Frequently Asked Questions

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Programme FAQs

In 2018, applications can be made online for UTA at The applications are filled online and must be printed and mailed with all required documents.
Yes, scholarships to cover tuition costs as well as financial aid to help with living costs are available. You can find more information here:

Taking courses in other universities

If your inquiry is related to studies, the contact person is Anna-Mari Viitala. If you have questions about the TUT study right, TUT enrollment etc. You should send an email to opinto(at) Please write 'UTA co-operation' (Finnish students: 'TaY Yhteistyö') as the title of your email message.
The staff at TUT prepared an Infosheet for HTI students with all the information about taking courses in their university.
The staff at UTA prepared an Infosheet for TUT HTI students with all the information about taking courses in their university
You need to apply using the JOO system. For more information visit the SIS JOO Studies website You can also use the new cross-institutional system from Tampere3. Read more about Cross-institutional studies with Tampere3


Courses are graded on a scale of 0-5 or PASS/FAIL.
Very Good4B
Fail0FX or F
For more information see TUT and UTA
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is used at UTA and TUT. Each course has a specified number of credit hours. One credit at UTA and TUT equals to one ECTS credit, and one ECTS equals to an input of approximately 27 hours of work, which consists of lecture hours, exercises and other forms of instruction, as well as independent work. Full course load for the whole academic year is approximately 60 credits and approximately 30 credits for one semester.
HTI students can take courses at both UTA and TUT, regardless of home university. With the addition of the Tampere3 system, it might be possible in the future to take courses elsewhere.
The University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences have joined forces in order to develop a new kind of mode of operation in the Finnish higher education field. They are forming together into one school system. To find out more, read about it here.

Study Planning

In all the degree programmes, students make a personal study plan called HOPS with their supervisor/adviser. The study plan supports students in planning and making choices on their studies and in developing and growing into and as an academic professional. In addition, the study plans provide useful information for the degree programmes, the schools, and the University in order to improve study guidance and counselling and develop future services.
Each course has its own prerequisites or suggested prerequisites. You can find this information on the Courses page. If you are unsure if a class is right for your schedule, consult your study adviser or the professor teaching that class.
Yes, your study plan should reflect your current studies. It is natural that it might change as your studies evolve. However, you should also keep your adviser informed of the changes and always send an updated version of your study plan.
The HTI programme leaves a lot of room for students to make a study plan tailored to their own interests. You adviser can help you with this and will know which courses will lead you in the right direction. However, it is up to the student to take the initiative in seeking advise and staying active in their educational goals.

Master's Thesis

Generally students begin their thesis after the first year of studies. However, it depends on the student and how much of their required courses they have completed after the first year.
Choosing a thesis topic can seem like a daunting task. However, your interests in the field will come together through your studies and course projects, and your study adviser can help guide you as well. More information can be found here.
The grading scale for Master's theses is as follows: excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2) and sufficient (1).

-A thesis is graded good (3) if it meets the aforementioned evaluation criteria, is well written and does not have any substantial mistakes.
-A thesis is graded satisfactory (2) if it fails to meet some of the criteria but has other compensating merits that demonstrate the author’s maturity. The grade can be lowered from good to satisfactory if, for example, the conclusions are illogical, the thesis is poorly structured, the arguments are badly reasoned, the work is not independent or the general impression is sloppy.
-A thesis is graded very good (4) if it is better, more in-depth or more extensive than an average thesis, and has enough original content. A very good thesis may not have mistakes or be sloppy; it must be critical, evaluative and analytical. The grade very good can be granted if the thesis is written on a fairly demanding topic, has a well-developed methodological or theoretical approach, and includes a notable amount of original content.
-The other grades (sufficient (1) and excellent (5)) will be granted if the shortcomings or merits of the thesis are so considerable that the grade satisfactory cannot be given, or the grade very good is simply insufficient. The grade excellent will usually only be given if the thesis is exceptionally good in all aspects and demonstrates that the author is familiar with the research conventions governing the topic; typically these theses will produce publishable scientific results or develop some practical method in an extensive manner.

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