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These Regulations come into force on 1 August 2012.

University of Tampere's General Regulations on Degrees

The Board of the University of Tampere hereby approves these regulations on 13 June 2012 under paragraph 8 of section 14(2) and section 28 of the Universities Act (558/2009).

Scope of Application

Section 1

These Regulations apply to degrees taken at the University of Tampere and the courses belonging to those degrees, to non-degree studies, where applicable, to education arranged as Open University studies and continuing studies, and to made-to-order education.

The Regulations on Degrees that apply to the schools also apply, as appropriate, to the Language Centre and the Library.

Section 2

In addition to the provisions of the Universities Act (558/2009), the following decrees and acts as amended, and the orders issued under those acts apply to the degree programmes and studies taken at the University, as well as to the instruction provided and the students:

  1. Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004)
  2. Ministry of Education Decree on the Specification of Educational responsibilities, University Degree Programmes and Specialist Education (568/2005)
  3. Decree on Specialist Degrees in Medicine (678/1998)
  4. Ministry of Education and Culture Decree on Master's Degree Programmes at Universities (1474/2011)
  5. Ministry of Education and Culture Decree on Degree Programmes Subject to Temporary Tuition Fees (1473/2011)
  6. Decree on the University Degrees System (464/1998)
  7. Universities Decree (770/2009)
  8. Ministry of Education Decree on the Calculation Criteria for Basic Funding of Universities (180/2012)  
  9. Applicant and Matriculation Examination Registers Act (1058/1998)
  10. Ministry of Education Decree on Fees Charged for University Services (737/2007)  
  11. Government Decree on Fees Collected by Universities (1082/2009)  
  12. Students’ Legal Protection Board Act (956/2011).

Degrees and Degree Programmes

Section 3   

Provisions on the educational purview, i.e. the fields of study in which a university may award degrees, are laid down in the annex to the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). The fields of study in which a university may award Master’s degrees are further specified by the Ministry of Education Decree on the Specification of Educational Responsibilities, University Degree Programmes and Specialist Education (568/2005) and by the Ministry of Education and Culture Decree on Master's Degree Programmes at Universities (1474/2011).

The titles of the degrees offered by the University's schools and any majors or equivalent study modules and programmes included in these degrees are approved by the Rector of the University. At the University of Tampere, education leading to a degree is arranged in the form of degree programmes.

The Rector decides on the establishment or discontinuation of a degree programme, with the exception of cases in which such a decision involves a field of study included in the University’s educational purview and can therefore only be implemented by an amendment to the Ministry of Education and Culture decree. The schools’ management boards decide on the establishment or discontinuation of other subjects or separate study modules.

In accordance with the Government Decree 794/2004, the University's schools may provide education in the fields of study belonging to their educational purview in the form of specific disciplines or interdisciplinary degree programmes. The University of Tampere’s new degree scheme follows the degree programmes referred to above.

Students may take postgraduate degrees in the fields of study and research represented in the schools as decided by the management board of each school. Degree programmes leading to a postgraduate degree are organised as doctoral programmes.

Section 4   

If a discipline or study programme is discontinued, the University offers the students pursuing that discipline or programme an opportunity to complete their studies within a reasonable transition period. The management boards decide on how the transition period is to be organised, unless otherwise provided. A right to study in a discontinued major or degree programme expires after the transition period has ended.

Section 5   

The University may provide Open University courses and grant non-degree students admission to individual degree courses.  Degree courses are studies referred to in the Government Decree (794/2004) that belong to a field of study in the University's educational purview and that are approved by the Rector in accordance with paragraph 2 of section 3 above or decided by the schools in accordance with paragraph 4 of section 3 above. Moreover, the University may arrange continuing education and provide other educational and development services.

Open University education also includes courses that are open to all and provided by the University in cooperation with an external institute or another training provider. Collaboration agreements covering such courses include details of the duties of the University and its collaboration partner(s), the courses to be provided, the instructors and the fees to be collected.  Students taking these courses are registered as students of the University of Tampere’s Open University.

Section 6   

As regards fees for Open University courses, non-degree studies and continuing education, the University adheres to the provisions of the Government Decree on Fees Collected by Universities (1082/2009). The Rector decides on the fees to be collected for Open University courses and other courses.

Individual non-degree courses and coursework completed under Open University auspices are entered into the University's student register.  

Student Admissions

Section 7

On the basis of the management boards’ proposal, the University Board decides each year on the number of new students to be admitted to study towards both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or towards either of these degrees. The Board also decides on the number of students admitted to the pedagogical study module in teacher training.

The Board monitors achievement of the objectives set for student admissions and, if necessary, gives general instructions to the schools on modifying and improving the selection process.

Each school's management board decides on its school’s admission criteria, unless otherwise stipulated. The deans may set up committees for the purpose of preparing admission criteria and making practical arrangements in connection with the admission process.  A school may agree to select students in collaboration with one or more other universities.

Together with the schools, Study Services – a unit operating under University Services – coordinates the application and entrance examination schedules and application information and processes applicant information.

The schools work together with Study Services to select the students to be admitted.

Section 8

People admitted to a postgraduate degree programme or to a specialist degree in medicine are required to have an appropriate Master’s degree, an appropriate polytechnic Master’s degree, or an appropriate degree earned abroad that in the source country qualifies the holder to pursue equivalent university studies. Also qualified are persons whom a school deems to possess sufficient knowledge and abilities to study in the programme to which they wish admission.

In addition to an applicant’s general eligibility for postgraduate studies, selection of postgraduate students also takes into consideration the applicant's study plan and research proposal, as well as the resources available in the school to organise courses and supervision for postgraduate education.  

Each management board decides in greater detail on the prerequisites and selection criteria for admission to postgraduate degree programmes, unless otherwise stipulated.

Section 9

Admissions are approved by the deans. When admissions are published, unsuccessful applicants are told how to obtain information on the application of admission criteria in their case and how to appeal the decision by submitting a request for rectification.

If an unsuccessful applicant is dissatisfied with the results of the student selection in his/her case, he/she may request rectification in writing from the relevant school’s management board within 14 days of the publication of admission results. The admission results may not be changed to the detriment of any successful applicant as a consequence of the rectification request.

If the applicant is dissatisfied with the decision taken on his/her request for rectification, he/she may appeal to the Administrative Court but must do so in accordance with the Administrative Judicial Procedure Act (586/1996).

Section 10   

As regards independent institutes providing courses, the directors of those institutes decide on the student admission criteria.

Section 11   

Schools and independent institutes providing courses may admit students to complete continuing education courses or programmes, Open University courses or other non-degree courses.  

Right to study

Section 12   

New degree students are granted a right to study towards both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in a specific degree programme or towards only one of those degrees. Students are admitted to study towards a degree in a degree programme. The dean may grant a student a permission to transfer to another degree programme or to change his/her major or specialism while studies are in progress; however, when a student transfers to study towards another degree or transfers to another field of study he/she is granted a 'new' right to study towards that degree.

The schools’ management boards determine the grounds on which a student who holds a Bachelor’s degree and a right to study towards that degree only can be granted a right to continue his/her studies and pursue a Master’s degree.  

Students admitted to a doctoral programme are granted a right to study towards a doctoral degree or, for specific reasons, towards a licentiate degree only. The admission of students to the Specialist degree in Medicine is governed by the Decree on Specialist Degrees in Medicine and the orders issued by the School of Medicine.

At any one time, a student may hold only one right to study towards a specific Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or towards a specific postgraduate degree at the University of Tampere.

A student may not be granted a new right to study towards an equivalent degree described above that he/she has already earned, unless otherwise provided by the admission criteria of the relevant school.

Students accepted through the non-standard admission process, i.e. international students and students from other universities, may accept only one study place in a programme starting in any one semester.  

A school’s management board may revoke the right to study if it is discovered that an applicant has submitted false or insufficient information that may have affected the student selection results.

Sections 40–43 of the Universities Act define the normal duration of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes and lay down rules for restrictions in the right to study.

The right to study is granted for a limited time and for specific courses in the case of Open University courses, individual non-degree courses, and degree courses that are organised once only or exist for a limited period of time. The relevant dean of a school or director of an independent institute may grant an extension to a student's right to study to allow the student to complete his/her studies.

Student Enrolment

Section 13   

Each year, the Rector fixes the enrolment period and issues any orders on student enrolment as present or absent.  

A student who fails to enrol as present or absent in accordance with the Rector's orders loses his/her right to study. If a student wishes to continue his/her studies at a later point in time, he/she must apply for readmission in writing from Study Services or, if more than one year has passed since he/she was last registered, from the dean of the school.  

Curriculum and Teaching Schedule

Section 14   

The academic year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July. The Rector fixes the starting and ending dates of instruction given in the academic year, the dates of the four periods and the dates on which holidays, etc. will be observed and no classes held. Details of teaching schedules may be determined by the schools’ management boards or the directors of any independent institutes providing courses.

Between 1 June and August 31, a period of at least one month must be set aside when no classes are held, with the exception of continuing education or Open University courses. Courses included in the curriculum or some classes for these courses may be held during the summer months, but alternative modes and times for completing the courses must also be provided: participation in classes held in the summer may not be a prerequisite for completion of a degree.  

Section 15   

The language of teaching and degrees at the University is Finnish. Languages other than Finnish may be used in language courses and, where necessary, in other courses in accordance with the curricula.

Section 16   

A curriculum is a tool for designing instruction and courses. With the help of a curriculum, courses are formed into a target-oriented entity from which redundancies in the courses are removed. The curriculum is also used to demonstrate interconnections between different courses and modules. Additionally, a curriculum includes essential information pertaining to courses, academic advising and student counselling, studying, formulating study plans, and assessing and registering completed courses, theses etc.

In the teaching schedule for each academic year, courses and learning assessment must be organised in such a way that the students can pursue their studies effectively and in a purposeful order within the time frame specified as the normal duration of studies outlined in Government Decree 794/2004. The schools monitor the productivity of their programmes and develop the quality and quality control of the instruction and courses they provide.

Management boards are to approve their school's curriculum for the coming academic year before the end of February, and to approve the course schedules for the coming academic year before the end of April.

Curricula are approved primarily for a period of three academic years. To prepare curricula, a school sets up committees consisting of instructors and students, as well as Open University staff representatives and other experts as needed.

Any course units in a school's curricula that can be offered as Open University courses during the time period the curricula in question covers are approved by the school's management board.  

The management boards approve, on an annual the Open University courses included in their teaching schedules. Together with the schools, Study Services is responsible for organising Open University courses.

Section 17   

Schools offer free choice courses in their undergraduate and graduate degree programmes to students from other programmes as well. Equivalent courses are also offered to Open University and non-degree students and to postgraduate students.

Section 18   

As indicated in the teaching schedule, class sizes are determined in such a way that students are able to take the courses needed to complete their degree programme and to advance in their studies without interruption, as described in section 16 above. Classes are sized to give as many as possible of the students referred to in section 17 above the opportunity to take the courses in question.

A certain number of places on a course belonging to a specific degree programme are reserved for the other student groups referred to in section 17 if the course is not restricted in the curriculum to that programme’s students. This is achieved either by providing separate classes for these groups or reserving places for them within each class.

Within the limits of class sizes, students pursuing other studies may also take courses from programmes not their own.  

Coursework

Section 19   

Courses taken at the University of Tampere are governed by the provisions of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004) and other relevant provisions, as well as these Regulations on Degrees.

A right to study in a degree programme includes the right to take the courses belonging to that programme (i.e. degree courses) as determined in the curriculum. Within the limits of the curriculum, free choice and other optional courses taken at other schools or universities may also be included in a student's studies.

Section 20   

Students pursue studies by taking courses or by studying independently.

Rules on the assessment of studies are laid down in the Regulations on the Assessment of Studies and in the curriculum.

If a student has already been given an average grade for a completed study module, no changes or additions can be made to the registered module unless this is otherwise provided for in the curriculum.

The basis for validity and expiry of completed courses are decided by the relevant school's management board.  

Section 21 

If the completion of studies requires pre-existing level of skills and knowledge, a student's level may be assessed using a reliable method.

Section 22

Students formulate a personal study plan (HOPS) to support the advance and completion of their studies. A personal study plan is based on the curriculum and structure of the degree programme in which the student is enrolled, and it specifies the courses, etc. that the student intends to complete in order to earn the degree and the schedule he/she will follow in his/herstudies. The personal study plan is also used in academic advising, and it promotes the process of the student developing expertise in his/her field. The schools provide further instructions on how to draw up a study plan and what should be included in it.

Section 23

If attending a class requires registration and the number of places in the class is limited, students register for the course using the University's electronic service. If a student does not have a basic user account, the enrolment is submitted in writing to the person in charge of the course.

If there are insufficient places on a course for all the degree students who registered for it and for whom it is compulsory according to their curriculum, the students who signed up to take the course when their curriculum recommends it be taken are given priority.

If the course is not restricted to the above-mentioned students, uniform criteria will be applied in filling the reserved places referred to in section 18 above.

If the teaching schedule indicates that a course is intended for Open University students in particular, then those students are given priority.

If a student registered for a course but will not be taking it, he/she must cancel his/her registration by the set date before the course begins so that another student may take the course in his/her place.

Credit Transfer

Section 24

The schools’ management boards lay down detailed rules for awarding credit for courses completed at other Finnish and foreign institutions of higher education or other institutions, unless otherwise stipulated elsewhere.  Students may be required to supplement such courses with other courses at the University.

Moreover, students may count towards their degree or substitute for courses included in the degree programme knowledge and skills demonstrated in some other manner, as determined by the learning objectives set in the relevant curriculum.

Section 25

Language, communication and methodological courses taken as a part of a previously earned university degree may count towards a Bachelor's degree at the University of Tampere if the content of these courses is equivalent to what is required for the degree programme in question.  

Language, communication and methodological courses taken as a part of a previously earned university degree may count towards a Master's degree at the University of Tampere if the content of these courses is equivalent to what is required for the degree programme in question, unless otherwise stipulated by the management board of the school in question.

Compulsory courses completed as a part of a previously earned university degree may be incorporated into undergraduate or graduate degrees earned at the University of Tampere if the content of these courses is equivalent to what is required for the degree programme in question.  

Theses or doctoral dissertations previously accepted towards a degree may not be counted towards a second degree.

Legal Protection of Students

Section 26

Examinations and appeals procedures in the cases of a doctoral dissertation, licentiate thesis or an equivalent demonstration of skills and knowledge, and a Master’s thesis or an equivalent study or project are governed by the provisions in sections 44, 82, 83 and 84 of the Universities Act (558/2009).

In accordance with paragraph 6, section 13 of the University Regulations, a student may appeal in writing to the school’s management board the grade received for a doctoral dissertation, licentiate thesis or equivalent demonstration of skills and knowledge, but must do so within 14 days of receiving the grade.

A student dissatisfied with the grade received for a Master's thesis or an equivalent study or project may appeal in writing to the school’s management board within 14 days after receiving the grade.  

Section 27

If a student is dissatisfied with a grade received for a course, thesis, etc. – other than those referred to in section 26 above – or with credits received for courses taken elsewhere or skills demonstrated otherwise, he/she may appeal orally or in writing to the instructor who graded the course or to the person who decided on the number of credits to be transferred. A student dissatisfied with the grade received for a Bachelor’s thesis or equivalent may appeal in writing to the dean of the school.

An appeal against a grade received for a course must be lodged within 14 days of the date the student has access to the grade and the grading principles applied to the completed course. An appeal against a credit transfer decision must be lodged within 14 days of receiving the decision.

If a student expresses his/her dissatisfaction with the decision taken on the request for rectification referred to in the first paragraph, he/she must be notified of the reasons for the decision in writing or a copy of the course documents in which the decision is stated and to which the date has been added.

A student dissatisfied with the decision taken on the request for rectification referred to in the first paragraph above may appeal to the Appeals Committee within 14 days of receipt of the decision, in accordance with section 16 of the University Regulations.

Section 28

Disciplinary actions are taken against students who have violated the rules pertaining to instruction, coursework or research. These actions and the procedures following from them are governed by provisions of sections 45, 45a and 45b of the Universities Act (558/2009) and in the University of Tampere Regulations on the Assessment of Studies, as well as other rules regarding fraud.  

Other Rules

Section 29

More detailed rules on the objectives and content of degrees and studies, on teaching and completed courses, etc. and on other matters pertaining to degree administration are issued by the schools, unless otherwise provided in the Decree on University Degrees or other regulations approved by the University.

Section 30

Use of the Library, computers and data systems and other practices pertaining to the operations of and dealings with the University are regulated by the University’s governing bodies and other authorities. As members of the University community, students are further obligated to adhere to these rules and regulations.

Section 31

A person who has earned a graduate degree by the name of kandidaatti at the University of Tampere is entitled to use the title of 'Master'. A person who has graduated as a Master of Economic Sciences is entitled to use the title of ekonomi. The School of Medicine may award the title 'Bachelor of Medicine' (lääketieteen kandidaatti) in accordance with section 32 of Government Decree 794/2004.

The Chancellor decides who receives the title of Honorary Doctor on the recommendations from the schools’ management boards.

Transitional Provisions

Section 32

Students who began their studies prior to 1 August 2012 and who are thus pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the old degree system may graduate in accordance with the old degree requirements or transfer to the new degree system during a transition period running from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2015. During this transition period, students studying a major and following one of the old degree schemes are comparable to students in the new degree programme scheme that started on 1 August 2012.

Students pursuing a postgraduate degree in the arts or sciences are registered as students in a doctoral programme when they enrol for the academic year.

The Rector determines the general principles of the transitional provisions, and the schools decide on the details.

Entry into Force

Section 33

These Regulations on Degrees enter into force on 1 August 2012. These Regulations hereby replace the Regulations on Degrees approved by the Board of the University on 14 December 2011.

Preparatory measures may be undertaken to implement these Regulations on Degrees before they enter into force.

 
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