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Specialisation studies in universities of applies sciences (UAS)

Specialisation studies are a new form of education alongside education leading to a degree and continuing education. They are meant for those already in working life, those who already have a higher education degree or those who have acquired such competence through other means. The new specialisation studies replace the previous UASes’ vocational specialisation studies.

Specialisation studies are long term studies. They consist of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits and are designed for persons who

  • wish to deepen their expertise
  • require more extensive and diverse know-how in their work
  • work as experts in communities and networks
  • are orientating towards more demanding assignments requiring expertise

Specialisation studies are carried out and the expertise is proven in close contact with the working life. The studies will strengthen the contact between working life and research and product development made on the field.

Taking part in a specialisation studies will provide a point of view outside your own working community in which to inspect the challenges, problems and needs for improvement that you may face. Completing the studies allows you to use scientific research material in the analysis, evaluation and development of the vocational practices of your own speciality.

First higher education institutions’ specialisation studies will begin in 2016. There will be specialisation studies offered in, for example, cyber security, big data, wound care and tourism, catering and domestic services. The act on the new form of education came into force in the beginning of 2015.

More detailed information on specialisation studies will be published later on this page. For now the best way to find information on them is from the higher education institution’s own website.