General information


As a graduate of a master's degree programme in health and social studies, you can work in challenging, multidisciplinary expert, development and management positions. You have mastered a proactive and preventive approach to work. You can apply evidence-based knowledge base in the changing operating environments of health care and social services.

In the studies in Advanced Nursing Practice, you will acquire competence for challenging decision-making in nursing as well as evidence-based renewal and development of nursing. You will acquire capabilities for developing reception work in nursing, implementing various change and development processes as well as entrepreneurship. You will also learn to act as an expert of advanced nursing practice in multicultural and international operating environments.

Degree level

Master’s degree (EQF 7)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.


Targeted competence

The goal of the education is that the graduates of the degree programme are experts in advanced nursing practice on a demanding level, who

• are able to operate in challenging work environments as independent nurse specialists, who base their decisions on the knowledge base of nursing as well as multidisciplinary information utilising their extensive networks
• can apply, innovate and assess cost-effective and efficient methods of nursing in their own area of expertise
• have a mastery of clinical pharmacology and medical treatment in their own area of expertise
• are able to develop and renew nursing practice based on evidence in cooperation with a multidisciplinary team
• can assess critically and apply the basic values and principles of professional ethics of their own field as experts and developers of working life.

Degree profile

A master's degree in health and social studies is targeted at those of you who want to develop in your career and strengthen your competence in various challenging expert and development tasks in nursing or as an entrepreneur. In the education as an expert in advanced nursing practice, you will acquire competence in the evidence-based development of customer-oriented well-being services and nursing practices and the investigative development of working life. In the education, you will acquire the capabilities to act as a developer of reception work in nursing, a team leader and an initiator of various change and development processes in health care.

Based on your Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and career plan, you can also select advanced studies in mental health and substance abuse work provided by the national network of universities of applied sciences and focus your studies on management or entrepreneurship. The education will also provide you with the capabilities to act as an expert in Advanced Nursing Practice in multicultural and international operating environments.

Structure of studies in Peppi

The structure of the studies (90 cr) is as follows:

• Expertise in Advanced Nursing Practice or mental health and substance abuse work (implemented as networked cooperation between four universities of applied sciences), core studies 20 cr
• Research and development studies linked to the core studies 15 cr
• Optional studies 15 cr
• Elective studies 10 cr
• Thesis 30 cr

Common JAMK elective/optional studies (5–15 cr):

• Leadership studies
• Entrepreneurship studies

Individual courses


The Prior Learning Recognition Procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and selection

Information about applying for degree programmes and student selection

Structure and completion of studies

The studies include advanced specialisation studies, elective studies and a thesis, or a working-life development assignment. The studies consist of courses and larger competence areas.

During the first 1½ years of studies, the focus is on expertise in Advanced Nursing Practice or competence in mental health and substance abuse work, as well as strengthening the research and development competence. The master's thesis constitutes one third of the studies, and so work on the thesis begins already during the first year of studies. During the last 1–1½ years, the main focus is on the thesis and the elective studies chosen based on the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and career plan.

The students make choices in accordance with their personal PLP within the competence areas/courses through learning tasks and the thesis. The studies are implemented as multiform studies, utilising working life and the more extensive research and development projects as learning environments. At least 5 ECTS credits of the studies in the degree programme are completed in English. You can deepen your competence related to entrepreneurship and internationalisation by selecting studies that support the competence areas from JAMK's extensive selection of common master’s degree studies. You can also direct the focus of the learning tasks and the thesis based on your own competence and/or the development needs of your work community. In addition to the courses offered within the degree programme, courses in Finnish and in English are offered by all of JAMK’s master’s degree studies.

Studies completed in other master's degree programmes and master's degree studies offered by partner universities or the Finnish Online University of Applied Sciences can also be accepted as optional and elective studies. In addition, the students can utilise open online studies offered by international institutes of higher education, the MOOC courses, in accordance with the Personal Learning Plan and career plan.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Assessment and learning guidance

Learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the learning objectives of the course. Assessment decisions are based on the assessment criteria provided in the course descriptions. Courses are assessed on the assessment scale specified in the course description. According to its purpose, the scale may be either of five steps: 5 (excellent), 4 (very good), 3 (good), 2 (satisfactory) and 1 (adequate) or a pass (P)/fail (0). Completion of the course has been failed (fail (0)) if the student does not achieve the minimum outcomes set for completion of the course.

The student has the right to know how the criteria apply him or her. Course performance is recorded in the transcript of records no later than one month after the declared time of completion of the course and always before the end of the school year.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Forms of study

​Part-time studies

The studies are mainly carried out online in education implemented as multiform studies. In addition to the online studies, the studies include an average of two days of classroom teaching per month during the first 1.5 years, as well as thesis seminar work at the end of the studies. The studies can be completed part-time alongside work, or intensively as full-time studies.

A part of the studies are carried out in multi-professional teams, where the students can network with other professionals in the field and develop their own work community.


Being awarded a Master’s degree certificate requires the student to complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

​Employment and further studies

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

The degree provides the qualification to apply for a public office or position or other tasks that require a higher post-secondary degree.

You can work in expert and development positions in reception work in nursing as well as in managerial positions, such as team leader, change and development process manager, project manager and in public, private and non-governmental organisations in the well-being sector. In addition, you will acquire the skill to work in expert and development positions in multicultural and international networks, or as an entrepreneur.

​Further studies

The master's degree of the university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree, which provides the qualification to apply for pedagogical studies at the Teacher Education College of the University of Applied Sciences. A person who has completed a master's degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). Studies can be continued by applying for corresponding postgraduate education at universities abroad, for example.

The University of Applied Sciences also offers continuing education opportunities for specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.

Other information


The planning work of the degree programme and the definition of the learning objectives have involved teachers, students, alumni as well representatives of working life from different health care organisations. The development group for competence in advanced nursing practice, which consists of the leading employees in health care in Central Finland, has also participated in the planning. Topical national action plans, such as the national action plan for nursing care have been utilised in the curriculum work, along with the expertise of the members of the national network of master's degree studies in health care. The curriculum development has taken account of the views of the students that have participated in the degree programme, which have been collected during personal and group discussions and via course feedback. In addition to the parties described hereinabove, the curriculum work has also utilised Finnish and international research information on the roles, tasks and responsibilities of an expert in advanced nursing practice.

​Contact information

Hanna Hopia, Principal Lecturer, +358 400 989 446,
Sirpa Tuomi, Programme coordinator, +358 400 976 750
Piippukatu 2
40100 Jyväskylä