Master’s degree programmes at Xamk are provided by Master School. Master School is a multidisciplinary, international and change-oriented learning and RDI environment. You can choose from a number of different learning paths to develop your expertise and skills and promote your career.
Graduates from Master School are experts in understanding and recognising changes in work environments. At Master School, you have the opportunity to study in multidisciplinary learning and development environments that are closely linked to work-related development and innovation. You can flexibly choose courses from the selection offered by Xamk’s Master School.
Your teachers provide guidance and counselling, encouraging critical thinking, argumentation and generation and application of new knowledge.
The general and programme-specific learning outcomes and the process of students’ professional growth and learning are specified in the curriculum of the university of applied sciences. The curriculum is based on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Level 7 corresponds to the knowledge and skills achieved by completing a Master’s degree. The curriculum is based on the needs and development of the world of work and the overall strategic choices of Xamk.
The competence-based curriculum consists of the programme’s learning outcomes, modules and courses. The objectives, contents, teachers, learning and teaching modes, arrangements, work required, timetables and evaluation methods for courses are specified in implementation plans. The implementation plans provide the foundation for students’ personal study plans (‘HOPS’ in Finnish) and individual choices. In addition, they provide the basis for fruitful co-operation between students representing different fields of study.
The competence developed through the degree programme is divided into core competence and supplementary competence.
Core competence (must know) comprises the knowledge, skills and aptitude required of graduates by employers. All graduates should possess this competence. In addition to this, supplementary competence is necessary for deepening or expanding the core competence. Core competence is developed through programme-specific advanced professional studies and the Master’s thesis. In degree programmes of 90 and 60 credits, core competence accounts for 60 and 50 credits, respectively. The thesis (30 credits) is included in core competence. Core and supplementary competences are specified at the module level.
Supplementary competence (should know) deepens and/or expands core competence. Supplementary competence allows students to specialise in a certain area. Supplementary competence is acquired through advanced professional studies that are common for all degree programmes in Master School. In degree programmes of 90 and 60 credits, supplementary competence accounts for 30 and 10 credits, respectively.
The curriculum consists of programme-specific core studies (30 credits), supplementary studies common for all programmes (30 credits) and a Master’s thesis (30 credits), which is a development project.
In accordance with your personal study plan (HOPS), you may choose supplementary competence courses as follows:
1) courses common for all Master School students, including research and development studies, leadership studies, entrepreneurship studies, Russian studies, communication skills training and courses on topical themes
2) core competence courses from other Master’s degree programmes (specifically agreed)
3) courses corresponding to Level 7 provided by other higher education institutions.
Common Master School courses are provided as online courses, courses taught in English, intensive courses and on a blended learning basis. Student groups are multidisciplinary, which promotes the development of your networking skills.
The Master’s thesis (30 credits) is a research or development project. You will study topical questions associated with your field of study and produce development data through research. Thus, the Master’s thesis is always a project that aims to develop the work environment, workplace or field of industry/business.
The degree programme is built on the European (EQF) and National (NQF) Qualifications Frameworks. Master School is Xamk’s multidisciplinary, international and change-oriented learning and RDI environment.
The studies that develop core competence are specifically designed for each degree programme.
The supplementary courses provided are common for all Master’s degree programmes. Xamk’s Master School team together with the persons in charge of the degree programmes are responsible for designing these studies. See the Student intranet for the composition of the team and the persons in charge.
Common competence map, Master’s degree programmes
Competence map for Master’s programmes
* Learning skills
o can systematically assess and improve their expertise in multiple ways
o can find, process, produce and evaluate information critically and from perspectives of different fields of business/industry
o can take responsibility for the promotion of goal-oriented learning within the organisation
* Ethical competence
o can take responsibility for the operations of the organisation and their consequences
o can apply the principles of professional code of conduct as an expert and developer of the workplace
o can make decisions while taking into account the perspectives of the individual and the organisation
o can promote the principles of equality in the workplace community
o can promote the principles of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility
o can lead socially influential operations adhering to ethical values
* Workplace community skills
o can improve the functioning of the workplace community and promote well-being at work
o can develop multidisciplinary communication and interaction at work
o can utilise information and communication technology at work
o can create networks and partnerships
o can work as a leader and improve operations in complex environments and unforeseen circumstances
o can manage demanding expert, leader or entrepreneur jobs
* Innovation skills
o can generate new knowledge and improve working methods by combining skills from different fields of business/industry
o can lead projects
o can lead research, development and innovation projects and knows research and development methods
o can develop customer-driven, sustainable and profitable business
* Internationalisation skills
o can manage international communication at work and when developing the operations
o can work in international environments
o can anticipate effects of internationalisation and related opportunities in his/her field of business/industry
The pedagogic basis of the education is student orientation, working life orientation, multi-disciplinary approach and development of group work. The student should take responsibility of the planning of the studies as well as working according to the plans in timely manner. The students are encouraged to share their working life experiences with the group, and to evaluate the situations with others, thus enhancing the common understanding. Working life orientation is especially important in master’s thesis projects that are research and development oriented. The master’s thesis process is started at an early stage of the studies. Looking at the ideas and developing one of the to the thesis topic, planning of the research methods, performing the project as well as reporting are scheduled in order to help the student to work efficiently.
Your degree programme applies Xamk’s common evaluation criteria for Master’s programmes, from which course-specific evaluation criteria have been derived. Students receive grades for courses in accordance with the degree regulation. Course-specific evaluation criteria can be found in the course description.
The most important objective of evaluation is to inform students of the level of their knowledge and skills and help them to improve their skills. Various assessment methods are used for the evaluation of learning, including course- and module-specific evaluation by the teacher, peer evaluation and evaluation by the employer. In addition, students evaluate themselves. Self-evaluation is part of the process of professional growth which is promoted through guidance discussions between the group tutor and the student
Guidance provided by the lecturers helps the student to achieve the individual goals and to progress the career path. The student should also be independent and take responsibility of the studies.
The tutor lecturer will help the students to choose most appropriate courses and to do the personal study plan. The thesis process is guided by the principal lecturer in general and the supervisor in more detail during the whole thesis process.
It is also important that the student searches help in Student (the students’ intranet) and contacts the students’ affairs office if necessary.
Xamk offers excellent facilities to support your learning. A significant part of studies take place outside the classroom. Innovation and project environments (e.g. Xinno, Xentre, CampusIT and Logistiikkaverstas Logistics Workshop), different kinds of simulation environments and teaching restaurants, eLearning environments and working-life and RDI projects will facilitate your learning.
Xamk values quality and the improvement of quality is integral part of the work of all staff and students. Xamk continuously improves the quality of teaching, guidance, learning environments and degree programmes.
The feedback collected on a regular basis from students, staff and stakeholders is very important for the quality improvement work. As a student, you have a central role in the continuous development of quality at Xamk. During your studies, you will be asked to answer a number of quality surveys. Course feedback, the entry and development surveys carried out during your studies and the feedback collected at the graduation stage constitute part of our quality assurance system.
Staff and students process quality feedback together on various collaboration forums, deciding on new methods and discussing the effects of previous development measures. These forums provide an efficient channel for students to express their views on performance and planned measures.
Technology Administration degree program deepens your professional skills and the ability to get to work in demanding expert, development and managerial position or as an entrepreneur. Training is practical and work-oriented. You combine theory and practice in your studies, which will bring new perspectives to your work and your organization to develop and open up new opportunities for career paths.
Master's degree meets the requirements of higher university degree in public organisations.