Forerunner Magazine: UAS Master's degree opens up new possibilities

UAS Master's degree studies offer a possibility to advance the competence gained in work life. A varied group of different professionals are gathered together in UAS Master's degree programmes, which brings a new dimension to studying.

UAS Master's degree programmes have been a part of Finnish higher education already for a decade. UAS Master's degree education was launched as an experiment in 2002 and later regularised in 2006. In 2014, the milestone of 10 000 completed UAS Master's degrees was achieved in Finland.

The purpose of a UAS Master's degree is to offer a possibility to deepen and expand the knowledge after a UAS Bachelor's degree or other applicable higher education qualification. To qualify for studying, one must have at least three years of work experience. A UAS Master's degree gives you eligibility for roles where a postgraduate degree is required.

On average, the UAS Master's degree studies in Laurea comprise three days of face-to-face instruction a month, in
addition to which there will be distance learning assignments and online studies.

The degree can be completed alongside work between a year and a half and two and a half years. In Laurea the studies
will often be associated with working life projects such as development projects at your own work place or Laurea's RDI projects.
The Director of Master's Degree Studies in Laurea Katri Ojasalo has been a part of UAS Master's degree studies' development since the experimental stage.

- When creating UAS Master's degree it was deemed important the education provided by universities of applied sciences does not end with a bachelor's degree, but that there is a possibility to continue towards a master's degree.
- The learning outcomes are of the same level than in universities' master's degree programmes, but the emphasis is
strongly on developing the working life and on its competence requirements.

The biggest difference to universities' master's degree programmes is that most of the UAS Master's degree students
are working. According to Ojasalo, many UAS Master's degree students have a solid work experience, 8–10 years on average.

As someone who has worked with UAS Master's degree education ever since the beginning, Ojasalo admits that in the early stages the problem was with the recognition of a new degree. Now when there are already over 10 000 UAS Masters in work life, the situation is different.

- There is no need to explain anymore what it means to have a UAS Master's degree, Ojasalo says.

Read the full article in the latest Laurea Forerunner Magazine. Pdf version of the magazine can be read here.

Modified 8/12/2015 2:37 PM

​The Director of Master's Degree Studies in Laurea Katri Ojasalo.