University of Tampere

Introduction

The University of Tampere (UTA) is a culturally-committed higher education institution with a social mission of educating visionaries who understand the world and change it. The UTA is a multi-discipline university known especially for its research and education on society and health.

Reasearch and teaching are carried out in the nine Schools of the university:

  • BioMediTech
  • School of Information Sciences
  • School of Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Communication, Media and Theatre
  • School of Social Sciences and Humanities

The basic values of the university are academic freedom, creativity and social responsibility. This means that everyone has an equal right to learn, to acquire knowledge, to participate and to make an impact on society.

Research

The UTA conducts research in the social sciences and humanities, medicine and health sciences, management and business, as well as education and information sciences. According to the university profile, the focus areas of research are society and health.

In its research, the university addresses the central issues in contemporary society. By providing critical knowledge and education, the university helps people and societies to improve their health and their cultural, social and economic well-being.

Studying at UTA

Studies in our Master’s degree programmes are a combination of taught courses and your independent research work. In the first academic year, the main emphasis is on the compulsory studies and coursework, and in the second academic year, on the preparation of the Master’s thesis, and the methodological studies supporting it.

As a student, you are recognised as a junior member of the academic community right from the beginning of your studies, and are expected to take charge of your studies and make the most of the possibilities the university offers.

The Finnish system of academic education gives students a lot of freedom in planning and scheduling their studies. In the Master’s programmes, there are possibilities for you to select courses according your own interests and even include courses from other degree programmes into your degree.

However, you are not left alone in the planning of your studies or the possible problems you may encounter. As a UTA student, you are entitled to academic counselling and study guidance throughout your studies. In addition to the academic counselling given in your degree programme, as an international student you are entitled to the general counselling services of the university, such as career advice and personal counselling sessions with a professional counsellor.

The University of Tampere organises a one-week orientation course for all new international students at the beginning of each semester. The course covers issues such as studies at the UTA, practicalities related to the arrival in Finland, university services provided to students, and activities of the student union and its clubs and societies. As an international student, you are also given a student tutor - a local student to guide you in the process of moving to a new country and university. Student tutors will be in touch with you already before your arrival and will help you with practical problems and ease your way into the university community.

Location

The university is located in Tampere, the third largest city in Finland as well as the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. The Tampere region is the second most important region in Finland bustling with scientific, industrial and cultural activities. It is a young and vibrant city known of its student life: of its 220 000 inhabitants over 40 000 are students! This is also very visible in the city development strategy, as being the most student-friendly city in Finland is its central theme.

Being one of the most populous cities in Finland, the services of Tampere are sufficient for even the most demanding students. Efficient public transport, outdoor and hobby possibilities, specialised shops and services for different groups, for example students with families, enable a good quality of life for all. In addition, Tampere has a vivid theatre, music and festival culture.

Students that reside in Tampere and own a student card are entitled to over 200 different student benefits and discounts that vary from welfare discounts as well as clothes and utility article discounts to benefits that enable a more affordable social life.

More information on the most student-friendly city in Finland - events, housing, student benefits, etc. - please see http://opiskelijantampere.fi/en.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Finnish

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Programs

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Master

Master's Degree Programme in Teacher Education, M.Ed.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

The programme aims to enhance the development of expertise in the field of teaching and learning, and is designed for formally qualified teachers interested in expanding and deepening their professional competencies. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinating School: School of Education Duration: two academic years Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits The programme aims to enhance the development of expertise in the field of teaching and learning, and is designed for formally qualified teachers interested in expanding and deepening their professional competencies. The programme focuses on various aspects of education including societal and global conditions for learning and education, curriculum studies, evaluation and quality of education, leadership, and current research. Students are provided with insight and competencies to implement the best elements of the renowned Finnish school system in various contexts. They will acquire an extensive understanding of relations between learning, teaching and curriculum, and competencies to develop individual and collegial expertise in school community. The School of Education is a research and learning community with top-quality societal and cultural expertise, dedicated to exploring and analysing changes in education and society. Research at the School is focused on the changes and transformation processes taking place in society and in educational environments, both in national and international contexts, and on the active role of education in this change. The results from research, projects and development activities influence society and qualities of education on all educational levels. The programme draws from its strong connection to up-to-date research and the Finnish school system, as well as the wide range of professional expertise and experience of the teachers and the organising unit. Those graduating from the programme will have the knowledge and competencies to develop innovative educational practices, curricula and schools as expert teachers, mentors or organisers of learning. Eligibility Eligibility criteria to the Master's Degree Programme in Teacher Education consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria and the programme-specific eligibility criteria. The programme-specific criteria specify and/or supplement the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a Master's programme at UTA, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject AND fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends an officially authenticated copy of the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. If the certificate is not issued in English, Finnish or Swedish, an officially confirmed, complete and precise translation into one of these languages must be included. The degree certificate must reach the School office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the School office. Programme-specific eligibility criteria: To be eligible to apply to the Master’s Degree Programme in Teacher Education, an applicant must have: a Bachelor's or higher university degree from a university or a university of applied sciences (no specific field required), AND a formal teaching qualification (certified teacher) in the country where the Bachelor’s degree certificate was issued. Applicants must send an official certificate or a description of the content of their formal teaching qualification, and provide a link to a website where this information can be verified (university, ministry, etc.) [-]

Master's Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, M.Soc.Sc. or M.A.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research provides an interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflict which is based on the high-quality research carried out in Tampere Peace Research Institute. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Duration: two academic years Coordinating unit at the University of Tampere: Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) in cooperation with the School of Management and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research provides an interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflict which is based on the high-quality research carried out in Tampere Peace Research Institute. It also draws from close contacts with practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution, civil crisis management and peace mediation. The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of the complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long-term consequences. The programme examines, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights abuses produce forced displacement and how different actors respond to these crisis situations. Furthermore, the programme deals also with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflicts and in peace building. During the programme students will learn about preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Hence the programme focuses not only on the study of conflict, but primarily on its transformation and resolution. Once admitted to the programme, all students begin their studies within Peace and Conflict Research. After the first year of study, students either continue within Peace and Conflict Research specialization or they have the possibility to apply to one of the following specializations: History, Social Anthropology, or International Relations. Students graduate with the degree of Master of Social Sciences. The programme cooperates with the Master’s programme at Åbo Akademi University in Vasa which concentrates on Developmental Psychology issues in the field of peace, mediation and conflict research. The programme prepares students for postgraduate studies, independent research work as well as for professional activity at various tasks in the society, ranging from interpersonal relationships to international conflict situations. The programme offers expertise to work in conflict management, mediation and arbitration in various contexts from interpersonal to social and international situations. Eligibility To be eligible to apply to the Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject AND fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the School office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the School office. Applicants with a Master's degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons. [-]

MSc

Master's Degree Programme in Bioinformatics, M.Sc.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

The M.Sc. Programme in Bioinformatics offers you in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills from where biology and computational science meet. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinating school: BioMediTech Duration: two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Specialization: bioinformatics The M.Sc. Programme in Bioinformatics offers you in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills from where biology and computational science meet. Bioinformatics applies methods of computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, and statistics to biological data from e.g. DNA, RNA or proteins. Bioinformatics is needed in modern biotechnological, biological and biomedical research and development, especially when dealing with large data sets produced by current high-throughput measurement techniques. The degree provides you with skills you can utilize as a bioinformatician, biostatistician or biological data analyst and qualifies you to work in industry or continue your studies at the doctoral level. The MSc Programme in Bioinformatics is taught entirely in English, and it is two years in duration, with an extent of 120 ECTS credits. The curriculum consists of general studies, advanced studies and free choice studies. A special module of methodological studies including computer science, mathematics and biology and a module with in-depth focus on the methods and applications of bioinformatics are included in the advanced studies. In addition, the students write a Master's thesis comprising 40 ECTS. Admission criteria for admission in 2016 Intake in the application round 2016-2017 is 0-20 students. Application procedure Applications are to be submitted through the Studyinfo.fi service, where the electronic application form is available during the application period. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The required enclosures must reach UAF by post by 10.2.2016. Applicants to Finnish higher education institutions who are applying based on a qualification completed outside the EU/EEA –area or Switzerland will be required to pay an application fee of 100 €. The collection of the application fee is independent of the home country and nationality of the applicant. The fee will be collected as a part of the application process. The application fee is valid for one application period, and it covers all the applications that you make for study programmes that begin in the same semester. The School may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by telephone or as a video-interview in March-April. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided by the applicant on the application form. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to assess the applicant's motivation, language skills and her/his ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. Applicants who have not yet finished their BSc degree may be selected conditionally. In that case they need to present an official copy of the degree certificate and, if needed, an official translation. These documents must be submitted before 29 July 2016, otherwise the conditional acceptance expires. Eligibility Students who have a good knowledge of English for academic purposes are eligible to apply if they have at least: a) A university-level B.Sc. degree in an applicable field, equivalent to a Finnish B.Sc. degree (180 ECTS, at least 3 years of full time study). b) A B.Sc. degree from a university of Applied Sciences (polytechnic) in an applicable field considered to be sufficient for Master's degree studies when combined with possible work experience and/or additional studies. If the applicant has a degree in which the relevant studies in the applicable fields (biosciences and information technology) are insufficient, the university may require that the student performs additional studies (max. 60 credits) in addition to the Master's degree studies. The required amount and content of possible additional studies is decided for each student individually. Applicable fields of the prior studies are biosciences and information technology, or other relevant fields of study where sufficient knowledge of information technology and/or biosciences is achieved for studying in the Master's Degree Programme in Bioinformatics. The decision for admission is based on the relevance of the earlier awarded degree(s); the amount, relevance and grades of the courses included in the degree and on the demonstrated English language competence (see Language requirements). Fulfilling the above admissions criteria does not guarantee selection but the applicants are ranked according to their experience, qualifications and other criteria. The applicant shall prove his/her educational background by submitting officially attested copies of certificates by the application deadline. If selected, upon arrival in Tampere, the accepted student will have to show his/her original educational documents at the Admissions Office of the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university. Language requirements Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency; language tests and previous studies. 1. Previous studies The following studies are accepted as proof of a good command of English: A Bachelor's degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, excluding online degrees, with the applicant having stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree. Secondary education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States. A completed foreign language course required in all Bachelor’s degrees in Finnish universities in the English language (excluding degrees completed in Universities of Applied Sciences, AMK). A right to study towards a degree in one of the international Master’s degree programmes offered by the University of Tampere 2. Language tests We accept the following tests as a proof of a good command of English: TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based. Please note: scores from "TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme" are not accepted. IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5 PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62 Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even 1 day before the application deadline, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years. We advise all 2016 applicants needing an international language test score to book for one well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland. Announcement of results and rectification procedure Admissions results will be announced by 29 April, 2016. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results by email and postal mail. An applicant who is dissatisfied with the student admission decision may make a written appeal to the Board of the BioMediTech. A signed appeal addressed to the board of the school must reach the University Registry within 14 days of the official publication of the results. The appeal should include full written details of the reason and grounds for the complaint. The postal address is: University Registry (Kirjaamo), FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland. Detailed instructions and deadlines will be notified by email to all rejected applicants after the publication of the student selection results. [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO), M.Soc.Sc.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

The COSOPO programme will provide the graduates with competence in understanding theories of social policy and welfare as well as an ability to engage in an open and critical examination of these fields. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinated by: School of Social Sciences ans Humanities Duration: Two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Specialization: sociology, social policy Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare is jointly organised by three European universities: University of Tampere (Finland), Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria) and Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania). The COSOPO programme will provide the graduates with competence in understanding theories of social policy and welfare as well as an ability to engage in an open and critical examination of these fields. They will also gain knowledge and understanding of comparative and interdisciplinary welfare and social policy research. After the completion of the programme the students will be able use and accomplish research in the fields of social policy and welfare in countries representing different welfare models. The programme also offers an excellent opportunity for intercultural communication and learning by combining contact teaching, organised during intensive periods in the three universities, with on-line learning. The programme aims at improving students' academic credentials and in enhancing their career prospects as highly qualified analysts and applied researchers in national, European and international organisations. Graduates are expected to work in the areas of welfare management and social policy development and they will be able to apply their skills in creating, developing and evaluating social programmes and projects. Eligibility Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a Master’s programme at UTA, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject AND fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the School office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the School office. Programme specific eligibility criteria: To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences or in a closely related field. If the degree is from a different field, it must include a sufficient amount of studies in social sciences, policy studies or welfare issues. [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Computational Big Data Analytics, M. Sc.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

This programme educates top-level experts in computational and statistical data analysis, who possess knowledge and skills for the aforementioned tasks and understand the overall processes of data analysis. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinating school: School of Information Sciences Duration: two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Specialization: Statistics or Computer Science The analysis of data has a central role in the modern information society. Organizations in both the public and private sector are collecting vast data sets, and an increasing amount of public sector data is made open. However, data - assumed to be an important asset for organizations - is useless unless it is analyzed. Analysis is needed to find regularities such as trends or groupings, and to relate the data to other data sets within an organization or in scattered online repositories. The analysis needs activities such as data cleansing, data integration, modeling and prediction, interactive and iterative visualization of data and models for the refinement of hypotheses and models, and the presentation of intermediate and final results to the decision-makers using visualization and reporting methods. Successful analysts need skills in both computational and statistical topics. This programme educates top-level experts in computational and statistical data analysis, who possess knowledge and skills for the aforementioned tasks and understand the overall processes of data analysis. Such analysts can be employed, for example, in dedicated analysis firms, as in-house analysts in companies producing big data, and in numerous types of companies and organizations that gather and analyze public and private data, such as government, journalism, insurance, law enforcement, and finance, as well as in public and private research. Eligibility The eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programme in Computational Big Data Analytics consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria which specify and add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: Eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme is a person who has completed a university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject, AND has fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. Programme specific requirements are as follows: Eligible to apply to the Master's degree programme in Computational Big Data Analytics is an applicant who has a completed suitable university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science or in a closely related field. The degree needs to include a sufficient amount of studies in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends an attested copy of the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the School office. [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Studies, M.Soc.Sc.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

The MDP aims to provide students with the basis for making sense of globalization and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly and obviously related to events and forces outside national borders. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinating school: School of Social Sciences and Humanities Duration: two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Specialization: globalization, transnationality Master’s Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Studies is a high-quality, internationally linked programme especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, cultural analysis, media, international organizations, and international development. A unique offering in Finland, the MDP integrates with world-class research being conducted at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tampere, and with other post-graduate degrees in the School’s cutting-edge framework programme on Global Society. The MDP aims to provide students with the basis for making sense of globalization and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly and obviously related to events and forces outside national borders. Policies, cultural trends and organizations are now intimately and broadly inter-connected across the world. A critical understanding of these patterns and connections is the primary goal of the MDP. Covering a range of theoretical training, and focusing on sociological neo-institutionalism, the MDP will provide the students with a toolkit to analyze social, political and cultural forces shaping our global world. Students will learn perspectives on understanding the contemporary world, will appreciate how national policies are made, will unpack the transnational connectivity in contemporary media, and will see into the transnational relations of civil society, culture and modern religion. The degree will also offer students a cosmopolitan perspective and multi-cultural appreciation crucial for a wide span of careers today. Eligibility Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Global and Transnational Studies consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a Master’s programme at UTA, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject AND fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the MDP begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the MDP on the condition that s/he sends the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the School office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the School office. Programme specific eligibility criteria: To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Global and Transnational Studies, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in sociology, political science or in a related discipline appropriate for the content of the MDP. Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the MDP only for well-founded reasons. [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction, M.Sc.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

This programme is offered in collaboration between the University of Tampere (UTA) and the Tampere University of Technology (TUT). Students can deepen their knowledge in course units that cover a wide range of topics from user experience and emotions to innovative use of facial behavior like gaze and expressions, touch, speech, and human physiology in user interfaces. The programme leads the students to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinating School: School of Information Sciences Duration: two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Specialization at UTA: Interactive Technology This programme is offered in collaboration between the University of Tampere (UTA) and the Tampere University of Technology (TUT). Students can deepen their knowledge in course units that cover a wide range of topics from user experience and emotions to innovative use of facial behavior like gaze and expressions, touch, speech, and human physiology in user interfaces. The programme leads the students to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects. Graduates' typical jobs include interaction or UX designer, usability specialist, researcher, user experience architect, and software developer. Although the programme is available in essentially the same format at both universities it is recommended that those applicants mainly interested in interaction design, development of interactive software or research apply to UTA and those mainly interested in user experience apply to TUT. That way the majority of their course units will be organized by their home university. Eligibility The eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programme in Human-Technology Interaction consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria which specify and add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: Eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme is a person who has completed a university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject, AND has fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. Programme specific requirements are as follows: Eligible to apply to the Master's degree programme in Human-Technology Interaction is an applicant who has a completed suitable university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Interactive Technology (HCI), Computer Science, Design, Education, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or other relevant field with studies in human-computer interaction. Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends an attested copy of the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the School office. [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies, M.Sc.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies aims to provide an in-depth view to the fundamental character and development of games and Internet. Games have grown into an important form of culture and human interaction, expanding from entertainment to other areas of life. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinating School: School of Information Sciences Duration: two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Specialization: Information Studies and Interactive Media Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies aims to provide an in-depth view to the fundamental character and development of games and Internet. Games have grown into an important form of culture and human interaction, expanding from entertainment to other areas of life. Internet and social media form an increasingly vital part of communication, social life and distribution of media and services. Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies is particularly targeted at the questions of analysis, design and application of online services and digital games from user- and culturally focused perspectives. The programme directs students to develop academic skills like critical thinking, scientific writing and carrying out research projects while encouraging active and comprehensive involvement with the practical processes and phenomena related to games and Internet. The programme is offered by the School of Information Sciences. The school has high profile research groups that are focused on Internet and game studies. There has also been a long history of education in hypermedia and in Information Studies and Interactive Media that forms the basis of this degree programme. Graduates typically combine the skills and knowledge derived from Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies with studies and proficiencies that enable them to work as experts of games and Internet in various professional roles, in research, public sector as well as in industry. The need for knowledgeable workforce is growing in the fields related to games and interactive media, but the students should adopt an active attitude in fashioning their own specific area of expertise and professional profile. The possible jobs of graduates include researchers, developers, critics and specialists working with the interpretation, evaluation or implementation of games and social media. Eligibility The eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programme in Internet and Game Studies consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria which specify and add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: Eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme is a person who has completed a university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject, AND has fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. Programme specific requirements are as follows: Eligible to apply to the Master's degree programme in Internet and Game Studies is an applicant who has a completed suitable university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Studies and Interactive Media, New Media, Game Studies, Communication, Cultural or Art Studies, Interaction Design, Psychology, Sociology, or other relevant field for studies in interactive media. Please note that a pure programming degree (e.g. one in Engineering or Computer Science) does not alone qualify applicants for this programme, but if such studies are combined into studies and special competencies that relate to the content and use of Interactive Media, e.g. Game Studies, Information Studies, Interactive Media or Hypermedia, also applicants with a programming background can apply. Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends an attested copy of the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the School office. [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice, M.Soc.Sc.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

North American Studies programme in Public Choice is a quantitative social science programme. The methods used include social choice theory, game theory, and basic microeconomic intuition/analysis. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinating school: School of Social Sciences and Humanities Duration: two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Specialization: Quantitative Research, North American Studies Will politicians advance public interest? How do lobbies affect governance? What policies will best provide collective goods? This program is designed to teach students to use economic tools to address these types of social science problems. Issues examined involve strategic behavior ranging from institution design, policy design and implementation, and decision-making. North American Studies programme in Public Choice is a quantitative social science programme. The methods used include social choice theory, game theory, and basic microeconomic intuition/analysis. Following traditional public choice theory, the program examines how and when individual self-interest among politicians, interest groups, etc. can either help or hinder the public interest in policy design and implementation. Coursework will emphasize both practical and theoretical understanding of the issues. In addition to building quantitative skills, this program incorporates a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective. Issues addressed draw on examples from North America and Europe in terms of evaluation. Eligibility Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Public Choice consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a Master’s programme at UTA, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject AND fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the School office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the School office. Programme specific eligibility criteria: To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Public Choice, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an area appropriate for the content of the Master's Degree Programme. A degree in a relevant field of study, e.g. Economics, Business Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Cultural Studies, English Philology is helpful but not required. Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons. [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE), M.Sc. (Admin)

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

MARIHE programme provides students a unique opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the change processes of the society and how these link to higher education systems and university development with respect to policy making, management and leadership. [+]

The programme is carried out in cooperation with international partner universities, students have an opportunity to study in at least three different universities. Next application for participation with Erasmus Mundus scholarship (student intake in summer 2016) will be open from 27 August to 17 November 2015 The application period for participation as a self-paying student will be open in February - April 2016. The exact days of the application period will be confirmed autumn 2015. Coordinating unit at UTA: Higher Education Group (HEG) Duration: two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Specialization: Administrative Science MARIHE programme provides students a unique opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the change processes of the society and how these link to higher education systems and university development with respect to policy making, management and leadership. Students are taught by the leading edge of international scholars and have the opportunity to study in at least three different universities as well as get insight into fields of practice during an internship provided by international enterprises and organizations. All students of MARIHE will have study periods at partners DUK, UTA and BNU. For the internship at the end of the 2nd semester, students will be with an institution related to research and innovation in higher education. Internship placements will be provided at associated partner organisations, but also at other organisations that have agreed to accept interns from MARIHE. For the 4th semester students in MARIHE will have to decide whether they want to specialize in - the field of management of research and innovation in higher education. In this case they will follow the management track and spend their 4th semester at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany - the field of research and analysis of research and innovation in higher education. In this case they will follow the research and analysis track and spend their 4th semester at either at Danube University Krems, Austria or at the University of Tampere, Finland. Graduates of MARIHE will be awarded a joint degree. For students following the research and analysis track (students spend 4th semester either at University of Tampere or at Danube university Krems), the consortium partners awarding the joint degree are the University of Tampere and Danube University Krems. Graduates will be awarded a joint degree titled Master of Administrative Sciences, M.Sc. (Admin.). For students following the management track (students spend 4th semester at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück), the consortium partners awarding the joint degree are the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück and Danube University Krems. Graduates will be awarded a joint degree titled Master of Science, MSc. The students accepted by the programme will be granted a scholarship from the European Commission. It is also possible to apply to the programme as a self-paying student. [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Software Development, M.Sc.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

The programme is designed for applicants with a background of BSc level in computer science or software engineering who want to expand their knowledge and skills in the development of high-quality software. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinating School: School of Information Sciences Duration: two academic years Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Specialization: Computer Science The programme is designed for applicants with a background of BSc level in computer science or software engineering who want to expand their knowledge and skills in the development of high-quality software. It offers experience from both academic and industry perspective. Software development is examined in all stages of its life cycle. The curriculum is anchored in real world problems and deals with different software development approaches, requirements management, software modeling and specification, implementation and testing software, and software project management. It offers students opportunities to participate in developing software or a prototype of a product and managing software projects in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. The teaching is based on the research and industrial experience of the teachers. Graduates will have the abilities to participate in demanding and comprehensive software projects at different stages of the project and in various tasks. The proximity of an exceptionally large number of IT companies operating in the region provides an additional asset to the students. Eligibility The eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programme in Software Develoment consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria which specify and add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: Eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme is a person who has completed a university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject, AND has fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. Programme specific requirements are as follows: Eligible to apply to the Master's degree programme in Software Development is an applicant who has a completed suitable university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Computer Science or in a closely related field including a substantial amount of studies in Computer Science. The previous degree should also include studies in Mathematics. Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends an attested copy of the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the School office. [-]

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Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies, M.A.

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

The aim of the Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies is to develop understanding of culture as a dimension of all human practices that produces and defines social realities. The degree program introduces students to contemporary key issues in cultural studies and develops analytical and critical skills in analyzing current cultural phenomena. [+]

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016 Coordinated by: School of Communication, Media and Theatre Duration: two academic years Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018 The aim of the Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies is to develop understanding of culture as a dimension of all human practices that produces and defines social realities. The degree program introduces students to contemporary key issues in cultural studies and develops analytical and critical skills in analyzing current cultural phenomena. The multidisciplinary degree is taught by specialists from fields of cultural studies, media studies, music studies and theatre studies. The degree offers an alternative approach to contemporary cultural practices with an emphasis on mobility, transnationalism, performativity and cultural action. The focus of the degree is in contemporary socio-cultural realities. It explores a world in which different forms of mobilities, crossings of customary borders (e.g. between nation states, economy, politics and culture or forms of expression) and new hybrids produce new cultural articulations and practices. The degree offers a comprehensive overview of current and emergent cultural realities and theories as well as practical tools for analyzing present-day cultural phenomena. During the programme students are continuously challenged to develop their thinking, writing and project management skills in co-operative, pedagogical and creative ways. After completing the Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies, the student - is able to understand the nature of current cultural work - is able to identify and use key theoretical perspectives to conceptualize culture and cultural processes - is able to make justified and ethical choices in her/his professional activities - can give fluent presentations and arguments on particular research area, collect material and analyse it independently and critically - can operate in a group and can argue and report on the basis of systematic research - have established a competence to continue studies for a Ph.D. Cultural studies is a contemporary discipline that approaches social-cultural practices from different angles and strengthens students’ theoretical and methodological skills as experts in interpretation of different kinds of cultural phenomena. These skills are relevant when working in media or in related industries, in the fields of cultural policy and management or in education. The degree also enables students to pursue a career in research, whether inside or outside academia. The degree is designed as international and welcomes students both from outside or inside of the EU. Eligibility Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Cultural Studies consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible. General eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a Master’s programme at UTA, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the School office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the School office. Programme specific eligibility criteria: To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Cultural Studies, an applicant must have a) a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in cultural studies, film and media studies, music studies, theatre studies, sociology or in a closely related field. If the degree is from a different field, it must include a sufficient amount of studies in closely related subject OR b) Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied Sciences in the field of the desired to the programme or in a closely related subject and minimum of 25 ECTS of university-level studies Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons. [-]

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