Special Expertice in the Field of Social Services
|Changing Social Reality and Values||10|
|Expertise on Children, Young People and Families’ Social Welfare||10|
|Preventative and Early Support||5|
|Multifaceted Early Education||5|
|Other Area of Expertise in the Field of Social Services||5|
Management and Development in the Field of Social Services
|Management and Development of Client Service and Work Community||10|
|Management and the Leadership Role in the Work Community||5|
|Management and Development of Client Services and Processes||5|
|Management of Service Business||5|
Research and Development Studies
|Theory, Innovation and Planning of Research and Development Project in Social Services||5|
|Strategic and Methodological Options of Project Implementation||5|
|Conclusion, Analysis, Evaluation and Reporting||5|
|Innovation and Subject Analysis of the Master’s Thesis||10|
|Master’s Thesis Proposal||10|
|Reporting the Master’s Thesis||10|
|ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year||60||55||30||30||55||0||15||15||15||15||27.5||27.5||0||0|
Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year. Planned syllabus may change during studies.
Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.
To formulate the curriculum, an internal work group of the degree programme was named. To promote the development of the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Services, a steering group was formed in the spring of 2011. It has dealt with the objectives and content of the degree programme and its curriculum as well as the admission criteria and the professional focus of the programme considering the needs of the work environment, the development of the labour market situation of the degree programme and other similar education of the field provided in the metropolitan area. The steering group has also approved the proposal for the curriculum. The members of the steering group include representatives of the work environment and other interest groups, students of the degree programme and staff from Metropolia.
As a basis for the development of the degree programme and the curriculum, a questionnaire was distributed to representatives of the work environment, graduated and present students, teachers of social services as well as partners in the field of research and development. Statements were requested of the key representatives of the work environment and interest groups of the proposal.
level of qualification:
specific admission requirements:
Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services and Bachelor’s Degree in Elderly Care can be accepted in the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Services.
specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning :
A student has an opportunity to make earlier learning visible and get a decision on the recognition of these competences. For further information look at the general instructions of the recognition of prior learning.
qualification requirements and regulations:
Look at The Degree Regulations of Metropolia university of applied scienses: http://opinto-opas.metropolia.fi/fileadmin/user_upload/En/Infromation/Tutkintosaeaentoe_eng.pdf
profile of the programme:
Look at the general description of the Programme: http://www.metropolia.fi/haku/koulutustarjonta-aikuiset-sosiaali-ja-terveysala/sosiaaliala-yamk/
key learning outcomes:
Key learning outcomes are specified in the programme study plan.
occupational profiles of graduates with examples:
The objective of the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Services is to educate professionals who are able to work in tasks developing basic and special services of social services and assume managerial roles in client service as well as work as special experts of their field. The competences are: Special expertise in the field of social services, management and development in the field of social services and research and development. The degree places considerable emphasis on the promotion of social welfare of children, young people and families. The social work strengthens them and is based on partnership.
access to further studies:
course structure diagram with credits:
Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services and Bachelor’s Degree in Elderly Care can be accepted in the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Services. The extent of the studies is 90 credits, and they can be completed alongside work. Of the studies, 55 credits include advanced professional studies (45 credits general studies for all students and 10 credits optional). The remaining credits comprise Master’s thesis (30 credits) and elective studies (5 credits). The contact teaching is mainly implemented during three terms. The duration of the studies is 1.5 – 2 years.
examination regulations, assessment and grading:
Course assesment criteria are specified in the course implementation plan. The teacher in charge of the course will be responsible for the assessment. Students will be informed at the beginning of the course on the assessment principles, wich must be based on the course objectives.
A student is required to successfully complete the designated program of courses.
mode of study:
The studies in the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Services are carried out as multiform learning. The workplace plays an important role during the studies and is a central learning and development environment. Evaluation of learning is a quality element present in all phases of the learning and teaching process. It is both instructing and developing in nature.
programme director or equivalent:
evelopment Manager Anne Rahikka