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Master's Degree Programme in Project Management

Master of Health Care

Degree title:
Master of Health Care
Master of Health Care
Master of Social Services
Master of Health Care
Master of Social Services and Health Care
Master of Health Care

90 ects

Key learning outcomes

During the Master's degree studies in project management, you acquire extensive knowledge on the management, development and implementation of projects related to welfare services. The development, management and interaction competence you acquire during your studies prepares you to work in different networks and multiprofessional teams in an increasingly digital world. After completing your studies, you are able to work in demanding specialist and management positions, developing projects and reforming operations. You are able to manage projects productively with the help of information and knowledge and build effective and multidisciplinary project networks with the help of communication, negotiation and presentation skills. The degree programme provides a good basis for project management certifications..

Education content and professional growth and know-how

The scope of Master’s Degree Programme in Project Management, Health Care and Social Services is 90 cr.

The programme includes a joint study module in management (20 cr) and multidisciplinary research and development studies (10 cr). You will deepen your competence in the core studies for project management (20 cr), in your thesis (30 cr) and through elective studies (10 cr).

Joint Management Competence, 20 cr

The study module focuses on human and financial management as well as strategic management.
- Development as a Leader
- Human Resource Management
- Strategic Management
- Financial Management

Research and Development 10 cr

Through research and development studies, you learn key methods for the development of business and industry, and the use of different research methods and research communication. You also learn to apply research data in your field and use it to develop the activities of your own organisation or another organisation.
- Research-based Development
- Qualitative Research or
- Quantitative Research

Core Studies for Project Management 20 cr

Core studies help you strengthen your competence and gain new knowledge and skills in project management
- Financial Management in Projects (5 cr)
- Project Management and Agile Methods (5 cr)
- Customer Orientation in Development (5 cr)
- Expertise in Project Planning (5 cr)

Thesis 30 cr

Writing a master's thesis is a core competence in the degree programme. In the thesis, you apply research data, develop your chosen field and/or organisation and deepen your professional expertise from the perspective of project management.

The thesis is a research and/or development project that serves the world of work, where you apply your research skills in practice and support your own career development. The thesis and the development assignments allow you to develop your own work.

Elective Studies 10 cr

You can select courses offered by the degree programme, Jamk's other Master's degree programmes, EduFutura, Summer School or other universities of applied sciences.

You also have the opportunity to complete a double degree (DDP) as a joint implementation between Jamk and Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) in Austria.

Flexible studies

The studies are completed entirely as distance learning, so where you live or work is not an issue. Distance learning requires basic digital skills whose development is also supported during the studies. Distance learning includes webinars, group work, online discussions with the group or supervisor, independent assignments, video lectures and other independent studies. A key aspect of the learning process is the interaction and sharing of experiences between multidisciplinary student groups.

Webinars are held either during the day or on weeknights, depending on the course. It is recommended that students participate in the webinars or complete a replacement assignment. The student group's wishes are taken into account in the implementation. It is also recommended that students build their networks independently and schedule meetings online or face-to-face. Students receive support from their course and tutor teachers through their studies.

You can choose your alternative or elective studies from EduFutura partner institutions (University of Jyväskylä and Gradia) and international studies from European EUDRES higher education institutions. You can also choose from Finnish and foreign partner universities, such as other universities of applied sciences and universities. You can apply for accreditation of higher education studies that you have completed elsewhere.

Working life oriented learning

Learning and development tasks related to the studies are integrated into the development of your work community, and the development needs of the work community can also be brought in for planning, refining and solving as learning assignments and projects. Through active interaction, the competence and expertise of team members is utilised in learning for the benefit of the entire team.

If the student has acquired work skills that meet the degree programme's intended learning outcomes, studification of work is also an option for accreditation.

Career opportunities and employment

The Degree Programme in Project Management is designed for individuals working in various fields who wish to expand their capabilities for working in planning, development and managerial duties in the field of project management. The objective of the studies is to deepen the student’s competence in the different areas of project management. The graduates will have good capabilities to work as developers of working life in demanding expert and managerial positions.

Development as an expert in project management will provide the students with opportunities to apply for new and challenging positions and to advance their career. During the studies, you will network with specialists from different fields.

You will deepen your leadership and interaction skills and your capabilities to work in networks in different project management roles. In addition, you will deepen your capabilities for operating in international networks. Having completed a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences, you can act as a developer of the organization's operations and an active producer of new competences.


The Master's degree provides competence for project management. The degree grants you eligibility for public posts and positions that require a Master's degree. The degree corresponds to level 7 of the European Qualification Frameworks (EQF7) and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF7) for qualifications and other learning.

Further studies

You may, after graduating, apply for postgraduate studies at universities or studies at the School of Professional Teacher Education. You can also continue your studies by applying for corresponding further education programmes in foreign higher education institutions, such as EUDRES higher education institutions. The university of applied sciences offers opportunities for competence development in various institutes, such as the open university of applied sciences, specialisation training and work-oriented continuing education.

Education planning

The degree programme has been developed in dialogue with Jamk's other Master's degree programmes and the universities of applied sciences network. The programme's contents are based on extensive preliminary evaluation and competence foresight work. The competence contained in the degree is developed together with business and industry. Students and alumni of Jamk University of Applied Sciences are our lifelong partners, with whom we cooperate in the development of education quality.

Contact Information

Sari Järvinen
Coordinator of Master's Degree Programmes
School of Health and Social Studies, Health studies

Master's Degree Programme in Project Management
Master's Degree Programme in Project Management
Master's Degree Programme in Project Management
Master's Degree Programme in Project Management
Master's Degree Programme in Project Management

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