Master's Degree Programme in Organizing Human Services
The 120 credits constituting the Master's Degree Programme in Organizing Human Services include practical studies (practicum) (20 credits), studies in research methods (10 credits), and thesis studies (55 credits) and a further 35 credits of optional studies. Master’s studies are to be taken after Bachelor’s or equivalent studies in such a way that that possible supplementary studies are recommended to be taken during the first year of Master’s studies. Studies introduce students to the development of welfare services then delve deeper into theoretical, practical knowhow and preparation for research. The programme emphasises is close connections of the studies to working life. Optional studies on the programme, including themes related to the field, support thesis writing and the expertise the student aspires to in a given area. During their studies in research methods students learn more to attain mastery of research methods and the skill to apply them in social sciences and comprehend the theoretical-methodological points of departure of various research orientations. In thesis studies, students learn about the phases of producing a Master’s thesis and complete their theses.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Master's Degree Programme in Organizing Human Services, students will comprehend and be capable of critically applying evidence-based methods and theories of developing welfare services and of their use in collaboration with those operating in the field. The students will be able to distinguish and critically contemplate existing practices, including their ethical aspect.  Students will also be capable of giving verbal and written accounts to a variety of audiences on the challenges and solutions of developing the field. They will be able to acquire and analyse data independently and to express this information fluently and clearly.  Students will be capable of carrying out research independently and to enhancing their knowledge of research methods.  On completing their Master’s theses, students will acquire the skills needed for the independent implementation of a research process.  On completion of their studies students will have acquired a multidisciplinary and extensive comprehension of issues in service organization with a close relation to working life.  Student will be capable of functioning in various expert, development and managerial tasks.

Faculty of Social Sciences