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Master's Degree Programme in Business Development

Autumn 2018

Select years, semesters and periods (when only one year is selected) by clicking buttons below. (S = Spring, A = Autumn)
Year of study 1 2
Search for study unit: ECTS 1 2 1A 1S 2A 2S 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
CORE COMPETENCE 25                                
Innovation Management 5
Inspiring work community 5
Strategic Management 5
Research Methods 5
Data Analysis 1 5
COMPLEMENTARY COMPETENCE 65                                
Future Studies and Changing Operational Environment 5
Developmental and Operational Research 5  
Virtually implemented studies
(Select 30 ECTS)
Project Management 5
Social Marketing Management 5
Emotions in Business and Social Media 5
Communication Competence in Virtual Work 5
Knowledge and Competence Management in Virtual Teams 5
Project Management 5
Business Development
(Select 45 ECTS)
Management of Knowledge and Competences 5  
Leadership in a Public Organisation 5  
Leadership Communication 5
Persuasive Communication 5
Leadership of Customer and Network Relationships 5
Financial Management Supporting Leadership 5
Finances and Funding 5  
Contracting Skills and Private Regulation in Management 5  
Advanced Literature 5  
Master's Thesis 30  
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 80 60 25 55 55 5 12.5 12.5 18.3 18.3 18.3 27.5 27.5 1.7 1.7 1.7

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Programme description

Master´s Degree Programme in Business Development (90 ECTS) is a working life-driven curriculum, providing the skills for management and administrative tasks which require expertise. The programme responds to the challenges faced by the growing, changing and internationalising business.

The general goal of the Master's degree at Universities of Applied Sciences is to provide students with sufficient knowledge and skills required in advanced and demanding tasks in the working life. Competences in analysis and development, critical thinking, project management and leadership are important skills in expert tasks and managerial work.

Structure of the studies:
- Core and Complementary Competence Studies (50 ECTS),
- Optional studies (10 ECTS)
- The Master´s Thesis (30 ECTS)

This programme is taught mainly in Finnish.

The studies provide eligibility for further scientific studies. Universities may set conditions on granting rights for further studies in the form of, for instance, supplementary transitional studies.

Competence objectives

The studies combine practical operations with theoretical observation, and the objective is to extensively deepen the student’s management skills and expand their perspective. In terms of content, the studies emphasis management and leadership, marketing management and financial management. In terms of methods, the studies include, for instance, interactive skills, teamwork, and English language. The studies are interlocked with the student’s work tasks, and the development of an employer organisation.

Pedagogic approaches

The studies are realised as multiform learning, and there are primarily two days of contact teaching per month. The studies have been planned to be conducted alongside work, and their duration is about 2 years, but flexible solutions also support faster completion. In the early stages of studying, the student drafts a personal ISP and a thesis realisation plan.


The objectives for skill levels in a master’s degree are based on the legislation concerning universities of applied sciences and the European Qualification Framework (EQF). The level corresponding to a master’s degree is level 7.

The study evaluation criteria are described in the implementation plan of each course. Criteria are varying depending in different objectives, contents and implementation models.