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Bachelor of Engineering, Business Intelligence Technologies

The bachelor’s degree programme in Business Intelligence Technology at Centria UAS combines business and technology. This programme is aimed at you, who want to become an expert in data-driven business and have various occupational possibilities in the future. The programme is offered in English and as full-time studies. The teaching is arranged on weekdays on our Talonpojankatu campus in Kokkola.

Tutkinto: Bachelor of Engineering

Opintomuoto: Päivätoteutus

Opintojen laajuus: 4 vuotta, 240 opintopistettä

Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola

Aloituspaikat: No intake in 2024

Opetuskieli: Englanti

Programme description

Business intelligence is an assortment of tools and strategies that analyze data and convert it into information that businesses can use in their decision-making processes. Business intelligence helps companies to collect the available data by delivering precise and real-time information for their use. During your studies, you will learn more about business intelligence and the technologies related to it.  With the help of business intelligence, businesses can improve their performance. This means that businesses need experts who can master the business intelligence technologies and bring value to the company – this is exactly where our degree programme can help you. 

During your studies, you will learn how to use data-driven business information technologies and how to use both sides: business and technology. You will learn programming, data analytics and artificial intelligence related matters. You will also learn how business systems are used in companies, what the technologies behind business systems are, how to adapt business technologies to meet the set criteria and how to develop business-related applications. After completing this programme, your future occupational title could be, for example, data-analytic, business system controller and information technology specialist.

The degree programme in Business Intelligence Technologies gives you a wide understanding of the opportunities that technology offers.

Additional information

You can find the curriculum here.

The bachelor’s degree programme in Business Intelligence Technology is offered in English as full-time studies. The contact teaching is arranged on our Talonpojankatu campus in Kokkola between 8 am – 6 pm on weekdays. 

Studying at Centria UAS is very practical, and you will get many chances to participate in real-life projects together with working life representatives. We have a very active co-operation with companies, and the studies include visits to companies and guest lecturers from companies. In addition, work placements are part of the studies. During the work placement, you can practice and increase your know-how in an actual work environment. Work placements are a great way for you to show your expertise to a potential employer and get a summer job, for example. You can also practice your skills in our software factory and IT laboratory. 

The engineering studies of business intelligence technology consist of core studies, profiling studies, which include specialization studies, optional studies, work placement and a thesis. The scope is 240 ECTS, and the length of the studies is around 4 years. 

Core studies 50 ECTS 

  • Career building 
  • Basics of mathematics 
  • Languages and communication  
  • General Business skills and leadership 

Profiling studies 130 ECTS 

  • Web development 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Information Technology 
  • Fundamentals of programming 
  • Business studies 
  • Data-analytics and business intelligence 

Optional studies 15 ECTS 

Practical training 30 ECTS 

Bachelor’s Thesis 15 ECTS 

Outcomes of the degree programme: 

  • To learn how business systems are used in companies and learn to analyze business processes. 
  • To learn technologies behind business systems. 
  • To learn how to adapt business technologies to meet the set criteria. 
  • To learn how to develop business-related applications. 
  • To learn how to analyze data related to business processes and how to produce visual reporting documents. 

Centria is one of the most international universities of applied sciences in Finland. Our students represent about 40 different countries from around the world, and you can feel the international atmosphere on our campuses. 

We have around 130 partner universities, and if you are interested, you can study for a semester or a full academic year in one of the partner universities. Shorter exchanges are possible as well. Some of our students also do their work placement period abroad or in some international company. 

During your studies, you have a great opportunity to practice your language and communications skills and get to know people from all over the world. 

The bachelor’s thesis is a large (15 ECTS) development or research project that usually takes place during the last study year. The purpose of the thesis is to prove that you have a good command of theory and processes, and you can apply them in practice. The students usually do their thesis for a specific company. The thesis project, together with the work placement, introduces the student to practical work-life duties already during their studies. It is also the first step towards the first permanent position for many of our students. 

Conducting the thesis means systematical, planned and justifiable work to reach the set aims. Thesis work is a process that compiles orientation, planning and implementation of the topic, reporting and assessment. All these make an integrated entity. The thesis is like a business card for the student and can be utilized in publication archives and workplaces when the student proceeds into a professional career.  

The thesis is usually done directly for a company, either independently or with a fellow student. 

On the online library Theseus  all the previously completed bachelor’s theses are available for everyone. 

In the future the world needs more skilled Business Intelligence experts who understand both the technology side and the business side. Students who graduate from the Business Intelligence degree program at Centria UAS are professionals who can support their companies from both the business and technology sides. They are able to participate in data-driven projects as experts, and they also have the skills to become entrepreneurs. 

Your occupational title in the future can be 

  • data-analytic 
  • project manager 
  • use-case developer / designer 
  • software developer 
  • business system controller 
  • information technology specialist 

After you have completed your bachelor’s degree and you have gained at least two years of work experience, you can apply to our master’s degree programme in Information Technology. You can also continue your studies at another university in Finland or abroad. 

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses the following student selection methods during the first joint application 2022: 

International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam: 75% of study places

Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA): 25% of study places

International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam

International UAS Exam is a joint digital entrance exam of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), used for selecting students to English-conducted study programmes leading to a Bachelor’s degree.

The entrance examination assesses the applicants’ abilities to study at UAS. The entrance examination does not contain any pre-reading materials or pre-tasks.

The entrance exam consists of two phases organized remotely online:

First phase: written examination

Second phase: group interview

Please read more information about the selection methods on the UASinfo website.

Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA)

It’s possible to be selected through certificate-based student selection if you have: 

  • A minimum grade C in advanced English (degree programmes in the field of business and engineering)
  • A minimum grade C in advanced English and basic syllabus grade C or advanced syllabus grade A in Mathematics (degree programmes in the field of engineering)

How to apply

Joint application

Last application period for our Bachelor’s degree programmes conducted in English was arranged between 5 January and 19 January 2022. The next application period will be held in the spring of 2023 at the latest. When the dates have been confirmed they will be updated here on our website. When the application is open you can apply to the programme in Studyinfo.

Applying during transfer application 1.-15.5.2023 and 1.-15.11.2023

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 1.4.–31.5.2023 and 1.10.–30.11.2023

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 1.4.–31.5.2023 and 1.10.–30.11.2023

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.

Check your eligibility

The following education will give applicants eligibility to apply for Bachelor’s programmes:

  • the studies required for graduating from the Finnish upper secondary school or a Matriculation Ex-amination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • a Reifeprüfung (RP) or Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) degree;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification covering 120 credits or 180 competence points or a corresponding earlier Finnish vocational degree covering at least 80 credits;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification or a further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification;
  • a foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question;
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree.

If an applicant is applying through discretionary admission, he or she is required to submit copies of certificates that he or she wishes to use, to the Admissions office of Centria UAS by (date to be published) at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2). Discretion only concerns an applicant’s eligibility to apply.

Contact information

More information about the programme:

Henry Paananen

Koulutusalapäällikkö (tieto-ja viestintätekniikka)

Student story

  • – Deepsikha Strestha, Opiskelija

    I really love the concept of BIT, a mix of IT with the business. I will choose to have my own business or I’ll go back to my home country to run the family business.

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