A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the corresponding field of education is required, e.g. Bachelor of Business Administration or a related bachelor’s degree containing/combined with 40 cr (ECTS) of higher education studies in business field. In addition, the applicant must have the minimum of three years of relevant work experience, gained after the required degree.
According to the Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences students may apply for identification and accreditation of prior learning as part of their compulsory or optional studies, provided they have prior learning corresponding to the curriculum before the course in question begins.
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The main aim of the studies is to acquire sufficient business knowledge required in expert-level management and development positions. When graduating, the student has indicated the ability to analyse their own field of business, to carry out information and research based preparation of business/organisational development plans, and to execute demanding change projects in a workplace context. The student can deepen his/her quality management competence to the level that meets the requirements of a separate Quality Manager (QM) certificate.
The key learning outcomes of the Master’s degree programme in Business Development are centered around the following four core competences:
1. Analytical & Methodological Competences
2. Strategic and Innovative Competences
3. Advanced Business Management Competences
4. Business Development Compentences.
Each module of the curriculum produces and enhances the Master’s student’s competence in these areas. For further learning outcomes please see the course descriptions of the modules in the curriculum.
In addition, generic competences as described in the EQF7/NQF7, will be met with. These are: Learning Competence; Ethical Competence; Working Community Competence; Innovation Competence; as well as Internationalization Competence.
The graduate has the capability to lead demanding change and development projects and processes. (S)he can act in managerial positions in business organisations, or as an entrepreneur.
The degree obtained is of Master’s level. It is up to the Institution of Higher Education which offers further education (licenciate/doctorate) to decide on the eligibility.
According to the Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences course assessment criteria are specified in the course implementation plan. The teacher in charge of the course will be responsible for the assessment. Students must be informed at the beginning of the course on the assessment principles, which must be based on the course objectives. Assessment takes primarily place for each course and applies to the students who have registered and been accepted on the course. If necessary, different components of a course may be assessed individually. If the course consists of several components, the teacher may point this out in the assessment principles contained in the implementation plan.
The assessment scale is as follows: excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), very satisfactory (2), satisfactory (1), fail (0) and pass (P). Any deviations of this scale will be decided by the President.
All studies indicated in the curriculum of the Master’s Degree Programme in Business Development must be successfully completed.
This Master’s degree programme is carried out on a part-time basis, as it is intended to be completed alongside work. The contact sessions are mainly organized during weeknights, on some occasions as a combination of a Friday evening and Saturday. Alternatives offered by the curriculum combined with an intensive thesis work allows for full-time study, if more suitable for an individual Master’s student. The duration of the studies is 2 years.
Master's Degree (Second Cycle)
Most of our student’s combine studies with work. Together they create an unique contact network, which includes their own organizations. We also invite professionals from various fields and companies to provide guest lectures. Best practices from companies are discussed and shared in all our courses.
Metropolia’s wide network with other Universities around the world offers a number of opportunities for short term exchange as well as for longer exchanges. We would like to see all our students participating in a study trip abroad during their studies. Metropolia Master’s Summer School offers courses taught by overseas visiting lecturers which creates an international experience for all participants.