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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.

60 ECTS:
• 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 2017 - 2018


To be eligible for the programme the applicant must have at least a previous Bachelor's degree from a university or university of applied sciences (Engineering or Environmental Science) and a minimum of three years´ work experience. In addition, a solid command of English is required.

Work experience

At least three years of work experience after graduation is required. Candidates who have completed in Finland a college level qualification (opistoaste tai ammatillinen korkea-aste, mm. insinööri), worked for three years after that, and then started their bachelor studies, can be accepted as applicants.

The work experience needs to be obtained by 31 July 2018. Only previous work experience for which you have been given a testimonial by your employer can be accepted. Entrepreneurship is accepted as work experience, if you can provide a certificate given by a designated authority (in Finland i.e. a testimonial issued by YEL or MYEL insurance).

A part-time job is converted into full-time work experience so that 150 hours or 20 full-length working days (at least 7 hours per day) are equivalent to one month. The work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained under the same employer.

Work placement or practical training are not counted towards work experience if they are included in the degree you are using as the basis for your application. Military service, non-military service or child-care leave are not counted towards work experience.

English requirements

A solid command of English is required. If you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA-country you are suggested to provide a proof of your English language skills. The minimum language skills requirement is:

- IELTS score of 6.0 on the academic level. We use the IELTS TRF Verification Service to make sure applicants present an authentic Test Report Form. (Copy is enough sent by an applicant)
- TOEFL score of 550 on paper-based test or 79 - 80 on Internet-based test. TOEFL scores are only accepted directly from the Educational Testing Service. The TOEFL code number of Lamk UAS is 5728. Please use this code number when indicating Lamk UAS as a score recipient. Scores will be sent to us directly from the Educational Testing Service.
- Cambridge ESOL´s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) CEFR level C1 or Cambridge ESOL´s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) CEFR level C1
- Pearson Test of English Academic 51.

Application period

Next application period: from 5 September 2018 until 19 September 2018.

The Programme starts January 2019.

How to apply

Go to Studyinfo-website to fill in application.

The following documents need to be attached to the application:

•Copies of the education diplomas (Finnish applicants)
•Officially confirmed copies of the education diplomas and officially confirmed translations of the certificates, translated into English or Finnish (foreign applicants)
•Certificates to prove the work experience
•Your CV in English
•2 letters of reference
•Copy of passport (if the applicant is non-European)
•Suggested: The certificate of language skills: TOEFL or IELTS or proof of a bachelor's or master's degree conducted in English in an EU/ETA country or one of the following countries: United States of America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Student selection

After the end of the application period all eligible applicants will be invited by a letter to the entrance examination. Student selection will be carried out based on the entrance examination and the interview results and previous work experience.

The entrance examination includes writing an essay based on an article and an interview. The article has already been sent to applicants by e-mail and it is distributed to participants during the entrance examination. Further information about the entrance examination and individual interview times will be provided in the invitation letters.

Tuition fees, living expenses and insurance

Tuition fees

When planning your studies it is good to remember that books and other studying material, travel, accommodation and living expenses must all be covered by the student himself/herself.

To obtain a residence permit foreign students have to make a bank deposit of at least 6000 euros for each year of studying to cover their living costs in Finland. In addition, they have to provide evidence that they have a health insurance policy for the duration of their studies in Finland. It is important to note that students from outside the EU/EEA countries are not covered by the Finnish national health insurance system. Therefore, it is highly important that these students have sufficient insurance cover before their arrival in Finland.

For more information about insurance and residence permits, please visit the website of The Finnish Immigration Service.

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