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General transition principles for students admitted before 1 August 2012

ATTENTION! The transition period related to the educational reform has ended. Degrees that are based on a main subject can not be completed anymore. Students study rights will be changed degree programme based as students enrol for the academic year 2015-16. Web-pages regarding to Educational Reform will not be updated anymore.

As of 1 August 2012, all schools and independent institutes providing instruction at the University of Tampere will have renewed curricula. The new curricula will be in force for three academic years, i.e. until 31 July 2015. At the same time, the teaching schedules will be updated as usual for the coming academic year. Education offered by the University will undergo an overall reorganisation throughout the University, covering the entire spectrum of education.  Changes in and transition procedures concerning the way that education is organised and courses pursued vary according to what type of courses a student is pursuing.  These general transition principles describe the changes and procedures pertaining to the pursuance of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, postgraduate degree in the fields of science and art, and Specialist’s degrees, as well as to the pursuance of non-degree, Open University and supplementary courses.

Regardless of which of the abovementioned degrees and courses are pursued, all students follow the new curricula and teaching schedules: During the transition period, all instruction will be arranged in accordance with the schools' new curricula. By 1 August 2012, the schools decide on the course equivalency between the old and the new curricula, in so far as this can be determined at the curriculum level. Schools may issue detailed orders and directions concerning these general transition principles.  However, in the autumn semester 2012 and, at the discretion of the schools, in the spring semester 2013, students may take courses according to the curricula in force in the academic year 2011–2012 as decided by the schools.

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees

The transition period from the old subject-based scheme to the new degree programme scheme is from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2015.

The alternative ways for students admitted before 2012 (hereafter 'already-admitted students') to complete their degrees are described below. Already-admitted students must enrol at the University for the academic year as instructed.

Continuing in the old degree programme

Students may complete the Bachelor’s and Master's degrees to which he/she has the right to study in accordance with the degree structure that was in force after the student was granted the study right. In this case, the degree structure must comply with a curriculum that was in force after the autumn semester 2005 and before the autumn semester 2012. When choosing this alternative, students must graduate by 31 July 2015.

If a student completes his/her degree as described above, courses completed according to the new curriculum are transferred to old degree structure. This applies to all courses, including old minor courses. A student may be given an average grade for a minor study module completed in accordance with the curriculum of the academic year 2011–2012 throughout the transition period if he/she commenced studies before 1 August 2012 and if equivalent courses are on offer throughout the transition period. 

The transition period cannot be extended.

Students pursuing a degree in the old system can still enrol for the academic year in accordance with their rights to study. In other words, students need not take any special measures.  Students may graduate in accordance with the old degree requirements through 31 July 2015.

Students on extended time

As a rule, a student may not transfer to the new degree programme scheme if the right to study has expired even before the transition period has commenced or expires during the transition period, and he/she has been granted an extension but the extension expires before the end of the transition. In this case, the student completes his/her degree according to the old degree structure.

Transfer to the new programme scheme

During the transition period, students may also transfer to the new programme scheme. Before transferring, students must enrol as present at the University.  The transfer is made on the basis of a student’s application. The application is submitted through the NettiOpsu electronic service. The deans decide on the transfers on the basis of the students’ applications. The application is accompanied with an up-to-date personal study plan (HOPS) drawn up in accordance with the structure of the new programme scheme and the curriculum.  The personal study plan is attached to the application as an appendix, and the primary purpose of the plan is to direct students to plan their studies on the basis of the new programme scheme. The schools accept applications continuously and process them at regular intervals. The transfer is irreversible.

Study modules (basic, intermediate and advanced studies, language and communication studies and other study modules) completed in the old degree scheme replace as such the equivalent modules of the equivalent degree programme and in their original credit volume. A study module completed before transferring to the new programme scheme will remain in the study register in the original name and credit volume. On the degree certificate, the modules of the transferred student are presented as in the student register. Individual course units completed before the transfer may be incorporated into the total credit volume of the degree programme. The schools determine the course equivalents in the new degree structure.   If no equivalents have been determined for such courses, the standard procedure for credit transfer is followed.

If a student intends to pursue only a Master’s degree in the new programme scheme, he/she must complete his/her Bachelor’s degree in accordance with the old right to study. Transfer to the new Master's degree programme and the change of right to study are made as the student is awarded his/her Bachelor’s degree.

If a student has already completed all courses required for the Master’s degree, transfer is not recommended.

Right to study

For already-admitted students transferring to the new programme scheme, the right to study is determined on the basis of the old right to study. When determining the right to study, the student’s major, option, specialisation and master's degree programme are taken into consideration.  The schools provide details of these transition principles regarding rights to study in their instructions.

The schools determine the equivalence between the rights to study in the new degree programme scheme and the old rights to study and inform students of these decisions. Students can obtain information on their personal right to study in the NettiOpsu service.

Transfer to a degree programme is made on the basis of the right to study. If a student holds more than one right to study towards a degree, he/she must indicate which right to study the transfer application concerns.

Change of right to study

If a student transferring to the new programme scheme wishes to pursue a master’s programme or specialisation within the degree programme other than the one designated in his/her right to study, the change of right to study is decided on by the relevant dean on the basis of a separate application. However, when a student wishes to change the field of study and/or degree, this change is usually done by applying to the new field of study/degree through the non-standard admission process.

If a student transferring to the new programme scheme wishes to change the degree programme within the school and the field of study and degree remain the same, he/she must request for permission to study in the desired degree programme through a free form application.  In this case, the dean of the relevant school decides whether to accept the transfer.  These applications may be processed together with the non-standard admission process.

If a student transferring to the new programme scheme wishes to change the degree programme within the school, and this change results in the change of field of study and/or degree, the student applies to the degree programme through the non-standard admission following the standard procedure.

Discontinued study modules

The schools decide on the discontinuation of separate study modules and disciplines offered as minors, as well as determine how and by which date the ongoing studies may be completed. A description of how major courses completed as a part of minor study module are recognised in the new degree programme will be provided.

General transitional provisions for language and communication studies

Transitional provisions for language and communication studies included in degree requirements are provided in the Language Centre’s curriculum for 2012–2015 (

Pursuing a postgraduate degree in the fields of science and art

Postgraduate students are transferred as students in the new doctoral programmes as they enrol for the academic year 2012–2013. The schools determine the fields of study and research included in each doctoral programme. A student transferring to a doctoral programme may have the field of study or research indicated in his/her right to study as determined by the school.

Pursuing a Specialist’s degree in Medicine, etc.

Transitional provisions regarding Specialist’s degrees are issued by the schools.

Pursuing non-degree, Open University and supplementary courses

Students pursuing non-degree, Open University and supplementary courses complete courses in accordance with their right to study following the structure of the old curriculum and the equivalences determined between the old and the new curricula. In other words, courses are pursued in accordance with the new curriculum, but average grades for study modules are given in accordance with the structure of the old curriculum.

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