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Health Care and Social Services


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Leadership for future health care and social services 10
Ethics and sustainable development 5  
Nordic model of welfare 5
Health inequality and the state of global health 5
Change leadership 5
Evidence-based practice and decision-making 5
Methods of development and evaluation 5
Research methods 10
Elective studies 5
Elective studies 5  
Master's Thesis 30  
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 50 40 25 25 40 0 47.9 47.9 16.9 16.9 16.9 41.7 41.7 0 0 0

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.


The Master's Degree Programme in Health Care and Social Services is a university of applied sciences post-graduate degree for persons who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Services or Health Care or another appropriate higher education degree and who have at least two years of work experience in a relevant field after graduation. The programme corresponds to the competence framework described in European Qualification Framework (EQF, competence level 7) and the National Quality Framework (NQF).

The studies have a perspective both on Nordic and global leadership and health. The studies comprise 90 ECTS and are completed on two to three years as part-time studies. The studies can also be completed as full-time studies during 1½ years. Studies and instruction are conducted 100 % online using a learning platform and distance learning methods.

The programme provides leadership competence and expert knowledge for developing multi-professional social and health care settings and for meeting the demands of future work environments. The central content of the studies comprises leadership in social and health care, and aims for students to be able to apply an ethical and sustainable approach in their daily work, have a readiness to lead people, work groups and work communities, ability to promote and lead safety in social and health care and be able to lead evidence-based change work. The studies also consist of research and development that aims for students to be able to apply a scientific and evidence-based approach in their daily work.

The Master’s thesis is realized as a research and development project related to working life and gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The work becomes part of the student's personal skills profile. Alternatives for the thesis are a research study (e.g., investigation, mapping, analysis and / or evaluation, enquiry) or a development project (e.g. development of working methods or activities)


Is able to self-evaluate and develop one’s expertise in a versatile and focused way
Is able to retrieve, analyse and produce information and evaluate it critically from the point of view of different fields
Is capable of taking responsibility for collaborative learning in a target-oriented way
Is able to take responsibility for the actions of a community and for the consequences of these actions
Is able to apply the ethical principles of the subject field as an expert and as a developer of working life
Is able to make decisions considering an individual and the community
Is able to contribute to the principles of equality in working life
Is able to contribute to the principles of sustainable development and social responsibility
Is capable of leading socially influential activities based on ethical values
Is able to develop the operations of a work community
Is able to develop multidisciplinary communication and interaction in working life
Is able to utilize information and communications technology in one’s work
Is able to create networks and partnerships
Is capable of management and to operate in professional networks
Is capable of decision making in unpredicted situations
Is able to apply the principles of organisational management and leadership in working life and has abilities for supervision tasks
Possesses entrepreneurial skills supervision tasks and is able to improve activities in complicated and unpredictable environments
Is able to work as an expert or entrepreneur and has abilities for management and supervision tasks
Is able to manage research, development and innovation projects and masters the methods of research and development work
Is able to manage project work
Is able to create new information and improve existing working methods by combining expertise from different fields
Is able to develop customer oriented, sustainable and profitable solutions
Is capable of international communication in one’s work and in the development of operations
Is able to operate in international environments
Is able to predict the effects of and opportunities for internationalization development in one’s own field