Mental Health

Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA-area are required to pay tuition fees. A master’s degree programme (60–90 ECTS credits) at Arcada costs 4,500 euros/semester during the first academic year and then 2,000 euro/semester thereafter.

The Master's Degree Programme in Mental Health (90 ECTS)

Are you interested in mental health and specifically in questions regarding collaboration and dialogical practices? Are you a health care professional looking to widen your horizons and make a difference through national and international initiatives within the field of mental health? As a graduate from Arcada’s Master’s Degree Programme in Mental Health you are qualified to work with managerial tasks in organizations, governmental agencies and NGOs on a local, national and international level.

Mental Health care and treatment in the Nordic and Baltic countries is mainly based on individual and traditional models and methods, which do not necessarily respond to the needs of the client and her/his social network. The aim of this program is to promote professionals understanding and dialogical and collaborative competences and increase user involvement in social and mental health care.

The program is a co-operation between Arcada University of Applied Sciences (FIN), University of Mälardalen (SWE), Tallinn University (EST) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO).The programme offers students the opportunity to deepen their skills within mental health and psychiatric care, treatment and services. The examinations follow regulations at each University.

Any candidate with a suitable bachelor’s degree in nursing or related health sciences (midwifery, occupational therapy, public health nursing, physiotherapy, paramedics or social services) can apply. In addition, candidates must have at least three years of relevant work experience (acquired after graduating with the bachelor’s degree).

Study contents

The scope of the Master's degree programme is 90 ECTS. The degree can be completed in two years while studying alongside work. The courses are taught entirely in English and/or some parts in Finnish or Swedish according to student’s needs. Some of the studies will be implemented as virtual studies by using modern learning technology. Lectures, coaching and assignments can be handled online. There are scheduled intensive weeks for learning and practical work when you will meet your fellow teachers and students in person. 

The studies consist of 1. Dialogical and Collaborative Approaches to Mental Health and Recovery (30 ECTS), 2. Methodology (15 ECTS), 3. Master Thesis (30 ECTS), 4. Professional and academic development in caring and treatment (15 ECTS).

Please note that campus studies during the first course will be organized as intensive weeks, one week in each country (Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Norway). Universities pay a proportion of accommodation and travel costs for the students.

More information about this degree programme will be available soon!


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