Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes taught in English consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students in Tampere University.

General eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree*
    • which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • from a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • from a recognised institution of higher education
    • the Bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master's degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
  • AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.

    *additionally if you have completed a master's degree programme in which a bachelor’s degree is not required (such as a master's degree completed in Finland before 2008 when the two-cycle degree system was introduced, or a so-called long-cycle master’s degree conferred by a foreign institution). 

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2021. In this case, they would be accepted conditionally. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor's degree.

Admission to studies leading directly to a master's degree will be based on the applicant’s bachelor's degree conferred by a university or a university of applied sciences. Depending on programme-specific admission requirements, the programme may take into account skills previously acquired by applicants when considering applications.

The minimum scope of a previous degree conferred by a foreign institution is 180 ECTS credits (or 3-4 years of full-time study). The degree must confer eligibility to pursue master’s level studies in the awarding country. The institution that conferred the foreign degree must be recognised by the official authorising body of the country in question. The institution must appear in the list of recognised higher education institutions with degree-conferring authority that is maintained by relevant public authorities in the country in question or an international organisation (such as UNESCO).

The University may require an admitted student to complete supplementary studies to acquire further knowledge and skills. These studies will be determined on a case by case basis. The scope of supplementary studies will be equivalent to no more than approximately one year of full-time study (up to 60 credits).

A previously completed master’s degree will not make applicants ineligible for admission. However, applicants who are applying for admission to pursue a second master’s degree will only be admitted for particularly weighty reasons. 

Programme-specific eligibility criteria

Each Master's degree programme can define more detailed programme-specific eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements concerning the applicant's previous education. 

Programme-specific requirements are available on each programme’s webpage.

Additional information on eligibility

Due to the high number of applicants, application documents cannot be pre-assessed. The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by Admissions Committees on the basis of the applicant's bachelor's degree conferred by a university or a university of applied sciences, academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.