Specialists for projects

    Project Management, Master of Engineering

    60 ects – 2 years | Intake: 25

    The mode of the study: Evening and weekend teaching, distance and contact teaching



    Do you want to become a confident leader of an international project team?

    Teams that deliver

    In Project Management you'll learn the secrets for building and motivating teams.

    Award winning tools

    In Project Management you'll learn award winning tools for effective project management and research.

    IPMA level C competence

    In Project Management you'll acquire IPMA level C competence.

    Studying in practice

    The emphasis in the study is on interaction and teamwork: during your studies, you can share your expertise with other students. The studies are linked close to your own work tasks, so with the learning tasks and the thesis development project you have the opportunity to develop your own employer organization or project.

    Contact classes are held approximately twice a month, mainly on Saturdays, either in Vaasa or Seinäjoki.

    • The degree programme lasts 1.5 to 2 years.
    • The studies are conducted mainly as online studies, allowing you to work at the same time.
    • Contact classes are held approximately twice a month, mainly on Saturdays, either in Vaasa or Seinäjoki.
    • Time-efficient and practical training.

    International Project Managers

    The programme in Project Management focuses on providing students with skills and competencies to work in both local and an international project environment. This master ́s degree is suitable for business and engineering professionals interested in project management, and who want to assume project managerial and leadership positions in their organizations.

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    Students are project managers, IT- and energy professionals and business consultants.

    The degree conforms with the standards set by the Finnish national degree system as well as with the European framework for degrees and competences. It gives a qualification for a public appointment where a master's degree is required. The program also includes courses which can lead to professional certification in project management.

    Contents of the studies

    The Master ́s degree in Project Management is a two-year programme, and the mode of the study is part-time tuition. Lectures are scheduled twice a month on Saturdays. These lectures are held at VAMK every other month and at SeAMK every other month. The degree programme has been developed and is carried out in co-operation with the Master ́s program in Business Management at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK).

    Check the curricula in Project Management

    The courses contain

    • lectures
    • team work
    • individual readings
    • presentations
    • online work

    The learning goals of the program aim to reach the level C in IPMA certification.

    The program focuses on issues like motivation and team building in international and global projects, as well as tools for effective project management and research methods. Also socio-cultural aspects which influence international projects are being studied. This module includes six courses (30 ECTS), and a master ́s thesis (30ECTS). There are also free-choice studies and a possibility to get a professional qualification in project management.

    The compulsory studies include

    • strategic project management
    • project finance and legal environment
    • project planning
    • leadership in global projects
    • project monitoring and controlling

    Master´s thesis

    All students will complete a thesis work. Students working in the project management positions have the opportunity to undertake a thesis work which develops skills in evaluating different project management methods and tools that can benefit their own organization. The writing of the thesis will enable students to develop their academic rigour in both research methodology and reflective practice through a series of courses that are part of the study.

    The outcome


    In the first semester you develop your knowledge of the fundamental principles of the discipline; in the second and third semesters you will be systematically introduced to the contexts and realities of practical project management through case studies and discussion with professional project managers.

    After completing the courses, you have the skills to

    • develop and apply appropriate project management methodologies to suit different projects in local and international contexts

    • communicate across culturally diverse projects

    • develop the ability to take a leadership role in project, program and portfolio management

    • form, select and apply creative problem-solving skills to all stages of the project life cycle

    • develop critical thinking and research skills to a range of project and program management contexts

    The degree programme has been developed on the basis of the feedback from the local industry.

    After graduation you will qualify for leading positions in project teams or in positions related to the development of systems for project selection, evaluation and/or project management in multicultural environments in both public and private sectors. Your job title might be project manager or project engineer or contain different aspects of project management.

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    What Our Students Say

    "A Real Eye Opener"

    Tânia Costa Hynönen works at Citec as a manager for the civil Chief Design Engineers. She studies for Master Degree in Project Management at VAMK.

    Why did you choose the Degree programme in Project Management?

    I have wanted for a long time to take a master degree. I felt that the master program in Project Management was a very good complement to my base studies, very much due to my role in the projects I participate in. It is also a good degree for a possible future career development related with the project work.

    What was good or bad in your degree programme?

    I think the good part of this master program is that I have learnt more about the organizations. I have definitely learnt more about project management but the most enriching for me was to learn about parts of the project in which I haven’t been involved earlier and also about the organizational context of projects. It was a real eye opener to have to investigate the company I work in from these different perspectives, and to be able to understand the whole company. The bad part was the lack of practical application when it came to software.

    How have you succeeded to combine studies, family and work?

    I have booked the studying time in my calendar every week and have always pushed to be ahead of the courses schedule because I knew that if I started to slip the schedule it would be a lot harder to catch up. When studying, I devote my full attention to it. I have mainly studies in the evenings after my son goes to sleep but the classes on Saturdays and the group works have of course taken away quality time for my family.

    Tell about your “normal” work day?

    My role includes resourcing of my team and competence development, participate in projects with the role of Chief Design Engineer or Project Manager and be involved in the related sales activities. My work days change according to the project workload and also other internal issues that need my attention.

    Do you think the degree will help you in job markets or give you better prospects?

    I think the degree complements my base degree very well. It is a very good way to learn the theory behind part of the work I have been performing for the last 5 years. I have wanted to learn project management not only through my colleagues but also in an official way so I would know the right way to do things.

    Tânia Costa Hynönen