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Degree programme

Sustainable Digital Life

Creating a Digital Future for All

Sustainable Digital Life programme aims to make the digital life more sustainable and accessible for all by cherishing diversity and combining critical thinking with a creative mindset.

The modern world is permeated and shaped by digital technologies in all areas of life: communication, learning, playing, creativity, dating, therapy —you name it. 

The Master's Programme in Sustainable Digital Life (SDL) focuses on enhancing our digital lives: the digital systems surrounding us as well as the ways of using, regulating, and designing them. The programme offers a unique course portfolio at the intersection of social sciences, design, and media. The programme educates interdisciplinary experts who understand the digital society from the viewpoints of culture and ethics, as well as comprehend digital systems and how they are produced.

The programme:
  • Aims to educate creative, analytical and critical experts in digital media and communication and information technology; experts who are capable of renewing the society by envisioning, designing, and evaluating digital services that are ethically sustainable, accessible for everyone, and mindful of social and cultural diversity.
  • Focuses on sustainability not only related to digital things but also the way of learning: we ensure that future experts possess skills that are adaptive, far-reaching, and transformative in a variety of fields.
  • Has a special focus on accessibility: learning to understand the diversity of users and ways of using digital systems, how to evaluate accessibility of existing systems, and how to take accessibility into account in design.
  • Is genuinely multidisciplinary: the teachers of the programme represent various academic disciplines. 

The programme's core courses include digital literacy, fundamentals of service design, sustainable design, diverse digital culture, accessibility and gamification. The programme is strongly project-based: the students carry out realistic research and design projects throughout their studies and connect the theoretical and methodological knowledge to these projects.

Sustainability in Tampere University

  • We believe that promoting and educating the development of sustainable technology is a necessary approach to achieve the goal of sustainability.
  • As a herald of scholarship, our university recognizes that sustainability is a foundational imperative for various essential systemic entities. 
  • Sustainability highlights the interconnectedness of economic, social and ecological processes. 
  • Sustainable Digital Life especially focuses on the study of the long-term structural change in digital and social systems with the aim of maintaining social cohesion and solidarity while acknowledging the need to reduce environmental and resource consumption to a sustainable level. 
  • There are many entities to which the necessity of sustainability pertains: the nature, societies and cultures, the humankind. We want to cherish the diversity and resilience within all of these. 
  • Considering the modern digital lives, there are various recent developments and trends that need to be addressed in the pursuit of sustainability, such as the increasing carbon footprint of computation, increasing power of internet companies, challenges in regulating technology development, homogenization of the digital culture, people’s sense of losing control of their digital lives, information addiction, increasing loneliness and isolation and radicalization through technology.
  • Considering the modern digital lives, the perspective of the users of technology integrated to their everyday practices call for critical skills as literacies on technology. From sustainability perspective, that is about ecological digital literacy.

MOOC Course

Discover the themes of the programme beforehand by joining and completing a MOOC course on Sustainable Digital Life!

Having completed the MOOC course “Introduction to Sustainable Digital Life” will be considered as an advantage in the admission process. 

Programme’s multidisciplinary approach is owed to esteemed teachers from various fields: human-technology interaction, media education, media culture, audio studies, theatre and drama research, science and technology studies, information studies and information systems.


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