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Science and Engineering

Major subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Information and Communications Technology

Name of degree: Bachelor of Science in Technology (BSc (Tech))

Language of instruction: English

Scope of degree: 180 ECTS

Duration of studies: 3 years

Study mode: full-time

Tuition fee: yes

Scholarship programme: yes

Application deadlines:

  • Admission group I: 17 January 2018
  • Admission group II: 28 March 2018

Contact information

General questions about admission: admissions(at)tut.fi

Programme-specific questions:
bachelor(at)tut.fi

Science and engineering are the basis for all development and innovations. There is an increasing need for experts who have a strong mathematical background and creative skills to solve complex problems.

Studies in the International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech) give you abilities to follow the accelerating technological development and to use scientific methods. Step into the world of science and engineering with endless opportunities!

Build your future at TUT

The content of the Bachelor’s programme has been designed to give you many different study and career paths after graduation. Studies in the programme majors, Mathematics, Physics and Information and Communications Technology, provide the students with a deep background in science and information and communications technology. Graduates with the Bachelor of Science in Technology degree are eligible to continue studies directly at the Master’s level at TUT. With the decisions you make during the Bachelor’s studies, you will actively form the focus of your future studies and career.

Studies in the programme may eventually lead you to work as an R & D engineer in industry, as a software specialist with the newest technologies, carry out data analysis for an insurance company or research for universities or the industry – maybe even to establish your own start-up with a ground-breaking idea!

Company cases and real-life examples will connect theory to practice. Internship possibilities already exist for the first-year students. For a research-oriented student, it is possible to gain experience already during the Bachelor’s studies by working in one of the research groups on real-life projects.

Independence and initiative are traits of University-level studies, especially in Finland and TUT. Students may choose their study paths according to their own interests and professional goals. Read more about the studies and start building your future!

 

Studies

Study in an international atmosphere  

The programme is available to all Finnish and international applicants who have completed secondary education in Finland or abroad. Studies in the programme are conducted entirely in English, therefore good English language skills are required of all applicants. The three-year programme comprises 180 credits and leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology.

The scope and structure of studies

Studies in the programme are structured in the following way:

Degree structure

The introductory courses

The introductory courses lead you into studies at University-level and in Finland, familiarise you with various themes and tools which are central to your Bachelor’s studies at TUT, and to plan your career after graduation. During the first year, special emphasis is put on intecultural communication skills and working as part of a multicultural team.

The core studies

In core studies, you will take courses in subjects which are essential basics for all engineering students, regardless of their major subject. With these studies, you will gain subject-specific knowledge necessary for more advanced studies as well as skills in analytical thinking, understanding causes and consequences and problem solving. Core studies include mathematics, physics, chemistry, industrial management, programming, information technology, scientific writing and languages. The content of your language studies will depend on the language of your prior studies and will be tailored to your specific background. For all international students, studies in the English and Finnish languages are included in the core studies.

Major and minor subject studies

After the core studies, you will move onto major and minor subject studies. From among the three possible major subjects: Mathematics, Physics, and Information and Communications Technology, you will choose two. Of these two, the subject on which you will write your Bachelor’s thesis will be your major subject. You will decide which two study modules you wish to include in your degree in the spring semester of your first year of studies. The choice of major subject will be made during the second year of studies.

In addition to these two subjects you will study a second minor subject module, which you may choose freely from among the minor subjects taught in English. For the students with sufficient knowledge of the Finnish language, it is also possible to study the minor subject in Finnish. For an active and curious student, a minor subject study module completed as an exchange student at another top university of technology may also be a relevant option!

We are here to help with the choices

There’s a great deal to choose from, but this does not mean that you will need to face your choices alone. TUT has various services which are designed to help students with their choices and challenges. Study counsellors and academic coordinators will provide help in planning your studies and are available for consultation whenever needed. The TUT campus forms a safe, comfortable and friendly community in which students can find spaces for all kinds of needs and personalities. Active student clubs and events provide possibilities to find peer-support and to form friendships that last for a lifetime!

I enjoy looking at myself in five years-time as a newcomer-scientist, who is about to work on behalf of the mankind. And I strongly believe that this program leads me to my dream. (First-year BSc student, 2016)

The relatively small class-size in the programme allows students to form a tightly-knit community with peers and professors with no hierarchical boundaries. By studying and solving problems together, students find new perspectives into the tasks at hand and learn to work together towards a common goal. Not to mention that studying together is also fun!

Major Subjects

Mathematics

Mathematics is an essential tool in natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Applied mathematics, concerned with the application of mathematical knowledge to other fields, inspires new mathematical discoveries. Mathematical structures explain real-life phenomena and mathematical reasoning can provide an insight or predictions about nature. Abstraction and logic are the main ingredients of modern mathematics.

Bachelor’s studies in mathematics at TUT provide a strong foundation in all the key areas of mathematics, as well as analytical thinking. Instruction is integrated into research, including topics such as mathematical analysis and system theory with application, generalised and applied logics and Big Data data mining. Career prospects for major subject students of mathematics include research and development in industry, academic research or teaching.

Physics

Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines that aims at understanding the consistency and laws of the universe. Physics also forms the scientific backbone of technological development. Therefore, applications of physics can be found in all fields of technology from nanoscience to medical devices, as well as atmospheric and space research.

As a major subject of study, physics is a rewarding intellectual challenge: skills in physics are highly valued in the job market. A background in physics typically indicates strong abilities to tackle complex problems in diverse fields that range beyond science and technology to for example economics, banking and consulting. The recent “Big Data Revolution” in our society has dramatically increased the need of physicists. In the next years to come, physicists with skills in data analysis will be among the most desired employees in the job market worldwide.

After a successful completion of the Bachelor's courses and thesis, the programme provides a jump start towards Masters studies at TUT with a specialisation in research areas including for example physics of global atmospheric change and emission processes, quantum technologies, nanomaterials and nanoparticles, advanced optical materials and techniques, and multidisciplinary problems in health tracking and economics. Furthermore, the research groups provide the best students with excellent opportunities to continue towards Ph.D. either at TUT or elsewhere. Typically, our graduates (with either M.Sc. or Ph.D.) are quickly employed in highly-valued positions in the international job market.

Information and Communications Technology

The modern society could not function without Information and Communications Technology (ICT). It is a part of a modern society at many levels: games and art, intelligent software and robots, communication between equipment and people, medical measuring and imaging equipment, social interaction and electronic commerce, The Internet of Things, Big Data, 5G mobile networks and cloud computing are examples of current ICT research topics in Tampere University of Technology.

The study module on ICT offers a wide knowledge on the technology behind these topics, including software, human-computer interaction, signal processing and communications technology. The combination of courses may be selected quite freely. In ICT studies, theory and practice are in continuous interaction. Teaching is multifaceted: lectures, laboratory work and various assignments will provide a comprehensive learning experience. Depending on the selected courses, studies can be continued at the Master’s level at TUT in several majors, for example, software systems, wireless communications, machine learning, and computer networking.

Graduates from TUT's Master's programmes in ICT have excellent career opportunities in, for example, R&D in high-tech companies as well as research and post-graduate studies in universities.

Detailed information on the degree structure and course content is available in the programme's study guide for the academic year 2017-18.

Teaching methods and study arrangements – investing in innovative learning environments

Finland is known for its high-quality education and here at TUT we put this reputation to practice. TUT is investing in new and innovative learning environments and encouraging the use of new technological solutions to develop the quality of teaching and learning even further. Course implementations are reviewed annually, based on feedback from students on each course they take. Many members of teaching staff at TUT also have studies in university pedagogics, so in addition to research merits they are also qualified teachers.

In TUT, you will enjoy a variety of different teaching methods. Courses often consist of a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory work, tutorials, group work, assignments, independent study and an examination. In the TUT campus area, facilities such as computer labs and a library are available for the use of all students 24/7. Studying at TUT is independent, yet communal. In addition to theoretical and analytical skills, you will also learn to work independently and be responsible for your own studies on the one hand, and to work and communicate in a multicultural group on the other.

The academic year at TUT begins in mid-August and ends in late May. At the start of their first semester at TUT, new students attend a week-long orientation. The purpose of the orientation is to familiarise students with the practicalities of living in Finland and studying at TUT and with the facilities available on campus. Each new student will have a senior student as a tutor who will provide help in settling in to Tampere and TUT.

Range of possibilities after the Bachelor’s degree

Get inspired by Master’s studies

The content of the Bachelor’s programme has been designed to give you many different study and career paths after graduation. With the broad basis in engineering and scientific subjects, and the widely recognized degree offered by the programme, graduates will be eligible to continue studies in Master’s programmes around the world. Only one’s imagination is the limit to what you can do! The career paths available to graduates depend largely on how you continue your studies after the Bachelor’s degree.

At TUT, we offer direct paths to six Master’s programmes after graduation: all students admitted to complete a Bachelor's degree at TUT also gain a right to study a Master's degree at TUT without having to apply again. The major subject or the combination of subjects in Bachelor's degree will define the major subject you will be eligible to continue with at the Master's level. For some Master's programmes, a minimum average grade may be required. The possible study paths from the Bachelor's programme to the Master's programmes can be seen in the below figure. Each Master's programme offers one or more major subjects on which more information is available at Master's studies in English. In addition to the separate Master's programmes, further major subject possibilities exist also in English among other programmes. The additional Master's degree majors include Mathematics and Advanced Engineering Physics.

BSc class 2016

Updated by: Terhi Kipinä, 03.01.2018 13:37.
Content owner: Kipinä Terhi
Keywords: education and studies, bachelor, science, engineering, technology, mathematics, physics, ict, study guidance

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