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Master's degree

Applying for the degree certificate

Students wanting to graduate must fill in and submit an application form. Application form is available in NettiOpsu.

Students graduating from the computer sciences programmes should first check the CS page on Master's thesis process and graduation.

You can submit the graduation application form anytime. The Dean usually signs certificates once a week during term times. It takes about two weeks to get the degree certificate. In summer, the process takes longer due to vacations.

Before applying for the certificate, please ask for the final grade from your degree programme. Likewise you should ask for a final grade for any optional subject which you have studied 15 ECTS or more.

When applying for the degree certificate, please notice that you may register absent for the term when you make the application only if all the studies taken have been registered in the UTA study register (for example, all the studies have been registered in December and you intend to graduate in early January). If any of the studies - including the thesis - has not been taken into the study register, you must register as present for the term and thus pay the Tamy fee, too, for the term.

International Master graduates are given a degree certificate in Finnish and in English.

All Bachelor and Master graduates are automatically given together with the diploma and final transcript also a Diploma Supplement in English.

For information on how graduation affects your rights to use Tamy and University Library services etc. please see the UTA Graduation page.

More information on graduation from Minna Heinonen.

Graduation in autumn term 2015

If your intention is to graduate during the autumn term 2015, you must submit the application for degree certificate in NettiOpsu by 9 December 2015.

You can submit the application until 31 December 2015, but then the degree certificate may be written only in January 2016. However, if all course units with their grades including the Master's thesis are in NettiOpsu by 31 December, the certificate can be backdated to December.

The UTA graduation ceremony celebrating the new graduates is held at the end of each term. The next ceremony will take place on 11 December 2015. The ceremony is optional, and no diplomas are handed to the graduates during the ceremony. Please sign up here. If you want to graduate before the ceremony, please submit the application for degree certificate in NettiOpsu by 2 December 2015.

A graduate can choose whether to pick up the diploma at the Registrar's Office or to have it sent by postal mail to the home address (no courier service is available).

Doctor's degree

After finishing the doctoral studies, you must make an application for your doctoral diploma. Please fill in and submit an application form for a degree diploma to the School Office (Ms. Elisa Laatikainen). Application form is available on the Forms page. 

More information from Elisa Laatikainen.

Supplementing your Master's degree

After finishing the Master's degree, it is possible to apply for supplementing studies. More information on Studies after graduation page.


Working in Finland (UNIPOLI page)

University of Tampere Career Center

Extending residence permit

After graduation, persons who need a residence permit in Finland have the right to get their residence permit extended by 12 months in order to find employment. Please see the Finnish Immigration Service pages for more information.

Doctoral studies

For information on applying to Doctoral studies please see here. UTA graduates do not need to submit the same enclosures as graduates from other universities, as the SIS Office is able to verify UTA degrees.

Please notice that post-Master students taking Licentiate or Doctoral degrees are not eligible to the same student benefits as Bachelor and Master students.

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