Business and technology studies prepare you for an international career
B&T focuses on business development in international sales and sourcing networks. Companies operate in global networks; both managers and business development professionals need to understand how these networks work and how they can be managed.
In B&T, you will develop a thorough understanding of the business processes characteristic of global business-to-business markets and the ability to apply business development practices in international networks. As a special feature, our B&T programme emphasises problem-based learning in projects with the local industry. We are experts of combining theory and practice: in terms of graduate employment rates, B&T is the leading international MSc programme in Finland. An engineering background complemented with B&T is, therefore, an excellent starting point for a career in management.
As B&T is targeted at young engineers and engineering graduates, we place special focus on technology-intensive products and services. This pedagogical approach ensures that students are able to take full advantage of their engineering background when repositioning themselves in the management field.
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Companies need young professionals with an intercultural mindset and an understanding of the potential offered by the latest technologies. The Master's Degree Programme in Business and Technology (B&T) welcomes engineers and engineering graduates from all over the world to study management in an intercultural and business-oriented learning environment.
B&T focuses on business development in international sales and sourcing networks. Companies operate in global networks: both managers and business development professionals need to understand how these networks function and can be managed. Our B&T students develop a thorough understanding of the business processes characteristic of global business-to-business markets and the ability to apply business development practices in international networks. The major offered is International Sales and Sourcing, with special emphasis on business development in technology-intensive industries.
As a special feature, the B&T emphasises problem-based learning in projects conducted in collaboration with local industry. This combination of theory and practice is in great demand in industry; in terms of graduate employment rates, B&T is the leading international MSc programme in Finland.
Business development in sales and sourcing often requires managers to understand not only the potential of but also the limitations embedded in these technologies. An engineering background is therefore an excellent starting point for a career in sales or sourcing. Furthermore, since B&T is targeted for young engineers and engineering graduates, technology-intensive products and services are emphasised in the programme. This pedagogical approach ensures that students are able to take full advantage of their engineering background when repositioning themselves in the management field.
Complementary courses as a part of the major provide students with options to deepen their competencies in subjects based on their personal and career interests.
More about the language of instruction
The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. In addition, students are required to complete a course in the Finnish language. The course provides them with an intruduction to everyday Finnish and Finnish culture.
Studies in B&T are organised into a pedagogically coherent three-semester package. The programme starts with an introductory course to management studies and eventually culminates in advanced courses simulating decision-making situations in real-life business. Students who hold a BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management will study a technologically oriented minor. After the three semesters, students write their master's thesis in close collaboration with a company, mostly in a paid position.
Our experienced teachers use a broad range of teaching methods, such as lectures, class discussions, case studies, written assignments and problem-based learning with companies. As is characteristic of Finnish education, we encourage active interaction between students and faculty members. The feedback we receive from our students highlights the commitment and encouragement of our teachers, the international and friendly atmosphere, and modern facilities.
Structure of studies
The master’s programme (120 cr) may be completed in two years of full-time study.
All students with a degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences (AMK) required to complete a complementary study package which generally includes courses in mathematics, physics and/or chemistry depending on the student's background.
This programme is aimed at students who have a BSc degree in engineering or technology. The engineering degree combined with our two-year management programme is a powerful combination with interesting career prospects in business development.
Our graduates have career opportunties, for example, in the following fields:
Supply Chain Management
Business Intelligence Systems
Key Account Management
A solid theoretical knowledge combined with some practical experience is always valued in the corporate world. However, the most important assets for today's leaders, namely the willingness to grasp new opportunities fearlessly and the capability to acquire new competencies efficiently, are also practiced in this programme.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected.
General eligibility criteria:
To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
• a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master's degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
• a good command of English for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility to university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
It is not possible to apply to a Master’s programme based on a Master’s degree. The only exceptions are the one-tier degree programmes where the first cycle degree is not compulsory and the so-called long cycle degrees.
Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree
You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree if the degree will be completed and you are able to send an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and final transcript of records by post by the given deadline (around end of July, exact date to be given later). In this case, you can be admitted to a Master's programme conditionally. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.
Programme-specific eligibility criteria:
Each Master's degree programme can define more detailed eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements of the applicant's previous education. These criteria will be decided and published yearly for the following application round.
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Industrial Engineering and Management the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields: technology or engineering.
For applicants who have completed their degree in a University of Applied Sciences (AMK) or a University in Finland the required minimum CGPA is the same as in the admission to the Master’s degree programmes offered in Finnish:
Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK)
Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto)
Language skill requirements
You must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.
English language tests
The minimum English language test result requirements:
C1 Advanced/CAE: C
In the Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you completed your secondary education and/or have taken a higher education degree in English in Finland or other EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States. You must have resided in the country while studying.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official eligibility criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Applicants for a second Master’s degree may be admitted only under special provision and only if they are able to show that the courses that count towards a degree at Tampere University provide the applicant with genuinely new knowledge and skills.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. All students with a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) degree are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. For more information on the complementary studies, please contact the academic coordinator of the degree programme.
Applicants are ranked based on the admission points they receive for previous qualifications, English language skills and other relevant factors that support the application.
Admission points (maximum 100 points) are given in the following categories:
- Previous qualifications maximum 60 points
- English language skills maximum 10 points:
- 5 points: e.g. TOEFL 92 / IELTS 6,5
- 10 points: e.g. TOEFL 103 or higher / IELTS 7,5 or higher
- Other relevant factors that support the application maximum 30 points
- CV/Résumé and the motivation letter submitted with the application constitute the basis of admission points given in this category.
How to apply
- Check the admission criteria
- Start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- If required book a time for the language test
- Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application
- Send the officially certified copies of your educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office by 30 January 2019. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results
- Accept the offer of admission by the given deadline
- Pay the tuition fee, if required
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Application process in detail
Select the Master's degree programme you wish to apply to. Carefully read the general eligibility criteria and programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. Applicants who do not meet the general and programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected.
Check which application documents you are required to submit and make sure to obtain them in time. Remember to check if there are any country-specific requirements for your documents. Please note that some documents may be required to be sent separately by a third party. Make sure these documents are also delivered in time.
When applying to the Master’s programmes you usually must demonstrate your proficiency in English with an internationally recognised academic language test report. We advise all 2019 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach Tampere University.
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts 4 December 2018 at 8:00 am and ends 23 January 2019 at 3:00 pm (GMT +2).
Some application enclosures are the same in all Tampere University Master’s programmes while some include programme-specific.
You will need to upload all application documents online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading the application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post by 30 January 2019.
You can find the list of the required enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
Country-specific requirements for application documents
Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Note that the degree awarding country may be a different one from the country where the studies are taken. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for attesting documents.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced by early April 2019. All applicants will be informed of the admissions results.
Please see Tampere University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure.