Application documents

Online application form

The online application form will be available during the application period at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts 4 December 2018 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends 23 January 2019 at 3 pm (GMT+2).

You can only submit one online application form. You are allowed to apply to a maximum of 3 different Master’s programmes. When applying, you must prioritise your programme choices (1-3). If accepted, you will be offered admission to only one programme (the highest prioritised programme that you qualify for). The order of preference is binding and it cannot be changed after the application period ends. More information on the application process.

Required enclosures

You will need to upload all application documents online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading the application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post.

  1. Officially certified or legalised copy of the Bachelor's degree in the original language
  2. Officially certified or legalised copy of the official transcript of records of the Bachelor's degree certificate in the original language
  3. Official translation of the Bachelor's degree certificate and of the transcript of records unless issued in English, Finnish or Swedish
  4. Proof of English language proficiency 
  5. Motivation letter
  6. Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Résumé 
  7. Copy of your passport's ID page and possible residence permit to Finland
  8. Check if there are any programme-specific enclosures and submit them too.

Required educational documents 

You must send the following educational documents (enclosures 1-3) by post to Tampere University Admissions Office by 30 January 2019. Please note that you must upload these documents also for the online application form at Studyinfo.fi.

1. Officially certified or legalised copy of the Bachelor's degree in the original language

An officially certified or legalised copy of one of the following documents is required:

Degree certificate

A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree. The student has graduated. The degree certificate should include the name of the institution awarding the degree, the date of issue, and the name of the person to whom the degree certificate has been issued and which title/degree the person has been awarded.

Temporary (provisional) degree certificate

A temporary (provisional) degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has been awarded or conferred an academic degree. The temporary degree certificate is issued as a replacement for the actual degree certificate e.g. in case the actual degree certificate cannot be given to the student immediately after the studies have been completed due to technical or administrative reasons.

The temporary degree certificate must include:

  • the name of the institution awarding the degree
  • the date of award/conferral of the degree
  • the name of the person to whom the temporary degree certificate has been issued
  • the academic title/degree that has been awarded.

It is important to note that a document stating only that the student has completed all the course units is not sufficient as a temporary degree certificate.

If you have not yet graduated: If you will not graduate by the application deadline, please refer to the Instructions for applicants in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree at the bottom of this webpage.

Please also note the possible country-specific requirements connected to the country of your Bachelor education which might affect the way your certificate needs to be certified and/or submitted. If you have taken your university or AMK degree in Finland you do not need to submit the copy of the Bachelor’s degree certificate by post.

For information on official certification please see What are officially certified (attested) and legalised copies below.

Please note that depending on the language of the document, an official translation may be required - see point number 3 below.

2. Officially certified or legalised copy of the official transcript of records of the Bachelor's degree certificate in the original language

A transcript of records is a document issued by the institution that has issued the degree certificate/temporary degree certificate. Only official transcripts of records are accepted.

The official transcript of records must include the following information:

  • full titles of the study units that the student has completed for the degree
  • completion times of study units (or at the very least the overall study time at the institution)
  • grades obtained
  • credits awarded
  • information on the grading scale used at the institution.

If you have not yet graduated: The transcript of records must include the name of the degree that will be awarded to you when you graduate (e.g. Bachelor of Science, Master of Science).

The transcript must cover the full length of studies. If the degree includes course units that the student has completed in another institution and the transferred credits are not indicated in detail in the transcript of records, a separate transcript of records regarding the transferred credits must be delivered.

Please also note the possible country-specific requirements connected to the country of your Bachelor education which might affect the way your transcript needs to be certified and/or submitted. If you have taken your university or AMK degree in Finland you do not need to submit the copy of transcript by postal mail.

Please note that depending on the language of the document, an official translation may be required - see point number 3 below.

If your transcript of records does not include the requested information, you must submit it separately according to the following instructions:

  • Credits: If your transcript of records does not include information on the credits awarded for individual study units, please submit a separate officially certified document issued by the institution indicating this. If your institution uses a system different from the credit system, please submit an officially certified document issued by the awarding institution where the extent/scope of the study units is shown. This can be indicated, for example, as study hours required to complete the individual units.
  • Completion times of the study units: If your transcript of records does not include information on the completion times of the study units, a separate document explaining this is required. You must submit an officially certified document issued by the awarding institution that states either the completion times of the individual study units or your overall time of study at the institution. Please note that information on the usual duration of the programme is not sufficient.
  • Grades: If the transcript of records does not include the grades obtained, you are required to submit an officially certified document issued by the degree-awarding institution providing these.
  • Grading scale: In the online application, you are asked to describe the grading scale used at the institution at the time of study. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks that appear on the applicant’s transcript of records. The description should include the grades in relation to each other and clearly depict the highest and lowest grade, as well as which grades are passing grades and which are a fail. You are also asked to provide a direct link to an official website where the information on the grading scale can be verified.
    If there is no official website where the information on the grading scale can be verified, the information should be included in the transcript of records. If it is not, a separate official document describing the grading scale is required. The document should be issued and officially certified by the awarding institution, or compiled by the applicant and officially certified by the awarding institution.

For information on official certification please see What are officially certified (attested) and legalised copies below.

3. Official translation of the Bachelor's degree certificate and of the transcript of records unless issued in English, Finnish or Swedish

If your educational documents are issued in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations of them to one of these languages are required. Please note that officially certified copies of the original documents also have to be submitted.

Please see What are officially translated documents below for more information.

What are officially certified (attested) and legalised copies 

We do not accept regular photocopies of educational documents. All educational documents must either be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised copies. For some countries, there are country-specific document requirements that must be followed before any other requirements for document attestation. In addition, officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public are accepted. Find more information at the website of the Local Register Office (maistraatti).

Please note that officially certified copies issued by notaries public in other countries are not accepted without legalisation.

Official certification by the awarding institution

Officially certified copies of academic documents can be issued by the awarding institution. If you request officially certified copies from the awarding institution, make sure that the copies submitted to Tampere University meet the following criteria.

The copies

  • are taken directly from your original educational documents
  • include every page of your educational documents
  • bear the original stamp of the awarding institution on each page of the document (e.g. a generic stamp stating only “Certified true copy” will not be accepted)
  • bear the original signature of the certifying officer on each page of the document.

Please note that regular copies of certified copies will not be accepted.

The officially certified copy can be sent by post to Tampere University either by the applicant or the awarding institution except where country-specific requirements state otherwise.

Legalisation of documents

If you cannot obtain officially certified copies of your academic documents from the awarding institution, you may submit legalised copies of your academic documents.

Legalisation takes place by two different means depending on whether the relevant country is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 1961. Documents supplied by countries that have ratified the Hague Convention are legalised by the issuance of an Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate). Documents issued by other countries are legalised in two steps: first by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, then by a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country.

Apostille

The Apostille Certificate (stamp or paper certificate) is necessary if the document has been issued by the authorities of a country that has ratified the Hague Convention of 1961. Information on the Hague Convention as well as an English language list of its member states can be found here:

It also provides information about the authorities issuing Apostille Certificates in the various countries.

Legalisation

If the country issuing a document is not a signatory of the Hague Convention, a document is legalised by the foreign ministry of the issuing country, after which a competent Finnish Embassy or Finnish Consulate of that country legalises the document, certifying the competence of that foreign ministry official to issue such legalisation.

What are officially translated documents

An official translation must be one of the following:

  • issued by the awarding institution
  • an officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution
  • translated by an official translator
  • an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator.

Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. An applicant's own translations are not accepted.

Other required application documents

In addition to the documents above, all applicants must upload the following enlosures (enclosures 4-7) for the online application form at Studyinfo.fi. Please also check the Master programme webpage for any programme-specific enclosures.

4. Proof of English language proficiency 

Language test results
The language test results must be available to Tampere University by 30 January 2019. Please upload your language test result for the online application (for the IELTS test give the TRF number on the application). Tampere University verifies all language test results online.

Previous studies
You may be exempt from submitting a language test on the basis of English language proficiency obtained through previous studies. For exemption you must submit documentation confirming your English language proficiency (i.e. degree certificate or transcript of records).

Please note that if you are applying to more than one Tampere University Master's programme, the programme-specific language requirements may be different.

Please check the possible programme-specific requirements on the programme webpages and the general English language requirements to learn more.


5. Motivation letter 

In the motivation letter you demonstrate your motivation towards studying in the programme you are applying to in your own words. Instructions for writing the motivation letter will be forthcoming in October.


6. Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Résumé 

The format of the CV is free but you can use for example the Europass CV format as a reference.


7. Copy of your passport's ID page and possible residence permit to Finland

All applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport's identification (ID) page. In addition, a copy of the residence permit is required from applicants who are non-EU/EEA residents but do have a residence permit in Finland. The copies are used to determine whether you are subject to paying tuition fees or not.

These can be regular copies, authenticated copies are not required.

8. Check if there are any programme-specific enclosures on the programme webpage and submit them too.

How to upload application documents for the online application form at Studyinfo.fi

Please read the following instructions before uploading the documents:

  • Scan the documents. Do not take photos as the quality may not be sufficient for processing the documents.
  • Scan all document pages containing any text. Remember to scan both sides of the documents if they contain anything (text, stamps, etc.) at all. Check the scan to see that everything on the original document is legible on the scan.
  • The files must be in PDF format.
  • All documents that are in the same category (for example the degree certificate or transcript of records) should be scanned into ONE (1) file. Do not make a separate file for each page.
  • Name the documents as follows:
    • Degree certificate: lastname(s) firstname degree certificate.pdf
    • Transcript of records: lastname(s) firstname transcript.pdf
    • Language test results: lastname(s) firstname language test.pdf
    • Motivation letter: lastname(s) firstname motivation letter.pdf
    • CV/Résumé: lastname(s) firstname CV.pdf
    • Copy of your passport: lastname(s) firstname passport.pdf
    • Copy of your residence permit: lastname(s) firstname residence permit.pdf
    • If the Master programme requires any other documents, name the documents using the same pattern.

Instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor's degree

You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree if the degree will be completed and you are able to send an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and final transcript of records by post by the given deadline (around the end of July, exact date to be given later). In this case, you can be admitted to a Master's programme conditionally. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.

If you will receive your final degree certificate after the application deadline, you will need to provide the following information in a statement uploaded for your online application form:

  • your own statement explaining that you have not graduated yet
  • list of the course units that are yet to be finished and
  • your expected date of graduation.

This statement replaces the degree certificate during the application process. Please name the statement: lastname(s) firstname statement.pdf

At this point, no statements/stamps from your university officials are required but you must submit an official transcript and its official translation into English, Finnish or Swedish.

Please note that the transcript of records must include the name of the degree you will be awarded when you graduate (Bachelor of, Master of, etc.). If your transcript of records does not include the name of the degree, you must submit officially certified educational documents where the name of the degree is stated or an official statement issued by the awarding institution.

See also the list above of other application enclosures you need to submit.