Master’s Degree ...

Master's Degree Programme in Management of Health Care and Social Services

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Principal Lecturer Hannele Laaksonen
Study Counsellor Irmeli Nieminen, irmeli.nieminen(at), 050 311 9677
Head of Degree Programme Tiina Mäkinen

Qualification Awarded and the Level of Qualification

Bioanalytics (Master's of Health Care)
Paramedics (Master's of Health Care)
Physiotherapist (Master's of Health Care)
Midwife (Master's of Health Care)
Radiographer (Master's of Health Care)
Registered Nurse (Master's of Health Care)
Public Health Nurse (Master's of Health Care)
Socionom (Master's of Health Care)

Special Admission Requirements

Master's degree is designed for people who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Services or Health Care and who have at least three years of work experience in a relevant field after graduation. In cases of persons who have completed a vocational degree or have another university degree, and who have since completed an applicable Bachelor’s degree, relevant work experience may be accepted from the time before graduation from said degree programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer for studies means that the student can transfer prior higher education studies to the studied degree if they meet the competence objectives of the degree programme. Any studies completed in other higher education institutions can be included in the elective studies.
Students of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) may propose credit transfer based on their prior studies and competence.
Credit transfer follows the spesific instructions of TAMK.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The programme corresponds to the competence framework described in European Qualification Framework (EQF) and the National Quality Framework (NQF). EQF enables lifelong learning and the flexibility of degrees within Europe. The master’s degree corresponds to the competence level 7.

Profile of the Programme

The extent of the studies is 90 credits. Master’s degree studies are implemented as part-time studies with contact teaching on average on two or three days a month. Outside the contact teaching, learning takes place through independent and team work. The degree can be completed alongside work.
The studies provide the students with theoretical information on the field of management and development. In addition, students learn to think, evaluate and develop operation critically based on evidence. They can choose free-choice studies from other TAMK’s master’s degree programmes or from the educational supply of other higher education institutions.
The master’s thesis is a working life oriented development project. The master’s thesis topic can arise from a development need of the student’s current work community or it can be related to TAMK projects. The master’s thesis process includes research and development, systematic information search, and scientific writing. When the master’s thesis is ready, the student has to write a printable article as his/her maturity test.

Key Learning Outcomes

The focus of the degree programme is on evidence based development and management skills. The degree programme gives the readiness needed for diverse managerial duties, management of change, and expert tasks.
After graduation the students are qualified to apply to vocational teacher's education and those public positions for which a master-level degree is a requirement. The degree is working life oriented and comparable with equivalent degrees in other EU countries (EQF, level 7).

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

Social and health care management and leadership, development tasks, diverse projects, and other expert tasks.

Access to Further Studies

The master’s degree from a university of applied sciences produces the same eligibility for postgraduate studies as a master’s degree from a university.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Evaluation is based on the common evaluation criteria of TAMK.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of studies and achievement of competence objectives in the extent set by the curriculum.

Mode of Study

The scope of the degree is 90 cr. It consists of both classroom meetings (2-3 days/month) and independent work. The amount of independent study is large in the programme.
Your networking will be supported by collaboration between programmes and students from different universities of applied sciences. The learning methods include both independent work and inclusive working, for example working in small groups, study visits and on-line studies. Together with your teacher tutor you will draw up your individual study plan to follow during your studies.
The structure of studies:
Advanced professional studies 55 cr
Free-choice studies 5 cr
Master’s thesis 30 cr

Development of the Programme

Curricula are developed together with other Universities of Applied Sciences and other Master's programs in Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
With clinical practice different co-operation projects are included in the program, such as Thesis projects. There are also regular meetings and networking with clinical practice in the field.