Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology

Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology is a good combination of programming skills and embedded hardware with foresight on Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). The first year of studies are conducted at the Wuxi Institute of Fudan University in China, the rest of the studies are conducted in Turku, Finland. 

The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology provides a strong background for successfully working in an international work environment. Knowledge-intensive industry has become the largest industry in Finland, and in the information society, knowledge has become the most important factor in production. Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a critical role in improving the competitiveness of industry and meeting the development needs of society in Europe. 

The programme is a Partnership Programme with Wuxi Institute of Fudan University (Wuxi, China). This means that the first-year studies are carried out in China. Last two years of studies are carried out in Turku, Finland. The Bachelor’s degree in Technology is awarded by the University of Turku.

The programme educates future experts of the field that have strong and broad knowledge on computer science and engineering, communication systems, and electronic systems. Students learn basic engineering subjects such as calculus, physics and digital logic during the first year of the programme. The emphasis in the second and third year is on advanced subjects on ICT, such as programming, algorithms, computer and embedded hardware and networking.

Particular attention is paid not only technical content but also working life skills for the future career in industry. In particular, the following skills and competences shall be developed and strengthened during the studies:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Applying theory in to practise
  • Project management skills
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills

 The multidisciplinary base provides the foundation and ability to continue studies towards Master’s degree.  

Programme in brief

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The Bachelor of Science degree in Technology consists of common core, major, graduate, language and minor subject studies. Studies create a sustainable foundation that provides the basics of work knowledge and lifelong learning. The Bachelor of Science degree in Technology is conducted in your area of specialization. The degree is divided into modules, each with its own learning objectives.

1st year: 60 ECTS in Wuxi Institute of Fudan University in Shaoxing, China
2nd year: 60 ECTS in University of Turku in Turku, Finland
3rd year: 60 ECTS in University of Turku in Turku, Finland

The first year studies in China are taught by both teachers from both Wuxi Institute of Fudan University  and University of Turku. The second- and third-year studies in Finland are taught by University of Turku teachers.
The teaching language is English.

 

The Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) has the following structure:

  • Common Basic Studies (incl. Mathematics, Physics and Information Technology)
  • Sector studies in the major subject

Sector-specific courses

  • Assignments
  • Candidate thesis and seminar

Other studies

  • Languages
  • Business skills
  • Optional minor

The minor is free to choose from the University of Turku offering, but we recommend that you talk to the tutor before choosing.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & EXPERIENCE

Department of Computing is a scientific research and education unit covering the ICT field. The department does basic and applied research and gives higher research based education while working in active co-operation with the society.

Our computer science and bioinformatics research focuses on solving computationally complex problems and developing computational methods for such problems. Special emphasis is given for computational problems in the strategic areas of the University of Turku. Computer science has a strong algorithmic research tradition, which is applied to emerging bio and health informatics as well as computation intelligence related to big data problems. High level research is done in international collaboration.

Our research in engineering has also reached high international standards in the focused fields. Basing on a body of wide-ranging studies in software engineering, communications technology and smart systems, research in information technology focuses especially on developing methods, technological infrastructure and cybersecurity required for providing services for the information society.

The department provides versatile and high-quality ICT education at both natural sciences and engineering fields with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education. International Master's programme education is advanced especially in

co-operation with European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), and with

unique double-degree programme between the prestige Fudan University in Shaoxing, China and the University of Turku.

BACHELOR'S THESIS

The Bachelor of Engineering degree includes a Bachelor's thesis, which is completed in the third year. The thesis is mainly based on literature. It demonstrates the student's ability to apply what he or she has learned, as well as his or her scientific thinking and behaviour. These also include the ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing. The maturity test demonstrates the student's familiarity with the Bachelor's thesis and language skills in English.

Career options

COMPETENCE DESCRIPTION

The programme provides students competencies for:

  • fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience in programming, signal processing and communication, and electronic system design, with broad perspectives in Internet of Things, big data, as well as in artificial intelligence.
  • expertise to deliver smarter products, systems or services.
  • strong technological, theoretical and practical understanding, and skills and abilities for continuing their studies at postgraduate level in Master’s degree programmes.

Engineering education does not only provide students with a broad technical competence but also a professional profile based on the strengths of the multi-disciplinary university and good working life readiness. Internationality and know-how in the future’s multicultural project environments is emphasized in engineering education. This education is profiled through our multi-disciplinary university and via various collaborations. Technical competence is supported by business, innovation and entrepreneurial knowledge as well as studies in work life readiness.

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education covers a broad range of ICT technology fields, providing a great foundation for further studies towards a Master’s degree. Upon completing the Master of Science (MSc) degree in Information and Communication Technology, students can benefit from a multidisciplinary university education and focus on either the entrepreneurial, expert or managerial path in various areas of society. The degree gives the student the skills to work in different fields of ICT. The MSc degree covers well the different areas of ICT technology and relies on collaboration with companies in the area, particularly for theses and Capstone projects. This enables successful placement in the IT industry with a chosen specialization profile, both in Southwest Finland and elsewhere in Finland and abroad. 

JOB OPTIONS

The programme gives an excellent stepping stone to start working in various industry fields, for example, in software, IT and embedded systems. In Finland, companies hire students as interns mostly during their MSc studies. Working in Finland usually requires some level of Finnish language skills; however, most Finns speak English and it is possible to find a job during and after the studies in Finland.

Local companies are often in touch with the university when they have specific needs and information is shared with the students. University of Turku also provides career assistance for international students looking for a job. Employment rate of graduates in the ICT field in the Turku area is very high, and currently there is a high demand for experts due to rapid growth driven by the maritime and automotive industry. The industry would hire more capable and educated employees than there are currently available.

CAREER IN RESEARCH

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree, a student can continue studies towards Master’s degree in Turku, Finland, Europe, US and other countries accepting a degree from Europe. At the University of Turku, you can for example continue towards the Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology, specialisation track Cyber Security and Smart Systems

System and network security research concentrates on researching information security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future from the engineering and human points of view. The strategic goal in the research is to apply research and technological development to building the secure information society. At the focal point of the research are the security and privacy challenges of smart environments: smart personal area, smart rooms and homes, smart buildings and smart cities. We consider the basic elements for human well-being as the most fundamental drivers for pursuing this strategic goal, in which the technology driven, and human driven development directions meet. This is pursued with an interdisciplinary approach, where new innovations create active interaction between traditional scientific areas.

The research in Smart Systems focuses on embedded intelligence, especially on collective swarm intelligence and autonomy, utilizing capabilities of edge and fog computing. This includes e.g. development of algorithms for situational awareness and decision making, based on multi-modal sensory data, in an individual embedded device and in a swarm of such devices. A swarm is studied as a heterogeneous distributed computing platform which optimizes its computations and use of resources dynamically, autonomously adapting to changes in environmental conditions and events. An optimization criterion can be e.g. energy efficiency, real-time requirements, reliability, and fault tolerance. Autonomous systems, such as unmanned vehicles and ships as well as co-robots, serve as the key application domain.

Students can proceed their academic path to a Doctoral degree, for example at the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. Tuition fee is required for BSc and MSc programmes, but Doctoral studies don’t charge any tuition fee in Finland.

Entry requirements

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Eligible applicants hold an upper secondary education certificate - the Finnish matriculation examination, the International Baccalaureate, the European Baccalaureate, Reifeprüfung/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung or any other comparable upper secondary educational qualification which provides eligibility to University-level Bachelor’s studies in the country in question.

Applicants who are in the final semester of their upper secondary education are also eligible to apply. The required secondary education studies have to be completed and the related enclosures sent to the Faculty of Engineering by 16 July 2021 at 15.00 (Finnish time). If the studies required are not completed by the application period deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home institution stating the expected date of graduation.

Language Requirements

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

PROGRAMME-SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION GROUP SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Admission group I

The admission on is based on the applicant’s grades of the Finnish matriculation examination, Reifeprüfung (RP)/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIA) completed in Finland, International Baccalareate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB).

To be considered in this admission group the applicant needs to hold the following minimum grade in (advanced) mathematics:

Finnish matriculation examination (advanced level): M

EB: 7,0

IB (HL or SL): 5

RP/DIA (Leistungen in der Reifeprüfung): 8

The eligible applicants are scored based on their grades in native language, Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry. The applicant must score at least 52,5/105 points to be considered in the student selection.

Finnish matriculation

examination

L E M C B A

EB

10 - 9 8,99 - 8,0 7,99 - 7,0 6,99 - 6,0 5,99 - 5,0 4,99 -4,0

IB

7 6 5 4 3 2

RP/DIA

15 - 13 12 - 10 9 - 8 7 6 - 5 4

Native language / EB: L1 /  IB: A language

33,0 27,5 22,0 16,5 11,0 5,5

(Advanced) Mathematics

39,7 33,1 26,4 19,8 13,2 6,6

Physics or Chemistry

32,3 26,9 21,5 16,2 10,8 5,4


Admission group IIThe points of applicants who finish their IB degree in the spring 2021 are calculated based on their Candidate Predicted Grades. The points of applicants who finish their EB degree in the spring 2021 are calculated based on the official predicted grades. If an applicant is admitted based on predicted grades, the selection is conditional until the applicant submits an official certificate of the final grades. If the points calculated based on the final grades are lower than the points calculated based on the predicted grades, the admission offer may be revoked.

The admission is based on the applicant’s results in Chinese Gaokao examinations. In addition the applicant must have the Graduation Certificate to demonstrate graduation from secondary school.

Gaokao: The candidate must have in the minimum 60% of the maximum score. In addition to the compulsory subjects Chinese, Mathematics and foreign language, the applicant must have taken the natural sciences’ elective part.

Admission group III

Applicant’s holding another second cycle degree than the ones giving eligibility in admission groups I and II must take so called SAT Subject Tests in Mathematics and Physics to demonstrate adequate knowledge in these subjects. SAT Subject Tests are one-hour-long examinations the content of which reflects the level of typical high school courses in subjects in question. The tests are organised by Collegeboard (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests)

To qualify for admission based on SAT Subject tests the applicant must reach following minimum scores in both Mathematics (level 1 or 2) and Physics:

Mathematics: 600 (scale of 200 to 800) AND

Physics: 580 (scale of 200 to 800)

APPLICATION EVALUATION

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Deadline

The application period is 17 March at 8:00 (local time in Finland) – 17 May 2021 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). The application documents must be loaded on the application by 24 May 2021 at 15:00. The admission results are published by 9 July 2021.

Applicants graduating only after the application period, may apply on the condition that the final educational documents (degree certificate, transcript of high school records and school leaving certificate) and their translation are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by 16 July 2021 at 15:00 (local time in Finland). The possible admission is conditional until graduation.

Application form and enclosures

The application form is available to be filled and submitted at the Studyinfo portal during the application period. The documents can be loaded on the application for 7 days after the application period has expired. All deadlines are at 15.00 local time in Finland.

The following documents must be scanned and attached to the application online by the deadlines given below:

Admission group I

If you have completed the Finnish Matriculation examination we will get your results directly from Matriculation Examination board.

If you have completed the IB/EB degree before spring 2021, upload a copy of your IB diploma to the online application form by 24 May 2021.
If you are completing an IB/EB degree in spring 2021, upload a predicted grades/preliminary marks report to the online application form by 24 May 2021. Information on the official final grades must be delivered by 16 July 2021.

If you have completed DIA/RP degree before spring 2020, upload a copy of your degree certificate to the online application form by 24 May 2021.
If you are completing a DIA/RP degree in spring 2021, upload a copy of your final grades report to the online application form by 24 May 2021. A scan of the final degree certificate must be uploaded by 16 July 2021.

Irrespective of their educational background all applicants have to show their language skills according to the language requirements of the university.
The required documentation must be loaded on the application in the Studyinfo portal. Unless the language skills are demonstrated with the degree certificate of an unfinished degree, the deadline for the language certificate is 24 May 2021 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).

Admission group II

You must submit your upper secondary educational documents to CHESICC (China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center) for verification. Request CHESICC to submit the verification report for the China National College Entrance Examination Scores and China Secondary Education Qualification Certificate in English or send the report from the CHESICC online verification service to the following email address: admissions@utu.fi by 16 July 2021.

In addition to documents submitted to the University of Turku directly by CHESICC, you must upload a scanned copy of your original school leaving certificate, senior secondary school certificate and transcript of records on the application by 24 May 2021.

The original gaokao results must be scanned and loaded on the application form as soon as they are released, at latest by 30 June 2021.

Irrespective of their educational background all applicants have to show their language skills according to the language requirements of the university.
The required documentations must be loaded on the application in the Studyinfo portal. Unless the language skills are demonstrated with the degree certificate of an unfinished degree, the deadline for the language certificate is 24 May 2021.

Admission group III

If you are applying with any other secondary school qualification than the ones listed for admission groups I–II, the secondary school certificate, transcript of secondary school records and school leaving certificate must be loaded on the by 24 May 2021. If you are graduating only after deadline you must load the latest transcript by the deadline given above. The degree certificate and school leaving certificate must then be provided by 16 July 2021. In case the language of the original documents is not Finnish, English or Swedish, you must also provide an official translation in Finnish, English or Swedish.

The SAT test results must be submitted to the University of Turku directly from the College Board by 24 May 2021. The College Board Code for the University of Turku is 7838.

Irrespective of their educational background all applicants have to show their language skills according to the language requirements of the university.
The required documentations should be loaded on the application in the Studyinfo portal. Unless the language skills are demonstrated with the degree certificate of an unfinished degree, the deadline for language certificate is 24 May 2021.

All translations must be made either by an authorized translator or by the degree awarding institution. Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted.

ADMISSION

The yearly quota for the Programme is 50. It is shared between the three admission groups in relation to the amount of eligible applicants in each group.

All applicants will be informed about their results by email. All students are required to start in the beginning of the autumn semester, and there is no separate admission for the spring semester.

It is possible to have only one study right in Bachelor’s or Master’s level at the Faculty of Engineering. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous study right at the same faculty.

Please also notice, that you can only accept one study place in Finnish higher education per term. When accepting a place, any other admission offers to you will be canceled.

The programme will be started if there are more than 10 admitted applicants.