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General Regulations Governing Degrees - expired 31 December 2009

These Regulations come into force on 1 August 2008

Approved by the University Board on 18 December 2007

Area of application

1 §

These Regulations apply to degrees taken at the University of Tampere and studies forming part thereof and, where appropriate, to separate studies and studies arranged as open university teaching and through the Institute for Extension Studies.

2 §

Governing degrees and studies taken at the University, likewise teaching and students, the legislation which applies will be the provisions of the Universities Act (645/1997) and the following decrees and laws the subsequent amendments to them

  1. Decree of the Council of State on University Degrees (794/"004)
  2. Decree of the Ministry of Education specifying the responsibilities of the universities for education, university degree programmes and specialisation education (568/2005)
  3. The decree on the degrees of medical specialists (678/1998)
  4. The decree of the Ministry of Education on master's degrees (1359/2006)
  5. The decree on arranging university degrees (464/1998)
  6. The Universities Decree
  7. The Act governing student selection register and the matriculation examination register (1058/1998)

Degrees, degree programmes and major subjects

3 §

The responsibility for university education is provided for in the annex to the decree on university degrees (794/2004).  Responsibility for education is specified in the Ministry of Education decree in the decree of that name, the universities' degree programmes and specialist education (568/2005) and the Ministry of Education decree on master's programmes (1359/2006) Within the constraints of the decrees the Board of the University will determine how the responsibility for education is realised within the University.

In fields within their jurisdiction for education the faculties with the permission of the University Board will arrange education leading to Bachelor's and Master's degrees on a subject by subject basis or in the form of degree programmes.

The titles of the degrees to be taken in the faculties and the possible major subjects and equivalent studies, responsibility for education and degree programmes will be approved by the University Board.

The introduction or discontinuation of a subject including Advanced Studies or equivalent will be decided by the University Board except in those cases where such change requires a decree from the Ministry of Education.  The introduction of discontinuation of a subject or studies in which no Advanced Studies are included will be decided by the faculty concerned.

Postgraduate studies in the knowledge ad skills of degree programmes and research fields represented in the faculties may be undertaken as decided by the faculty.

4 §

If a subject or degree programme is discontinued the University will make it possible for those who have commenced their studies to complete these within a reasonable period of time.  The faculty council will decide on the arrangements for the transition unless otherwise regulated or decreed.


Separate studies, continuing education and open university teaching

5 §

It is also possible to take at the University studies which do not lead to a degree and to arrange professional continuing education and open university teaching.

The faculties and the independent institutes concerned may accept students for continuing education and to take separate studies.

The Institute for Extension studies accepts student to take the continuing education and open university teaching it arranges.

The Institute for Extension Studies coordinates and compiles annually the action plan of the open university at the University of Tampere when the faculties have approved the arrangement of teaching. 

The action plan also includes open university teaching coordinated by the Institute for Extension Studies and offered in collaboration with an education institution outside the University or with some other education provider.  The co-operation agreement will specify the tasks of the Institute for Extension Studies and the cooperation partner, the studies to be offered, the teachers and the various payments to be made.  Students will be registered as students of the open university.

Professional continuing education may also be arranged at the University for which the faculties and independent institutes may accept graduates and continuing education students from other groups and on the basis of professional merits grant separate study rights.  Professional continuing education can be also be arranged in the form of development projects for specific organisations.

6 §

Regarding fees for open university teaching, separate studies and continuing education the provisions of the Ministry of Education decree on fees to be charged for university services (737/2007) will apply.  The fees for open university teaching and separate studies will be determined by the Rector.

Studies competed in separate studies and the open university according to the University curriculum will be entered in the study register.


Academic titles

7 §

A person who has obtained the degree known in Finnish as kandidaatti as a higher university degree will be entitled to use the title of Maisteri.  A person who has obtained the degree of maisteri in economics will be entitled to use the title of Ekonomi.  Under the legislation of the council of State governing university degrees (794/2004) 32 § the Faculty of Medicine may grant the title of lääketieteen kandidaatti

A faculty may confer an honorary doctorate on an individual who by his/her scientific or artistic actions or merits accruing from  the promotion of science, art or other cultural or societal activity is deemed to be worthy of such a distinction.

The faculty council will decide on the decorations to be conferred upon those completing a doctoral degree or receiving an honorary doctorate.

The Chancellor will decide on the arrangement of a promotion ceremony for the conferment of degrees on the proposal of a faculty.


Student selection

 8 §

The Board will decide on the proposal of a faculty on the intake of new students for lower and higher degrees, likewise on the number of students to be accepted for education as teachers.

The Board will monitor the achievement of set objectives in student selection and if necessary provide the faculties with general development guidelines.

The faculty councils will determine the selection criteria unless there are other provisions and regulations.  The faculties may set up selection committees for purposes of preparing selection criteria and making the practical arrangements.  The faculties may also agree with one or more other universities on collaborating in student selection.

Application periods, times of selection tests and application information and the processing of applicants' information will be taken care of by the central administration of the University in conjunction with the faculties.

9 §

Those accepted for scientific or artistic postgraduate education are required to hold a higher university degree or equivalent from a foreign higher education institution in an appropriate subject.  A person whom the faculty otherwise judges to have sufficient knowledge and skills for studies will also be eligible for postgraduate education.

In the selection of postgraduate students, applicants' study and research plans will be taken into consideration in addition to their eligibility, likewise also the sufficiency of resources in the faculty for teaching related to postgraduate education and for the necessary supervision.

Unless otherwise stipulated or required, the faculty council will decide more exactly on the preconditions for accepting students for scientific, artistic and professional postgraduate studies.

10 §

New students will be accepted by the Dean.  When the results are publicised information will be presented as to how an applicant can ascertain how the selection criteria for student selection were applied in his/her case and also how a rectification of this may be applied for.

An applicant dissatisfied with the selection of students for degree programme may request the faculty council in writing for rectification within 14 days of the publicising of the results.  A rectification resulting from an appeal against the results of the selection may not occur to the detriment of any selected student.

A reversal of a decision in response to a request for rectification may be applied for to the Administrative Court as provided for in the legislation on the application of administrative law (586/96).

11 §

The selection criteria for separate studies, continuing education and open university teaching will be approved in the appropriate faculty, the Institute for Extension studies or other independent institute.


The right to study

12 §

When new students are selected for degree programmes the right to study is granted for both the lower and the higher university degree, for the higher university degree alone, or if there are special reasons for the lower university degree alone.  Students are selected for a degree, for programmes leading to a degree or for major subjects.  The Dean may grant a student permission to change the degree, the degree programme or the major subject while studies are in progress.

The faculty council will decide of the principles according to which a person having taken a lower degree and having only the right for this to receive the right to continue studies in order to complete a higher degree.

A student accepted as a postgraduate will be granted the right to study for the doctoral degree or when there are particular reasons to take only a licentiate degree.  Acceptance to study for a medical speciality entails fulfilment of the legal provisions and the requirements of the Faculty of Medicine.

A student may at one time hold only the right to study for one lower or higher university degree or scientific or artistic postgraduate degree at the University of Tampere.  No new right to study for a degree with similar content will be granted or to a degree in a corresponding subject which the student concerned has already completed unless the selection criteria decree otherwise.

A faculty may revoke a right to study it has granted if it appears that when it was applied for the information provided was erroneous or inadequate and that this may have affected the selection.

The Universities Act 18d - 18f stipulates the target completion times for lower and higher university degrees and the prescribed limitations to the duration of the right to study.

The right to study may be granted for a limited period of time and with restrictions to its content in the case of studies belonging to open university teaching or separate studies of degree education to be implemented once only or for a limited period of time.  The administrative body granting the right to study may grant an extension for the completion of the degree.


Registration by students

13 §

The Rector will determine annually the period during which students must register and issue instructions regarding registration as "present" or "absent".

A student who has not registered within the period specified by the Rector loses the right to study.  If a student later wishes to continue studying s/he must apply in writing to the University administration or, if less than one year has elapsed since his/her last registration, to the dean for the right to resume studying.



14 §

The academic year of the University begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July.  The Rector will determine the general dates for the beginning and ending of teaching, the periods within the academic year and exceptional teaching days.  More exact times for teaching will be decided by the faculty councils and the boards of independent institutes offering teaching.

In the period between 1 June and 31 August at least one whole month must be set aside when no teaching is given.  However, this does not concern teaching offered as continuing education or open university teaching.

15 §

The language of the University for teaching and degrees is Finnish.  Languages other than Finnish may be used in language teaching and where necessary in other teaching according to what is decided in the curriculum.

16 §

The Faculty Council will approve the curricula for the coming academic year before the end of April and the teaching programme before the end of May. Curricula may also be approved for several academic years at a time.  For purposes of curricula preparation the faculty will set up workgroups or other bodies whose members will include teachers and students.

The curriculum is the planning tools of teaching and studies.  Through it teaching can be formed into a goal-oriented entity, overlap can be eliminated and the connections between various studies can be demonstrated.  Curricula should contain the information necessary for the implementation of teaching, for making students' study plans and for the evaluation and registration of studies taken.

In the teaching programme for the academic year teaching, examinations and other evaluation of studies will be arrange din such a way that students can pursue their studies in a purposeful order, effectively and I keeping with the degree decree.  The faculties and departments will monitor the productivity of education and develop quality of teaching and studying and quality assurance.

17 §

In the faculties studies arranged for lower and higher degrees are open as minor studies or elective studies to students studying for corresponding degrees in other faculties.  Group sizes in the teaching programmes will be measured principally in such a way that in addition to major-subject students there will be room for minor-subject students.  If it becomes necessary to limit the numbers of students the faculty council will supply exact instructions on where preference is to be given.



18 §

Regarding studies the provisions of the Degree Decree (794/2004) other regulations of the terms of these regulations will apply.

The right to study for a degree includes the right to take the studies mentioned in the curriculum leading to the degree.  Within the limits imposed by the curriculum, it is possible to include minor subject studies or other elective studies offered in other faculties and other universities.

To support the planning of his/her studies a student makes a personal study plan (HOPS) which will be used as a tool in study counselling.  The study plan will show the intended studies leading to the completion of the degree in at least as great detail as they will appear on the degree certificate and the schedule envisaged.  The faculty will supply more detailed instructions on the preparation of the study plan and its content.

The evaluation of studies is provided for in the evaluation regulations and curricula.


Accreditation of studies

19 §

The faculty council will decide and provide precise instructions regarding the accreditation of studies taken in Finnish and foreign universities and other educational institution unless there are other provisions or instructions.

20 §

Of studies included in a higher or lower university degree language, communication and methodological studies having the same content can be accredited in another university degree of the same level or higher level.  This also applies to the accreditation of studies included in a higher university degree in a lower university degree taken later.

For a student studying towards the degree of licentiate of Medicine under the now superseded degree (762/1975) accreditation of language studies and general studies and the studies of one subject from some other university degree can be accredited assuming that the degree to be taken later includes at least another 20 credits in this subject.

The faculty will decide on the accreditation or the principles for the accreditation of studies forming part of a polytechnic (AMK) degree.


Legal protection of students

21 §

The provisions of the Universities Decree (115/1998) 18 § and the stipulations of the faculty council apply to the procedure for the examination of doctoral dissertations and licentiates theses and equivalent performances and demonstrations of skill.  An individual concerned may within 14 days of receipt of the decision on the assessment of the work submit a request for rectification to the faculty council.

22 §

The provisions of the Universities Decree (115/1998) 17 and 19 § and the stipulations of the University's own regulations apply to the procedure for rectification in the case of theses and other work not included in 21 § above.

The time allowed for the examination of a thesis forming part of a lower or higher university degree may not exceed three weeks after the maturity test has been taken.  In the case of extremely weighty reasons the head of department may grant an exception to this.

23 §

The provisions of the Universities Act (645/1997) 19 § and the Universities Decree (115/1998) 20 § apply to the disciplinary action and the procedure thereon against a student guilty of an offence against teaching or research and what has been separately stipulated regarding cases of dishonesty.


Miscellaneous instructions

24 §

Unless otherwise specified in the decree or in the other regulations approved by the University, the faculty will provide more specific instructions regarding these regulations on the objectives of degrees and studies and on content and teaching and studies taken, likewise on matters pertaining to the administration of degrees.

25 §

As a member of the University community a student is also required to adhere to those instructions and orders which the administrative bodies of the University and other officials in their specific capacities regarding the use of the Library, the computers and information systems and in their dealings with other operation of the University and procedures pertaining to dealings with the University.


Regulations for the transition period

26 §

A student studying for the degree of Licentiate of Medicine who after 31 July 2005 is studying for the degree according to the decree in force until that time will be entitled to transfer to study according to the provisions of the decree on university degree (794/2004) or to continue studying according to the defunct decree.  However, a student will transfer to continue studying under the provisions of the decree 724/2004 unless by 31 July 2010 s/he has completed the degree of Licentiate of Medicine according to the defunct decree (762/1975).  The faculty will make provision for the arrangements in the transition period.  For those students who continue their degree studies under the provisions of the defunct decree the provisions of the defunct decree and the regulations issued on that basis will be applied where appropriate.

Studies taken under the defunct decree will be accredited to students under the decree 794/2004 as determined by the faculty.  The faculty council will decide on the principles for the length of time during which studies are valid and when they cease to be valid.


Coming into force

27 §

These Regulations will come into force on 1 August 2008, thereby superseding those approved on 10 December 2994.

The measures necessary for the implementation of these Regulations may be undertaken prior to their coming into force.

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