Selection of students

Students will be selected on the basis of the application documents - there is no entrance examination in English-language Master's degree programmes at the University of Tampere.

All applications will be preprocessed by University Admissions Finland (UAF). Before UAF sends the applications to UTA for the selection process they will

  • check that your application has arrived within the given deadline
  • verify your language skills and check if you are eligible to apply for the programme
  • check that all of your required educational documents have arrived and then verify your credentials.

UAF will send you a notification by e-mail when they have processed your application documents. UAF then sends your application to the University of Tampere for academic assessment.

At UTA the decisions on acceptance of students are made by the faculty organising the Master's degree programme. The number of accepted students is decided yearly by the Faculty Council.

Student selection is based on the assessment of your

  • success in your previous studies
  • motivation to study in the programme, and
  • language skills.

Previous work experience and other merits may also be taken into account in the selection of students. Programmes may also use phone, Skype or video interviews in the selection process. For more information, please see the admission criteria of each programme.

Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme specific admission criteria will not be selected. Even if you meet all the admission criteria, this does not guarantee your admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at the University of Tampere is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.

All applicants are treated equally on the basis of their qualifications and merits in relation to the programme of study applied to.

Publication of admission results

Lists of selected applicants who have given permission to announce their names online can be viewed on the official Admission results page of the University of Tampere.

In the 2018 admission, admission results are published by 29 March 2018. All applicants will be informed of the result by e-mail. If you are selected into a programme, you will need to confirm the acceptance of the study place by the date given in the letter of acceptance.

Rectification procedure

If you consider that a clear mistake has been made in the admission procedure, you may ask the Faculty Council to reconsider the decision. A written request addressed to the Faculty Council of the Faculty in question must reach the University Registry within 14 days from the official publication of the results. The request must be sent to the following address: University Registry (Kirjaamo), FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland.

The Faculty Council will decide whether there are grounds to change the admission decision. You will be notified of the result after the Council meeting.

Acceptance of a study place

If you accept the offered study place you must return the confirmation form or confirm the study place electronically in by the deadline stated in the letter of acceptance. In addition, you must show your original educational documents at the University and then register at the University during the registration period stated in the letter of acceptance. Please note that it is not possible to register online in

New students who do not send the confirmation form and register at the University by the deadline will lose their right to study.

The University of Tampere reserves the right to cancel the start of the programme if there are not enough eligible candidates or if not enough admitted students accept the study place in the programme.

If you have been accepted to more than one degree programme in Finland, it is important that you read the section below on One study place regulation.


One study place regulation

According to the Universities Act (558/2009, section 38) and University of Tampere’s Regulations on Degrees (section 12), a student may accept only one study place in a programme leading to a degree starting during the same semester.

What this means is that if you have been admitted to more than one degree programme in any Finnish university starting in the autumn semester 2018, you can only accept one of the offered places. However, accepting another study place in a degree programme beginning in a different semester is possible.

Please note that the admission results of some other application periods in Finland, such as the joint application period (Korkeakoulujen yhteishaku) are published only after the deadline for accepting a study place in the University of Tampere international admissions has expired. Therefore, if you have been accepted to an international Master’s degree programme at the University of Tampere but are also waiting for results from other admissions in Finland, you will have to decide whether you accept your place in a Master's degree programme given in English or discard it in favour of waiting for other results.

In the University of Tampere international admissions you will only be offered one study place per admission round. You can apply to more than one Master's degree programme, but you will be asked to put them in order of preference in the application form. You will be offered a study place in the Master's degree programme given in English that is highest in your order of preference.

Postponing the start of studying

Dates for the 2018 intake to be confirmed!

This is an unofficial translation. In the event of any discrepancies between the Finnish and English versions, the original Finnish version shall prevail.

An admitted new student must have a lawful reason for registering as absent in the first year of study.

Postponing the start of studying until the following academic year because of a reason decreed by the University does not affect the time by which the student should accept the study place offered to him/her. Please make sure you notify the University about accepting your study place by the given deadline even if you apply to register as absent in the first year.

The right to be absent and registering as absent in the first year

According to Section 39 of the Universities Act (558/2009) as amended on 23 March 2015 (256/2015), a first-year student may register as absent in the first year for the following reasons only:

  • student is doing national service as stipulated by the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or the Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995),
  • student is on maternity, paternity or parental leave; or
  • student has an injury or an illness which prevents the student from starting his/her studies.

Thus, a new student may register as absent at the University of Tampere but he/she must verify the legal reason of the absence given above. Original documents attesting to the lawfulness of the absence should be posted to the University or presented at the Registrar’s Office.

New international degree students must first contact their Master programme international coordinator before submitting the documents to the University.

If you already have another right to study and have now gotten a new right to study in another degree programme, you may register as absent in the academic year 2018 – 2019 only if you have a lawful reason given above to do so.

If you have a lawful reason to be absent in the spring term only (e.g. your national service or maternity leave will start in January 2019), you may register as absent for the whole academic year. In such a case, you may change your registration as present in the spring term to registration as absent in the spring term if you do it by 11 January 2019 (date to be confirmed).

If you register as absent in the first year but do not submit the necessary documentation, you will lose your right to study. If you lose your right to study and would like to start your studies at a later point, you must apply for the restoration of the right to study. Restoring the right to study does not necessitate new participation in the admission process.

The documents attesting to the lawful reason of being absent are the following:

  • If you are doing your national service in Finland as stipulated by the Conscription Act (1438/2007), the Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007) or the Act on Voluntary Military Service for Women (194/1995) or your national service abroad. The document to be submitted:
    • your call-up order
  • If you are on maternity, paternity or parental leave. The document to be submitted:
    • In Finland: Kela’s certificate on the period of receiving the maternity, paternity or parental allowance or, if the student does not have this certificate yet, a medical certificate on the pregnancy
    • In other countries: an official document attesting to the student’s statutory right to take maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • If you are unable to start your studies because of an illness or an injury. The document to be submitted:
    • the decision on the sickness benefit or, if there is no such decision, a medical certificate (the medical certificate must detail the illness or injury you have and that the illness or injury prevents you from starting your studies on 1 August 2018) or a certificate on the obstacles caused by the practical arrangements you need because of an illness or injury (such as a document by the student housing association attesting to the fact that you have been placed in a queue for accommodation with disability access. Your own testimony is not sufficient.)

The original documents must be submitted in Finnish or English. In case you must have your document(s) translated, only an authorised translation is accepted.