Bachelor of Engineering, Internet of Things


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Program Description

Why study engineering at Savonia?

Name of the study programme: Internet of Things
Degree title: Bachelor of Engineering
Extent of the study programme: 240 credits
City: Kuopio, Finland
Mode of teaching: Full-time, on Campus
Language: English
Application period: 9 - 24 January 2018

The BSc Degree Programme at Savonia UAS aims at developing experts in information technology with the specialisation in the Internet of Things. You learn to face continuous change in the global technology field and be sensitive to the requirements set by international partners. As a Savonia BSc, you will become especially skilled in the application and service development in digital health and industrial internet sectors which makes you an asset for example to small and medium-sized companies going global. When you graduate, you are able to operate fluently in multicultural teams and guide your team towards objectives. Savonia BScs work in service and product design, research and sales and other international activities.

Content of Studies

Each year has two assigned themes. During the first term of studies, the studies will cover issues in natural science, mathematics, physics and languages. This is done by working in cooperation with a partner organisation from the surrounding environment. The students will form teams around SMEs in cooperation with Savonia, and start getting to know the various phases needed for carrying out a project. These skills cover basic knowledge of different fields of ICT.

The second term continues with the development of applications within IoT. The student gains a profound insight into the successful implementation of IoT applications. Students will go through team building phases and become familiar with multicultural working teams and methods. The students are also expected to apply ICT knowledge to practice within the partner organisation and to be able to share their understanding with fellow students. At the end of the year, the students will have a comprehensive understanding of the entire ICT systems of IoT as a foundation to develop their professional career.

During the second year studies, the students will focus on essential internationalisation skills. First, the students will learn how to use the tools for software development and analysis in Big Data. Second, the students will put these skills and understanding to use, again together with local organisations, within the theme of preparing for training periods and projects.

The third-year students will focus on adapting professional level tasks in programming and electronics, wireless and cloud technologies. As skills and understanding grow, the students perceive the evaluation and development of demanding IoT applications professionally. By this stage, the students' management and leadership skills will grow to meet the demands of international level of the profession.

The fourth year is reserved for the thesis, training and business intelligence possibilities of IoT. Skills are deepened in cloud computing and analytics. The skills gained in previous years are sharpened in the
thesis and project work.

Structure of Studies

The studies for a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology comprise 240 ECTS. According to the curriculum, one academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS, which is equivalent to 1600 hours of a student’s workload. The studies consist, among others, of lessons in class, distance learning and independent studies as well as web-based learning and internship. The studies include working life oriented research and development activities.


The thesis at Savonia is always work related. This gives you a good opportunity to networking with professionals in your field during your studies, and often the thesis turns out to be a starting point for your career.

The thesis emphasises the cooperation between you, working life and the UAS – from choosing the topic to setting the goals and to actually doing it. During the process, you show that you are capable of working independently in recognising, evaluating and solving developmental challenges in working life. Professional reporting and communications skills are required as well.
Your work-related thesis can be:
  • a developmental project, which you or your team plan and implement based on the requirements of your client. Examples of such a project include product or service development, technology evaluations and testing, it can be software or hardware weighted, it can consist the whole information chain from sensors to background system or it can some restricted part.
  • a research-oriented project, where you or your team will perform appropriate research activities in order to shed light on the developmental or problem-solving needs of your client.
  • a compiled thesis, where eg projects, research, development or scientific articles done during the studies are gathered together and reported as a synthesis.
Your thesis process will be supported by engineering studies, thesis seminars and methodology workshops. You can do your thesis independently or in a group.

Career possibilities

It BSc will work, among other things, in project, or sales engineering duties or research and related tasks. You will also have the skills and competencies needed to become an entrepreneur.

  • Product Developer or Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Research engineer
  • Web developer
  • ICT specialist
  • Sales Engineer
  • Integration Engineer


Our BSc -groups are multinational and -cultural by nature, so you will get accustomed to an international work environment from day one. In addition, the BSc programme itself is designed for internationalisation. Close cooperation with our international partners brings you in contact with people and organisations outside Finland, making it possible for you to compare views, share knowledge and work side by side on projects by using technology-based communication tools as well as meeting in person.
Student exchange is also a natural and recommended part of your second-year studies, and internships (basic and/or professional) could take you anywhere in the world.
Our selection of language studies is substantial, complemented by the offerings of the University of Eastern Finland. Cross-cultural studies provide a good basis for your personal experiences in all aspects of internationality.


Savonia is active in developing the surrounding community via, among others, student projects, joint research projects and various development programmes. The cooperation with the local working life is highly valued and based on long-term relationships. Also, the joint activities with the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia UAS bring a variety of options for our students. International aspects are dealt with in a close network of foreign partner institutions, covering exchange, internships, projects and joint or double degrees.


Our BSc programme is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses in their internationalisation efforts. You will work on various work-related research or developmental projects of SMEs during your studies and gain valuable insight into industrial or digital health world.

Possibilities to continue studies after graduation

A BSc degree is an internationally recognized and approved qualification. A BSc graduate is eligible to apply to continue theoretical studies at most universities worldwide. Often the following Master’s degree can be completed in 2 years, depending on the field of study and the student. However, should you wish to continue your studies to the Master level at a university of applied sciences, you will be directed to start your working career to gather 3 years of work experience before entering a Master’s programme.

Student selection

Student selection of IoT is based on either the SAT test or the entrance exam:
  • 8 students are selected on the basis of the SAT test result
  • 7 students are selected on the basis of the entrance exam result
An applicant can participate in the student selection in both ways by taking the SAT test and the entrance exam.

Entrance examination

All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance exam. An applicant must inform on the application form where he/she will participate the entrance. Entrance exam of IoT is arranged on 11 April 2018 in
  • Kuopio (Finland)
  • Petrozavodsk (Russia)
  • Shanghai (China)

Structure of the entrance examination

  • Written part 1: Mathematics and Logic (min. 6 / max. 24 points).
  • Written part 2: Textual skills in English (Writing and/or reading) (min. 4 /max. 16 points)

All tasks are in English. Applicants must pass all the parts of the examination in order to be selected for admission. The maximum score for the exam is 40 points, and the applicant needs to have at least 10 points to be selected.
The total duration of the entrance examination will be 3 hours.
Savonia UAS is not co-operating with other UASs and therefore the result of the entrance exam is accepted only at Savonia UAS. Savonia UAS will not accept the entrance exam result of any other UAS.
SAT test
Savonia UAS requires a minimum score of 400 from Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 400 from Mathematics. Only new SAT scores taken after 1 March 2016 are accepted. Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not accepted. The SAT test result must be available at the Savonia UAS Admission Services by 13 April 2018.
Please check out website for more information on
  • how to apply
  • eligibility
  • tuition fee
  • one study place per term provision


Our whole programme is conducted in English apart from mandatory languages courses in Finnish (for foreign students) and in Swedish (for Finnish students). Please note that you are not expected to be perfect when you start your studies – your language skills will improve while doing engineering studies. The multicultural learning environment with students speaking various languages is the best way of preparing for the challenges of engineering field of IoT.
Last updated Nov 2020

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