Application documents

Please note that there will be some changes to the application form and required documents for the 2017 application round. The list of documents will be updated by the end of September 2016.

Online Application Form

You must fill a separate application form for each programme you apply for. The application forms are accessible from the programme webpages during the application time. All applications are preprocessed by University Admissions Finland (UAF).

The online application form includes a CV and a motivation letter. On the form you must also provide a description of the grading scale used in your Bachelor’s studies and a direct link to a website where the scale can be verified. If there is no official website where the information on the grading scale can be verified, the information should be included in the transcript of records. If it is not, a separate official document describing the grading scale is required. The document should be issued and officially certified by the awarding institution, or compiled by the applicant and officially certified by the awarding institution. In addition to the aforementioned information you must indicate your intended source of funding.

We do not require enclosed letters of recommendation. However, you must give in the online application form the names and contact information of two (preferably academic) persons who know your academic achievements and have promised to answer our queries about you.

As we have applicants with very different academic backgrounds, we ask you to list in the online application form how many teaching hours you have studied your major subject and your minor subjects. If your study transcript gives ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits, please mention this in the online application form. No listing of hours is in this case needed.

If you apply to more than one international Master’s degree programme in the University of Tampere in the 2017 application round, you must indicate in the online application form their order of preference. In case you would be ranked among the top applicants in more than one of the programmes you have applied for, you will be offered a study place in the programme you have placed highest. You can only be offered a study place in one of the University of Tampere programmes.

Required Enclosures

Please do not send original certificates, diplomas, etc. which cannot be replaced. Application documents will not be returned. The copies must be officially certified (attested) copies issued by the awarding institution or attested photocopies certified by a Notary Public. Copies of copies will not be accepted.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants will need to submit the following enclosures to University Admissions Finland by the application deadline:

1. Printed version of the submitted application form

Print out the application form and send it to UAF together with the other application enclosures.

2. Certified copy of the Bachelor's degree certificate in the original language

One of the following documents is required:

Degree Certificate

A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. The student has graduated. The degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded.

Temporary (Provisional) Degree Certificate

A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. The student has graduated. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate e.g. in case the actual degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons.

A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is accepted if it was awarded no more than five years earlier. The five-year validity period begins from the date on which the degree was conferred and must not expire prior to the application deadline. In other words, a temporary degree certificate is not accepted if it was awarded more than five years ago. In such cases, the applicant must present his or her final degree certificate.

The temporary degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded.

Please also note the possible country-specific requirements, which might affect the way your certificate needs to be certified and/or submitted.

Applicants in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree: If you will not graduate by the application deadline, please see Instructions for applicants in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree.

3. Certified copy of the transcript of records of the Bachelor's degree certificate in the original language

A transcript of records is a document issued by the institution that has issued the degree certificate/temporary degree certificate. The official transcript of records should include the following information:
  • full titles of the study units that the student has completed for the degree
  • completion times of study units (or at the very least the overall study time at the institution)
  • grades obtained
  • credits awarded
  • information on the grading scale used at the institution

The transcript must cover the full length of studies. If the degree includes course units that the student has completed in another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail in the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits should be delivered. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks that appear on the transcript.

Only official transcripts of records are accepted.

If your transcript of records does not include the requested information, you will be asked by UAF to submit it separately according to the following instructions:
  • Credits awarded for individual study units: An officially certified document issued by the institution that shows the credits awarded. If your institution uses a system different from the credit system, please submit an officially certified document issued by the awarding institution where the extent/scopes of the study units are shown. These can be indicated, for example, as study hours required to complete the individual units.
  • Completion times of the study units: An officially certified document issued by the awarding institution that states either the completion times of the individual study units or your overall time of study at the institution. Please note that information on the usual duration of the programme is not sufficient.
  • Grades: An officially certified document issued by the degree-awarding institution providing grades you have obtained.
  • Grading scale: On the online application, you are asked to describe the grading scale used at the institution at the time of study. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks that appear on the applicant’s transcript of records. The description should include the grades in relation to each other and clearly depict the highest and lowest grade, as well as which grades are passing grades and which are a fail.

You are also asked to provide a direct link to an official website where the information on the grading scale can be verified. If there is no official website where the information on the grading scale can be verified, the information should be included in the transcript of records. If it is not, a separate official document describing the grading scale is required. The document should be issued and officially certified by the awarding institution, or compiled by the applicant and officially certified by the awarding institution.

Electronic transcripts

We accept official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts) from a few recognised sources. Please check the accepted sources from the UAF website. The transcript must always be verifiable from the service.

4, Official translation of the Bachelor's degree certificate and of the transcript of records unless issued in English, Finnish or Swedish

If your educational documents are issued in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations of them to one of these languages are required. Officially certified copies of the original documents also have to be submitted.

What are officially translated documents?

5. Copy of your passport's ID page

This can be a regular copy, authenticated copy is not required.

6. Recent passport-sized photo

Write your name and UAF application number in the back of the photo.

7. Proof of English skills

For any additional documents required by a specific programme, please check carefully the list of enclosures in the application form.

No exceptions to the requirements will be made.

Please do not send original certificates, diplomas, etc. which cannot be replaced. Application documents will not be returned. The copies must be officially certified (attested) copies issued by the awarding institution or attested photocopies certified by a Notary Public. Copies of copies will not be accepted.

The documents will be verified as a part of the assessment of applications. Accepted students will be required to present the original documents before registration at the University. If it transpires that false information has been provided, the right to study will be revoked.

If you have submitted an application in a previous application round, please notice that you will need to submit the required application documents again. If you apply for more than one programme, you must submit separate applications and enclosures for each programme.

 

Instructions for applicants in the final year of their Bachelor's degree

Applicants who have not completed their Bachelor's degree by the application deadline are also eligible to apply. In this case they they can be admitted to the programme on the condition that they graduate and send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the School office before the start of the studies (exact deadline will be given yearly). If the applicant does not submit the degree certificate to the School office in time, this conditional admission will expire.

To be eligible to apply for 2017 admission, you must obtain your Bachelor's degree and submit an officially attested copy of the final degree certificate by 31 July 2017.

If you receive your final degree certificate after the application deadline, you will need to provide the following information in a statement enclosed to your application:

  •     your own statement explaining that you have not graduated yet
  •     list of the courses that are yet to be finished and
  •     your expected date of graduation.

Sign your statement and submit it together with the other application enclosures. At this point, no statements/stamps from your university officials are required but you must also enclose with your application an official transcript from your home university.

See also the list above of other application enclosures you need to submit.

How to submit the Degree Certificate?

After graduation, an officially attested copy of your final degree certificate must be submitted to the University of Tampere according to the instructions below.

I will graduate after the application deadline but before the announcement of the results (31 March 2017 for studies starting in the autumn 2017):

Please send the attested and officially translated copies of your degree certificate and final transcript at your earliest convenience directly to the University of Tampere (not to University Admissions Finland, UAF) to the following address:

University of Tampere
Admissions Office
FI-33014 University of Tampere
Finland

I will graduate after the announcement of the results (31 March 2017 for studies starting in the autumn 2017):

If you will graduate after the announcement of the admission results, you can be admitted on the condition that you send an attested and officially translated copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records to the University of Tampere by 31 July 2017. The conditional admission will expire, if you are unable to do so.

Instructions on how to submit a copy of the degree certificate will be sent to these applicants together with the information on conditional admission.