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.
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The studies are divided into different study modules as follows:
Orientation and general studies 25 ects
Advanced studies in Educational Sciences 80 ects
Elective studies 18 ects
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
Who can apply?
Persons who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in education, adult education, special education, or in other domains relevant to the master’s programme (e.g. social sciences or humanities) 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 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:
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.
More information about the language tests: http://masters.utu.fi/how-to-apply/
The following documents must be scanned and attached to the electronic application (in pdf format, in color) at the Studyinfo portal:
Applicants applying for the double degree option, Finnish-German Master Programme in Education, must also provide the following enclosures:
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.
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.
Master’s Degree Programme in
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