Master in Learning, Teaching and Counselling in Intercultural Context

University of Eastern Finland

Program Description

Master in Learning, Teaching and Counselling in Intercultural Context

University of Eastern Finland


This two-year Master’s programme is a multidisciplinary programme focusing on different study fields related to education. The curriculum of the programme has a global focus and is not limited to one particular research or study field related to education. Instead, it offers a thematic walkthrough through diverse disciplines related to education and pedagogy. Students can flexibly choose their thematic modules according to their personal interests and needs. Students may focus on Adult Education and Counselling, Primary Education, or Science Education.

The thematic module Lifelong Learning focuses on the basics of education, lifelong learning, knowledge society and development of working life. It offers comparative perspectives to questions pertaining to lifelong learning and expertise, educational policy and educational research. It addresses topics, such as, active citizenship, career counseling, life and educational paths of individuals and communities in various social and sociopolitical contexts.

The module Science Education offers students current perspectives on teaching, studying and learning in scientific domains, such as, biology, chemistry, geography and physics. It aims at widening students' world-view through various scientific key concepts and theories related to the paradigm of education and through the understanding of the interrelationships between natural sciences, technology, society and human beings. It provides students with knowledge of teaching needed mainly on primary and secondary school levels.

The module Primary Education tackles global and current issues of primary education constituting the core of Finnish expertise recognized worldwide. It provides academic tools for developing students’ theoretical and empirical understanding of primary education and children's development. In the course of their studies, students will learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to observation, monitoring and pedagogical evaluation of children's development, learning processes and learning environments.

In addition, all students are offered an overview of special education and inclusive education and given a general view of the role of special education in Finnish and other educational systems. These studies focus on learning disabilities and the essential developmental needs in learning social-emotional and analytical skills. They also include a theoretical background of these skills.


Eligible applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor's (or Master's) degree in educational sciences, educational psychology, educational sociology, or equivalent AND
  • at least 20 ECTS of research methodology courses during their previous studies AND
  • sufficient English proficiency

Minimum requirements for the language skills verified through the official language tests are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 92
  • PTE (Academic): 62
  • C1 Advanced: 176
  • C2 Proficiency: 176

All applicants will be assessed and placed in the rank order on the basis of the following criteria, each graded from 0 to 10:

  • earlier academic performance
  • motivation letter.

The candidates for scholarships are placed in the rank order on the basis of the criteria above.


Applications are submitted through the national Studyinfo portal ( by 31 January 2019. The electronic version of the application will be considered sufficient. All admitted applicants are required to submit their original educational documents for verification upon arrival in Finland.

The results of the selection will be announced to the applicants by 5 April 2019. All applicants will be informed of their acceptance/rejection by email. The successful candidates are required to accept their study place by 15 May 2019. Students selected for the programme will commence their studies in September 2019.


There is an annual tuition fee of 8000 euros for non-EU/EEA students. Scholarships covering 80–100 % of the tuition fee are available and can be applied during the online application process. For further information, see


Should you have any other specific queries concerning the programme, please contact Coordinator Juuso Loikkanen (

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 16, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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2 years
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8,000 EUR
Finland - Joensuu
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