Urbanisation and climate change are current phenomena which provide the background for the master programme in future urban sustainability. The impacts of urbanisation are reflected in the growing need for multidisciplinary approaches in planning and management processes. This programme invites both Finnish and international applicants, with suitable backgrounds, to work together with practical challenges from working life.
Combining virtual and contact learning
The aim of the programme is to offer a wider professional perspective to students possessing relevant practical experience. The programme is arranged by combining virtual and contact learning, which includes intensive weeks 2-3 times in autumn and spring and separate contact days during one academic year.
The intensive weeks usually contain 3 days of course subjects and 1 day of research methods and thesis seminars. Diversified methods are used in arrangements of the education. There is usually an opportunity to follow the lectures online during contact days and they are also recorded
The thesis work serves as an opportunity to adapt current academic research to practical needs and situations in the sustainable city.
New kinds of skills and competencies for the future
The aim of the study programme is to adapt a multidisciplinary knowledge base for urban environments. New kinds of skills and competencies are needed in working life in the future. Students are expected to know, manage and develop an interdisciplinary approach to urban development and management tasks.
Professional studies concentrate on participatory development of the urban environment, climate change and its environmental impacts, change management and utilisation of GIS.
The education provides eligibility for positions which require a Master´s degree. The studies and the degree give the student an opportunity to train for new kinds of career challenges in public and private sectors. The original bachelor´s degree, working experience and the master´s thesis have their impact also on the future career of the graduate. The master´s degree improves the student´s employability to those positions requiring environmental qualifications.
After the degree the student is able to plan, develop, lead and evaluate demanding urban and environmental projects. The student is able to use participatory and innovative management methods in project work.
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