Research and Development Skills
|Research Methods and Skills||5|
|Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Research Method Skills||10|
Dimensions of Osteopathic Practice
|Physiology of Tissues||5|
|Neuroscience related to Osteopathy||5|
|Pain Science in Osteopathic Practice||5|
|Contemporary Approaches to Osteopathic Practice||5|
Service-design and Person-centered care
|Safety and Quality Processes and Management in Social and Health Care||5|
|Service Innovations and Design||5|
Advanced Osteopathic Practitioner Skills
|Psycho-emotional Aspects in Osteopathic Professional Practice||5|
|Strategy, Management and Leadership in Health Business||5|
|Ideation and planning of the Master’s Thesis||10|
|Implementation of the Master’s Thesis||10|
|Report and assessment of the Master’s Thesis||10|
(Select 5 ECTS)
|ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year||45||40||20||25||20||20||10||10||12.5||12.5||10||10||10||10|
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.
This Master’s Degree programme in osteopathy is the first of a kind in the Nordic countries. Two schools – Skandinaviska Osteopathögskolan from Gothenburg, Sweden and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences from Helsinki, Finland – have joined their forces in order to create a special programme designed for osteopaths, who wish to enhance their professional skills, and collaborate with other healthcare practitioners in order to raise the quality and awareness for osteopathic care.
The programme is designed to provide a springboard for osteopaths in gaining the skills needed to engage in the fields of research, education, business development and societal or political engagement, depending on their own specific interests. The 2-year course aims to create a fulfilling path for osteopaths to expand, and develop their own synthesis of the contemporary osteopathic topics. This will contribute to developing a stronger professional identity, and raise awareness of osteopathic healthcare within society .
The programme focuses on the following:
Clinical aspect: exploring explanations for osteopathic treatment effects within an evidence informed and critical thinking perspective, and advanced practitioner skills
Research aspect: building a constructive forum for open inquiry, discussion and development through expanding knowledge on research methods and skills and creating a master’s thesis
Service and management aspect: developing an integrated, safe, person-centred approach to osteopathic service as a whole including skills in leadership, management and service design
The collaboration is further supported by embedding an evidence informed practice approach throughout the programme. The rationale here is that there is a necessity for the osteopathic profession to reflect upon its theoretical models, and integrate the most recent and relevant research.
In order to meet these goals the programme aims is to build a constructive forum for open inquiry, discussion, and development of novel theoretical constructs. Students will be encouraged to explore, and critically reflect, on explanations for osteopathic treatment effects within an evidence informed perspective. It is expected that students will draw upon evidence from other disciplines.
From the beginning of the programme there is a strong emphasis on developing good competence in research and development. These competences are supported throughout and culminate in a Master's Thesis. This significant piece of work is focussed on the interests of the students and is a very rewarding part of the programme.
At a time when person-centred health care is a central tenet of modern day health management, it is important that the osteopathic profession takes its place in contributing in an active and positive manner. The master's programme is designed to enable, support and engage osteopaths in navigating and applying this important movement within health care. This programme recognises and addresses the key competences required by the contemporary osteopath who wants to work within an integrative health care system.
This Master’s Degree Programme in Osteopathy collaborates with the Master’s Degree Programme in Health Business Management. This multidisciplinary approach is a core aspect of the programme. This collaboration encourages and supports communication between healthcare professionals, therefore, raising awareness of osteopathic practice across healthcare in general.
The programme is designed to provide a springboard for osteopaths in gaining the skills needed to engage in the fields of research, education, business development and societal or political engagement, depending on their own specific interests. The 2-year course aims to create a fulfilling path for osteopaths to expand, and develop their own synthesis of the contemporary osteopathic topics. This will contribute to developing a stronger professional identity, and raise awareness of osteopathic healthcare within society.
The skills and knowledge of students graduating from this programme as described according to the EQF, European Qualifications Framework and the recommendations of the Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.
EQF European Qualifications Framework, Master’s level competencies
The learning outcomes relevant to Level 7 are highly specialized knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of knowledge in a field of work or study, as the basis for original thinking and/or research:
• critical awareness of knowledge issues in a field and at the interface between different fields
• specialized problem-solving skills required in research and/or innovation in order to develop new knowledge and procedures and to integrate knowledge from different fields
• manage and transform work or study contexts that are complex, unpredictable and require new strategic approaches
• take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice and/or for reviewing the strategic performance of teams