Master's Degree education

Master's Degree Programme in Project Management

Master of Health Care, 90 ECTS

Master of Health Care,
Master of Social Services

  • Degree Programme
  • Curricula
  • Implementations

Key learning outcomes

Graduates of the Degree Programme in Project Management have extensive knowledge on project activities and are capable of utilising the methods and tools of project management. The competencies acquired can be applied in multidisciplinary projects in different roles and stages in changing operating environments.

The development, management and interaction competence acquired during the studies create capabilities for operating in a variety of networks and multi-professional teams. The education provides a good basis for project management certifications.

The graduates will have good capabilities for continuous learning, creative problem-solving and development of working life. They act ethically and support sustainable development.

Education content and professional growth and know-how

The content and structure of the Master’s Degree Programme in Project Management, Health Care and Social Services (90 cr) is as follows:

The Shared Master Competence module consists of two study modules, Management and Research and Development. Studies in this module are shared master’s-level studies at JAMK for all students in the master's degree programmes. The scope of the studies in ECTS credits will be planned in more detail in connection with the personal learning plan discussions held with each student. The scope of these common leadership studies is at 15 cr. The minimum scope of studies in research and development activities is 10 cr for all students.

The Expert Core Competence module consists of the specialisation option studies chosen by the student (20 credits) and the Master’s thesis (30 credits). According to the Degree Regulations, the Master’s thesis is a professional development assignment aimed at developing and demonstrating the student’s capability to apply research and use selected methods to analyse and solve problems arising in working life, and the capability for independent and demanding specialist work.

The Complementary Competence module will broaden or deepen the student’s competencies. The student’s elective studies that are suitable to their personal learning plan will support the development of their competence according to their career plan. The student may also choose studies from the online course offering of other Finnish universities of applied sciences (CampusOnline), from the courses offered by EduFutura, which are implemented by JAMK, the University of Jyväskylä and the Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia, as well as from JAMK’s own master’s degree offerings.

Additionally, the students may enhance their internationalisation and entrepreneurship competence by choosing studies from the courses offered in English and by participating in international intensive training programmes. The student may also promote their own business activities by completing studies that develop entrepreneurship. JAMK University of Applied Sciences will also offer basic studies in educational science as elective studies.

Flexible studies

The studies are flexibly implemented as distance studies in eLearning environment, comprising independent and team-based online assignments, webinars, online lectures, presentations and seminars. You can freely choose elective studies from the other master’s degre programmes offered by JAMK.

Students have a choice of alternative or elective studies offered by partner universities in Finland and abroad, such as other universities of applied sciences (CampusOnline), universities and educational institutions involved in the EduFutura collaboration (University of Jyväskylä and Gradia). Higher level studies completed elsewhere may be accredited as part of your degree. The student must have a certificate or some other document to prove that they have completed the studies. Skills acquired elsewhere can also be described and demonstrated to enable accreditation. Further information is available in the Study Guide.

In accordance with the principle of recognition of prior learning and experience, you can identify what you already know, which allows you to apply for accreditation based on such competence (see Degree Regulations, Section 17). You may have acquired prior learning, or you may acquire it during your studies, in many different ways by studying in another institution of higher education, by working or by engaging in project or volunteer work.

Working life oriented learning

The learning assignments included in the courses can be completed in the student’s own work community. Many work community development tasks can also be taken up to be planned, refined and resolved as learning assignments and projects.

It is possible to build a personal study path for the studies through studification of work and a wide utilisation of the courses offered by JAMK’s master’s degree programmes.

The thesis is a research-based working life development assignment.

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. You will deepen your leadership and interaction skills and your capabilities to work in networks in different project management roles. Having completed a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences, graduates possess the skills required for developing the operations of organisations and actively producing new competences.

During your studies, you will network with experts from different fields.


There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Further studies

The graduate may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37) and in the school of professional teacher education. Studies can be continued by applying for corresponding post-degree education at universities abroad, for example. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, an online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life based continuing education. 

Education planning

Working-life representatives and experts, JAMK’s specialists and master’s degree students from various fields have been involved in the planning of the degree programme. The planning of the objectives and content of the degree programme is based on the information obtained from research and working life representatives on the current and future competence needs. Advisory committees from various fields, consisting of experts and managers of different businesses, also regularly take part in the planning process. The programme is constantly developed based on the continuing feedback from students active in working life.

Contact Information

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

Lahdenperä Emilia
Senior Lecturer
School of Health and Social Studies, Health studies