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Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services

Autumn 2014

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Research, innovation and development and Master's Thesis
Research, innovation and development 5
Research and development methods 5
Evaluation and reporting of research and development projects 5
Master's thesis and maturity test 30
Leadership and management in social and health care
Development as leader and expert in health care and social sector 5
Financial and cost management in the health and social services sector 5
Human resources management 5
Foresight approach in management 5
Advanced Studies in Management and Expertise
(Select 20 ECTS)
Performance management 5  
Distribution and developing of expertise in organisations 5  
Financial management of units 5
Safety management 5  
Preparedness in emergency medical services 5  
Practical human resourse management 5
Implementing of evidence based practice 5
Clinical expertise in social and health care 5
Management and coordination of processes and service chains in the health and social services sector 5
Topical literature in leadership and management 5
Topical literature in health care and social services 5
Research, Development and Innovation Project 10
Evidence-based clinical practice: Emergency care 6
Evidence-based clinical practice: Critical care 6
Advanced evidence-based practice 6  
Emergency simulation practicum 6  
Topical Literature in Strategic Management 5
Project Management 5  
Topical issues in health promotion 5  
Topical issues in sexual health promotion 5  
Topical literature in emergency care 5
Operative management in emergency care nursing 5  
Elective Studies
Elective studies 5
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 108.680.441.76780.415.825.831.835.140.140.1

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.


The Metropolia University of Applied Sciences’ health care and nursing student’s know-how is described according to the NQF, National Qualifications Framework. In addition, the Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences’ national competence recommendations are taken into consideration.
The master programs include Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, Emergency and Critical Care Nursing, Advanced Clinical Practice, Health Business Management and Erasmus Mundus Emergency and Critical Care programs.
The aims of the studies leading to the master’s degree are are to increase the students’ capability to apply the theory into practice, deepen her/his analytical and project leadership skills and skills in participating in research and developmental work. Social skills are also taken into consideration. The purpose of the final project is to develop and to show the ability to apply research knowledge into practice and to use chosen methods in the analysis of working life’s problems.
The aims of studies in the Health Care sector to provide the students with wide and profound knowledge in social and health care and theoretical knowledge needed in expert and leadership positions.
The graduate is able to work as a immediate superior, independently in demanding expert positions or as an entrepreneur and is capable of leading and developing complicated, unexpected and new strategic approaches. In addition, she/he is able to lead people and/or things, able to assess the operation of individual people or groups and is able to gather her/his field’s information and practices and/or to take responsibility for other people’s professional development.
She/he is able to communicate well both orally and in a written form both with an audience that is familiar with the field and with an audience that is not. She/he is capable of demanding international communication and interaction with the second national language and at least with one foreign language.
Leadership within the health care sector is currently influenced by organisational changes, complexity of working settings, rapid turnover of staff and evolving legislation. Therefore, the programme primarily aims at the achievement of advanced leadership competence supported by development competence. The objective is to provide students with the competence for development and leadership in professional life and the necessary theoretical information needed for demanding expert tasks in their field of study.