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Master's Degree Programme in

Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems

Faculty of Education, University of Turku

Get a degree in the field of education with an advanced combination of theory and practice!

Masters Degree Programme Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems trains you for various national and international tasks in the field of Education.

The Programme is based on the strengths in research of the Faculty of Education: learning research, learning environments and research of educational systems. The degree studies will both enhance the students’ understanding of social functions of education and familiarise them with analyses on global and local relationships in educational policy. In addition, the Programme increases their understanding of learning and motivation in complex and multilevel learning environments.

Throughout the studies, a strong emphasis is placed on students’ research skills. The applicants also have the possibility to apply for a double degree option called the Finnish-German Master Programme in Education, where a part of the degree studies is completed at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

Programme structure

The studies are divided into different semesters and academic years as follows:

Academic excellence & experience

LLEES Programme is a two year Master’s degree programme which trains experts and researchers for various national and international tasks in the field of education. The Programme concentrates on the leading research of the Faculty of Education: learning research, learning environments and research of educational systems.

The studies will give you an in-depth insight into education on a macro-level as well as into individual learning. On the macro-level, the studies will enhance your understanding of social functions of education and familiarise you with analyses on global and local relationships in educational policy.

You will also learn to analyse and explain findings of international assessment studies. On a micro-level, you will increase your understanding of learning and motivation in complex and multilevel learning environments.

Throughout the studies, strong emphasis is placed on students’ research skills.

There are two research units at the Faculty which contribute to these various branches:

  • Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE)
  • Centre for Learning Research. Students major in Education. The language of the Programme is English.

The high-quality research at the Faculty of Education is internationally recognised and its scope covers the entire human life-span.

The main themes of our research are learning, education policy and education systems, and teaching and teacherhood.

Master's thesis & topics

Students complete a Master’s thesis as part of the advanced studies in the field of educational science. A Master’s thesis should demonstrate teh student’s:

  • ability for scientific thinking
  • mastery of the required research methods
  • familiarity with the topic of the thesis
  • the ability to communicate in a scientific context.

There are two key research areas for Master’s theses in the Programme: 1) research on learning and instruction, and 2) research on educational policy and sociology of education.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Attendance Policy Moderates the Influence of Achievement Goals an Transfer of Training.
  • Analysis of educational transfer and policy changes after PISA in Japan and Finland.
  • Achievement goals, learning strategies and exam performance in English learning : a study among undergraduate EFL learners in China.
  • Children with hearing problems in elementary school environments in Pakistan and in Finland.
  • Developmental trajectories towards the concept of rational numbers : a latent transition analysis of thrid to sixth grade students.
  • Extracurricular language activities in higher education : perspectives of teachers and students.

DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAMME

Double Degree Programme

The applicants also have the possibility to apply for a double degree option, the Finnish-German Master Programme in Education, where a part of the degree studies is completed at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

This option leads to two Master’s degrees: Master of Arts in Education from the University of Turku, and Master of Arts Erziehungswissenschaft (educational science) from the University of Regensburg. A student who has been admitted to the double degree option studies the 2nd semester at the University of Regensburg, in the Institute of Education.

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence description

Competence description: The LLEES programme trains experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. The students develop their capability to do analytical and critical research in two key research areas: 1) research on learning and instruction, and 2) research on educational policy and sociology of education.

Job options
Career in research

After completing the Master of Arts degree in education, students may pursue postgraduate studies for the Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Turku.

Graduates are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS.  The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which covers all the disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training.  UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

General degree requirements

In order to be accepted to the LLEES Programme, the applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree that formally qualifies them to take Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. The previous degree on the basis of which the applicant is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme should be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields of study for this Master’s Degree Programme are:

  • education
  • adult education
  • special education
  • other fields relevant to the Master’s Programme

Also persons who:

  • have a Bachelor’s degree from other fields of study AND an official teacher’s qualification are eligible to apply to the Programme. The degree must include at least three years of studies.
  • have completed a polytechnic degree in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences AND have completed basic and intermediate studies (altogether min. 60 ECTS) in education, special education or adult education may also apply to the Programme.

The decision for admission will be based on the relevance of:

  • the applicant’s previous degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • motivation letter
Language Requirements

The applicant must have a good command of English. All applicants must prove their English language skills in one of the following ways accepted by the Faculty:

  • by passing the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test (PBT), or a minimum overall score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet-based test (IBT).
  • by passing the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test (Academic) with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6.0.
  • by passing the PTE Academic test with a minimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54.
  • by passing the Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with pass grade A, B or C.
  • by passing the Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with pass grade A, B, or C.
  • by passing the test for the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in English set by the Finnish National Board of Education with a minimum score of 5 for each subtest.
  • with a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree conducted in English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States.
  • with studies (min. 20 ECTS) taken in a study programme conducted in English at the University of Turku.

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

Application Form and Enclosures

Applications are done in the Studyinfo portal. Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems, University of Turku.

The application period for studies starting in September 2017 is open from 1 December 2016 until 13 January 2017.

STEP 1.

Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application by 13 January 2017 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).

Applicants have to fill all the required information concerning the previous studies on the electronic application template. The applicant should also add:

  • an abstract (max. 200 words) and a title for a Bachelor’s thesis (if applicable)
  • a letter of Motivation (max. 4,000 characters)

If an applicant has certificates other than the Bachelor’s degree certificate on official teacher’s qualification, they are to enclose the aforementioned enclosures with attested copies of the certificates, both in the original language and an English translation of them.

STEP 2.

Collect the required application documents.

STEP 3.

Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:

  • a copy of a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree certificate in the original language or a copy of a temporary degree certificate in the original language or a statement from the applicant’s home institution in English, Finnish or Swedish stating the expected date of graduation
  • a translation of a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree certificate or a temporary degree certificate (if the original document is not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, a translation to one of the languages is required)
  • a copy of transcript of records of the Bachelor’s (or higher) degree certificate in the original language
  • a translation of the transcript of records of the Bachelor’s (or higher) degree certificate (if the original document is not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, a translation to one of the languages is required)
  • certification of the language skills (please see ‘Language Requirements’ below)
  • a Curriculum Vitae in English (to find out how to create your own Curriculum Vitae, you can visit for instance the Europass website.

If an applicant has certificates other than the Bachelor’s degree certificate on official teacher’s qualification, they have to enclose the aforementioned enclosures with attested copies of the certificates, both in the original language and an English translation.

Applicants applying for the double degree option, Finnish-German Master Programme in Education, must also provide the following enclosures:

  • a copy of an upper secondary school graduation certificate in the original language
  • a translation of an upper secondary school graduation certificate (if the original document is not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, a translation to one of the languages is also required)

Please see the country specific requirements for certifying the copies and submitting the documents.

Address of the University Admissions Finland:

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki
FINLAND

Applications arriving after the application deadline are not considered. Postmark dates on the applications will not be taken into account; the applications must arrive at the University Admissions Finland before the above deadline.

In addition to submitting officially attested copies of educational certificates, the admitted applicant will have to show the originals of their educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of study records) at the Faculty of Education in order to be able to register with the University after arriving in Finland.

Additional information

The applicants can choose an option that leads to two Master’s degrees. This double degree option is called the Finnish-German Master Programme in Education and it leads to the following degrees:  Master of Arts in Education from the University of Turku, and Master of Arts Erziehungswissenschaft (Educational Science) from the University of Regensburg, Germany. The studies take two years to complete (120 ECTS credits).

A student who has been admitted to the double degree option studies the 2nd semester at the University of Regensburg, Institute of Education.

The number of students admitted to the LLEES programme is 20 at the most: a maximum of 20 students to the single degree option and, among the 20 best scoring applicants, a maximum of 5 students will be admitted to the double degree option.

If the required degree and studies are not completed by the application period deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home university stating the expected date of graduation.

The general and country specific requirements concerning the way of certifying and submitting the documents must be followed also after the application period has expired.

In general, the application documents required as officially certified copies must bear the official stamp and signature of an authorised university official from the degree awarding institution or a notary public.

All translations must be made by an authorised translator. If copies of translations are submitted, those must also be officially certified.

The following documentation is optional and does not affect the application in any way. It is simply asked for identification purposes when handling the applicant’s documents, which sometimes contain the applicant’s name in different forms:

  • copy of information page of the passport or identification card containing the applicant’s name, date of birth and photo.

An applicant should enroll to a language test early enough, e.g., 1-2 months before a test day. This is important because the test results are needed at the end of the application period and the tests might be already full for a late application.

Application documents will not be returned to the applicant nor is it possible to apply with the same submitted documents in later application periods.

Applications sent by e-mail or fax are not accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

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Master’s Degree Programme in

LEARNING, LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

Degree: Master of Arts (Education)

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Tuition fee: None / €10,000

Start date: August 2018

Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018

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