Multidisciplinary Master’s Degree Programme in Urban Studies
This programme is a multidisciplinary entity leading to a Master-level degree, and the objective of which is to respond, in its part, to the challenges brought forth by urbanization and environmental awareness in the Southern Finland metropolis region.
The programme is meant to be carried out while working; the education requires independent studying and participation in contact teaching during evenings and weekends.
Master’s Degree Programme in Urban Studies is a part of the versatile higher education supply in the Lahti region. The students are separately chosen adults, who live and work in the Helsinki metropolitan area, especially in the Lahti region. When selecting the students, attention was paid to previous studies, work experience and interviews. The teaching is offered free of charge to the students. The city of Lahti also participates in financing the project.
Based on a statute of the Ministry of Education the Master’s Degree Programme in Urban Studies is one of the permanent Master’s degree programmes of the University of Helsinki. The programme is planned to be enlarged to an international programme with also environmental technology included.
A total of 24 students were selected to attend the programme via
a separate application process during the year 2005. The
environmental ecology line started with 14 students and the social
policy line with 10 students in the beginning of October 2005. The
objective of the students is to achieve a Master’s degree in two
and a half years (the programme totalling at 120 credit units).
In addition to professors in urban studies, the students are guided by two university lecturers in urban studies. The programme strives to create a model of an educational unity producing versatile expertise, the ability to communicate across sector borders. The student’s personal study plans support graduation in schedule.
An extensive e-learning environment has been created to support the studies. It is a closed environment for students as well as the teaching and administration personnel of the programme. The e-learning environment excellently supports the working adult students in their striving to keep up with the objectives.
The beneficiaries of the programme are the students and their working organisations, the city of Lahti and the Lahti region. The educational organisations in the Helsinki metropolitan area and in the Lahti region benefit of the created model (cooperation, multidisciplinary studies etc.). The field of urban studies in Finland benefits also of the master’s thesis of the students.
Ms. Marja Mesimäki (Project coordinator), tel. +358 3 892 20514
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