Studies in Business and Technology
The International Master's Programme in Business and Technology focuses on the management of customer-supplier relationships in global, technology-driven industries. In the programme students with a BSc in engineering or technology will achieve the skills and competencies needed to manage and develop global sales and sourcing practices.
The academic year starts in early August and ends in late May. New international students participate in an orientation week in August prior to starting their studies at TUT. The orientation familiarizes students with the facilities and practicalities concerning academic studies in Finland and TUT.
At the very beginning of the programme, there is an intensive two-week period of studies to introduce students to the basics of industrial management. This intensive course sets the foundation for future learning and therefore it is imperative that students are able to start their studies already in August.
The programme starts with more basic courses on business management and becomes more demanding as the students' competencies evolve towards their second year. Each semester, the content of the courses builds on the competencies acquired through prior courses, emphasizing the pedagogical approach to management studies.
The International Master's Programme in Business and Technology comprises 120 credits, of which 90 credits (3 semesters) is composed of course work and 30 credits (1 semester) of the master's thesis. Each credit represents an average work load of 27 hours, including lectures, exercises, assignments, independent learning and an examination.
The Master's Degree is comprised of the following study modules:
Our internationally experienced teaching staff emphasizes group work, case studies and problem solving. An international study environment is obtained not only by admitting talented students from all around the world, but also by inviting international guest professors and speakers to TUT. Company projects also form part of the learning process.
Studying in a Finnish university is somewhat different from many other countries. Students are responsible for the progress of their studies, but they also have more freedom to decide how to organize their studies. In addition to the courses included in the programme, students are able to take courses from other faculties and from the University of Tampere. Furthermore, the faculty offers students individual study counselling services.
Communicating with the faculty members is an essential part of the studies and students get personal feedback on their performance. Faculty members are easy to approach to discuss, for example, future career plans. We have a relaxed and informal atmosphere at the University, which makes it easy for students to get help with possible questions and doubts.
Course programme in more detail
The content of the studies are presented in detail in the following link to give an overview of the courses:
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Academic Writing and Research Methodologies in Management Science I and II courses require extensive research reports. Since our students invest a considerable amount of time and effort in their research papers, the best papers are collected into a publication series. These publications have three purposes: they motivate students to finalize their research reports, and are used as teaching materials and as marketing materials when acquiring new case companies for students to work with.
Our teaching staff is internationally experienced and competent in their areas of expertise. Most of our teaching staff has spent at least two years working or studying abroad and have been teaching multicultural student groups for more than five years. Our professors and lecturers also pursue research and development projects with local industry, which ensures that students have access to the most up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge.