The University of Tampere (UTA) is a culturally-committed higher education institution with a social mission of educating visionaries who understand the world and change it. The UTA is a multi-discipline university known especially for its research and education on society and health.
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  • 21 Masters
  • 15500 Students

About

Research and teaching are carried out in the nine Schools of the university of Tampere:

The basic values of the university are academic freedom, creativity and social responsibility. This means that everyone has an equal right to learn, to acquire knowledge, to participate and to make an impact on society.

Research

The UTA conducts research in the social sciences and humanities, medicine and health sciences, management and business, as well as education and information sciences. According to the university profile, the focus areas of research are society and health.

In its research, the university addresses the central issues in contemporary society. By providing critical knowledge and education, the university helps people and societies to improve their health and their cultural, social and economic well-being.

Studying at the UTA

Studies in our Masterís degree programmes are a combination of taught courses and your independent research work. In the first academic year, the main emphasis is on the compulsory studies and coursework, and in the second academic year, on the preparation of the Masterís thesis, and the methodological studies supporting it.

As a student, you are recognised as a junior member of the academic community right from the beginning of your studies, and are expected to take charge of your studies and make the most of the possibilities the university offers.

The Finnish system of academic education gives students a lot of freedom in planning and scheduling their studies. In the Masterís programmes, there are possibilities for you to select courses according your own interests and even include courses from other degree programmes into your degree.

However, you are not left alone in the planning of your studies or the possible problems you may encounter. As a UTA student, you are entitled to academic counselling and study guidancethroughout your studies. In addition to the academic counselling given in your degree programme, as an international student you are entitled to the general counselling services of the university, such as career advice and personal counselling sessions with a professional counsellor.

The University of Tampere organises a one-week orientation course for all new international students at the beginning of each semester. The course covers issues such as studies at the UTA, practicalities related to the arrival in Finland, university services provided to students, and activities of the student union and its clubs and societies. As an international student, you are also given a student tutor - a local student to guide you in the process of moving to a new country and university. Student tutors will be in touch with you already before your arrival and will help you with practical problems and ease your way into the university community.

Location

The university is located in Tampere, the third largest city in Finland as well as the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. The Tampere region is the second most important region in Finland bustling with scientific, industrial and cultural activities. It is a young and vibrant city known of its student life: of its 220 000 inhabitants over 40 000 are students! This is also very visible in the city development strategy, as being the most student-friendly city in Finland is its central theme.

Being one of the most populous cities in Finland, the services of Tampere are sufficient for even the most demanding students. Efficient public transport, outdoor and hobby possibilities, specialised shops and services for different groups, for example students with families, enable a good quality of life for all. In addition, Tampere has a vivid theatre, music and festival culture.

Students that reside in Tampere and own a student card are entitled to over 200 different student benefits and discounts that vary from welfare discounts as well as clothes and utility article discounts to benefits that enable a more affordable social life.

More information on the most student-friendly city in Finland - events, housing, student benefits, etc. - please see http://opiskelijantampere.fi/en.

Multidisciplinary research on society, health and well-being

The University of Tampere is a multi-discipline university with a special orientation in research on societal phenomena. The University has created its own characteristic research orientation in various areas and phenomena of society, health and well-being.The key units of the University of Tampere are the schools where the researchers and research groups are operating. There are also multidisciplinary research units and communities that cross borders between departments. Researchers in all strong research areas are typically connected to national and international co-operation networks.

Research

Multidisciplinary research on society, health and well-being

The University of Tampere is a multi-discipline university with a special orientation in research on societal phenomena. The University has created its own characteristic research orientation in various areas and phenomena of society, health and well-being.The key units of the University of Tampere are the schools where the researchers and research groups are operating. There are also multidisciplinary research units and communities that cross borders between departments. Researchers in all strong research areas are typically connected to national and international co-operation networks.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (10)
Computer Science & IT (5)
Education & Training (4)
Humanities (3)
Journalism & Media (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Tampere!

Services

Orientation course and student tutors

University of Tampere arranges an orientation course for all new international students at the beginning of each semester. The course covers issues from studies at the UTA to practicalities related to the arrival at Finland, and from university services to introducing the activities of the student union and its clubs and societies.

All international students are also given a student tutor - a local student to guide them in the process of moving to a new country and university. Student tutors will be in touch with the new students already before their arrival and will help with the practical problems and ease new students' way into the university community.

Student Housing

Finnish universities do not have on-campus dormitories. In larger cities, there are apartments rented for students by a housing foundation. Housing for students in Tampere is administrated by the Tampere Student Housing Foundation (TOAS). TOAS accommodation is located in many parts of the city, either within a walking distance from the university or with good public transport connections.

In addition to TOAS, housing services for students are provided by the non-profit organization Opiskelijan Tampere. The INT-housing service is divided in two sections: basic free housing service where any student can search for an apartment from private markets and INT housing program that is specially made for international students who need furnished accommodation for autumn semester.

University Sports Activities

The University of Tampere offers a wide range of sports services for students and staff. Have a go at our diverse sports services: you can take part in aerobics or dance classes, try new sport courses, play ball games with your friends or have a workout at the gym. You can take part in different sports for a very affordable price.

The sports centre Atalpa is located in the Campus area behind the University main building.

Career Services

University of Tampere Career Services act as a contact point between the university and working life, offering services for employers and University of Tampere (UTA) degree students and graduates.

Health services

All degree and exchange students at the UTA are entitled to the use of Finnish Student Heatlh Service. The services include free medical examinations and consultations, free vaccinations and general medical treatment. A small fee is charged for dental treatment and appointments with specialists.

Student Union

University of Tampere has a very active student union. All Bachelor and Master level students, as well as exchange students, are members of the Union and are entitled to a number of student benefits, for example discounts in the national and local public transport. The Student Union is also active in the university, and students have a right defined by law to take part in the university governance.The student union also has various clubs and societies, which organize activities from student parties to board game nights and excursions to development aid.

Student Life

Tampere is known for its active student life. Students are involved in many cultural events, they organise events and in general keep the wheels moving. There are close to 40,000 students in the three Universities in Tampere and they definitely make their presence felt! Tampere is an excellent city for studying and almost every fifth person living in Tampere is a student. According to several national surveys, Tampere is the most popular city to live and study in Finland.

Living in the Tampere Region

The Tampere Region is the 2nd largest region in Finland with its half a million inhabitants.Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. It is located between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, surrounded by large green forest areas and beautiful Nordic nature. The Tammerkoski rapids run through the city. Tampere is known as a vibrant centre of culture, sports, events, research, education and business, and as the hometown of several innovations like the world´s first GSM call.

Courageous, open-minded, relaxed and inspiring. The Tampere region is all bright!

Accreditation

The quality enhancement system in the University of Tampere consists of the methods for continuous improvement of education, research, management, leadership and supporting services.

Basically, the quality system of the University consists of the same elements as in most Finnish or even European universities. The quality enhancement methods are usually seen as a cycle of planning, doing, checking and acting.

Compared with other Finnish universities the University of Tampere has focused more in developing the self-steering of the schools instead of controlling them. At the beginning of 2011, the University of Tampere conducted a thorough overhaul of its organization. Instead of six faculties and over 20 departments there are nine schools to take care of all research and education in the University. The services and administration have been rearranged, too. The steering processes, e.g. the quality system as a tool for management, was renewed at the same time.

Most of the improvements to the quality system were due to the clear organisation structure and strong preconditions of the strategic management. The administration has two levels instead of three. This has made the responsibilities in quality enhancement clearer than before.The quality systems in Finnish universities are regularly externally audited. The quality system of the University of Tampere was externally audited in 2014.

What do quality assurance and enhancement mean?

Quality assurance means the procedures, processes and systems used to safeguard and improve the quality. Quality enhancement implies especially to the methods of continuous improvement. The quality system is usually considered as a tool of strategic management and leadership. The word system implies to the university level construction, whereas the procedures and methods imply to the separate practices used in the university.

Since Finnish higher education institutions have a strong autonomy, they are responsible for their own quality methods and systems. There are however certain methods on the national level to assure the continous improvement of the university level systems. The Ministry of Education and Research steers the universities with several reporting and assessment methods, e.g. the volume and quality of higher education institutes are annually measured by certain indicators. The Finnish Higher Education Council supports the universities to improve the quality systems by organizing external audits and developing the national audit model.

In the University of Tampere the quality system is seen as a set of several university and school level monitoring, steering and planning processes. Most important of them are the annual planning process and the curriculum planning. The strategy process usually produces changes to the internal steering system and to the methods of continous improvement.

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