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Characteristics of Master’s Degrees at Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences

  • Admission criteria: Bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences or other applicable higher education degree, and three years of relevant work experience
  • Scope of the degree: 60 or 90 ECTS credits
  • Completion: usually through part-time study while working, duration 2-3 years
  • Nature of the degree: demanding, practise-oriented expert education
  • Mode of study: part-time, blending learning, integrating studies and work
  • Thesis: an applied study or development project that develops working life needs
  • Qualification provided by the degree: master-level qualification

The Master’s degree has offered the graduates of universities of applied sciences with a route to continuing and further education, as well as with the opportunity to obtain a master-level qualification. A successful completion of the Master’s degree strengthens the student’s field-specific competence, broadens the generic workplace skills related to management, entrepreneurship, research and development - thus creating new career development prospects.

Objectives of the Education

The objective of Master’s degree studies is for the students to acquire an adequate knowledge and skills base and the competences needed in demanding development and other expert tasks, based on the requirements of the degree and working life and its development.

The general objective of master’s degree programmes (Decree 18.12.2014/1129) is that the graduates should possess:

  1. extensive and in-depth knowledge and the necessary theoretical knowledge in order to further develop their working life in demanding expert and managerial positions;
  2. in-depth understanding of their professional field, its position in working life and social significance, and the ability to follow and analyse the development of the research information and professional practices in the field;
  3. ability for lifelong learning and constant development of professional skills;
  4. good communication and language skills for positions in the field and for international activities and co-operation.

The expert competence provided by the Master’s degrees emphasises comprehensiveness and transferability, which enables the students to work in diverse positions and to transfer their competence from one task of work and organization to another. It is essential to see one’s activities as part of a larger entity, sharing one’s expertise, and learning from others.

Flexible Completion of the Programmes

The programmes are usually provided through multi-modal teaching, so they can be flexibly completed while working. Multi-modal teaching includes contact lessons, distance study, online learning, and independent study. The contact periods are arranged in the various fields of study either on two successive weekdays about once a month or at evenings and weekends. The online learning environment supports the completion of studies irrespective of time and place.

The flexibility of the educational process is based on the students’ opportunity to build a personal learning plan according to their career development goals, utilising the synergy of JAMK’s fields of study and international courses offered in the implementation of studies. This enables individual choices and integrates work and study even more flexibly.

Student Workload

The measuring of studies is based on ECTS credits. Courses are allocated credits according to their student workload. In the European Credit Accumulation and Transfer System ECTS, full-time study requires 1 600 hours a year, on the average, equalling 60 credits. One credit thus equals about 27 hours of student work. The scope of the Master’s degrees of JAMK is 60 or 90 credits, which means that a degree worth 60 credits requires about 1 600 hours, and a degree worth 90 credits respectively about 2 400 hours of student work.