General information


The goal of the training in information and communications technology is to provide students with good technical capabilities for operating in a changing society while taking account of internationalisation. Because project work is very common at many workplaces, the training is often carried out by means of project work in teams. The training aims at practical competence. It is intended that graduating engineers can actually do the things they have studied instead of having only theoretical knowledge. Graduates will be better equipped to enter working life, and they will also have improved their self-confidence.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.


Targeted competence

The goal of the training in information and communications technology is to provide students with good technical capabilities for operating in a changing society while taking account of internationalisation. In addition to technical skills, you will always also need verbal and written communication, both within the team and outside it. In project work, the clients are always an important part of the project! The common language in the field is English, and the majority of the learning material is in English. Through a student exchange of your choice, your verbal linguistic skills will also be improved.

In contemporary society, information and communications technology is everywhere where the significance of the Internet and its services is heightened. In the future, many different everyday devices will be connected to the Internet. Various services that are currently being delivered partly or completely through physical service points will also move online. Information and communications technology needs new skilled people, because the field is developing rapidly and new technologies are being applied to new innovations. Good examples of this include digital gaming, social media services and the "Internet of Things" or "Industrial Internet" that is currently causing a sensation in the field.

​Degree profile

In the data network security and Internet of things option, you will study technologies that enable society to function more efficiently. A digitalising society is replacing its old models with new solutions that heighten the possibilities created by information technology and networked environments (the Internet). In your studies you will implement control systems for industry and the public operating environment, taking data network security into account.

Structure of studies

 Individual courses

Your studies will consist of the following:

Transferable skills, 24 ECTS credits

Here you will become acquainted with studies at the polytechnic and the aims and content of the training. The studies also introduce project work, entrepreneurship and business administration, provide a basic knowledge of foreign languages and develop general communication skills. Any studies in transferable skills that you have completed earlier can be incorporated in the degree in as much as they are suitable.

Natural sciences, 28 ECTS credits

Here you will receive the skills in mathematics and natural sciences required for the vocational studies included in your degree. Any studies in natural sciences that you have completed earlier can be incorporated in the degree in as much as they are suitable.

Common basic studies for ICT, 35 ECTS credits

You will become acquainted with the basic skills in digitalisation, programming, databases, Internet technologies, Web technologies, cyber security and operating systems. You will also learn how to apply these skills in practical projects. Any comparable basic studies that you have completed earlier can be incorporated in the degree in as much as they are suitable.

Core studies in data network security and Internet of things, 58 ECTS credits

Your core studies will consist of advanced studies common to all students. You will become acquainted with sensor technologies, network technologies, network services and the implementation of control systems. You will design and implement data security solutions for the Internet of things.

Advanced professional studies in data network security and Internet of things, 15 ECTS credits

You will develop into a skilled professional in the field selected and demonstrate your ability to work as an engineer after graduation.

Bachelor's thesis, 20 ECTS credits (15+5)

The thesis will develop and demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in practical work tasks related to the field. You will know the different phases of the research and development processes supporting your thesis, the required approaches to research and development and the different options for data collection and analysis.

Elective professional studies and other studies, 30 ECTS credits

With the elective studies, you can support the development of your expertise and follow your own interests in the field where you will be specialising. Here, you can also select studies offered in your own field or incorporate them into your on-the-job training. Any studies that you have completed earlier can be incorporated in the elective studies in as much as they are suitable.

Practical training, 30–60 ECTS credits

The minimum extent of the training is 30 ECTS credits. With this training, you will develop your professional skills and become acquainted with key practical work tasks and applying your knowledge at work. You will complete the training as part of your employment during your studies.


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and admission

Structure and completion of studies

A central teaching method is learning by doing. Students have access to Finland’s most modern and versatile laboratory environments, such as RGCE, Spidernet, Labranet and Challenge Factory. In addition to working in a real laboratory environment, the studies include lectures, project-type learning assignments, group work and online studies. At the final stage of your studies, you will be carrying out challenging projects together with clients. During the project, you will deepen your knowledge of project work and professional skills and establish important relationships and contacts with working life.

The teaching will be offered as hybrid courses. Contact studies will take place at weekends approximately once a month. There will also be a certain amount of distance lectures on weekday evenings.

Students selected for the data network security and Internet of things option will need to have previous studies acceptable as part of the degree programme. Students will complete the studies required for the option and any basic studies that may yet be uncompleted. The core studies of the option and the specialist studies in the field will be implemented as hybrid courses.

In your studies for the option, you will become familiar with the technologies of the Internet of things and with data network security. Your studies will also include training at your own workplace. It is also intended that you should write your thesis for your workplace. The total extent of the degree is 240 ECTS credits.

If you have previously acquired skills in the area of the option, these can be incorporated as part of the studies and the degree.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

Part-time studies


To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Employment and further studies

​Professional profiles of graduates with examples

Cyber security and the Internet of things constitute an acknowledged new field in information and communications technology that is expected to grow rapidly. There is heavy demand for skilled professionals in the field. This will also enable starting new businesses. The job description and tasks vary considerably. They include the positions of technical consultant, specialist, data analyst, expert in systems, system designer, planner, network architect, data security specialist and programmer.


Further studies

The students may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme. A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university Master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in Master’s degree level programmes.

In addition, the University of Applied Sciences offers continuing education possibilities in specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. A student who completes an upper post-secondary degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). All further studies must be applied for separately.

There is a master’s degree programme with changing content for information and communications technology students. At the moment, the content is cyber security.

After graduating as engineers, students can also continue their studies at a university of technology. Some of the polytechnic studies can be incorporated in a university degree.

​Other information


The learning objectives of the degree programme are based on international (EUR-ACE) competence descriptions. In addition, the learning objectives are based on the challenges brought by digitalisation and the needs of businesses. Central Finland’s regional strategies provide a general overview of the future development of the area, thus also providing a starting point for the planning of the degree programme. More specific information about the needs of companies has been gained through the IT Institute’s Advisory Board work, which provides an extensive understanding of the industry’s development prospects.

In addition to the Advisory Board, the competence needs of companies have been surveyed by staff participation in various events that have provided detailed information on the competence profiles of people needed in the field.

The starting point of the degree programme supports the student’s learning process, which has been taken into account in the planning of competence areas and the structuring of assessment.

The Head of Department and the Programme Coordinator are responsible for the planning and implementation of the updating training.

Contact information

Olli Väänänen, Senior Lecturer, +358 40 716 7472
Piippukatu 2
FI-40100 Jyväskylä