Tampere University of Technology (TUT) conducts scientific research in technology and architecture and provides the highest education within these fields. TUT offers programmes leading to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees. It is the second largest university of Technology in Finland and has a lively campus of 11 600 engineering and architecture students. Approximately 2 000 people work at the university. Tampere University of Technology has grown rapidly since being founded in 1965 as an affiliate of Helsinki University of Technology. The university gained full independence in 1972. From the beginning of 2010 TUT began operating as a foundation. Leading-edge fields of research at TUT are signal processing based technologies, nanophotonics, biotechnology and intelligent mobile machines and hydraulic systems.
TUT offers first and second cycle degrees in the following study programmes (in Finnish): Architecture, Automation Engineering, Biomaterials, Civil Engineering, Communication Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental and Energy Technology, Industrial Engineering and Management, Information and Knowledge Management, Information Technology, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Science and Engineering and Fibre, Textile and Clothing Science.
In addition there are eight International Master's Degree programmes. These programmes are in the fields of: Biomedical Engineering, Business and Technology, Information Technology, Machine Automation, Materials Science, Radio Frequency Electronics and Science and Bioengineering and Architectural Design (starting in autumn 2010). These International Master's Degree programmes are conducted entirely in English and the courses in these programmes are available also for exchange students. At present TUT co-operates with 200 universities, majority of which are in EU countries. During 2008, about 440 exchange undergraduates were studying at TUT. In addition there were 299 international students studying for the Master's degree and 206 postgraduates that were aiming for a PhD or other higher academic degree. A total of 185 TUT students studied abroad in 2008.