Bachelor's Progamme in Software and Systems Engineering (Double Degree)


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Program Description

Double degree from LUT and HEBUT, Bachelor of Science in Technology

Software and technology have become increasingly important in our daily lives.

With the aid of digitalisation, societies are renewing their structures and operations, which offers countless opportunities for IT experts.

Programming skills give you the tools to solve great societal challenges. Challenges can be related to, for example, digitalisation, reducing energy consumption, the research and development needs of the business world or guiding consumer behaviour towards sustainability. Societal or organisational problems may also be solved by introducing a new software service, product or system to provide assistance and information to the people around us.

Software engineering is for people who are interested in problem-solving and want to make things faster, less costly and more efficient in the future. You will produce solutions that take into account the needs of both individuals and large companies.

The Bachelor's Programme in Software Systems Engineering is a unique, international double degree programme developed in cooperation with Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China. Students admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in Software Systems Engineering at LUT University will receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities. You will complete the entire degree in Lahti, Finland.

After completing a bachelor's degree in software engineering, you can continue your studies directly in the Master's programmes at LUT in the field of software engineering:

  • Software Engineering and Digital Transformation
  • Software Product Management and Business

Learning outcomes

As a graduate in software engineering, you will develop profitable, sustainable and user-friendly solutions for different needs.

You will understand that software and IT hardware are tools for solutions: they often serve as an essential support for other disciplines, in addition to creating opportunities and services themselves.

After completing the studies in the Bachelor's Programme in Software and Systems Engineering, you will be able to participate in software system and service development projects as a developer. You will learn scientific thinking and be prepared for scientific work. You will be able to utilise math and science to solve problems.

You will learn to take into account aspects of digitalisation, information management and sustainable development when designing software. You will be able to apply logical thinking and science to solve problems and real-life challenges.

The business perspective in your studies will help you outline what tools you can use to create software and how you will be employed when you graduate. Already during your studies, you can take advantage of the university's start-up and software development platforms and start your own business. At LUT University, you can further deepen your commercial skills as a developer of new products and services.

Degree structure

The Bachelor's Programme in Software and Systems Engineering is a three-year double degree programme. The programme is developed in cooperation with Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China. The programme leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 180 ECTS credits.

The programme includes general, intermediate specialisation, minor, language and elective studies as well as a Bachelor's thesis at the end of the studies. You will complete the entire degree in Lahti, Finland.

General studies (44 ECTS credits) include studies in engineering physics, C programming, mathematics, technical documentation and 3D modelling, statistical mathematics, introduction to IoT-based systems.

Intermediate specialisation studies (85 ECTS credits) focus on topics in object-oriented programming, computer science, user interfaces and usability, discrete models and methods, data structures and algorithms, web applications, computer networks and Internet, cybersecurity of software systems.

Options for minor studies (20 ECTS credits) include sustainability science, practical engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship, technology in China.

Language studies (19 ECTS credits) include Chinese, Finnish and English and are featured with the aim to increase intercultural communication abilities as well as employability in Finland, China and around the world.

In elective studies (2 ECTS credits), you can select any course at LUT.

Bachelor's thesis, 10 ECTS credits

After completing your Bachelor's degree in the software and systems engineering, you can continue your studies directly in the Master's programmes at LUT in the field of software engineering, Software Product Management and Business or Software Engineering and Digital Transformation.

Software and Systems Engineering covers the technologies, tools and methods for the design, development and testing of software products, systems, and services. The studies apply modern and widely adopted approaches.

The main themes include different programming paradigms and environments, applying systematic processes in the development of systems and services, collecting software requirements and designing user interfaces.

In addition to the design and development of software, the curriculum also includes aspects of communications technology, hardware systems and special topics such as artificial intelligence. You will also select a minor subject from the offered portfolio, which includes topics involving energy systems, sustainability and economics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Your studies will consist of theory lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, company visits, code camps, and hackathon projects. You will work both independently and in groups. Tutorials and projects prepare you for applying your knowledge and skills to practical work and take responsibility for practical tasks. They also support the development of your teamwork and presentation skills.

The programme collaborates with the working world: it invites visiting lecturers and arranges code camps, project-based courses and hackathons together with companies in the area. The teaching staff has strong practical knowledge of the industry.

Career prospects

There are many reasons why software engineering is so popular, such as good job security, high starting salaries, and diverse job opportunities across industries.

After graduation, you will have good competencies to work as an expert in the software industry in development, management and business development.

Master's graduates in software and systems engineering have gone on to become:

  • upper-level management in the electricity sector
  • testing engineers  
  • automation engineers
  • electricity grid designers for a distribution company
  • business process analysts
  • business service innovators
  • digital transformation consultants
  • business intelligence managers

How to Apply

The next application period is 7 January − 20 January 2021 at 15:00 (UTC+2).

There are 2 different paths to follow when applying:

  • Applying with an SAT Test
    Holders of any other comparable qualification on the upper secondary level of education providing you with eligibility to University-level Bachelor's studies in the country where the degree was completed in.
    No language test required.
  • Applying with Finnish Matriculation Examination or related results
    Holders of Finnish Matriculation Examination, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate or Reifeprüfung.
    Language Test required with a few exceptions to the rule.

Lahti campus

LUT University's Lahti campus is located in the district of Niemi, three kilometres from the Lahti city centre. The campus is smaller than the campus in Lappeenranta and at the moment, student services on the Lappeenranta campus offer study and guidance services for students studying on the Lahti Campus. However, starting from autumn 2020 some study services will be available also on the Lahti campus for students studying in LUT Master's programmes in Lahti.

The new campus in Lahti is a modern learning environment which is built on former factory premises. Mixing old and new provides a unique and inspiring setting for learning and working. NiemiCampus creates engaging learning environments supporting multidisciplinary working and shared use of services and spaces.

Facts about the Lahti campus

  • 24/7 access to university buildings
  • Student discount on meals at the campus restaurant
  • Many companies under the same roof
  • Exhibition space for events
  • Sports services for students and staff
  • Location 500 meters from the Niemi Harbor by Lake Vesijärvi
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

LUT University is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969.

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