Right to Study and Target Times for the Completion of the Degree
On this page you will find information on the target times for the completion of your degree. To check your remaining study time, go to Student's Desktop, click your own name and select Personal data.
Right to study and target times for completion
Students admitted after 1 August 2005 to study for first-cycle (Bachelor) or second-cycle (Master) degrees have target times for the completion of that degree.
- first-cycle university degree (Bachelor): 3 academic years
- second-cycle university degree (Master): 2 years, except for the master's degree in psychology, 2½ years
- Licentiate of Medicine: 6 years
Target times do not concern doctoral students.
A student admitted to take both a first-cycle (Bachelor) and a second-cycle (Master) university degree is entitled to complete those degrees in not more than 2 years longer than the total target time for their completion. (5+2 years).
A student admitted to study solely for a first-cycle degree (Bachelor) is entitled to complete that degree in not more than one year longer than the target time. (3+1 years)
A student admitted to study solely for a second-cycle degree (Master) is entitled to complete that degree in not more than 2 years longer than the target time for completion. (2+2 years)
A student admitted to study for the Licentiate of Medicine is entitled to complete that degree in not more than 2 years longer than the target time for completion (6+2 years)
Amendment to the Universities Act (556/2005)
For doctoral doctoral students, the recommended time to for the completion of the degree is four years. A more specific schedule will be agreed upon with the supervisor.
According to the Universities Act (558/2009, 41 §)
The following CONSUME time from that allowed for the completion of a degree:
- Enrolling as ‘present', i.e. normal studying
- other absence exceeding 2 terms: enrolments as ‘absent' (N.B. in study rights already valid before 1 August 2015: other absence exceeding 4 terms)
- terms during which a student has not enrolled as either ‘present' or ‘absent'
The following DO NOT CONSUME time from that allowed for completion of a degree:
- enrolling as ‘absent' due to voluntary military service or maternity, paternity or parental leave. The reason for absence is to be reported to the Registrar's Office at the University Main Building.
- absence for other reasons. The maximum time allowed for such absences is 2 terms (N.B. in study rights already valid before 1 August 2015: other absence exceeding 4 terms).
Other absences in excess of 2 terms will reduce the time available for completion of the degree. Other absences include abscences resulting from any other reason than voluntary military service or maternity, paternity or parental leave.
Not enrolling at all
If a student does not enrol at all (neither as ‘present' nor as ‘absent') this will always be deducted from the time allowed for completion of the degree. In this case the student will also lose his/her right to study. Read more about enrolment. If you know that you will be absent from your studies during the following academic year, remember to enrol as 'absent'. How absences consume or do not consume your study time is described in the previous chapter.
If a student does not complete his/her studies within the time allowed, s/he loses his/her right to study. On application a student's right to study may be extended, i.e. s/he may be allowed extra time to complete his/her studies if s/he can provide the faculty with a viable plan for the completion of studies. For instructions on how to apply for extension, see Applying for extension and regaining the right to study.
To check your remaining study time, go to Student's Desktop, click your own name and select Personal data.
For more information about the legislation on extending a right to study, see Universities Act 558/2009, pdf.
Renouncing the right to study
A student may renounce his/her right to study by notifying the Registrar's Office in writing. The right to study will be registered as having ceased as of the date the notification is received at the Registrar’s Office.