Studies at Tampere University of Technology
What To Expect

Effective and pleasurable interaction with technological systems and products is an essential part of the quality of life of technology users. Nowadays user interfaces are embedded in almost all the technologies that we use. The major in User Experience prepares future developers and researchers for the challenges that lay ahead in ensuring that increasingly complex technological environments are designed to be easy to control and satisfying to use. The aim is to make technology serve well our daily needs and improve the productivity of work-related systems.

This focus area opens the door to a broad range of career opportunities in the field of human-technology interaction (also called human-computer interaction). The studies give students a solid practical and theoretical background for understanding, analyzing, and designing human-centered technologies and their user interfaces. This area places special emphasis on user-centered design methods and their integration in software development, usability engineering, as well as studying and evaluating user experience. In addition, a successful career as a researcher, user experience designer, usability engineer, or other HTI specialist requires excellent communication and team work skills.

Teaching is provided in close collaboration between Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere (UTA). TUT is responsible for the focus area on User Experience Design and Evaluation. User Experience studies are a part of Human-Technology Interaction studies offered jointly by TUT and UTA.

Learning Outcomes

  • The student can apply different user interface styles and interaction techniques to different contexts of use and application domains, including mobile and pervasive computing.
  • The student can apply the findings of multidisciplinary research from both academic and professional sources. The student has basic skills in the research of user experience.
  • The student can design, implement and evaluate interactive systems according to human-centered design principles and processes, taking into account the goals of good user experience.
  • The student knows the central methods and principles of user experience research and design, including the principles based on psychology.
  • The student knows the central processes and methods of software engineering, and can apply user experience knowledge in software engineering processes.
  • The student understands the main factors and theories related to user experience of interactive products and services.
  • The student can take into account the user needs and characteristics in human-technology interaction.

User Experience

MSc in Information Technology, (Tech)

    This program consists of 120 cr:
  • Major Studies 50-60 cr (or 30 cr if taking a Minor)
  • Minor Studies 20-30 (optional)
  • Master's Thesis 30 cr
  • Common Core Studies 12 cr
  • Elective Studies (remaining credits)
Timo Saari, Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila

User Experience Studies, 50-60 cr

Optional Compulsory Courses

Mathers Thesis, 30 cr

Masters Thesis

Common Core Studies, 12 cr

Optional Compulsory Courses

The two-year Master's Programme in Information Technology offers students who demonstrate excellent academic performance, a good command of the English language and creative abilities the opportunity to obtain a competitive master’s degree that meets the highest international standards. Admission is highly competitive, and only a limited number of the most qualified candidates may be admitted. Each application is evaluated by the Admission Committee against strict requirements and based on the candidate's potential, as demonstrated in the application documents and portfolio. Please note that sending us all the necessary documents and meeting our prerequisites will not guarantee you admission to the programme.

It is not possible to be placed on a waiting list. Accepted students who give up their place in the programme will not be replaced by other candidates.

The overall minimum requirements for admission are educational qualifications and language skills. If you meet the minimum requirements, you are eligible to apply. Late applications will not be considered.

Please also read the country-specific document requirements.

Applicants are expected to meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Applicants must hold a BEng/BSc degree that is equivalent to a bachelor's degree according to the Finnish system of higher education and has taken at least three years/180 credits of full-time study to complete.
  • The degree must be conferred by an internationally recognized university that is listed in the latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities.
  • The field of the BSc degree should be computing, information technology, electrical engineering, computer science or another discipline related to the programme. Competence in mathematics, physics and computer science is required.

The overall grade (CGPA) of the degree should be at least 70 % of the maximum marks.
Language Requirements
The official language of the programme is English, and therefore a good command of the English language is an absolute prerequisite. Candidates must demonstrate their language proficiency by completing one of the following language tests:
  • TOEFL (min. score 79 where writing min. score 20 in the web-based iBT; min. score 550 in the paper-based test PBT). Please note that we do not accept the institutional TOEFL test ITP for this application.
  • IELTS (score 6.0 or higher, writing min. 5.5)
  • Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) (grade "C" or higher)
  • PTE Academic (min. score 53)

Please note that any other language certificates or free-form statements cannot be accepted.

You can find more information on the TUT requirements page.
Application Process

The Admissions Office at TUT will process your application and check your general eligibility, i.e., check the authenticity of the documents, make sure that your application contains all the required documents and that the you fulfill the language requirements. The TUT Admissions Office may also verify the authenticity of your documents from the university or authority that issued them.

The Admissions Office will inform you by email when your application along with its attachments has arrived. Please note that it may take a few days to process your application so the email will not be sent to you immediately after your application along with its attachments has arrived at TUT. At the same time you will be notified if there is anything missing from your application. Therefore it is important that you keep checking your email account regularly during the application period for any possible requests to supplement your application. TUT will use the email address that you have provided in your application form.

Admission committees at the faculties will assess the applications and rank them based on study achievements, language skills, CV, motivation letter and recommendation letters. The admission committees have different schedules depending on the programme and therefore you cannot be informed of your application status during the application process.

Admission Results

Even if you fulfill the requirements you cannot be guaranteed admission. A limited number of the highest qualified students will be accepted in the programmes. There is no fixed quota for the annual intake of international students at Tampere University of Technology.

If accepted, you will be offered admission to only one degree programme. When applying, you must prioritize your programme choices (1-3). Admission is granted to the highest prioritized programme that you qualify for.

All applicants will be informed of the admission decisions by email in April. The names of all the admitted students (who have given permission to publish their names) will also be published on the Admission results page. The official acceptance letters will be sent to the admitted students in late April.

You can find more information on the TUT admissions page.
TUT’s Academic Board has set the amount of tuition fee at TUT from 1 August 2017 onwards at 10 000 € per academic year for the Bachelor’s programme in English and 12 000 € per academic year for all Master’s level programmes offered in English.

For students who are citizens of countries within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, studies in all degree programmes will remain free of charge. Tuition fees will also not affect those non-EU/EEA students who have the right to permanent residence in Finland (residence permits A, P and P-EU).

You can find more about tuition fees here here.