Master of Social Services
The programme places a special emphasis on the prevention of exclusion of children and young people, the timely detection of risk conditions, and issues related to inclusion and early support. The goal is that upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to work independently in demanding expert positions in social services and in international cooperation networks, and be capable of managing competence and the development of work practices and services in the social services sector in complex and unpredictable networks and operating environments.
Children, young people, marginalisation, risk conditions, social sector, management, early support, children’s, young people's, well-being, promotion
The programme consists of advanced professional studies in which the central content deals with the challenges in the welfare of children and young people, as well as activities by which their welfare is ensured. In addition, the student can choose other courses from a multidisciplinary offering (including futures management, research and development studies, business competence). The scope of the thesis is 30 ECTS.
The programme is delivered in the form of daytime and blended learning, and contact sessions are arranged during academic years 2017– 2018 and 2018–2019. There are usually two to four contact session days per month, depending on the timing of the programme.
The programme consists of advanced professional studies, 30 ECTS (challenges in the welfare of children and young people, activities designed to promote the welfare of children and young people), a thesis, 30 ECTS, and complementary, multidisciplinary studies, 30 ECTS (e.g. futures management, research and development studies, business competence).
The language of instruction is Finnish, and part of the programme is in English.
The thesis is a research-based development project, which can be the student's own project or a research and development assignment from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, a partner institution or other regional organisation. Students are expected to apply research methods and development methodology in their thesis projects.
The programme qualifies graduates for public positions and services requiring a Master's degree. The qualifications of social services personnel are also defined by the Act on Qualification Requirements for Social Welfare Professionals.
The programme includes one English-language course and an intensive period organised in cooperation with another higher education institute in Europe. Students have the opportunity to go on an exchange period abroad through the Erasmus programme.
The national network for social services Master's degree programmes, KYAMK. In addition, the student can select courses from other universities of applied sciences in the FUAS federation (the HAMK and Laurea Universities of Applied Sciences).
Master's degree holders are eligible to apply for a scientific or artistic postgraduate programme at a university.