Educating for a sustainable future
Teaching, Learning, and Media Education (120 ECTS) is a two-year Master's Degree Programme that aims to train educational experts for various tasks in the field of education. The programme focuses on knowledge and competencies needed to develop and implement high-quality educational environments, practices, and curricula in diverse educational contexts.
The students of the programme will gain a broad understanding of the field of education and educational research. After completing the programme, students have an extensive understanding of the relationships between teaching and learning in a media-saturated society, and conceptual tools to evaluate and enhance the quality of education. The meaning of research-based knowledge is emphasized throughout the studies. The programme offers possibilities to choose courses on current topics in education, such as media education, inclusive education, curriculum studies, digital literacies, and game-based learning. In addition, students can select elective studies from the wide range of courses that the multidisciplinary Tampere University community offers.
Join the programme and become a Master!
Information about studies
Type: Master's degree
Degree earned: Master of Arts (Education)
Planned duration: 2 years
Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
Campus: City Centre Campus
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €
Teachers and experts who have completed the Master’s Degree Programme in Teaching, Learning and Media Education will:
Be able to contribute to the renewal of curriculum and educational practices, policies, and systems.
Be able to critically evaluate and develop educational practices in the media- and technology-saturated society.
Be capable of presenting valid arguments in the debate on education and educational policy and defending educational values.
Be capable of making well-grounded ethical choices in their professional roles.
Have an extensive understanding of societal and global conditions for learning and education.
Be able to apply scientific knowledge and research methods in multicultural educational environments.
More about the language of instruction
The language of the programme is English.
The programme consists of versatile subject studies framed in a media-saturated society, including learning in various digital contexts, inclusive education, curriculum studies, assessment, and quality of education. The methodological studies and master’s thesis project deepen the expertise. The programme considers education from multiple perspectives, such as educational sciences, pedagogical, philosophical, and sociocultural perspectives. Further, students have the possibility to include elective studies from other fields of science into their degree. Collaboration between the Faculty of Education and the Teacher Training School of Tampere University provides students with an indispensable knowledge of the integration of theory and practice in education.
The tuition fee of the programme is 10,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
Structure of studies
The detailed curriculum of the Programme will be published later. The studies are divided into different study modules as follows:
Orientation and general studies 17 ECTS: such as Introduction to Education in Finland, Scientific Writing, Finnish Elementary Course, Study Skills and Personal Study Planning.
Advanced studies 80 ECTS: such as Foundations of Teaching, Learning and Media Education, Perspectives on Educational Research, Research Methods, Master’s Thesis, Media Education, Digital Literacies, Game-based Learning, Inclusive Education, Quality and Evaluation in Education, Advanced Project.
Free Choice Studies 23 ECTS: you can select freely from the offerings of the Tampere University community.
Graduates of the programme will become experts for public, private and civil society sectors. They could work for example as educators, educational experts, coordinators, researchers, or administrators.
The Master's Degree Programme in Teaching, Learning and Media Education does not provide the graduates with a formal teaching qualification.
Co-operation with other parties
In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.
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.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students in Tampere University.
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have:
Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
from a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
from a recognised institution of higher education
The Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.
Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2021. In this case, they would be accepted conditionally. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor's degree.
Admission to studies leading directly to a master's degree will be based on the applicant’s bachelor's degree conferred by a university or a university of applied sciences. Depending on programme-specific admission requirements, the programme may take into account skills previously acquired by applicants when considering applications.
A previously completed master’s degree will not make applicants ineligible for admission. However, applicants who are applying for admission to pursue a second master’s degree will only be admitted for particularly weighty reasons.
Programme specific eligibility criteria
To be eligible to apply to the Master’s degree programme in Teaching, Learning and Media Education you must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
Bachelor’s degree in Education (teaching experience is considered an advantage).
Bachelor’s degree in any field accompanied by a formal teaching qualification (certified teacher) in the country where the Bachelor’s degree certificate was issued.
Bachelor’s degree in any field and one year of full-time teaching experience requires completion of an additional course about education during the first year of your studies in the programme at Tampere University.
Language skill requirements
When applying to a Master’s programme at Tampere University, you must submit evidence of your good command of the English language for academic purposes. You have two options of demonstrating your English language proficiency: language tests or previous studies.
In both cases, you must submit a document as proof of language skills.
English language tests and the minimum result requirements:
Minimum test result for Bachelor's programmes at Tampere University
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
92 overall with no section below 20
IELTS (academic) /IELTS Indicator
6.5 overall with no section below 5.5
62 overall with no section in Communicative Skills below 42
Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English)
Proficiency level 5
*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency
It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University that demonstrate your good command of English for academic purposes. Only studies that fulfil the criteria will be accepted so if you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions listed by Tampere University and how to submit documents.
20 students are admitted into the Master's degree programme in Teaching, Learning and Media Education.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and sufficient application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. The complementary studies will be decided at the faculty case by case (maximum 60 ECTS credits).
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.
In the selection process, the following judgmental requirements are evaluated as a composite:
High enough academic performance in Bachelor degree studies.
The applicants must show strong motivation to study the key topics of the programme and interest to work in an interdisciplinary area.
Having completed the MOOC course “Introduction to Sustainable Digital Life” will be considered as an advantage. The course opens 15th October 2020 and the applicant must complete the MOOC course by latest 28th February 2021 (23:59 p.m. GMT+2). All assignments must be submitted by this date to be considered. It is not possible to submit any documents after the deadline as the course closes on this day.
How to apply
Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply to three programmes at the same time.
Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload the required enclosures to the application. The application period is 9 December 2020 at 8.00 GMT+2 - 13 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2.
Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office within two weeks, by 27 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline and they must be delivered according to the country-specific requirements, if applicable.
Remember to apply for a scholarship, if applicable.
Wait for the admission results to be announced at the end of March 2021.
If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline. Pay the tuition fee if required.
Start preparing for your arrival in Finland well in advance.
Register as a student and join the Tampere University community when the studies start in August 2021!
Online application form
The online application form will be available only during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 9 December 2020 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 13 January 2021 at 3 pm (GMT+2).
You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.
You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.
Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 27 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2. You can find the list of the required general application enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.
However, there are programme-specific questions on the application form and you will be asked to provide:
Contact information for two academic/professional persons who can provide recommendations for you. Please give the name, organisation, position and contact information including an e-mail address that if needed, we may contact them.
Skype contact information. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced at the end of March 2021. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.