University of Tampere:
Ms Eveliina Permi
Coordinator of International Education
FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland
Tel: +358 50 318 7274
Office: Linna building 6064
For detailed information on the application requirement and process, please visit http://www.uta.fi/admissions/
Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research provides an interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflict which is based on the high-quality research carried out in Tampere Peace Research Institute. It also draws from close contacts with practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution, civil crisis management and peace mediation. The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of the complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long-term consequences. The programme examines, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights abuses produce forced displacement and how different actors respond to these crisis situations. Furthermore, the programme deals also with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflicts and in peace building. During the programme students will learn about preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Hence the programme focuses not only on the study of conflict, but primarily on its transformation and resolution.
Once admitted to the programme, all students begin their studies within Peace and Conflict Research. After the first year of study, students either continue within Peace and Conflict Research specialization or they have the possibility to apply to one of the following specializations: History, Social Anthropology, or International Relations. Students graduate with the degree of Master of Social Sciences. The programme cooperates with the Master’s programme at Åbo Akademi University in Vasa which concentrates on Developmental Psychology issues in the field of peace, mediation and conflict research.
The programme prepares students for postgraduate studies, independent research work as well as for professional activity at various tasks in the society, ranging from interpersonal relationships to international conflict situations. The programme offers expertise to work in conflict management, mediation and arbitration in various contexts from interpersonal to social and international situations.
Eligibility criteria in the Master’s degree programme in Master's Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research consist of two parts: the University of Tampere (UTA) general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both in order to be considered eligible.
To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Tampere, you must have
To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Humanities, Social Sciences or in some other field/discipline appropriate for the content of the MDP.
Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.
Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected. Even if you meet all the admission criteria, this does not guarantee your admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at the University of Tampere is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.
Your Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, you can be accepted to the programme on the condition that you send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018. If admitted, you will first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records have reached the University.
You must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.
1. Language tests
We accept the following tests as proof of a good command of English:
Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, you must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.
We advise all 2018 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland.
For information on how to submit a language test result, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/language-requirements.
2. Previous studies
If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories that exempt from the language test requirement. Please choose in the application form the one you feel is most appropriate.
Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend that you take a language test to indicate your proficiency.
For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/application-documents.
Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. If you apply to more than one UTA Master’s degree programme, you are requested on the application form to list the programmes you apply to in priority order. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. You must be able to support your application with enclosures related to your educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 17 January 2018.
You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed, complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.
In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.
For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.
If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.
Finnish universities collect tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English.
You are not required to pay the tuition fee if you are:
You must submit documents confirming your residence permit status with your application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents. Please note that the continuous or permanent Finnish residence permit needs to be valid during the application period, and at least until 1 August 2018. If the residence permit status changes after 1 August 2018 or during the studies, according to Finnish legislation tuition fees may be charged.
The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.
Applicants apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.
For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.
Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam.
You will be assessed on the following merits:
In addition, work experience relevant to the programme, and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.
The University may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by video, telephone or in Skype in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided on the application form. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish your motivation, and your aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish your social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.
Applicants who have not yet completed a Master's degree or equivalent will be given priority in student selection.
After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.
Admissions results will be announced by 29 March 2018. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.
Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/applying/selection.html