you have the possibility to proceed towards more demanding tasks. Our graduates work in different positions, e.g. project managers or directors or in other managerial positions in the field of IT. After graduation, you can also apply for PhD studies in Finland or abroad. 

Please notice that some applicants are obligated to pay tuition fees. If you are not an EU/EEA citizen or if you do not have a document that exempts you from paying the tuition fees, you are obliged to pay them.

Please note that Centria UAS uses Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide. This is the only accepted way to pay the tuition fee. Centria does not approach students with any other payment methods. Please only use the payment link provided in the conditional offer letter.

More information about the tuition fees can be found here.

Student selection

You are eligible to apply for the programme if you have

  • a higher education degree in computer science or similar subject completed in one of the universities or universities of applied sciences in Finland
  • a higher education degree in computer science or similar subject completed in one of the European Union or the European Economic Area countries.
  • a higher education degree in computer science or similar subject completed outside the EU/EEA-area countries.

Applicants are obliged to have at least two years of relevant work experience, gained after obtaining the Bachelor´s degree (applicants can accumulate work experience until the end of July 2024).

Applicants are also required to submit a proof of English language proficiency since the Master’s studies are conducted in English.

Please note that, if you receive an approved result in the first phase but you have not submitted a acceptable language certificate by the given date, you will be rejected from the second phase.

English language skills can be proved by the following documents:

1. English language test results:  

  • IELTS Academic*: a minimum total score of 6.0 (test sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking)
  • TOEFL Academic (iBT)*: a minimum total score of 60 (test sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing)
  • PTE Academic*: a minimum total score of 55 (test sections: Speaking and Writing, Reading, and Listening)
  • Cambridge English Scale Score: a minimum total score of 169 (test sections: Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening, and Speaking)

2. National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) English: Grade 4 or higher on all the subtests (speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and reading comprehension)

3. Higher education degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States  

4. Upper secondary degree completed in English in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States 

5. One of the following grades in the Finnish Matriculation Examination, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate or Reifeprüfung/DIA:

  • Finnish Matriculation Examination: English advanced syllabus with a minimum grade M
  • The whole International Baccalaureate degree completed in English
  • International Baccalaureate final examination: higher level English with a minimum grade 4
  • European Baccalaureate: at least grade 6.00 in L2-level English
  • Reifeprüfung/DIA completed diploma: at least grade 7 in advanced English

6. Certificate of higher education degree completed in Finland

* IELTS Academic UKVI, IELTS Online, PTE Academic Online and TOEFL iBT Home Edition are also accepted.

Only the documents listed above will be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

There are no expiration dates, but the language test results must be verifiable from the online verification service of the organiser until 31 May 2024. The TOEFL test cannot be verified after two years. The IELTS test cannot be verified after three years. If the test scores can no longer be verified, the test is not valid. The applicant should make sure that the test results are not too old. If the applicant is unsure and the test results are more than 2 years old, it is advised to retake the test.

Point 1 above: When taking the language test, the applicant should choose the Centria UAS as the recipient of the results. The applicant must also attach a scanned/electric copy of the test result to the application for verification purposes and notify their unique identifier.

Point 2 above: If applying with the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI), the unique identifier is not necessary. However, the applicant must attach a scanned/electric copy of the test result to the application for verification purposes.

Points 3‒4 above: The applicant must attach a certificate of their previous degrees. The applicant must also attach a document that shows the language of the degree and the country of studies.

Point 5 above: The applicant must attach a certificate of their grades.

Point 6 above: The applicant must attach a certificate of their previous degrees.

To demonstrate his/her eligibility, the applicant must include the following attachments to the application form:

  • Copy of original Bachelor’s or Master’s degree certificate
  • Authorized translation of the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree certificate if the originals are not issued in Finnish, Swedish or English. The translation must have the translator’s signature and stamp.
  • Copies of testimonials: testimonials of the work experience entered on the application form. The testimonials need to be in English, Swedish or Finnish. Only work experience that is documented by the employer’s testimonial with signing date can be accepted. The testimonials/work certificates should show starting and closing dates as well as a description of work tasks. If you have worked part-time, the work certificates should indicate the number of work hours per month. 150 work hours or 20 working days (the minimum length of one full working day is 7 hours) compares with one month of work experience. Work experience gained as an entrepreneur, in one’s own or family business, can be documented by a certificate from an unchallengeable third party, such as a bookkeeper.
  • A proof of English language proficiency
  • Copy of passport or EU/EEA ID card: All applicants must upload a copy of passport/official identification card to their application form to confirm the identity in the online entrance examination / interview. Please note that, if you receive an approved result in the first phase but you have not submitted a valid identification document by the given date, you will be rejected from the second phase. Only the following documents are accepted as proof of identity:
    • passport
    • Finnish identity card with a photo, issued by police
    • Finnish driver’s licence
    • another EU/EEA country identity card with a photo
    • Also, an expired passport or identity card is accepted if its validity has expired on 28 February 2023 or later.

The deadline for submitting the documents is 7th March 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2) at the latest.

Students are selected based on a comprehensive multi-step evaluation process. This process encompasses an online entrance examination, submission of a Statement of Purpose (SoP), a draft proposal, an introductory video, and culminates in a final interview.

Pre-requisites for Application:

Applicants must complete and submit (for examination) the following tasks when filling out the application form:

  1. Upload a one-page Statement of Purpose (SoP) detailing their interest and qualifications for the program.
  2. Submit a maximum of a two-page draft proposal outlining the brainstorming process for a potential research or software engineering project.
  3. Include a video introduction lasting between 2 to 4 minutes. In this video, applicants should introduce themselves and explain their motivation for choosing this program.

The deadline for submitting the documents is 7th March 2024 at 15:00 Finnish time (UTC/GMT+2) at the latest.

It’s important for applicants to verify that the email address provided in the application is functional, as important updates and guidelines will be sent via email.

Entrance Interview Evaluation:

The examination will also include an evaluation of the applicant’s English language proficiency.

Note: A functional computer with a stable internet connection is obligatory for participation in the online examination.

The concluding stage of the selection process is a final interview, to be held at the end of April and/or the beginning of May. In this interview, the Statement of Purpose and draft proposal will likely be discussed to gain deeper insights into the applicant’s capabilities and aspirations.

The most frequently asked questions about applying to Master of Engineering program, compiled into a video.

How to apply


Separate application period 1-29.2.2024

The application process takes place at Studyinfo.fi when the application period starts. The application process is free of charge for all applicants. Applicants can be admitted if they meet eligibility requirements, submit a valid application, attach required documents, and successfully pass the entrance exam.

You can find Centria’s degree programmes on Studyinfo by using the keyword “Centria”, as well as limiting search results with the “application ongoing” button.


Applying during transfer application 1.-15.5.2024

It is possible to apply to Centria UAS during the transfer application period if a student wants to transfer from one field of study to another within Centria UAS or a student wants to transfer from another Finnish university of applied sciences to Centria.


Applying with open UAS studies 1.–30.4.2024 and 1.–31.10.2024

Students who have completed studies in the Open University of Applied Sciences (UAS) may use the open UAS pathway to apply for degree student status.


Applying with an incomplete degree 1.–30.4.2024 and 1.–31.10.2024

If you have studied in Centria UAS or in another university in Finland but you have not yet finished your degree, you can re-apply for the same or related degree programme to finish your degree.


Contact us

Do you have questions about studying in the degree programme, studying in Finland or the practicalities of the application process? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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How to reach us

If you want to know more about studies in the programme, you can contact our Education Export team or fill out a contact form and they will get back to you.

If you have a question about the practical application process, you can contact our Admissions services.

Student stories

  • – Farzad Mohebi, Student

    Centria has collaboration with actual service providers in the industry, so at the same time I’m doing my masters’ I’m getting certified by the industry leaders in the cloud services. That’s very important to me.