MDP in Teacher Education

Building better opportunities

Programme profile and research at UTA

Finland University
Degree: Master of Arts (Education)
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018
Start date: August 2018
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year
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Programme curriculum
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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. 


Why MDP in Teacher Education?

The School of Education is a research and learning community with top-quality societal and cultural expertise, dedicated to exploring and analysing changes in education and society. Research at the School focuses on the changes and transformation processes taking place in society and in educational environments.

We bring together the best of the renowned Finnish and Nordic educational traditions. In our vision, educating young people for the common future is the best guarantee of peace and sustainable development in the world. 

If you are a qualified teacher and interested in developing your expertise in educational theory and practice, building better opportunities, and in enhancing your career prospects, this is your choice.

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.

Postgraduate study opportunities

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

Applying for the programme


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
  • 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 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 2018 (to be confirmed). 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. 

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.

1. Language tests

We accept the following tests as a proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based. Note: scores from "TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme" are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates fill up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland.

For information on how to submit a language test result, please see

2. Previous studies

If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score.

  • A Bachelor's degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees. The applicant needs to have stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree.
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.

Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend you to take a language test to indicate your proficiency.

For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see


Application period

Master's programme application period, 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018

Start date

August 2018


2 years

Teaching language



A maximum of 20 students are admitted into the programme.

Tuition fee

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

How to apply

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 17 January 2018.


Applicants must be able to prove their educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of their documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.

If selected, the admitted student will have to present her/his original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Finnish universities will start collecting tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.

Students do not need to pay the tuition fee if they are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card

Applicants must submit documents confirming their residence permit status with their application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.

The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees in a two-year Master’s degree programme.

The University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 € annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Students apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.

For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from the applicants who fulfill the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the programme of study.

Student selection is made based on application documents, and there is no entrance exam. Applicants are assessed on the following merits:

  • the applicant's academic quality and the success and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • the applicant's motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • the applicant's English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the certificate provided

In addition, work experience relevant to the programme and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.

The programme may arrange interviews to assess the most-qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by telephone or on Skype in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided on the application form, and they will receive instructions by email prior to the interview. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish the applicant's motivation, aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish the applicant's social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

Admissions results will be announced in March 2018. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure:

Reserve list

Applicants may be placed on a reserve list. In case there are cancellations among the admitted students, applicants from the reserve list will be admitted in the order they have been placed.

Contact persons

Mr Eero Ropo
33014 University of Tampere, Finland
tel. +358 50 5679838 
(head of the programme)

Ms Mira Pihlström
Coordinator of International Education
33014 University of Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 50 318 6692
(admissions, general administration)

Ms Kirsi-Marja Varjokorpi
Coordinator of International Education and Training
33014 University of Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 50 524 2544
(curriculum and teaching schedules)