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Master's Degree Programme in

Education and Learning

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 in Education and Learning 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 Curriculum of the Master’s Degree Programme in Education and Learning, with course descriptions can be found in here: EdLearn Curriculum

The studies are divided into different study modules as follows:

Orientation and general studies 24 ects

  • Compulsory courses, including academic English and intensive Finnish

Advanced studies in Educational Sciences 75 ects

  • Compulsory courses in Educational Sciences 25 ects
  • Internship 10 ects
  • Master’s Thesis 40 ects

Elective studies 21 ects

  • Optional courses
Academic excellence & experience

The Master’s degree in Education and Learning is a two year 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 educational systems research.

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.

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 the 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 and 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 third to sixth grade students.
  • Extracurricular language activities in higher education : perspectives of teachers and students.

DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAMME

Double Degree Programme

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 Education and Learning 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.

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence description

Competence description: The Education and Learning programme trains students to become experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. Students will 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

Master´s Programme in Education and Learning educates future experts for positions in public, private and civil society sectors. Students graduating from the Programme may work, among others, as

  • researchers
  • educational experts
  • coordinators
  • educational consultants
  • educators
  • administrators

NB. This degree does not constitute a formal teaching qualification.

Career in research

After completing the Master in Education and Learning (Master of Arts), students may pursue postgraduate studies for the Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Turku.

The Master 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

Who can apply?

Persons who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in education, adult education, special education are eligible to apply to the programme. Also persons who have a Bachelor’s degree from other fields of study, and who have either an official teacher’s qualification, or who can prove a clear affinity to educational sciences are eligible to apply to the programme. The degree must include at least three years of studies.

Persons who have completed a Finnish first-cycle polytechnic degree called ammattikorkeakoulututkinto and who either have completed basic and intermediate studies (altogether min. 60 ECTS) in education, special education or adult education, or have completed basic studies (min. 25 ECTS) in education and can prove a clear affinity to educational sciences are also eligible to 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
Admission criteria

The number of students to be admitted to the 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. The admission is based on the scoring criteria, which are explained below. The purpose is to acquire an understanding of the applicant’s qualifications and motivation regarding the requirements of the programme.

The applicants are evaluated and ranked using the criteria mentioned below. The 20 highest ranking applicants will be admitted to the single-degree programme. The maximum 5 double-degree applicants who are most suitable for the double degree option out of the 20 highest ranking applicants will be admitted to the double degree programme.

The eligible applications will be scored based on their previous studies (0 to max. 25 points) and the Letter of Motivation (0 to max. 15 points), with a maximum of 40 points achievable. The following describes the scoring in more detail:

Previous studies 0-25 points

Bachelor’s or higher degree 0-7 points

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree with major in Educational Sciences 7 points
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in a related field 5 points

A Cumulative Grade Point Average for a major subject (GPA) 0-10 points

  • Cumulative GPA 5: 10 points
  • Cumulative GPA 4: 8 points
  • Cumulative GPA 3: 6 points

If the applicant’s Transcript of Records does not indicate the applicant’s major subject, the Cumulative Grade Point Average will be calculated from all the courses in the transcript of records.  If the applicant’s previous studies are not graded on a scale of 1-5, the grading scale will be converted to a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best).

Grade of a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis 0-4 points

  • Grade 5: 4 points
  • Grade 4: 3 points
  • Grade 3: 2 points
  • lower grade thesis or thesis in progress: 1 point

If the applicant’s Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis is not graded on a scale of 1-5, the grading scale will be converted to a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best). There must be an indication of an accepted Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis either on the applicant’s degree certificate or on the Transcript of Records. If the thesis is not completed by the application period deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home university stating the expected date of graduation and the indication of the thesis project. Applicants who have not written a thesis as part of their previous degree will earn no points in this section.

Thesis or research paper(s) title and abstract 0-5 points

The applicant should include the title and abstract of a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis or of a research paper in the application form. Title and abstract will be graded based on the focus, quality and relevance.

Individual research courses 0-3 points

  • research methodology courses
  • specialization courses relevant for research
  • 1 point/course up to 3 points

The applicant should indicate these individual courses in the application form. The courses should be part of the applicant’s transcript of records.

Letter of Motivation 0-15 points

The Letter of Motivation is included in the application form which. NOTE: an applicant is expected to write on all five questions indicated. In addition, applicants for the double degree option are expected to state the reasons why they would like to study also at the University of Regensburg.

Double degree application evaluation

The 5 double degree students will be selected out of the 20 highest ranking applicants overall. The double degree applications will be scored based on the motivation to study in the double degree programme, and the research orientation and its relevance to the key research areas at the University of Regensburg, as stated in the motivation letter.

Language requirements

The language of instruction of the programme is English, thus, the students should have good skills in English language. The applicants should prove their knowledge of English in one of the following ways:

  1. by passing the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test (PBT) or minimum overall score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet-based test (IBT).
  2. 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.
  3. by passing the PTE Academic test with a minimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54.
  4. by passing the Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with pass grade A, B or C.
  5. by passing the Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with pass grade A, B, or C.
  6. with a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree conducted in English language in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country.
  7. Finnish matriculation examination in English language, minimum grade of magna cum laude approbatur (or a corresponding minimum English language grade of 5 from the International Baccalaureate degree, grade 7.00 from the European Baccalaureate degree or grade 8 from the Reifeprüfung degree).

No other language tests or statements of the applicant’s language skills will be accepted. The language test results must be valid. Please note that the language test is valid until the expiry date given by the test organiser.

Please see the following websites for information about the language tests:

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

APPLICATION FORM AND ENCLOSURES
  • Required documents that must be scanned and attached to an electronic application form. Documents are attached to the application in digital form (pdf).
  • An online application form that must be completed in the Studyinfo portal at www.studyinfo.fi The link will be available online during the application period from 3 December 2018 – 31 January 2019 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2).

The results of the student selection will be published by the end of March 2019. All the applicants will be also notified personally by email.

If you are graduating only after the deadline, you may apply on the condition that the required application documents are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by 8 July 2019 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).

STEP 1: Collect the required application documents

The following documents must be scanned and attached to the electronic application (in pdf format, in color) at the Studyinfo portal:

  • a copy of Bachelor’s (or higher) degree certificate in the original language or a copy of 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 of 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 Bachelor’s (or higher) degree certificate in the original language,
  • a translation of transcript of records of 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’)
  • a Curriculum Vitae in English (to find out how to create your own Curriculum Vitae, you can visit for instance the Europass website at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)
  • a title and abstract (max. 200 words) of a Bachelor’s thesis, Master’s thesis, or research paper (if applicable) and a Letter of Motivation (max 4000 characters) are part of the application form.

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)

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.

Translations of educational documents must be 1) issued by the awarding institution or 2) an officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution or 3) translated by an official translator or 4) an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator.

Please note that if you are admitted into the programme you must bring all the original documents or the certified copies of the original documents that you submitted online in the application form.

STEP 2: Motivation letter

Prepare a motivation letter to be copy-pasted on the application form. The letter of motivation is an important factor in considering the applicant’s suitability to the programme so please prepare it carefully.

The Letter of Motivation should cover the following five issues:
1) Describe your reasons for applying for the programme.
2) Describe your strengths and capacities.
3) How does the programme relate to your previous studies (e.g. field of specialization, research methodology studied) or work?
4) What is the topic of your research interest? Why and how would you investigate it?
5) How does the topic of the programme contribute to your personal development and to the development of your professional expertise?

STEP 3: Fill the application form

The online application form is filled online in the Studyinfo portal. Please search at www.studyinfo.fi for the Master’s Degree Programme in Education and Learning. The application form is available and a completed application can be updated until the end of the application period on 31 January 2019 at 15.00 (GMT +2).

Also be prepared to describe in the online application form the grading scale used at your institution at the time of your studies. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks appearing on your transcript of records and their relation to each other. You should also provide a link to an official website where this information can be verified. (In many cases this information is already included in the transcript of records.)

The online application form also includes programme specific questions. Therefore, reserve some time for answering them.

STEP 4: Admission

Annually a maximum of 20 students are admitted. The admission decisions are published by the 28th of March of 2019. All applicants will be informed by email. All students are required to start in the beginning of the autumn semester, and there is no separate admission for the spring semester.

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Master’s Degree Programme in

EDUCATION AND LEARNING

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

Start date: August 2019

Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland:  None

Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries:  €10,000 / academic year

Scholarships available: check the website

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