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Master of Engineering, Project Management

Spring 2022

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CORE COMPETENCE 20                          
Planning for the Future
Future Operating Environments 5
Research and Development Methods 5  
Project Life Cycle Management
Project Initiation and Planning 5
Project Implementation and Closing 5
COMPLEMENTARY COMPETENCE 10                          
Elective Studies
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MASTER'S THESIS 30                          
Master's Thesis 30  
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 15 35 15 5 30 5 5 5 7.5 7.5 13.3 13.3 13.3

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

Programme description

Study objectives:

The Master's degree programme in Project Management gives you a possibility to develop yourself as a project professional in an international environment. The aim of the studies is to deepen your project management skills and to broaden your insights into project business, project portfolio management and different management models. You will get a practice orientated and comprehensive understanding about project management and you will be able to utilize these skills in your working life.

The goal of the studies is to strengthen your opportunities to apply for more demanding work positions, increase your knowledge and skills in project management and project know-how and to give you preparedness to work in international networks.

The learning assignments related to the studies and the final thesis will be combined into the work assignments of each students, which enables the development of the projects and project work of the employing organisation. Project management and project work are always team work and collaborative work mode is emphasized in the studies.

Project management studies are designed for you, who has the desire to develop him/herself in the profession of project manager. You have already gained experience in working in projects but you want to develop your and your organisation´s operations to be more professional. You want to work in international environment and you are interested in comprehensively developing your project professional skills and taking responsibility in project work in consideration. The extent of the study programme is 60 ECTS credits and you will graduate as a Master of Engineering.

In the studies, you will go through the principles of traditional project management methods as well as agile methods. The project management studies are based on international project management frameworks and standards (IPMA ICB 4.0, PMI PMBOK, PRINCE2) and therefore they give a good basis for different certifications.

The planned length of the studies is 1,5 years and the studies are designed to be carried out while working. There are in average two contact teaching days per month and in between the contact days, the learning mostly takes place online. Besides individual work, group work and working life based assignments are in essential role in learning.

More about the language of instruction:
Teaching is mostly in Finnish but there will be some courses that in English. Most of the learning materials are in English. The students have the possibility take part on international RDI projects in English.

Study contents:
The study contents are project management and project work development, different parts of project management, different executive models of project management, project organizations, and project business. There will also be courses about portfolio management and research and development methods.

The studies comprise of courses of 5 ECTS which typically include two contact teaching days. Complementary competence studies include elective studies that can be taken freely from the other TUAS Master’s programmes or from the Masters’ programmes of other universities. Elective studies are often online-studies.

Structure of studies:
The studies are composed of:
· compulsory core competences 20 ECTS
· elective complementary competences 10 ECTS
· thesis work 30 ECTS.

The advanced studies common to each leadership programme include studies in research methods and in future operating environments. The rest of the compulsory studies deepen the insight specific to each leadership programme. Students may further deepen or expand their competences by choosing elective courses from the other programmes. The Master’s Degree studies at TUAS Master School are flexible and can be completed while working full-time and from anywhere in Finland. The programme is built on mixed-mode studies including tutoring, groupwork, lectures and seminar work.

Final project:
The thesis is a central part of the studies. The thesis work starts already at the beginning of the studies and it is carried out as a working life oriented development project. The thesis will not only develop the student’s knowledge and skills in a certain study field and specific topic but also gives the possibility to enhance skills in leading teams and work groups.

Career opportunities:
By the time the student graduates, he/she has created new knowledge and reformed the working life with the Master's thesis work. The student’s network has expanded both in Finland and globally. In addition, the student has developed his/her expertise and acquired tools for advancing his/her career. He/she has acquired the knowledge needed in project management positions..

The University of Applied Sciences Master's degree gives the qualification to a public office in Finland

Possible jobtitles after graduation:
Project manager, program manager, portfolio manager, PMO manager

Students have the opportunity to complete part of their studies outside Finland at the higher education institutions with which Turku University of Applied Sciences has signed a cooperation agreement. In addition, students can integrate internationalisation in their studies e.g. by participating in the intensive weeks organised by the international networks as well as by taking part in international conferences and projects. Professional and research literature in English forms a significant part of the learning materials and internationalisation.

Co-operation with other parties:
The programme is planned and implemented together with the working life. The interaction between students working in different positions plays an important role in the development of professional skills and the creation of collaborative networks. A central part of the Master's studies is the Master’s thesis. The thesis work starts already in the beginning of the studies and it is carried out as a working life oriented development project. The thesis will not only develop your knowledge and skills in a certain study field and specific topic but also gives you the possibility to enhance your skills of leading teams and work groups.

Research focus:
Studies are characterised by a research and development approach. The students are welcome to join the research and development projects running at Turku University of Applied Sciences.

Postgraduate study opportunities:
A Master’s degree awarded by a university of applied sciences provides eligibility for further academic studies as well as for applying for professional teacher education. Universities may set conditions on granting rights for further studies in the form of e.g. supplementary studies.

Competence objectives

After completing the programme, the student is able to:
· develop his/her own leadership identity towards becoming a motivating and capable executive/manager
· manage people and change in a results-oriented and ethical way
· renew and develop the organisation and its operations by applying appropriate methods based on facts
· apply the project management practices and methods defined in the international project management frameworks and standards
· manage and lead projects in international and virtual environments using modern tools
· manage and lead projects with an holistic approach and understand the perspectives of system thinking in project management
· understand the organisational aspects in project management and apply project management principles in an optimal way from the organisational viewpoint
· develop his/her own personal professional skills according to the international competence requirements for project management
· lead the development of project management in an organisation

Pedagogic approaches

The pedagogical approach applied in the leadership (MBA) studies is Innovation pedagogy that refers to an approach of constructivist and problem-based learning. Master´s students study alongside their work and want to broaden and deepen their theoretical knowledge and get models to apply theory to their own work.

Studying is part time and involves both contact and distant learning. In addition to individual learning, collaborative learning in teams is applied to meet the needs of working life. Integration between studies and applied RDI activities and working life orientation play an important role in the studies. Learning takes place partly in virtual and in multi-disciplinary environments. On average, there are two consecutive contact teaching days in a month. The student creates an individual study plan (ISP) at the beginning of his/her studies, where he/she selects studies offered in Masters programmes related to, among others, the completion of the Master´s thesis. A central part of Project Management (MBA) studies is the Master´s thesis in which the student will not only develop the knowledge and skills in a certain study field and specific topic, but will also have the possibility to develop his/her work and workplace.


The objectives for the skills levels in a Master’s degree are based on the legislation on universities of applied sciences and the European Qualification Framework (EQF). The level corresponding to a Master’s degree is level 7. The assessment criteria for each course are described in its implementation plan. Performance requirements vary depending on the objectives, content and method of implementation. The courses and the thesis are assessed on a scale from 0 to 5. Assessment focuses on competence and its development. The course assessment methods vary according to the objectives of the study module. Assessment may focus on the outcome (for instance, a report or a seminar presentation), on the process (the student’s own activity and actions during the course) or on both. The students receive regular feedback on their performance from their teachers. Peer- and self-assessment as well as client feedback on performance are also utilized. The degree assessment framework is used as the basis for the assessment. The degree programme is developed according to the principles of continuous improvement. In the development work, feedback from the students and working life as well as their initiatives play a key role. Feedback is collected with, for instance, student questionnaires and group development discussions