The degree regulations of Centria University of Applied Sciences

The degree regulations of Centria University of Applied Sciences are based on the University of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014, the Government’s decree on universities of applied sciences 1129/2014 and Centria University of Applied Sciences Ltd’s operating license. The degree regulations were approved by the rector of Centria University of Applied Sciences 14.8.2019.

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Centria University of Applied Sciences

The mission of universities of applied sciences is to deliver higher education that is premised on both working life and its development and on research, art and culture for professional expert jobs and support the professional development of students.

Additionally, the task of universities of applied sciences is to engage in research and development and artistic education that serve university of applied sciences education and promote working life and regional development and reform the region’s business structure. In the discharge of their tasks universities of applied sciences are to foster lifelong learning.

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Polytechnic degrees and postgraduate degrees

The following Bachelor’s degrees can be studied and obtained at Centria UAS:

  • Humanities and education degree, Bachelor of Humanities, (Finnish degree programme)
  • Culture degree, Bachelor of Music, (Finnish degree programme)
  • Business administration degree,  Bachelor of Business Administration (Finnish and English degree programmes)
  • Engineering degree, Bachelor of Enginee­ring (Finnish and English degree programmes)
  • Social services and health care degree, Bachelor of Health Care (Finnish and English degree programmes)
  • Social services and health care degree, Bachelor of Social Services (Finnish degree programme).

The bachelor’s degree in the field of business can only be completed in the degree programme in business administration.

The bachelor’s degree in the field of technology can be completed in the degree programmes in

  • information and communication technology
  • process and material technology
  • electrical and automation technology
  • industrial management

The following postgraduate Master’s degrees can be studied and obtained at Centria UAS:

  • Humanities and education postgraduate degree, Master of Humanities (Finnish degree programme)
  • Culture postgraduate degree, Master of Music (Finnish degree programme)
  • Business administration postgraduate degree, Master of Business Administration (Finnish and English degree programmes)
  • Engineering postgraduate degree, Master of Engineering (Finnish degree programme)
  • Social and health care postgraduate degree, Master of Health Care (Finnish degree programme)
  • Social and health care postgraduate degree, Master of Social Services (Finnish degree programme)

The license of Centria to operate as an independent university of applied sciences took effect on 1 January 2014. This license states the degrees that can be studied and obtained in Centria UAS. Even if some previously offered degrees can no longer be studied nor obtained at Centria UAS, the students who have started their study before 1 January 2014 in these degree programmes have the right to complete their study in Centria UAS according to the previously accepted degree regulations.

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Degree programmes and their common aims

Studies leading to polytechnic degrees and postgraduate degrees are planned and structured as degree programmes in Centria UAS. The degree programme is a study module with specific aims planned and structured. The study module is geared towards professional expertise and development in the fields of: Humanities and Education; Culture; Social Sciences, Business and Administration; Technology, Communications and Transport or Social Services, Health Care and Sports. The student is able to adopt the principles of lifelong learning.

The degree programme teaches the student:

  1. to assimilate and assess information and solve problems independently;
  2. to operate professionally, take fundamental decisions in matters relating to everyday situations, perform common tasks based on the degree programme in his/her area of responsibility and broaden his/her knowledge and expertise;
  3. to cooperate and communicate effectively at home and abroad.

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Curricula

The management group annually confirms the objectives of education and curricula.

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Teaching and degree language

The language of instruction and degrees studied in Centria UAS is Finnish. Foreign language degree programmes are taught in English. Degree programmes conducted in Finnish language can include study modules conducted in English language when this is suitable regarding the field of study and supports the student’s internationalization efforts. Similarly, degree programmes conducted in English language can contain modules conducted in Finnish language if they support the student’s integration to Finnish working life.

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Degree programme length and study completion

Technology, Communications and Transport degree programmes and the Public Health Nurse option in the Social Services, Health Care and Sports degree programme are structured to take 4 academic years which require 240 ECTS credits.

Studies for the Music degree programme are structured to take 4 academic years of full-time study requiring 240 ECTS credits of which 60 credits represent teaching studies.

Social Sciences, Business and Administration degree programmes, Humanities and Education degree programmes, Nursing and Bachelor of Social Sciences option in Social Services, Health Care and Sports degree programme are structured to take 3½ academic years of full-time study which require 210 ECTS credits.

Polytechnic postgraduate Master’s Degrees are structured and organized so that in Technology, Communications and Transport degree programmes and in Culture degree programme they comprise 60 ECTS credits to be completed in 2 years’ time, and in other fields of education they comprise 90 ECTS credits to be completed in 3 years’ time. In this case, studies are part-time.

In the university of applied sciences, the completion of one academic year’s study requires an average input of 1600 hours equating to 60 ECTS credits.

Within degree programmes studies are organized for students to achieve 60 credits per academic year. One academic year comprises 40 weeks.

The student must complete his/her studies within the allotted time framework mentioned above according to degree regulations. If there are special grounds, students may apply for an extension from the university of applied sciences’ rector or a person authorized by the rector.

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Degree programme structure

Degree programmes leading to a Bachelor’s degree comprise basic studies, professional studies, elective studies, practical training, dissertation work and a maturity test.

Degree programmes leading to a polytechnic postgraduate Master’s degree comprise more advanced professional studies, elective studies, dissertation work and a maturity test.

Basic studies, professional studies, advanced professional studies and elective studies consist of courses. These may be compulsory, optional or elective studies.

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Language studies

Students must reach a certain level of linguistic attainment as set down by the Government decree on polytechnics (1129/2014). The rector or a person authorized by the rector may, in specific cases, exempt a student partly or fully from the above-mentioned requirement. This exemption only covers compulsory language courses and must be applied for no later than during the second year of study, and the student must take other language study instead. The maturity exam included in the dissertation should be written to an acceptable language level. The university of applied sciences decides on the language of the maturity exam when a student’s language of education is neither Finnish nor Swedish. The language skills of a student will be stated on his/her degree certificate.

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Practical training

The aim of practical training in degree programmes is for the student to be directly familiar with tasks central to his/her professional studies and to adapt the knowledge and skills acquired to working life.

This practical training is planned as a course component within the degree programme for which specific aims, content and performance requirements are set out in the curriculum.

The head of the degree programme is responsible for arranging this practical training in accordance with the degree programme. The practical component represents 30 ECTS credits of the degree. Exceptions are nursing (75 ECTS credits), public health nursing (86 ECTS credits) and social services (45 ECTS credits).

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Dissertation

The dissertation is an integral course of appropriate research and development work.

The student must prove his/her familiarity with a subject area contained in the degree programme and successfully pass a maturity exam.

The dissertation may be written individually or with other students where each student indicates his/her contribution to the dissertation work. The dissertation represents 15 credits of the polytechnic Bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of the polytechnic postgraduate Master’s degree.

The dissertation is a public document. If the dissertation includes confidential material related to business operations or production processes, an appendix classified as confidential may be attached, which is then submitted to the partner (company) but not included in the public version and not assessed.

In programmes taught in Finnish the dissertation is written in Finnish, and in English in programmes taught with English language instruction. In programmes taught in Finnish students may write the dissertation in another language if required by the dissertation’s content or the commissioner’s needs as long as the work has a supervisor and examiners. The decision on the change is made by the programme coordinator.

The dissertation is written following the guideline document issued for dissertation writers. The student shall upload an electronic version of the dissertation in the Theseus online library or give one copy as a pdf file to Centria UAS.

Only degree students may complete a dissertation.

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Admission

University of applied sciences regulations govern admissions. Admission to a university of applied sciences is organized as either a joint application procedure or a separate admissions procedure according to approved admissions criteria. Students at the Open University of Applied Sciences may apply to be admitted as a degree student in education leading to a university of applied sciences degree in a separate application procedure.

Act 953/2011 and decree 1035/2011 (known as the SORA legislation, which concerns prerequisites for admission, forfeiture of study right, revoking of access to information related to admissions and study right, drug testing and disciplinary action) are applied in the application and selection procedures.

Students are admitted conditionally until the university of applied sciences has checked the applicant’s educational and employment certificates. The applicant is responsible for all provided information.  If a student is dissatisfied with the admission decision, he/she may lodge a request for rectification in writing with the university of applied sciences’ Board within 14 days of receiving the decision.

A study right may be granted to a transfer student who has a valid study right at a university of applied sciences. A transfer student refers to a student whose study right is transferred from one higher education institution to another or within a single higher education institution from one degree programme to another so that the degree title changes. Transfers are applied for using an electronic form accessed through Studyinfo.fi. The student is responsible for transferring his/her study right to the new university of applied sciences and resigning from the current school.                                                                                                                                     

Within a single university of applied sciences, a student may transfer from one course to another within the same field of study to complete the same degree/degree title. The transfer is applied for through the SoleOPS study guide’s electronic service. Internal transfer from nursing to public health nursing, and vice versa, in the social and healthcare field is also possible.  The manager of academic affairs decides on the internal transfer on the basis of the programme coordinator’s statement.

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Study right

Unless a student has applied for and been granted an extension to the normative duration of studies on the basis of special grounds, his/her study right will be revoked if he/she fails to complete the studies in a time period of at most one year exceeding the normative duration of the studies. Extensions are applied for through the SoleOPS system’s electronic service in November at the latest if the study right expires 31.12, and in May if it expires 31.7. During the granted study right period the student does not have the right to be absent. An additional extension may be granted once on serious grounds. If the student fails to complete his/her studies within the extension period, he/she forfeits the study right.

The study right of a student completing a professional specialization programme is restricted by the delivery time of the education. A student in a professional specialization programme may be granted a maximum extension of six months to the duration of studies in order for the studies to be completed. Extensions must be applied for in writing. Decisions on the extension to the duration of studies are made by the manager of academic affairs.

A student who has withdrawn or resigned from a university of applied sciences or whose study right has expired may apply for a fixed time period reinstatement of his/her study right in the same or equivalent education in which he/she previously had a study right. The purpose of reinstating a fixed time study right  is to enable a student who interrupted his/her studies to finish the incomplete studies without applying through the joint application procedure. The applicant continues in the university of applied sciences degree programme he/she previously began in Finland either in the same or equivalent training programme in order to complete the degree. The study right is granted as a one-off and is determined by the scope of lacking studies, however with the scope of the incomplete studies not exceeding the equivalent of one year’s studies. No credit requirements are imposed on applicants applying for higher university of applied sciences degree programmes. An application handling fee of 50 Euros will be charged (A1440/2014 §3).

The study right is applied for on a separate form, to which are attached an academic transcript and the programme coordinator’s approved study plan schedule (graduation plan) of the required courses to complete the degree programme. Prior learning and knowledge gained elsewhere (AHOT) are recognized in the graduation plan. The student must meet objectives for degrees and qualifications effective at the time of registration (e.g. language proficiency requirements). The rector or a person authorized by the rector decides on fixed term study rights.

During the granted study right period, a student is not eligible to register as non-attending. An additional extension may be granted once if there are serious grounds for the continuation. If a student fails to graduate during the normative duration of studies, he/she must reapply to the university of applied sciences for admission through the joint application procedure.

The operational model for revoking study rights in the University of Applied Sciences Act is defined in the university of applied sciences’ SORA guidelines. Withdrawal of study rights at Centria UAS according to the SORA guidelines is applied only to the Social Services and Healthcare, Humanities and Education disciplines.

The study right of degree students from non- EU/ETA regions is dependent on payment of tuition fees according to valid Centria UAS decisions. The university of applied sciences has a scholarship system to aid students participating in fee-charging degree programmes.


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Student enrolment 

Students in degree programmes must register for attendance or non-attendance for each academic year during the time period 1.4. – 10.9. through the student pages portal WinhaWille. If this is not possible, registration is to be made in writing on a separate registration form in Student and Admission Services. Registration for the spring term can be changed during the period 15. – 10.1. In addition to registration, a foreign student must also personally provide Student and Admissions Services with his/her Finnish social security number.

In programmes that are terminating, non-attending students may be required to register earlier.

A student who has registered as attending is granted a study right and may complete university of applied sciences studies which are entered as credits on an academic transcript. A student who has failed to enroll and register forfeits his/her study right and may not study at a university of applied sciences and his/her credits are not entered on an academic transcript. The student may reapply to have his/her study right reinstated in writing to the rector or a person authorized by the rector. An application handling fee of 50 Euros will be charged (A1440/2014 §3).

A student who has failed to enroll and register may have his/her study right reinstated if it is possible for the student to complete the studies after reinstatement during the remaining study right period or an extended study right. If the student is still eligible for non-attendance, the time after he/she failed to enroll and register is counted as non-attendance. When all allowed non-attendance periods have been used, the time after the failure to enroll and register is counted as attendance periods and reduces this time. The study right is reinstated at the start of the next full month and the period until then is deemed as attendance. On special grounds, study right may be reinstated immediately when a student’s study right expires during the current month or reinstatement of study right has been applied for by 19.9 and 31.1.

Students register for attendance or non-attendance when they accept a student place. If a student fails to enroll and register, he/she may have his/her study right reinstated on application to the manager of academic affairs. Non-attending students who have no period of attendance are required to register for the next academic year by 31.5 to facilitate the admission process.

A fee-paying student has to pay the tuition fee in order to enrol as an attending student. If a fee-paying student does not pay the tuition fee by the informed deadline and does not enrol as non-attending, the student has failed to enrol and will lose his/her study right.

A student who began his/her education prior to 1.8.2015 may register as non-attending for a maximum of two academic years, however for one year at a time only. Non-attendance is excluded from the normative duration of studies. A student registered as non-attending may resume studies during an academic term at the start of a new semester by registering as an attending student.  

A student who began studies after 1.8.2015 may enroll as non-attending after accepting a student place only if he/she is participating in conscription service, non-military service or women’s voluntary military service in accordance with their governing acts, is on maternity, paternity or parental leave, or is unable to begin studies due to a medical condition. The legal basis for absence must be verified with appropriate documentation. If a student registers as non-attending during the first academic year and fails to provide sufficient documentation for the absence by the time period specified by the higher education institute, he/she forfeits his/her study right. If the student later wishes to start or resume studies, he/she must reapply to the higher education institute for admission.

Periods of absence up to a maximum of two academic terms are excluded from the normative duration of studies when the student is registered for absence.

A student who has failed to complete his/her studies within the normative duration of studies or who has been granted an extension to complete his/her studies may not register as non-attending.

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Personal study plan

A student draws up a personal study plan (known as PSP) according to counselling and Centria UAS curriculum. The student also has the opportunity to complete virtual studies on-line through AVERKO and summersemester.fi portal. The head of the degree programme or a teacher tutor confirms these personal study plans according to Centria UAS curriculum.

A course within a degree programme may be replaced, with permission from the head of the degree programme or equivalent, by other courses with corresponding content and aims or by some other informally achieved knowledge (Recognition of Prior Learning; AHOT in Finnish). Fulfilling the aims of a degree programme and corresponding study modules for degree completion is a precondition to credit transfer of studies as part of a polytechnic degree.

The student can always include a number of higher education elective studies which relate to the curriculum for his/her degree.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is acknowledged at the beginning of study when personal study plans are confirmed.

At the beginning of each course students receive a description of course aims and content. The course description also contains information about successful course completion and assessment.

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Grading and study records

Courses are graded as follows: satisfactory (1 or 2), good (3 or 4), excellent (5), fail (0) or pass (S).  A student who has enrolled for a course but does not complete it, receives grade fail (0). A numerical course grade cannot be changed to passed (S).

When recognition of prior learning (RPL) is applied, courses completed at the university of applied sciences or abroad are validated based on the grades awarded, provided this is possible. Likewise, informal and non-formal prior learning are graded by grades 1-5. Grade passed (S) is only used if a numerical grade is not purposeful.

Failed courses may be retaken no more than twice, however within a maximum period of one year from the course termination, at a date specified by the unit. The grade of a passed course may be upgraded only once, and this is to be done within a maximum period of one year from the course termination. Upgrading is not possible in courses that include an artistic process. The grade of bachelor’s thesis cannot be upgraded. Study attainments awarded a passing grade cannot be removed from the academic transcript. However, a student may request and with the consent of the programme coordinator have on graduation any extra completed study attainments hidden on the transcript of records in the student administration programme if there are an adequate number of credits.

Centria UAS keeps a record of courses taken by students. Teachers responsible for course performance are obliged to record performances in the WinhaPro student administration programme within one month of the termination of the course. A student has the right to a transcript of records from Centria UAS.

Examination papers and other equivalent assignment documents are kept confidential for six months after releasing the results after which they may be collected by the student during one week. The maturity exam is kept for one year.

A student dissatisfied with the assessment of a study attainment or with the recognition of either studies completed elsewhere or of prior knowledge demonstrated in some other manner may lodge a rectification request orally or in writing to the teacher who awarded the grade or made the decision on recognition. The rectification request must be made within 14 days of the date on which the information about the grade or application of the assessment criteria to the student’s work became accessible to the student.

A student dissatisfied with the decision on the rectification request may seek rectification from the university of applied sciences board of examiners within 14 days of receiving the notification of the decision.

Studies completed in student exchange or work placement abroad are approved by the head of the degree programme or another appointed member of the unit within 6 months of the termination of the exchange programme.

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Student disciplining

If a student commits fraud in an examination or other situations involving assessment, the student will be ordered to immediately leave the premises, and the student’s work will be disapproved. In addition, whenever the fraud is identified only after the work was submitted in the examination or other assessment occasion, the work is subject to disapproval. Fraud is defined as plagiarism and dishonest behaviour that violates the rules of academic conduct in an examination.

A student who in the university of applied sciences has committed fraud or otherwise violated rules and regulations of academic conduct, is subject to disciplining with a penalty that depends on the seriousness of the violation, that is, with a notice, a warning or a suspension the maximum time of which is one year. Before the decision is made, the student must be allowed to be heard in the matter. A written and signed memo is written about the hearing.

The head of unit decides about the notice, the rector decides about the warning issued to a student, and the rector decides about the suspension of a student, based on the proposal of the unit. All measures of disciplining are recorded on the student administration system.

The university has separate instructions on dealing with cases of dishonest behavior and plagiarism. For all fields of study, disciplining procedures and drug testing are also covered in the SORA instructions.

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Degree completion

A student is awarded a university of applied sciences degree, Bachelor’s or Master’s, on successfully completing the courses relating to his/her degree programme. The student must successfully show his/her knowledge of the study modules intended for accomplishing the written dissertation work and maturity test in accordance with 10 §.

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Degree certificate

A student is awarded his/her degree certificate by Centria UAS on successful completion of his/her degree programme. The certificate or its supplement displays the degree, the degree programme, degree content, grades and other relevant aspects.

Degree certificates also show the linguistic skills achieved by the student in accordance with degree regulations: 1) education language, 2) maturity test language, 3) the equivalent polytechnic language studies which meet the requirement for bilingual competence as established in §6 of regulation 424/2003 by national authorities for linguistic skills or a note indicating the student’s written and spoken level of competence in the second national language as ‘good’ (grades 4 or 5) or ‘satisfactory’ (grades 1, 2 or 3) and 4) attained written and oral proficiency in a compulsory language necessary for professional engagement and professional development.

Centria UAS gives all successful degree students a Diploma Supplement especially for use abroad. Diploma supplement provides the relevant information about the university of applied sciences as well as the intended studies and course performance for the degree certificate and their level and significance in the course structure.

If the student completes the Bachelor of Health Care degree and graduates as a public health nurse and a nurse, he/she is awarded only one degree certificate. This certificate states that the student has completed both degrees. The certificate includes one Finnish and one English Diploma Supplement.

A student in a degree with foreign language instruction receives a degree certificate in both Finnish and an English.

Degree certificates are signed by the university of applied sciences’ rector. The degree certificate appendix (transcript of records and Diploma Supplement) are signed by study advisors.

In order to be awarded a degree certificate, a student needs to have completed all studies and submitted a degree certificate application to Student and Admission Services through the SoleOPS system’s electronic service. Students receive their degree certificate within a month of the graduation date.

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Validity

These regulations will take effect as of 1st September 2019.

 

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