Welfare Technology

Are you looking to enhance your career prospects in Welfare Technology? If you are a professional in engineering, business, hospitality management, healthcare or social services with 3 years of post-graduate working experience.

Master's Degree

Master of Health Care (90 ECTS)

Master of Engineering (60 ECTS)

Master Care & Technology (90 ECTS) – international master degree programme in a European university consortium (joint degree option)

Important Dates

Application period: 15 March – 5 April 2017 and 19 July – 2 August
Entrance examination: 29 May 2017 and 14 August 2017
Studies begin: 1st September 2017
Planned duration: 1,5–2,5 years

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Master of Engineering, Welfare Technology, Pori

Master of Health Care, Welfare Technology, Pori

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Deepen your expertise

Master’s Degree in Welfare Technology provides you with specific skills in concepts, methods and knowledge of the field.  As a result, you can work in tasks where you can apply these skills in professional problem situations, research and innovation tasks and in management. In addition, you are able to assess and develop your personal skills, work practice and knowledge of the field. You also develop skills in international interaction and communication.

The degree programme involves multidisciplinary and international cooperation, where expertise from different fields is combined to produce new, innovative solutions and operational models in the field of welfare technology. The master’s degree title in social services and health care depends on the previous degree.

We Offer You

  • Innovative programme in Welfare technology in multiprofessional setting with close links to working life
  • A wide range of courses with flexible study modes to fit around your needs
  • International network of experts and project partners


Study Arrangements

Tuition in the Master’s Degree Programme is organized so that studying can be combined with full-time work.


Our students find employment

After graduating from the Master’s Degree Programme in Welfare Technology, you can work in expert and management tasks or in RDI activities in enterprises, the public sector or other organizations. Most of our graduates work in different kinds of management and development tasks.

About Master Care and Technology

– European master degree programme in a university consortium (joint degree option)

Technological developments should be used to facilitate the renewal of the care process. Reduction of the burden of care to the society as well as the improvement of the quality of care, are achievable goals for the introduction of technology in the care process.

Interdisciplinary research and the application of methods of co-creation are needed to obtain new approaches for care provision. Care renewal is stimulated strongly by the EU research and development agenda. Professionals who are able to build bridges between technology and care will take the lead of the development and implementation of new approaches in care provision.

A blended learning curriculum design will be used to support collaborative and self-directed learning in this combined distance and faculty-based program. The programme welcomes students who have a bachelor degree in nursing, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, public health nursing or engineering, and has minimum of  three (3) years of professional experience and a working relation with an employer who stimulates the student to participate in a customer oriented R&D process based on a case linked to the own working environment.

Furthermore, continued assessment (like portfolio assessment) will guide you through the learning process. Zuyd/Saxion/Fontys UAS (the Netherlands) organise this program in close cooperation with Satakunta UAS and Tampere UAS (Finland), and University of Beira Interior (Portugal).

Programme is a 2-year part-time program, 7 four-day meetings in various countries (Netherlands, Finland, and Portugal) and distant education. Workload 1 workday/week plus self-study, 45 EC’s per year.
Provisional starting date September 2015.

More information:

Further information:
Andrew Sirkka
+358 44 710 3862

This course seeks to address the shortage of people who can operate at the interface of care service deliveries, business and technical subjects in order to develop competences required to transform service deliveries, restructure organisations and streamline service processes.

The career-enhancing is designed to build on your previous experience and education and allow you to tailor your learning to suit your individual career development, industry background and requirements of your organisation. Elective studies allow you to enhance your prospects in the fields of management, ICT or indoor environment.



The studies are provided in cooperation with a European education network, which makes it possible to complete an international double degree.


The Master’s degree Programme in Welfare Technology has close connections with the following research groups at SAMK: Well-Being Enhancing Technology, Automation and Accessibility.

What will you study?

Based on your bachelor degree, Your studies consist of: Advanced Studies in Welfare Technology (20-30 ECTS), Research and Management Studies (5-25 ECTS) to meet your career prospects in management, ICT or indoor environment according, Elective Studies (5 ECTS), and Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS). Blended Learning approach with online teaching enables combining work and study with flexibility alongside working or even from abroad.

Master’s Thesis

The Master’s Thesis is a development task closely connected with the employment market. It combines the development needs of the commissioner and the student’s own career development with advanced professional studies. The thesis is planned and carried out in cooperation with a representative from the employment market. In particular, the topics and development tasks of the theses are connected with the economic life of the region, SAMK’s research groups and CoastAl projects.


Sari Merilampi ja Andrew Sirkka
| Wellbeing and health

New international textbook: Welfare technology is undoubtedly multidisciplinary

Multidisciplinary discussion is needed when welfare technology is developed. In practice, an engineer and a nurse need to understand each other. Sari Merilampi and Andrew Sirkka have edited a book that introduces the basics and practical ideas of welfare technology. Introduction to Smart eHealth and eCare Technologies was published by the international CRC Press.

Further Information

Student Admissions Office
(02) 623 4801

Principal Lecturer
Dr Andrew Sirkka
+358 44 710 3862

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