Master in Educational Sciences

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Program Description

Master in Educational Sciences

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Master in Educational Sciences

The two-year Master's Degree Programme in Educational Sciences (120 ECTS) offers students a lifelong learning perspective on Educational Sciences. Students may major either in Education or Adult Education.

The curriculum has a global focus. The studies open up comparative perspectives to questions pertaining to lifelong learning and expertise, educational policy, and educational research. Additional and alternative courses focus on topics such as active citizenship and career counseling. The programme provides students with the research, evaluation and project management skills needed in international positions relating to education and adult education.


The curriculum is composed of the following three study modules, totalling 120 ECTS:

  • Orientation Studies (5 ECTS)
  • Major Studies (90 ECTS)
  • Elective Studies (25 ECTS)


This section includes courses that help students to familiarise themselves with the university, its practices and the different ways of studying that the curriculum may include. Orientation Studies are therefore provided during the first days and weeks of the first semester. An introduction to the Finnish educational system and to the Master’s Degree Programme in Educational Sciences will be provided.


Major Studies are divided into five subcategories. These include Expertise and Worklife, Lifelong Learning and Educational Trends, Methodological Studies (Research Methods and Scientific Writing), Master’s Thesis and Research Seminars, and Areas of Special Interest. A work-based learning period of 10 ECTS is also required.

Students should select either Education or Adult Education as their major subject. This selection is made within each study unit, as both themes are available in the literature and the assignments. Students are expected to adhere to their major choice throughout the course of studies.

It is possible to complete some (not all) of the second year studies via distance learning. However, this has to be well planned and negotiated with the responsible professor.


Elective Studies may include any university-level courses that serve to deepen students’ expertise. A list of suggestions supporting the themes in the major studies (Expertise and Worklife, Lifelong Learning and Educational Trends along with Global Perspectives) will be provided.

Admission Criteria

Eligible applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree (BA, BSc or equivalent officially recognized university degree) with an emphasis on Education or Adult Education
  • at least 20 ECTS worth of methodological studies in their Bachelor's degree
  • evidence of sufficient English proficiency

Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence in previous studies
  • Motivation letter (included in the online application form)
  • Research plan for the Master's thesis

Applicants' abilities to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are evaluated numerically from 0 to 10 by three independent reviewers and the ranking list is made according to the total score.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

There are no tuition fees for the programme, except for the student union membership fee (126 EUR). Moreover, accepted students are expected to be able to cover all his/her living costs in Finland.

STARTING FROM THE APPLICATION PERIOD 2015/2016 applicants who completed their degree outside the EU/ETA –area will be required to pay an application fee of 100 EUR. The application fee will be collected regardless of the home country and nationality of the applicant, but according to the country where the applicant's previous qualification/degree has been completed. More information can be found on our website:

The next application round will take place within 1.12.2015 - 27.1.2016.

Should you have any other specific queries concerning the programme, please send your email to:

Last updated July 22, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2016
Finland Joensuu
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price Free