Nursing top-up degree

Bachelor of Health Care
210 ECTS
Based on recognition of prior learning about 1.5 - 2 years
Mode of studies
Tuition fees might apply


Study objectives

The purpose of the Nursing degree programme is to train nursing experts. The students will receive a theoretical basis, learn professional clinical  skills and establish an ethical foundation that is necessary for nurses.

The studies will prepare the students for the following: customer-oriented nursing, management and entrepreneurship, clinical nursing, social welfare and health care operating environment, evidence-based operation and decision-making, guidance and teaching expertise, promoting health and an ability to cope with daily situations, and the quality and safety of social welfare and health care services.

Nursing graduates will be able to guide, support, treat  and rehabilitate people with different illnesses in cooperation with their next of kin and other professionals.  They will also know how to take care of the persons close to the customer,  as guiding them is an important part of their work.

Evidence-based nursing expertise is enhanced in a variety of learning and operating environments.

Nursing degree graduates will be able to work with customers of different ages, promoting their health and wellbeing and treating their illnesses. The students will also learn to participate in and coordinate various multidisciplinary working groups and networks and to develop their own work practices.

Language of instruction

The programme is conducted in English. Students may also participate in Finnish-language nursing courses. Some courses can combine Finnish-language and English-language groups.

Study contents

The training consists of 210 ECTS credits and takes about 1.5 - 2 years to complete, depending on one's prior education in the field of Nursing. The studies consist of core requirement studies, language studies, practical training that supports professionalism, final project, innovation studies and multidisciplinary elective studies.

Students whose native language is not Finnish will have Finnish lessons as part of their curriculum.

Completing the degree requires full-time study.  Lectures are mainly held during the daytime. Supervised training follows the work hours of the unit in question, which may be in three shifts.

The course offering has been planned to enable students to include 30 credit points per term.

The starting point for learning consist of situations and problems arising from professional practices, and of trying to find evidence-based solutions for them. Some courses are provided, when applicable, as projects that develop the student's field of study. The students get a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of their subject in learning environments that support their learning, such as Drug Treatment, Health Promotion and Simulation Learning Environments.

Learning environments for independent study, on the other hand, enable students to improve their clinical skills. Education has been developed by improving opportunities for digital learning, enabling students to complete some courses independently or in groups or online.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

Students who have previous competencies can decide to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL).

At the beginning of their studies, students make an individual study plan (ISP) which they will follow. A lecturer will act as a tutor on the student's learning track.

Structure of studies

The degree consists of the following:

  • core requirement studies 25 ECTS credits
  • professional studies  155 cr., of which 90 are practical training
  • elective studies  15 cr.
  • final project 15 cr.

Final project

The degree includes a final project (15 credits), which is usually carried out with a partner in one of Metropolia's workplace-oriented projects.

Once students have completed their final project, they will be able to put in practice what they have learned, to search and utilise evidence-based information to ensure that patients and customers get the best treatment, that develop practices and the work community and that better care is provided.

The final project is linked to Metropolia projects, and may be completed in teams.

The final project is written in English, including the summary.


Internationalism is part of studies in the form of student exchange, practical training, intensive courses or internationalism at home studies, such as joint studies between English- and Finnish-language degree programmes or studies in open international online environments.

Students may also apply for  international exchange programmes. Metropolia has partner institutions in Asia, the US, Africa and various countries in Europe, where nursing students may go for their practical training, projects or theory studies.

Co-operation with other parties

Practical training is generally carried out in public hospitals either in primary health care or specialised nursing.

Some courses are organised in cooperation with working life also in the private and third sectors, for example in organisations.


Only certified professionals who have completed the appropriate degree may work as a nurse.

Once students have completed their degree, they apply to Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, for the right to practice their profession.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment in primary health care, specialised nursing units in either public or private health care.

The job may be in a hospital ward, at a clinic or in an operating room. You may also find a job in home nursing, various rehabilitation and care homes or a medical centre. In addition to these, the nurse’s degree will enable you to work as an expert or consultant, for a non-profit organisation or in international duties.

A nurse's degree will also provide  students with excellent opportunities  to work abroad. You will complete a university of applied sciences degree comparable with similar international and European qualifications. The training provides graduates nursing qualifications conforming to EU directives, enabling you to seek interesting and challenging jobs also outside Finland.

Scholarships and tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for non-EU/EEA applicants 11 000 €.

This fee applies only to non-EU/EEA degree students.

Read more on tuition fees and scholarships

Ask Head of Degree Programme about the studies


  • Application period
    1.8.2024 at 08:00 - 2.8.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    spring 2025
    • Day-time studies

    The Separate Application for International Degree Programmes is aimed at those applying with a foreign qualification for an education leading to a higher education degree in English.

    Application period for studies starting in spring 2025 starts on 1 August 2024 08:00 am (local time in Finland). Please note that the application period varies for different degree programmes. Check the individual application closing dates for each degree programme.

    Application instructions have been published on

More information

For more information on the application process please contact

Metropolia's Student and Admission Services:
+358 40 712 5100
admissions [at] (admissions[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Starting studies

How to start your studies in Metropolia

Welcome to study for a degree at Metropolia!

Congratulations! You have been admitted to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and we are delighted to have you as a new member of our vibrant community of more than 16 000 students!

You have made an excellent choice - Metropolia offers you unique multidisciplinary opportunities throughout your studies with its strong connections to working life and active role in innovations built around socially significant phenomena.

We are happy to have you with us and help you with any questions you might have. Welcome to Metropolia!

The below information applies to students who have been accepted to study for a full degree at Metropolia. Make sure to complete all the steps in order to secure your study place.

Welcome to study Nursing top-up degree!

Dear student nurses,

Welcome to study the top-up Degree Programme in Nursing at Metropolia UAS!

We want to offer you the smoothest possible start to your studies and the opportunity for personal study planning right from the start of your studies. Therefore, please read this material carefully.

Your career coach will help you with all the questions that you have about the studies etc. Also the student tutors are here for you.

Before the start of studies:

  1. Get to know E-Services in Metropolia
  2. Familiarize yourself with the new student's introductory material above
  3. Familiarize yourself with your degree curriculum
  4. If you wish, take a virtual tour around the Myllypuro campus!

Orientation days

The studies will start on Monday 26th August 2024 at 9 am local Finnish time online.

Online link for orientation day:


All the studies will be online from Monday 26th August 2024 to Friday 18th October 2024. Contact teaching starts 21st October 2024 on Myllypuro Campus. Please note that attendance is required from 21st October 2024 onward.

The schedule for the entire first semester will be ready before the studies start. Be prepared to have full schedules throughout the semester, from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

If you wish, you can check the term’s schedule in Metropolia’s Schedule Machine (Lukkarikone). Your group ID is SXN24S1B1 (if you have a bachelor's degree) or SXN24S1B2 (if you have a diploma). Please note that some of the times might be subject to change.

Finnish courses for international students in Metropolia

In Metropolia UAS, you have the possibility to study Finnish during your studies. You can choose suitable courses depending on your Finnish language skills level.

  • Finnish 1 (A1.2), 5 cr
  • Finnish 2 (A1.3-A2.1), 5 cr
  • Finnish 3 (A2.1-A2.2), 5 cr
  • Finnish 4 (A2.2-B1.1), 5 cr
  • Towards YKI 2 (A2), 2 cr
  • Towards YKI 3 (B1), 2 cr
  • Let’s speak Finnish (A2-B1), 3 cr
  • Finnish for professionals 1 (B1), 5 cr
  • Finnish for professionals 2 (B1-B2), 5 cr
  • Develop your text skills in higher education (B1-B2), 5 cr
  • Nursing Finnish 1-4 (A2-B2), 5 cr each

Offering for Finnish courses for the autumn 2024:

Language clinics

In addition to Finnish courses, you can get support for learning the professional language skills in two language clinics:

  • Basic level A1-A2: Hoitotyön S2-klinikka
  • Intermediate level B1-B2: S2-klinikka, sosiaali- ja terveysala

Other Finnish courses in the capital region or online:

Free self-study courses on Internet for beginners:

The scholarship

Students, who come from outside EU/ETA-countries and have paid the tuition fee, have possibility to apply for the scholarship. Find more information about tuition fees and scholarships here: Tuition fees and scholarships for non-EU/EEA students.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

On behalf of faculty members and students in the top-up Degree Programme in Nursing,

Nea Lehtimäki
Head of the Programme in Nursing education
nea.lehtimaki [at] (nea[dot]lehtimaki[at]metropolia[dot]fi)
tel. +358 40 167 8228

Riikka Sorri
Guidance Counsellor
riikka.sorri [at] (riikka[dot]sorri[at]metropolia[dot]fi)
tel. +358 50 465 6631