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

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

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

Building better opportunities [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Arts (Education) Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships The programme is designed for qualified teachers with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the various fields of education. It aims at integrating the most essential research in curriculum studies, educational psychology, inclusive education, and pedagogical leadership to provide tools for the development of school education. The instructional focus of the programme is on school community efficacy and on enhancing students’ abilities to develop a modern theoretical approach for their teaching and for student learning. The studies aim at educating teachers who are able to think analytically and critically, solve problems, and work as teacher-researchers. The programme leans on implementing international, up-to-date research in education and related fields. It is intended to benefit teachers from primary to higher education levels. Study objectives After you have completed the Master’s Degree Programme in Teacher Education, you will have the competencies to: understand the preconditions of learning and education and the significance of the teaching profession for societal development develop new ways of teaching and learning in your school on the basis of contemporary research make ethically justifiable choices, present well-grounded argumentations, and defend educational values engage in research in the field of educational sciences 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 include first-hand experience of Finnish school with classroom observation, and high-quality thesis supervision by professionals with expertise in research, teacher training and teaching in school. The intensive collaboration between the School of Education and the Teacher Training School of the University of Tampere provides our students with an indispensable knowledge of the integration of theory and practice in education. Career opportunities The programme gives competencies to work with development of 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 utilize the best elements of the Finnish education system in various cultural contexts. Graduates are able to work not only as traditional teachers but also 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 our 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. 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. 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.). 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 University by 31 July 2017. 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 University 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 University. The programme is designed for qualified teachers who wish to expand their professional expertise. It does not lead to a teaching qualification. [-]

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

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

Thinking peaceful change - interdisciplinary approaches to conflict transformation, conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Social Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships The Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (PEACE) provides a multi- and intradisciplinary approach to peace and conflict research. The PEACE programme facilitates the understanding of complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long term consequences. The programme focuses not only on the study of conflict but primarily on its transformation and on the conditions for peaceful change. In the programme examines, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights violations produce forced displacement, and how different actors can respond to these crisis situations. Furthermore, the programme deals also with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflict and peacebuilding. Students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Special emphasis is given to various tools and phases of conflict transformation -- peacebuilding, mediation, reconciliation and dialogue. More than just the study of conflict dynamics, the emphasis of the programme lies on the transformation of violent conflicts to achieve sustainable peace. Along with the Nordic tradition of peace research, the programme aims to take a holistic as well as a normative approach. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research you will have: gained interdisciplinary understanding of short and long term consequences of conflicts learned to understand the preconditions for conflict transformation, conflict resolution and peace in local as well as in international and global contexts learned to analyze the evolution of the conflicts and conflict resolution and gain knowledge of peacebuilding, mediation and negotiation. Career opportunities The programme prepares students for both doctoral studies as well as for professional activity in various tasks in society, ranging from interpersonal relationships to international conflict situations. For instance, graduates could proceed to have careers as researchers, analysts, consultants or political advisors in government agencies, international organizations, research institutes or NGOs. It is also possible for students to continue to do a PhD with TAPRI after their Master’s degree. Eligibility Eligibility criteria to the Master's degree programmes 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 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. For requirements, please see "Language requirements" below. Programme specific eligibility criteria To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Humanities, Social Sciences or in some other field/discipline appropriate for the content of the MDP. 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 University by 31 July 2017. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University 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 University. [-]

Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change (Master of Administrative Sciences, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), or Master of Social Sciences)

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

Want to become a visionary leader who knows how to deal with change in the complex society? Choosing studies in the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change will help you to achieve your goal. [+]

Want to become a visionary leader who knows how to deal with change in the complex society? Choosing studies in the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change will help you to achieve your goal. Degree: Master of Administrative Sciences, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), or Master of Social Sciences, depending on specialisation Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS When to apply: 1.12.2016 – 13.1.2017 Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships New kinds of leadership skills are in demand at local, national, international and global levels. The challenges societies face have increased in complexity. Environmental and energy problems, the dynamics of global security, management of regional crises, provision of cost-effective public services and development of fertile grounds for entrepreneurship and business development are all systemic in nature. This means that various institutions and civic society actors must work together, negotiate and agree on the new ways of doing things. Master's Degree Programme in Leadership for Change enables developing the kind of knowledge and expertise that is needed to explain and understand complex phenomena, become a visionary leader, and to change the world. In the programme, leadership is understood as a capability to deal with change. Major changes require joint efforts of the government, private companies and other institutions. The School of Management at the University of Tampere provides a unique setting for studying multifaceted leadership dynamics. We bring together the perspectives of business and management from the private sector, the understanding about institutions and governance from the public administration, as well as the knowledge of international relations and political processes from the area of politics. The School offers high-quality academic research and teaching in the fields of business, public administration and politics - and the Leadership for Change programme focuses on the intersection of these fields. The aim of the programme is to provide the student with a unique understanding of these different fields with a specific focus on leading the dynamics of societal change processes. The programme has three specialisations: Governance for Sustainable Change Politics in Wider Europe Sustainable Business Management Why Leadership for Change? Leadership for Change programme is a unique combination of Administrative Sciences, Business Studies and Politics. The programme enables developing the kind of knowledge and expertise that is needed to explain and understand complex phenomena, become a visionary leader, and to change the world. The three specialisations of the programme give students an excellent opportunity to focus on their area of interest while gaining a broader understanding of the central topics of the programme. Students from all specialisations take part in joint courses focusing on cross-disciplinary perspectives on leadership in complex societal processes. The School of Management at University of Tampere seeks novel ways to lead, govern and study across boundaries. The combination of the three adjacent fields is internationally rare and one of its kind in Finland. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change you will have: an advanced understanding of the role of leadership in solving contemporary challenges at local, national, regional and global levels learned to examine global trends such as digitization, urbanization, climate change, aging, polarization, democratization and integration from a multidisciplinary perspective the skills to foster new forms of engagement across sectors of the economy and society, learned in interaction with staff members from various disciplines – business, governance, politics and international relations – as well as with different societal stakeholders the theoretical and methodological skills to formulate relevant research problems and to undertake independent scientific work the skills to analyse and debate the challenges that leadership faces today and to communicate your views to multiple audiences using different channels of communication. Study contents The programme (120 ECTS credits) consists of four elements: Joint programme studies (30 ECTS) form the core of the master’s degree programme. The focus is on cross-disciplinary perspectives on leadership in complex societal processes. This module also focuses on a variety of important academic and employability skills (e.g. research methods, academic writing and presentation skills) The advanced studies module (25 ECTS) enables the students to acquire in-depth theoretical, methodological and conceptual knowledge in their chosen specialisation: business, politics or public administration. Through free-choice studies (25 ECTS) students can develop a unique profile to their studies based on individual interests. Master’s thesis (40 ECTS) is an individual research project that enables the student to demonstrate his/her in-depth knowledge in the chosen specialisation. Career opportunities The programme prepares the graduates to work in private, public or the third sector in tasks that involve analysing, planning and steering complex change processes, which unfold at local, national, international and global levels. Students learn to carry out academic research on these phenomena, and acquire skills required for a potential academic career. Doctoral study opportunities The programme gives eligibility for postgraduate studies in Administrative Sciences, Social Sciences (International Relations, Political Science) and Business Studies, for example in UTA’s Doctoral Programme of School of Management. Programme specific eligibility criteria Eligible to apply to the MDP in Leadership for Change (LFC) is a person who: has completed a university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of Administrative Sciences, Business Administration or Political Science/International Relations (according to the student's desired specialisation(s) within LFC) or other relevant field. Specialisation in Governance for Sustainable Change: field of Administrative Sciences or other relevant field Specialisation in Politics in Wider Europe: field of Political Science/International Relations or other relevant field Specialisation in Sustainable Business Management: field of Business Administration or other relevant field 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 she/he sends the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. An attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University of Tampere Admissions 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 University of Tampere. Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons. [-]

Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (Master of Administrative Sciences)

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

NORDIG educates international experts who profoundly understand the dynamics of public-private collaboration and knowledge intensive professional work in the context of global trends and Nordic welfare societies. [+]

NORDIG educates international experts who profoundly understand the dynamics of public-private collaboration and knowledge intensive professional work in the context of global trends and Nordic welfare societies. Degree: Master of Administrative Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS When to apply: 1.12.2016 – 13.1.2017 Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 8000 euros per year Read more about Scholarships The programme builds on Nordic research excellence in public administration, innovations and services. The programme brings together the teachers, students and regional partners in innovative learning environment to challenge the current societal problems and practices. Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management aims to challenge the traditional contents and sector-oriented learning approaches that are typically applied in the field of public administration and public policy. It brings together elements from social sciences and engineering, combining the strengths of soft and hard applied sciences, resulting to a spirit of solution-focused and resource-oriented entrepreneurialism, interdisciplinary and close relations to society. It provides the students a unique learning environment enabling them to come up with smart solutions and sustainable learning outcomes in the field of public administration and management, in the contexts of public-private partnership, public value creation, co-production and deliberative democracy as well as innovation systems, digitalization and smart solutions. Programme is organized jointly by University of Tampere (Finland), University of Agder (Norway) and Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) Why NORDIG? The programme gives the opportunity to study in three excellent Nordic universities. NORDIG puts a strong emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. It equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come. Study objectives The programme educates students to understand public interests and values and the impacts of public services and policies on citizens, organisations and society at large. The curriculum adds a truly Nordic dimension through studies on public administration and public policy across the whole of the Nordic region. The graduates will be equipped with generic and domain-specific competencies needed in the labour market and post-graduate studies. Graduates will have adequate knowledge of the philosophy of the social sciences and theories of public and innovation policy, public administration, organisational studies and management in order to qualify them to enrol on PhD programmes in public administration and to be able to obtain and utilise the latest academic knowledge from the respective fields. In addition, graduates will develop their managerial skills in order to manage teams and projects – as well as their own learning and knowledge – and to coordinate and develop service systems and value chains both within and across organisational settings. Their adaptive leadership skills will be developed in conjunction with basic training in inter-cultural communication, learning and negotiation skills. The attitudes supported in the programme build on Nordic public values such as transparency, efficiency, equality and fairness, and focus on innovation, openness, problem-solving, partnership networks and global responsibility. The domain-specific competencies of the programme are derived from the Nordic tradition in public administration and management, in combination with novel (pragmatic) insights from the extended network composed of non-degree providing partners. The most important domain-specific competencies attained in the programme include understanding the following: the complexities associated with the policy process; the specificity of the public domain as an operating environment; structures and operating principles of knowledge-intensive innovation systems; the management of public processes, organisations and service systems; public leadership. The generic competencies of the programme highlight the importance of lifelong learning and the ability to work together with experts from different disciplinary, professional and cultural backgrounds. The programme puts a strong emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. A pragmatic epistemological approach is one of its cross-cutting themes. One semester is dedicated to critical issues related to learning, creativity and communication, which are practiced hands-on in the interdisciplinary context of KTH’s Open Lab. The core aim is to identify and address the so-called ‘wicked problems’ (for which no simple solutions exist) and, in turn, utilize the theoretical knowledge and available technological solutions to solve a multiplicity of societal problems associated with public governance and service provision. Nevertheless, the programmes research-intensive in nature and thus puts a special emphasis on methodological aspects, such as academic writing skills and data-gathering. Career opportunities The programme equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come. Doctoral study opportunities This master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies in Administrative and Social sciences, for example in UTA’s Doctoral Programme of School of Management. 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 Social sciences (eg. Administrative Sciences, Political Science, Business Administration) or other relevant field (eg. Engineering) has fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For the requirements, please see the section on Language requirements below. Language requirements Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: previous studies and language tests. [-]

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Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology, M.Sc.

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

The M.Sc. Programme in Biomedical Technology offers in-depth knowledge and practical skills in the crossroads of molecular biology, cell technology and bioinformatics with a focus on human health. [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Science Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships Biomedical technology is a multi-disciplinary field that builds on molecular level understanding of biological systems with a goal to develop new approaches to advance medical and biotechnological applications. The Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology at BioMediTech, University of Tampere, provides interdisciplinary education that combines natural sciences and technology with a specific focus on subject areas that have potential to advance human health. The Programme brings together the expertise and methods in a large spectrum of natural, medical, and engineering sciences, including biology, chemistry, medicine, genetics as well as statistics, computational and data sciences. There are three options for specialization: molecular biology, cell technology, and bioinformatics. The teaching curriculum is tightly connected with the research expertise at BioMediTech. BioMediTech conducts world-class basic and translational research in biomedicine and medical technology. Its research activities cover diverse fields, including biomaterials, stem cells, cancer, immunology, biosensors, imaging, and computational methods, with a common aim of developing personalized medicine via new diagnostic and treatment options. The institute integrates excellence in basic life-science research and teaching but also creates new platforms for discovery and innovation. Students are an important part of these activities. BioMediTech is a joint institute of the University of Tampere (UTA) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT). In addition to research cooperation, UTA and TUT educate together top-level experts with multidisciplinary skills in life sciences for the demands of both academia and industry. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology you will have: profound understanding of the field of biomedical technology expertise in scientific methods and their application in your field of specialization expertise in project management, reporting and multidisciplinary team work good written and oral communication skills and an ability for multidisciplinary scientific interaction ability to work as an academic expert in your own field of expertise capability to undertake scientific postgraduate and researcher training Career opportunities The degree provides the student with skills that can be utilized in various positions as an academic expert. The majority of students graduating from the programme have found positions in research and development either in Finland or abroad, or have continued their studies towards a doctoral degree. Eligibility Eligibility criteria to the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology 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 the University of Tampere 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. Programme specific admission criteria 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 Biomedical Technology. Other requirements 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 she/he sends the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. An attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University of Tampere Admissions 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 University of Tampere. 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 conducts 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. Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons. [-]

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

Campus Full time August 2018 Finland Tampere

Knowledge on Society. Expertise on Policy. Competence in Research. A joint approach by three European universities to contemporary societies and social issues. [+]

Next intake will be in December 2017 - January 2018 for 2018 admission Degree: Master of Social Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2018 (to be confirmed) Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO) 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 provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe. It is based on the strong research tradition on social policy and welfare in social sciences in the University of Tampere, in the Johannes Kepler University and in the Mykolas Romeris University. The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of social policy and welfare in Europe. The programme focuses, for example, on the dynamics of social policy in the countries representing different welfare models and on analyzing different fields of social policies from various perspectives. During the programme students will learn about comparative designs, and about methodology on qualitative and quantitative policy studies. Study objectives Students of the COSOPO programme will gain knowledge and understanding of comparative and interdisciplinary welfare and social policy research. The programme also offers an excellent opportunity for intercultural communication and learning by combining contact teaching with on-line learning. Upon completing the programme, students will be able to: understand the European dimension of social policy and welfare engage in an open and critical examination in the fields of social policy and welfare use and accomplish research in the fields of social policy and welfare in the countries representing different welfare models. meet the different professional demands in the fields of social policy, welfare, social and welfare statistics, social security systems, labour policy, poverty, gender etc. discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public develop, complete and defend scientific papers Career opportunities 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 organizations. 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 There is no intake into the COSOPO programme in 2017. Eligibility criteria to the Master's degree programmes 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. [-]

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

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

Make big sense out of big data: Analysis of data is crucial for breakthroughs in science, business and society. [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Science Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships 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 required 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. 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. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Computational Big Data Analytics you will have the skills and knowledge to: choose suitable data analysis methods for the analysis tasks at hand from a reasonably wide selection of methods, including methods that are necessary for integrating data from different data sources during data preprocessing and/or analysis apply these methods to analyze the data use efficient computational and statistical methods to manage and analyze big data visualize the data / analysis results. You will also have the theoretical knowledge, which allows you to apply the analysis methods in previously unknown situations understand in which situations the methods may perform well. Career opportunities As a graduate you will have knowledge and skills for data analytics and understand the overall data analytics process. Such analysts can be employed in analysis firms, as in-house analysts in companies producing big data, and in companies and organizations that gather and analyze public and private data including 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 To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree 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. Programme specific requirements 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 Computer Science, Statistics or Mathematics or in a closely related field. The degree needs to include a sufficient amount of studies in Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science. 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 officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the University. [-]

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

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

Analyse policies. Understand change. Master the world. High-quality research into the policy and cultural complexities of globalization. [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Social Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships Master’s Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology (GTS) 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 programme 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. GTS programme provides 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 programme. Covering a range of theoretical training, and focusing on sociological neo-institutionalism, the GTS programme 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. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology you will be able to: comprehend what globalization is from multiple disciplinary perspectives understand a range of theoretical approaches to understand global and transnational processes confidently analyze global social change investigate transnational elements of local policies and cultural trends discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public design, conduct and report academic research of the highest quality independently and in teams recognize, value and work with cultural diversity apply this knowledge in working life Career opportunities This internationally linked programme is especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, cultural analysis, media, international organisations, and international development. A primary aim of the programme is to attract high-quality students into an academic career in global and transnational studies. Therefore, the students will be closely integrated into on-going research and teaching in the area. Eligibility Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology 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. Programme specific eligibility criteria To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology, 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. 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 University by 31 July 2017. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the Univeristy 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 University. 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 August 2017 Finland Tampere

Be one of the people who design the future of human-technology interaction. [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Science Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships As technology plays an increasing role in our daily life, it is important to have professionals who have a deep understanding of how to develop the most user friendly and engaging methods to interact with a wide variety of technological devices. This master 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 you to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects. Although the programme is available in essentially the same format at both universities it is recommended that if you are mainly interested in interaction design, development of interactive software or research you apply to UTA and if you are mainly interested in user experience you apply to TUT. That way the majority of the course units will be organized by the home university. The master programme has a direct link to research carried out by TAUCHI, Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction. TAUCHI is a UTA research center focusing on human–technology interaction. It carries out a wide range of multidisciplinary research into technology-mediated novel ways of multimodal interaction with devices, environments and people. TAUCHI explores and develops better and more intuitive user interfaces for the future. It harmonizes the potential of new technologies with human abilities, needs, and limitations. TAUCHI expertise covers new technologies such as smart objects and environments, gestural interfaces, gaze tracking, haptics, mixed reality, computer vision, speech-, context- or emotion-based interaction, virtual avatars, user experience and usability. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction you will both: know the theoretical foundations of human-technology interaction, and have the necessary skills to apply this knowledge to practical work on the area. Career opportunities Many work opportunities are available for graduates of this programme. Some of the possible future careers include working as an interface developer who has the skills to implement advanced solutions that broaden the capabilities of current devices and interfaces, as an interaction designer who studies people in their natural environments and creates technology designs, or as a usability and user experience specialist who makes sure that the technology designs are easy to use and fit human purposes. 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 To be eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme at UTA, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject, AND fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For the requirements, please see the section on Language requirements. Programme specific requirements 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 officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. 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 University. [-]

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

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

Creating a playful future [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Science Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships This master programme provides 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. The programme 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 you 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. UTA 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 programme. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies you will: be able to identify, define and analyse interactive media in its different forms understand and be capable of critically using the concepts and theories that relate to the fundamental character of games and internet have in-depth understanding about the forms, contents, practices in games and internet as cultural, social, technical and commercial phenomena be able to independently acquire scientific knowledge be able to communicate the results from research, work in interdisciplinary teams and act as an expert in the field of interactive media. Career opportunities Graduates typically combine the skills and knowledge derived from this programme with previous 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. As a graduate you can take up multiple work roles that relate to the research and development of games as well as to the application of game play and game design for various purposes. Working as a university educated expert in this rapidly developing field of interactive media requires solid research and communication skills combined with an active and independent mindset, and willingness to explore and innovate new approaches to understanding and applying interactive media into practice. 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 To be eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme at UTA, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject, AND fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. Programme specific requirements 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 with 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 or game development focused 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 officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the University. [-]

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

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

Economic approaches to political questions [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Social Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships 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 to 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. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Public Choice you will: be able to identify, evaluate, analyze and contribute to the international academic literature be able to learn and use quantitative methods from political science, economics and sociology and apply them to social science issues be able to address issues that involve strategic behavior ranging from institution design, policy design and implementation and decision making by using quantitative tools understand social sciences from a comparative (North America and Europe) and multidisciplinary perspective Career opportunities The program aims to prepare the students for postgraduate studies, independent research work as well as to develop internationally competitive qualifications for European and international institutions and organizations and for professional activity at various tasks in the society, ranging from policy positions to business positions. 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 University by 31 July 2017. 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 August 2017 Finland Tampere

Preparing Higher Education for the Future [+]

Degree: Master of Administrative Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Application period for scholarship applicants: 27 September - 28 February 2017 (NEW deadline!) Application period for self-paying applicants: 15 February - 9 May 2017 Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: to be confirmed Read more about Scholarships The Master’s Degree Programme in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) is an Erasmus Mundus programme offered in cooperation with University of Tampere (Finland), Danube University Krems (Austria, coordinating university), Beijing Normal University (China), and University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück (Germany). 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. Study objectives 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. The curriculum of MARIHE reflects on three perspectives on the change logics involved in the worldwide developments in higher education and in higher education institutions: the perspective on Systems in Transition, focussing on general developments and on globalization and regionalization (Europe, Africa, Americas, Asia) in higher education the perspective on System-Institution-Interaction (e.g. funding of research and innovation) the perspective on Institutional Change (e.g. change management in higher education). Furthermore, modules on Theoretical Background introduce fundamental issues of higher education management. Another emphasis is given to Transferable Skills (e.g. research methods, presentation skills, languages). Graduates of MARIHE will: have a sound understanding of the new contexts relevant to research and innovation in higher education (system knowledge combined with global and regional contexts) have a sound understanding of the relation between change processes and how these link to education systems and labour markets in general. understand the specialties of scientific institutions and how to adapt marketization and deregulation instruments to the needs and the culture of the institutions. They are competent in policy analysis and evaluation. have developed skills to link system change with institutional change and implementation of change in different contexts demonstrate the ability to analyse critically the relevant literature and to use it as a tool of analysis demonstrate also the ability to use research and research management skills and analytical methodologies appropriately and have the potential to move to doctoral studies develop management skills to deal with the changing environment inside HE and research institutions have the ability to apply management instruments in an adequate way regarding the knowledge triangle. demonstrate the ability to think and plan strategically, especially in relation to problem-solving as well as the ability to integrate knowledge, handle complexity, formulate judgements and communicate them to a wider audience show the ability to operate with stakeholders of research and innovation, in particular, business companies. Career opportunities MARIHE programme is aimed for students who wish to pursue a career in the higher education and research sector as managers, administrators, consultants, policy analysts, researchers and decision makers. Possible employers include higher education and research institutions, public bodies such as ministries for science and education, enterprises specializing in education, think tanks and non-governmental organizations. Eligibility To be eligible to apply to MARIHE programme, an applicant must hold a first university degree that should be at least a Bachelor degree issued by a university, quantified as three years of studies corresponding to 180 ECTS. Or, if ECTS is not used in the country where first degree was acquired: proof of a successfully completed period of study at higher education level considered comparable with a Bachelor’s degree. The decision on this will be made by the MARIHE Consortium. show a strong motivation and interest to learn and work in the field of development and management of research and innovation in higher education. have sufficient knowledge of English for academic purposes. [-]

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

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

Making the soul of devices [+]

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017 Degree: Master of Science Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships This programme is designed for applicants with a background 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 perspectives. 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 you 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. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Software Development you will have: have the skills and knowledge needed to produce high-quality software in demanding and comprehensive software projects, acting in different roles knowledge come from different areas of software development: requirements management, software modeling and specification, implementation and testing software, and software project management. Career opportunities Graduates will have the abilities to participate in demanding and comprehensive software projects at different stages of the project and in various tasks. As a graduate you can work in such positions as software developer, systems specialist, programmer, teacher or researcher. 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 To be eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme at UTA, an applicant must have a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject, AND fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For the requirements, please see the section on Language requirements. Programme specific requirements 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 officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the University. [-]

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

Campus Full time August 2018 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. [+]

Next intake will be in December 2017 -January 2018 for 2018 admission Degree: Master of Arts Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2018 (to be confirmed) Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships 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. The focus of the programme 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 programme is built on the foundation of the strong research and teaching tradition in cultural studies at the University of Tampere. Study objectives After completing the Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies, you will be able to understand the nature of current cultural work identify and use key theoretical perspectives to conceptualize culture and cultural processes make justified and ethical choices in your professional activities give fluent presentations and arguments on particular research area, collect material and analyse it independently and critically operate in a group and argue and report on the basis of systematic research have established a competence to continue studies for a Ph.D. Career opportunities The programme supports the students in building and strengthening the required competencies in the changing environment of cultural production as well as the academia. Cultural Studies programme provides expertise for careers in which an understanding of contemporary culture is required. These include media industries, journalism, cultural management and education. Because of the flexibility of its understanding of culture, it also makes movement across such fields possible. Eligibility There is no intake into the Cultural studies programme in 2017. Eligibility criteria to the Master's degree programmes 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. [-]

Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies (Degree: Master of Social Sciences)

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

The multidisciplinary Master’s Degree in Gender Studies provides advanced training in the field of gender studies for both Finnish and foreign students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans. [+]

Degree: Master of Social Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS When to apply: 1.12.2016 – 13.1.2017 Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships The multidisciplinary Master’s Degree in Gender Studies provides advanced training in the field of gender studies for both Finnish and foreign students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans. Incorporating local, cross-cultural and transnational emphases, the curriculum encourages students and faculty from above all the humanities, arts and social sciences to develop innovative, intersectional and interdisciplinary ways of expanding knowledge about gender and sexuality in global, local, and historical contexts. The degree engages the wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives associated with gender studies: queer studies, transgender studies, sexuality studies, race and ethnicity studies, disability studies, area and global studies, cultural studies, postcolonial and transnational studies. This programme is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between social sciences and the arts and humanities. The Gender Studies programme is designed for students with special interests in social sciences and in the humanities. It addresses the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. It considers competing theories and approaches to gender and sexuality, and explores the ways in which these intersect with concepts of race, ethnicity, age, abledness, religion and class. Why MDP in Gender Studies? The scope and extent of the Gender Studies programme is unique in two aspects: As a joint degree cooperation of three Finnish universities with their special research and teaching profiles of gender studies, the programme guarantees a wide, interdisciplinary expertise. At the University of Tampere, the programme is part of the Global Society framework at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Students have the unique possibility to benefit from the wide range of courses offered by the other programmes within the framework, and gain new points of view in the joint groups of students from several Master’s programmes in the School. Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies you will have: competence on gender policies and politics the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, production of power and knowledge be able to use of gender as an analytic category and a critical perspective on crucial questions within science, politics, art and culture, and social issues the qualifications to analyze how gender and sexuality organize social structures, cultural practices, human interaction and people's identities the capability to apply feminist conceptualizations and research approaches, and formulate relevant research problems the ability to collect and use various kinds of research data, present your analysis textually and orally in a scientific way, and to justify your analytical choices the ability to exert influence in societal and cultural issues and to participate independently and with others in research and development, creating new knowledge on gender related topics in society and culture expertise on issues related to gender, sexuality, gender equality and equal opportunities in society capability to promote gender equality and human rights in various kinds of jobs and tasks in governmental and non-governmental organizations, in business and in civil society both in local, national and global contexts be conversant with the ways in which the discipline critically contemplates gendered and sexualized inequalities in society the ability to generate new knowledge and to work for gendered and sexualized equality in society Career opportunities This internationally-linked programme is especially suited for students aiming at careers in national and international research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions and organizations in private and public sector as well as in non-governmental organizations and civil society. The Gender Studies programme teaches written and oral communication skills, organization and skills for critically examining power relationships in connection to marginalised or oppressed groups. These attributes can all be used in arts, writing, and media careers. Because of the interdisciplinarity of the Gender Studies programme, graduates will be well prepared for a research career. They learn collaborative work skills and cultivate their analytical thinking and problem solving skills needed especially in careers in social work. Graduates' knowledge of power relationships and social justice issues prepares them to work in government and law positions. These options are available in public and private sector organizations. The graduates may also become successful academics. Doctoral study opportunities The MA degree in Gender Studies provides the eligibility for doctoral studies in Social Sciences and Humanities. Within the University of Tampere, students can continue, for example, to Doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences. A primary aim of the MA programme is to attract high-quality students into an academic career in Gender Studies. The students will be closely integrated into on-going research in the area. At the University of Turku the suitable research projects are mainly related to humanities and media studies, at the University of Tampere to social sciences in a broad sense, and at Åbo Akademi University cultural studies and social sciences. At UTA gender and embodiment is one of the key research and teaching themes in the strategy of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. At UTA there is also a network of gender researchers, which organizes regular research seminars. The research topics include gendering practices in changing society; the local and global orders of knowledge production on gender, nature and environment, and ecological choices in everyday life; lesbian and queer studies; new materialism, and affective inequalities in intimate relationships. General eligibility To be eligible to apply for the MDP in Gender Studies, 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. For requirements, please see "Language requirements" below. 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 University by 31 July 2017. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University 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 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. [-]

Master’s Degree Programme in Media Education (Master of Social Sciences or Master of Education)

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Tampere

The programme develops students’ expertise in tutoring the development of conceptual awareness and practical skills that are necessary for competence in reading and writing media, and in creating suitable learning environments in various contexts. [+]

Degree: Master of Arts or Master of Social Sciences, depending on specialization Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS When to apply: 1.12.2016 – 13.1.2017 Start date: August 2017 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships The focus of the programme is on developing expertise in the new discipline of media education. The discipline is formed by the linking of media literacy to information and communication technology in learning, media use and critical thinking in media saturated societies. The programme develops students’ expertise in tutoring the development of conceptual awareness and practical skills that are necessary for competence in reading and writing media, and in creating suitable learning environments in various contexts. The Master’s Degree Programme and research on media education support the current research priorities of its home, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, especially from the perspectives of audiencing and priorities. Collaboration partner of the programme is the School of Education, which contributes to the programme the perspective of pedagogies in mediated learning environments. The Master’s Degree Programme on Media Education benefits broadly from current media and educational studies, especially audience studies, media literacies, education, studies in learning environments and information technologies in education, intercultural education, educational leadership, media management and studies in media culture, theatre and drama. Why Media Education? The programme will facilitate maturity in the cognitive skills needed to understand and evaluate media and their contents, as well as cultural practice – enabling media users to be more than consumers by actively engage in doing mediation for themselves (i.e. as ‘prosumers’). This field is of keen relevance for the development of education curricula across all levels, and especially for children and young people today. During their studies, students explore the roles and functions of media and genres of content in everyday life, and their comparative similarities and differences as a function of cultures and identities. The programme emphasises the respective and combined pedagogies of media and information literacies, as well as relevant pedagogies that will be useful for users in new kinds of learning environments. The contents of the program are organized in three categories: research on media education, teaching and learning in mediated environments, and developing media educational policies and activities Study objectives After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Media Education you will: be expert in media literacies and media education be able to conduct research projects at professional standards in the field have developed analytical and problem-solving skills be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of respective and integrated attributes of media and education in theory and for practice be able to participate and lead members of team structures be able to understand and reflect media, cultures and technologies such as ICT in learning environments be able to manage (develop, implement, lead) media education in organisations be able to think critically to develop fresh insight and build knowledge be able to respect the crucial importance of professional media ethics in the face of many and often significant pressures to engage in questionable practices have established a competence to continue studies for a Ph.D. Career opportunities Master’s Degree in Media Education is pertinent to various contexts, for example in schools, media organisations and public administration. In the school environment, graduates can be involved in the development of education curricula across all levels and especially for children and young people today. Teachers in several stages of schooling want to develop greater expertise to be able to teach about and through diverse mediated platforms effectively. Moreover, educators in pre-school organisations and youth counselling need skills to reflect on media with children. Doctoral study opportunities Program gives qualifications to apply for Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, Media studies, and Educational studies, for example in UTA’s Doctoral programme of Communication, Media and Theatre, or Doctoral Programme of Education and Society. Programme specific eligibility criteria To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Media Education, 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. Media Studies, Communication and Information Sciences, Education, Journalism. 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 she/he sends the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. An attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University of Tampere Admissions 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 University of Tampere. [-]

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