Master of Engineering, Industrial Management and Engineering

Degree: Master of Engineering
Field of study: Technology and Seafaring
Extent: 2 years 60 credits
Location: Vaasa
Application period: 4-8 January 2023

This programme equips you with insights and tools needed to capitalize on future business challenges. Additionally it equips you to create corporate financial value for shareholders and other constituencies linked to leadership, decision-making, artificial intelligence and analytics.

The extent of the study program is 60 ECTS. The degree programme is located in Vaasa.

Study objectives

The programme enhances, strengthens and fosters the students' ability and readiness to lead business companies mainly within the industrial sector but also the public sector, nationally and internationally.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English. 

Study content

The Industrial Management and Engineering programme consists of professional studies in leadership, corporate structuring, business development and management of processes as well as people (20 ECTS). Additionally there are degree specific advanced studies in scientific methodology, decision theory, decision support systems and analytics (10 ECTS). The thesis work (30 ECTS) is a research and development project in conjunction with a company or an organization. The studies are conducted over a period of two years. The first year we focus on theory building, earlier research, models, teamwork and collaboration confirming and strengthening the student's frame of reference. The second year is focused on the thesis work, explicitly on your work-related development project.


The Master Degree Programme in Industrial Management and Engineering is 60 ECTS. The studies are accomplished over a period of two years, scheduled for two days a month from September to May. The faculty lectures are mainly given in Campus Vaasa but some parts of the studies are located out of the classroom, in the region's active business companies.

The learning theory is an immersive pedagogy, a mix of experiential, deep and collaborative learning linked to solving real working-life problems. The students in this programme have experience from various business fields within industry. Understanding customer centricity and demand driven flow are comfortable concepts to the entering students.

Master's thesis

The Master's thesis requires 30 ECTS. The thesis process often combines the student's own plans with the development needs of the employer within the field of organization and leadership. The Master's thesis is carried out in the student's organisation, applying the general scientific method or sometimes more case-specific action-based research. In the Master's thesis the student completes their own research project, thus enhancing their mastery of modern business theories.

Career Prospects

The degree program in Industrial Management and Engineering offers its students a solid basis for a broad, cross-disciplinary career. After completing the program, the graduates are qualified to work in both middle management and upper management in business firms and the public sector. They are equipped to head positions in sales, marketing, and project management or as CEOs. The program may also offer a basis for careers in research and academic professions.


A Master’s degree in Industrial Management and Engineering corresponds to the level EQF 7 in the European Qualifications Framework for Higher Education.

Tuition fees

Information about tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students at Novia UAS is found here


Many students are already active in international business. The network of Novia's international partners offers a wide range of international opportunities.

Co-operation with other parties

Novia has ongoing collaborations with both small, medium-size and large companies in both leadership research and the implementing of good leadership practices. The education program has systematic cooperation, collaboration and bench-learning with research societies in leadership and management. This deep interaction also includes Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences, both nationally and internationally.

Postgraduate study opportunities

With a Master´s degree, students are able to continue to university post-graduate (licentiate/doctoral) studies, however universities may at their own discretion have specific admission requirements for post-graduate studies that must be met in addition to a completed Master’s degree.

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