Language requirements

When applying to a Master’s programme at Tampere University, you must submit evidence of your good command of the English language for academic purposes. You have two options of demonstrating your English language proficiency: language tests or previous studies.

In both cases you must submit a document as a proof of language skills. Please see detailed instructions and additional information below.

English language tests

Test name

Minimum test result for Master's
programmes at Tampere University

TOEFL iBT Home Edition
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

92 overall with no section below 20 

IELTS Academic
IELTS Indicator

6.5 overall with no section below 5.5 

PTE Academic 

62 overall with no section in Communicative Skills below 42

C1 Advanced*

C2 Proficiency*


National Certificate of Language
Proficiency (English) 

Proficiency level 5 

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 

The language test must be completed at the latest on 13 January 2021, which is the application deadline. The results may be delivered to Tampere University afterwards. If you have already taken the test, please note that the test score must be valid at least until 13 January 2021. Please upload your language test result to the online application. Tampere University will verify all language test results online.

Please note to book a language test well in advance. There might not be many test dates available or they may get fully booked early. 

Accepted language tests and detailed instructions

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University that demonstrate your good command of English for academic purposes. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions below. The language in which your degree was taught must be stated in your degree certificate, an official transcript of records, diploma supplement or other official document issued by the awarding institution.  

Only studies that fulfill the criteria below will be accepted. The detailed information concerning the studies and instructions on how and what documents to submit is listed below.

Exemptions and detailed instructions