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. 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 and separate contact days during one academic year. The thesis work serves as an opportunity to adapt current academic research to practical needs and situations in a sustainable city or an organisation.
Aim of the study is to adapt a multidisciplinary knowledge base of urban environments. New kind of skills and competencies are needed in the future working life. Students are expected to know, manage and develop interdisciplinary approach to urban development and management tasks.
International dimension is essential part of the education. Visiting lecturers from partner universities participate the courses and international examples and practices are used in education. International student exchange is available to Master students also, and several students have used it already.
The programme works in cooperation with public and private stakeholders, like enterprises and organisations in Finland. Part of the partner organisations are international companies. Cooperation takes place also with FUAS universities of applied sciences (Laurea, HAMK) as well as with other higher education institutes.
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The Study Structure
The curriculum is workplace orientated and based on the students' individual study plans.
• Professional studies 4 x 5 ECTS = 20 ECTS
• Elective studies 2 x 5 ECTS = 10 ECTS
• Master's thesis 30 ECTS
The education includes the following professional areas: 1. Urban and interactive development, 2. Climate change and its environmental impacts, 3. Sustainable and smart cities and, 4. GIS as a tool. The education is carried out through intensive periods and with the help of virtual meetings and eLearning platforms. The Programme offers the alternatives of studying either full-time or part-time, integrated with otherwise normal working life.
Thesis project can deal with challenging urban and environmental issues considering the climate change mitigation and adaptation viewpoints. It can introduce national and/or international cases and practices. Thesis can also concentrate on the development of an organisation or it can be integrated with an externally funded project in LAMK. Main emphasis is the working life relevance of the thesis project. Thesis project requires independent working, use of suitable methods to provide knowledge base of the thesis, good competencies to use references critically and abilities to make conclusions of behalf of the results.
LAMK Master School is cooperation group of all the Master programmes from faculties of business, design, social and health care and technology. Part of the Master education in technology is arranged together with all the programmes. The elective studies are chosen from this common platform. These studies consist of multidisciplinary lectures, projects and seminars.
Study guide 2016 - 2017