Educating for a sustainable future

The programme welcomes teachers interested in further developing and deepening their professional competencies and contributing to building better educational contexts.

This programme is based on an in-depth expertise gained in Finland and a substantial research-based perspective, which will allow the students to develop both individual and collegial knowledge about the school community.

This Master's programme focuses on research on teaching and learning, inclusive education, curriculum studies, as well as leadership in educational organisations, and evaluation and quality in education. To enrich the studies, this programme also offers the possibility for students to choose from a variety of optional courses offered by the Faculty of Education as well as other faculties at Tampere University.

The graduates of this programme will have acquired an extensive understanding of the relationships between learning, teaching and curriculum, and tools for building effective learning environments. They are able to practise as expert teachers, mentors or organisers of learning who have the abilities to develop innovative educational practices and curricula. As high-quality trained professionals, graduates will also be able to work as educational consultants in various institutional contexts locally, nationally and globally. Welcome to take the opportunity for an inspiring adventure!

Study objectives

Teachers and experts who have completed the Master´s Degree Programme in Teacher Education will:

  • have an extensive understanding of societal and global conditions for learning and education,
  • be thoroughly aware of their importance as educators, i.e. as individuals with pedagogical power and influence in society,
  • be capable of making well-grounded ethical choices in their professional roles,
  • be capable of presenting valid arguments in the debate on education and educational policy and defending educational values,
  • be able to develop their work on the basis of research in multicultural environments.

Study contents

The programme consists of versatile core studies in inclusive education, curriculum studies, evaluation of teaching, learning and education, and in leadership in educational organisations.

In addition, the students are offered thorough studies on quantitative and qualitative research methods and practices. They also have the possibility to include optional studies from other fields of science into their degree.

The programme highlights the first-hand experience of the Finnish school with classroom observation, and high-quality thesis supervision by professionals with expertise in research, teacher training and teaching at a school.

The intensive collaboration between the Faculty of Education and the Teacher Training School of Tampere University provides our students with an indispensable knowledge of the integration of theory and practice in education.

Career opportunities

The programme gives competencies to develop curricula, learning environments, instruction and schools. Its focus is on the development of well-being of the school community, quality of learning, and research-based teaching. It gives insight and competencies to utilise the best elements of the Finnish education system in various cultural contexts.

Graduates are also able to work as mentors and organisers and developers of learning. They have the qualifications to develop innovative educational practices, curricula, and schools, and build better opportunities for children and youth.

The programme is designed for qualified teachers who wish to expand their professional expertise. It does not lead to a teaching qualification in any country.

Postgraduate study opportunities

The degree also qualifies you to continue your studies at the doctoral level, for example in TUNI’s Doctoral Programme in Education and Society.

Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee for the programme is 10,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Tampere University Scholarships Programme is intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. A substantial number of scholarships will be available. With the help of the scholarship programme, Tampere University provides excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.

When filling in your application form for a Master’s degree programme, you have the possibility to indicate your wish to apply for a scholarship. The decision on the granted scholarship will be communicated to you together with information on admission.

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Last updated January 25, 2019
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