Software, Systems and Services Development in Global Environment, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The Department of Information Processing Science at the University of Oulu organizes a two-year full-time Master’s degree programme in Software, Systems and Services Development in the Global Environment (GS3D).


The Department of Information Processing Science at the University of Oulu organizes a two-year full-time Master’s degree programme in Software, Systems and Services Development in the Global Environment (GS3D).

Graduates from GS3D will have the competence to work as Experts and Managers in global ICT companies.

The programme will provide multidisciplinary knowledge of software, systems and services development in a global context.

Graduates will acquire the skills to understand and to analyze the dynamics of the software business environment. Students can progress with their studies to PhD and participate to GS3D research groups.

Learning outcomes

By completing the Master’s level studies in information processing sciences a student can act as an independent expert in a goal-oriented project and is able to professionally manage such a project.

The student masters typical research methods and can select the most appropriate research and data collection methods for a specific research problem. Students can develop the working methods and practices of their subject area by using a scientific approach and can communicate them clearly and fairly.

After finishing Master's level studies in the GS3D programme a student can also:

  • Apply existing and produce new IS and SE knowledge for organisational and software companies’ needs;
  • Analyse and evaluate human activities in IT use situations, work practice and organisational functioning using conceptual means, and present the results of the analysis using suitable descriptive methods;
  • Analyse and evaluate software solutions and processes from the perspective of software architecture, design patterns, established capability and maturity models;
  • Evaluate the impact of the development of information technology to organisational functioning;
  • Design IT solutions that solve identified problems and improve the efficiency of organisational practices;
  • Design and construct software that satisfies specified functional and quality requirements;
  • Act efficiently in global and distributed software projects or open the source community;
  • Set targets to self-steer and work towards those goals;
  • Communicate clearly and analytically using techniques derived from scientific practice.

Students can progress with their studies to PhD degree and participate in GS3D research groups.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Software Development in Global Environments
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Open Source Software Development
  • Software Engineering Research
  • Software Engineering Management, Measurement and Improvement
  • Software Business Development
  • ICT and Organisational Change
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Programme Specific Academic Requirements

The applicant should have a university level Bachelor's degree, or equivalent university level degree, suitable for studies of information processing science, with good grades. The degree may be from abroad or from other Finnish universities or from Universities of Applied Sciences (AMK). The programme is ideal for applicants who have background in Software Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology and Computer Engineering or nearby studies.

Application Documents

Selection Process

The selection is made by the selection committee based on the rankings of applications according to the selection criteria (see below).

Detailed Selection Criteria

The students are ranked based on these criteria.

1. Previous Studies
  • Relevance of the field in Bachelor degree
  • Average grade in Bachelor degree

2. English Skills (documentation required)

3. Motivation letter, max. 2 pages

(included in the electronic application form)
  • Reasons for applying (expectations, career plans, interests etc.) and commitment to GS3D studies
  • Qualifications to be a successful and prospective graduate (personal strengths, achievements, professional work experience etc.)
  • Matching together earlier studies and GS3D
  • Financing the studies and stay of living in Finland
b. Reference letter(s)
  • Original reference letter(s) must be attached to the application. Typically reference letters are academic references (professors, faculty officials) or references from employers.

4. Interview

The selection committee invites maximum 80 applicants to personal interview based on the criteria 1-3. Interview is arranged with web based tools or locally at University of Oulu.

Student Selection

Applicants will be informed about the admission results by the end of April by email. Accepted applicants will also receive acceptance letter and an information package via post mail

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 10000 International
  • Free EU/EEA


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