Development and Leadership of Nursing, Master's Degree

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  • Application on the Basis of Metropolia’s Open UAS Studies (application period 1 May - 31 October) 01.05.2024 - 31.10.2024
  • Application on the Basis of Finnish Higher Education Studies (application period 1 May - 31 October) 01.05.2024 - 31.10.2024
Master of Health Care
1.5 years
Mode of studies
Tuition fees might apply


Become an Expert in Development and Leadership of Nursing

Development and Leadership of Nursing is a Master’s degree programme for nursing professionals (nurse, midwife, public health visitor, paramedic) who want to deepen their competencies to hold existing or future expert/specialist and leadership positions and promote their career development. The Master’s degree provides the students with skills that enable them to work as developers and reformers of their work environment with the required leaderships and R&D competencies.

Taking the Master’s Degree in Development and Leadership of Nursing provides the students with a high-level professional competence in developing the care of patients and enables them to work as developers, reformers, experts and leaders in varying work environments as well as to obtain health care expert positions nationally and internationally. Students also have an opportunity to deepen their competence in their own area of advanced practice nursing (APN).

Who is this programme for?

The Master’s Degree Programme in Development and Leadership of Nursing is intended for those who want to work in more advanced practice nursing roles and/or in research, teaching or leadership roles and who have an appropriate qualification and work experience.

Enjoy an International and Multi-disciplinary Approach

The Master’s Degree Programme is an English taught programme and our students enjoy a diverse, international and multi-disciplinary approach in their studies. Some parts of the studies are arranged in collaboration with other Master Degree Programmes (such as Health Business Management) and in collaboration with international partner universities. The students will also have an opportunity to take some elective studies provided in Finnish.

Content of studies

The extent of the studies is 90 ECTS and currently include:

  • Research and Development Studies 10 ECTS,
  • Advanced professional studies 40 ECTS,
  • Elective studies 10 ECTS,
  • Master’s Thesis 30 ECTS.

It is recommended that the topic of the Master Thesis is related to your own place of work. For completing a Master’s thesis, the students get support and guidance form the school in the form of

  • starting from first weeks in the Programme, working in a guided Master’s thesis process
  • group supervision and individual support from instructors; instruction on the R&D methods and problem-solving skills for excelling in your project
  • students’ self-directed learning, motivation and hard work make the necessary element of success.

See more specific course description and curriculum in study guide.

Mode of study

Master students study on a part-time basis. Students achieve their degree in 1,5 years. Self-directed and time management skills are important to undertake the studies with a full-time employment.

Teaching incorporates blended teaching and learning approach (online/face-to-face lectures, seminars, workshops etc.). Studies include intensive face-to-face study periods on campus in Helsinki (approximately 2-4 periods in total). The studies include 2-5 teaching days per month, including day and evening classes. More specific information of the schedule for autumn 2024 will be published in June 2024.

Students are expected to undertake on average 12 hours of self-study per week.

Scholarships and tuition fees

Student has the right to complete the studies in accordance with the curriculum for the degree in question and with the approved personal study plan. Metropolia organizes the Master's degree studies and study guidance in such a way that the student can aim to complete the studies in a period which is equivalent to 1,5 academic years for 90 ECTS.

The tuition fees concern students who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries. Students pay annual tuition fees based on their study right. The payment obligation concerns all the academic terms during which a student is registered as attending.

Annual tuition fee for non-EU/EEA applicants 12 500 €.

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

Read more on tuition fees and scholarships

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  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 15.5.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    Syksy 2024
    • Health Care and Social Services

    The transfer application is aimed at all students enrolled in studies leading to a Finnish higher education degree and:

    • who wish to transfer their study rights from one Finnish higher education institution to Metropolia so that the degree title remains the same or changes

    • who wish to transfer their study rights within Metropolia from one degree programme to another, so that the degree title changes.

    Students transferring within Metropolia in such a way that the degree title remains the same, are not considered as "transfer students" and have their own separate application procedure available on Metropolia intranet (OMA). Please note that it is not possible to transfer from abroad.

    Students applying for a transfer should note that their maximum study period or the period for which they are entitled to receive student financial aid will not be extended due to the transfer. The maximum study period is calculated from the date on which the student accepted the study place in the previous higher education institution.

  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 31.10.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    Syksy 2024
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    • Health Care and Social Services

    The Application on the Basis of Metropolia’s Open UAS Studies is aimed at those who have completed open UAS studies at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Studies are considered to be Metropolia's if they are entered in the Metropolia's study register, and open studies if they have not been completed with the right to study for the degree-leading education.

    Application period: 1 May 2024 8:00 am - 31 October 2024, all times refer to local time in Finland

    Application instructions: published at

  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 31.10.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    syksy 2024
    Apply now!
    • Health Care and Social Services

    The Application on the Basis of Finnish Higher Education Studies is aimed at those who have completed higher education studies in Finland. Studies are taken into account regardless of whether they have been completed as open studies or in education leading to a degree, or whether the right to study is valid or has expired.

    Application period: 1 May 2024 8:00 am - 31 October 2024, all times refer to local time in Finland

    Application instructions: published at

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.

Starting Nursing Master's studies

Welcome to study Development and Leadership of Nursing!

Congratulations – for starting your studies in the Master’s Programme Development and Leadership of Nursing at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences! A warm welcome to our international learning community!

As you have accepted a study place, please make sure that you have also followed the instructions (e.g., registering for the academic year) given by the Admission Services. You will not be able to start your studies if some of the steps are not completed. If you have any enquiries regarding these steps, please follow the instructions provided via the above link.

The teaching of this Master’s Programme is mostly delivered online, but the studies will include two intensive study periods (two weeks) at the new Myllypuro campus as it is the physical home base of our programme.

  • The first intensive study period will take place during spring semester 2025. The more specific dates will be announced in the autumn 2024.
  • The second intensive study period will take place during the autumn semester 2025. This week will be confirmed in the spring 2025.

Information and Orientation for New Students – Academic Year 2024 - 2025

There will be two online orientation days arranged. Please find the links below:

The academic year will start with one-and-a half days orientation.

The orientation days include welcoming words by the management, familiarization of the fellow students and faculty members, safety issues, introduction to Metropolia’s IT and digital tools, library, core curriculum, recognition of prior learning, and practicalities relating to the studies.

2nd September - Orientation day 1 programme:

10.00 Ensuring connections

10.15 Welcome to Metropolia

Familiarization with the members of the learning community

11.30 - 13.00 Metropolia’s IT and Digital Tools

13.00 LUNCH

13.45 Wellbeing services

14.05 Internationalization at Metropolia

14.30 Practicalities of studying and students introduce one selves

15.45-16.00 Wrap up

3rd September - Orientation day 2 programme:

10.00 - 10.15 Study advisor, lecturer

10.15 - 11.00 Introduction to the library services, Metropolia library services

11.00 - 12.00 Practicalities

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 16.00 Research methods and skills: course begins

The full core curriculum, including courses / semester, is available from Metropolia’s web page for students for orientations in Master’s Degree Programme in Development and Leadership of Nursing | Study Guide, Metropolia.

Studies during autumn semester

  • Research Methods and Skills, XX00EJ16-3098, 5 ECTS (arranged in collaboration with Master’s Programme in Health Business Management).
  • Development Methods and Skills, S000FC88-3002, 5 ECTS
  • Evidence-based Practices and Management, S000FC89-3002, 5 ECTS
  • Strategic Management and the Future of Leadership, S000FC90-3002, 5 ECTS
  • Sustainable Leadership and Manage, S000FC92-3002, 5 ECTS

The timetables for the autumn 2024 be published by the end of June. These can be found from with the group code S2724S6.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (aikaisemmin hankitun osaamisen tunnistaminen = AHOT)

Students of Metropolia have an opportunity to benefit from RPL according to their own work or study experience.

Students studying at Higher Education Institutions can apply for recognition of their prior learning no matter where and how this knowledge has been acquired. However, the competences have to meet the objectives of the learning outcomes of the degree programme.

A student has an opportunity to make earlier learning visible and to get a decision on the recognition of these competences. In practice, this means that if a certain study unit is accepted via the RPL procedure, it is not necessary to study it again.

The RPL procedure will be explained in more detail during the Orientation Day. However, to facilitate speedy processing of the application, it is advisable to start getting prepared by collecting any references, certificates or similar documents which could be used as evidence for prior learning.

Literature to be used during the autumn 2024

  • Cleland Silva, T. & Fonseca Silva. P. (2022) Making sense of work through collaborative storytelling. Building narratives in organisational change. Palgrave Pivot. Open Access. Switzerland: Springer.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Health Care Management (2016). Eds. Ferlie, E., Montgomery, K. and Pedersen, A.R. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Satake E. 2015. Statistical methods and reasoning for the clinical sciences
  • Creswell, John W. Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches.
  • Salem, D.N. (Ed). (2020). Quality Measures: The Revolution in Patient Safety and Outcomes. Springer.
  • Mintzberg, H. (2018). Managing the myths of health care: bridging the separations between care, cure, control, and community. Oakland: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Mintzberg, H. (2013). Simply managing: What managers do—and can do better. Oakland: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

We are looking forward to meeting you all in September!

On behalf of the Development and Leadership of Nursing learning community, with kind regards,

Jukka Kesänen

Head of Master Degree Programme in Development and Leadership of Nursing
RN, PhD / Senior Lecturer
email: Jukka.Kesanen [at] (Jukka[dot]Kesanen[at]metropolia[dot]fi)