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Structure of Curricula

The curricula of Vaasa Polytechnic consist of Common Core Basic Studies, Specialised Professional Studies, Free-choice Studies, Practical Training and a Thesis followed by a Maturity Test.

The modules, objectives, contents and periods are presented in the tables for each degree programme.

Common Core Basic Studies

The scope of the basic studies is at least half of the total scope of the studies required for the degree.

The Basic Studies have been divided into General Basic Studies and Professional Basic Studies according to the degree programme.

Specialised Professional Studies

The specialised professional studies amounts to 20 - 40 credit units.

The studies are based on modules of 10 credit units. The students choose at least two modules from their field of specialisation and at least one module from another specialisation alternative.

Free-choice Studies

All degree programmes include 10 credit units of free-choice studies. It is recommended that the students choose free-choice studies also from other educational units. All studies in the level of higher education are suitable. Study Counsellors give further information on the applicability and the acceptance procedure of the studies taken outside the Polytechnic.

Practical Training

During the practical training period the students familiarise with the working procedures and tasks in their own field of specialisation. The training period increases the students' professional skills and motivation. During the training period the students become acquainted with the activities, culture, work and social life of the organisation. The training period will emphasise internationalisation, entrepreneurship and professionalism.

The practical training in the Degree Programmes of Technology and Communication, Business and Administration as well as Tourism and Catering comprises 20 credit unit. In addition, professional studies include practical studies comparable to practical training. In the degree programmes of Health Care and Social Services the practical training takes place entirely in connection of professional studies as guided learning through work: in social studies 30 credit units, in health care 50 credit units.

You can apply for a training placement before or during your studies. Practical training related to the degree programme is to be carried out during the studies.

It is recommended that part of the practical training is completed abroad to develop an international competence. Students of degree programmes in foreign languages must complete a training or study unit of at least 3 months abroad.

The training period is only recognised after a written report has been presented and if it has been long enough.

Each educational unit will give more detailed information concerning the practical training of each degree programme. Each educational unit has a person responsible for arranging and giving information on the training.


The objectives of the Thesis are:

  • to give the student practise in individual data searching and applied research work
  • to develop the student's oral and written communication skills
  • to prove the student's professional proficiency

The Thesis comprises 10 credit units. It can be applied research work, planning and developmental work or a project work arranged by several educational units to cover different fields. The Thesis can be completed as team work but it is essential that each group member's participation can be proved and assessed.

The Thesis always involves a written assignment and a maturity test. They are mainly completed in the same language as the language of instruction in the degree programme.

The Thesis is completed mainly during the Specialised Professional Studies. Each educational unit decides on the previous knowledge and requirements needed for the work. The student attends seminars at his/her own institution.

A supervising lecturer is appointed at each institution. This lecturer assesses the written output of the work process on 1-5 scale.

Separate instructions are given for completing the thesis.

Document maintainer: Elisabeth Malka
Last updated: 15.9.2004, Jarkko Ala-Louvesniemi
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