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Bachelor of Engineering, information technology

We offer a bachelor’s degree programme in Information Technology, which is aimed at you who want to become a versatile IT expert and have plenty of interesting work opportunities in the future.

Tutkinto: Bachelor of Engineering

Opintomuoto: Monimuotototeutus / päivätoteutus

Opintojen laajuus: 4 years, 240 credits

Haku päättyy: 19.01.2022

Studies start in autumn 2022

Opetuskieli: Englanti

Full-time studies

  • Campus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
  • Places: 15

Part-time studies

  • Campus: Campus Allegro, Pietarsaari
  • Places: 15

Programme description

The field of information technology is continuously growing and developing, but it is also a creative field where small companies and even individual entrepreneurs can develop successful products and services. In our area, there are plenty of exciting work possibilities for IT experts. Our education gives you the readiness to work in different software tasks and positions. Your future occupational title could be, for example, software developer or software engineer.

The Information Technology programme provides you with extensive knowledge of software engineering and communications. The studies will start from the basics, so previous knowledge or experience from the IT sector is not required.

During your studies, you will gain more expertise in programming, software design and communications. You will learn how to use different IT-related hardware. For example, you will get to know the same hardware and software that companies use in real life, such as Raspberry and Arduino, and Microsoft Visual Studio, Jira and Git. In addition to the theoretical studies, you do practical assignments and participate in different projects. For example, you will spend your 3rd and 4th year studying in Centria’s software factory, where you can practice previously learned subjects in practice by participating in RDI projects or other customer projects. The work is often done in teams in the IT field, so you will also learn teamwork and project working skills during your studies.

The engineer’s work is very practically oriented. All professional studies contain a lot of learning by doing. In our area, many successful companies need experts who understand the possibilities of digitalization. The companies also help us to develop the degree programme and the content of it. Company representatives visit us as guest lecturers and offer work placements, thesis projects and other projects for the students. These projects are an excellent way to show your expertise and possibly get a summer job later in one of the companies. We also co-operate with international parties, such as Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon and ESRI. Centria has its own certification centre, where the students can pass for example the AWS certificates of Amazon. Centria also has an IT laboratory for project learning.

Full-time programme

The contact classes are arranged on our Talonpojankatu campus in Kokkola between 8 am – 6 pm on weekdays. During your first study year, all the classes require presence on campus. However, the percentage of contact teaching diminishes during the following study years: in the 2nd year, 75 % is contact teaching on campus, in the 3rd year, 50 % is contact teaching on campus, and during your 4th study year and especially in the spring semester, you will concentrate on finishing your thesis project. Through this arrangement, we try to offer our students a smooth transition into working-life.  

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 and student projects 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 practise your skills in our software factory and IT laboratory. 

The engineering studies in information 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 60 ECTS 

  • Career building 
  • Mathematics 
  • Sciences 
  • Languages and communication  
  • General Business skills and leadership 

Profiling studies 118 ECTS 

  • Web development 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Information Technology 
  • Fundamentals of programming 
  • Internet of things 
  • Enabling technologies 
  • Students can choose to study one of following: 
    • Software factory  
    • Cloud systems and networking 

Optional studies 15 ECTS 

Practical training 30 ECTS 

Bachelor’s Thesis 15 ECTS

In the degree programme, you can specialize in either software factory or cloud systems and networking. You can choose your specialisation during the second study year. 

In the software factory module, you will learn to master the most important programming languages, and to learn how to use your expertise in real-life software development projects. You will learn to design web and mobile applications and practical skills on how to implement software that meets customer requirements. You will have access to our modern software development environments, where you will work with other students, customers and teachers to develop and deploy sustainable applications. 

In the cloud systems and networking module, you will deepen your expertise in communications. You can participate in study modules offered by Cisco. During your studies, you deepen your know-how as an administrator and a developer of cloud services. As for the cloud services, you will familiarize yourself with the Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure environments and their certificates. You will have plenty of job opportunities in the future. Your future occupational titles could be, for example, developer or administrator of data communications networks. 

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)

Part-time programme

The degree programme in Information Technology in Pietarsaari is conducted in English as full-time studies. The study methods are multimodal, which means that the studies are organised both online and on campus. The studies also include independent studying and group work. The contact teaching is arranged on Campus Allegro in Pietarsaari 2–3 days a week, and on the other days students work online. 

Studying at Centria UAS is very practical, and you will get many chances to participate in real-life projects together with working life representatives. 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 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 information technology consist of core studies, profiling studies, which include specialisation 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 60 ECTS 

  • Career building 
  • Mathematics 
  • Sciences 
  • Languages and communication  
  • General business skills and leadership 

Profiling studies 118 ECTS 

  • Web development 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Information Technology 
  • Fundamentals of programming 
  • Internet of things 
  • Enabling technologies 
  • Students can choose to study one of the following 
    • Software factory  
    • Cloud systems and networking 

Optional studies 15 ECTS 

Practical training 30 ECTS 

Bachelor Thesis 15 ECTS

You can specialize in either software engineering or communication technologies and cloud services. You can choose your specialisation during the second study year. 

In the software factory module, you will learn to master the most important programming languages, and you learn how to use your expertise in real-life software development projects. You will learn to design web and mobile applications, as well as practical skills on how to implement software that meets customer requirements. You will have access to our modern software development environments, where you will work with other students, customers and teachers to develop and deploy sustainable applications. 

In the communication technologies and cloud services module, you will deepen your expertise in communications. You can participate in study modules offered by Cisco. During your studies, you deepen your know-how as an administrator and a developer of cloud services. As for the cloud services, you will familiarize yourself with the Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure environments and their certificates. There are plenty of job opportunities in the future. Your future occupational titles could be, for example, developer or administrator of data communications networks. 

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)

Additional information

The degree programme in information technology gives you a wide understanding of the opportunities that technology offers, but also of its limitations. You are able to develop IT solutions that are user-friendly, sustainable and economical and less energy-dependent. 

After completing the degree 

  • you have a strong know-how of information technology and communication. 
  • you have good analysis & management skills as well as problem-solving skills. 
  • you know different information technology equipment and applications and can use them in practice. 
  • you command the techniques and the developing methods related to the field. 
  • you can design and can carry out applications for different purposes that meet the needs of the customer. 
  • you know the methods and tools that are used in the project work. 
  • you have strong language skills that are required in international working life. 

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. 

Some of the courses are offered together with other IT student groups. It means that 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 software engineering related theory and processes, and you can apply these 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. 

Some typical planning and development projects are, e.g. planning and conducting a quality assurance manual, marketing plan, business plan, orientation plan, directive, process or production line. The thesis project is a chance to show the skills that you have acquired during your studies. To become an expert, the student needs opportunities to solve authentic problems of the profession. 

Conducting the thesis requires systematic, planned and justifiable work to reach the set aims. The 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 www.theseus.fi  all the previously completed bachelor’s theses are available for everyone. 

The world needs more skilled IT experts, and therefore our students have excellent work opportunities ahead of themselves. The degree programme in Information Technology gives the freshly graduate IT engineer the readiness to work in versatile positions in different companies in Finland and abroad. 

IT Engineers have a wide range of working possibilities. The most used occupational titles are 

  • Software designer 
  • Software engineer 
  • R&D Engineer 
  • IT Manager 
  • Security expert 
  • Network Systems Administrator 
  • Network specialist or  
  • CEO of your start-up company. 

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. 

In Student DevHub the students work in teams and complete challenging software development projects for different companies. Students are in charge of the projects and their completetion by themselves. Students also control the timetables and steer work.

Students that participate the Student DevHub will earn ECTS. The Student DevHub aims to develop students’ work-life skills and know-how.

Student DevHub uses tools that are commonly used in software development.

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.-15.5.2022 and 1.-15.11.2022

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.–31.5.2022 and 1.10.–30.11.2022

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.–31.5.2022 and 1.10.–30.11.2022

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

Information about the degree programme:

Jari Isohanni

Koulutusalapäällikkö (tieto- ja viestintätekniikka

0406690690

Kokkola


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