The online master’s degree programme Leadership for Nordic Healthcare will support you to become a change leader. The Nordic social and healthcare sector faces rapid shifts brought about by digitalisation, privatisation and demographic changes. These challenges call for a new way of leading, as leaders of today and tomorrow must be able to manage change, cope with stress and motivate collaboration in a sustainable and innovative way.
In this programme, you will be given the opportunity to explore new leadership techniques, discover your leadership strengths and expand your professional horizon. We focus on how to develop a leadership style where work ethics and sustainable solutions are at the centre. You will analyse, critically evaluate and develop both projects and your own personal leadership style. Strengthening your networking skills is key. The programme also makes you eligible for doctoral studies.
The programme is primarily aimed at candidates with a suitable bachelor’s degree in nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, public health nursing, physiotherapy, emergency care, sports and health promotion or physical education.
You can choose between completing the programme in one and a half years (full-time studies) or in three years (part-time studies). Please note that all applicants must have a minimum of two years (24 months) of relevant work experience gained after the completion of the bachelor's degree in order to meet the eligibility criteria.
What you will learn
- Tools for leadership in the field of healthcare
- Ethical leadership and sustainability
- Critical evaluation methods and project management
- Design change and evaluation of digital innovations
As development and digital communication is in focus, you will also strengthen your competencies to:
- Work proactively and multiprofessionally contributing to smart service development and digital communication with the client at the centre
- Compare and evaluate knowledge about digital innovations
- Understand the principles of user-centred service design to be applied in healthcare
Arcada – a window to the Nordics
Arcada, with its wide Nordic network and long experience of leadership in the social and healthcare sector, is a self-evident home for master studies combining healthcare and leadership from a Nordic perspective. The common Nordic landscape for future healthcare arrangements offers us a dynamic and interesting starting point for learning and exploring different best practices.
Flexible and completely online
We offer a flexible online study programme which enables you to work alongside your studies. With several years of experience of delivering degrees online, you can rest assured that the online tuition at Arcada is of high quality. Our pedagogics are rooted in problem-based and student-driven learning. We believe that learning happens when you get to be active and ask questions. However, our teachers continuously offer you support, guidance and feedback, ensuring that you are not left alone with your studies.
In practice, all lectures, coaching and assignments are handled online. Lectures will usually be held on Tuesdays 15:00–18:00, with the exception of the Leadership online conference in February that is an all-day event. We expect you to take part in online discussions once a week, usually in the evenings. There are only online lectures (no campus visits are needed) and there are no lectures during weekends.
Specialise according to your own interests
You do assignments individually and as group work. The master’s thesis project (30 ECTS) is a development and research project with the aim of developing Nordic healthcare. The project gives you the possibility to specialise according to your own interests. Through the thesis project you get to demonstrate your skills to systematically work solutions to a practical problem.
How to apply
Please visit the Application pages for all the information on how to apply.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA are required to pay tuition fees. This master’s degree programme, consisting of 90 ECTS, costs 11 000 euros in total. Applicants that accept their place of study within two weeks after receiving their offer, get an early-bird discount worth 4 000 euros for the first academic year.
In case a student is unable to complete the degree within the given study time, the student needs to pay 4 000 euros per each extra semester until the degree is completed.
No scholarships are available for master-level studies.
You can familiarize yourself with the current curriculum on Arcada's digital study guide Start (External link), but be aware that changes to the content may occur for the next academic year.
Contact us about the programme
We answer anything related to admissions. For other questions, please contact the degree programme director.