Application process for Master's Degree Programme in Astronomy and Space Physics

General instructions

At first, read the general instructions how to apply!

Degree requirements

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) in a relevant field of study (Astronomy and/or Physics). The BSc must be awarded from a full university (i.e. an institution with the right to award doctorate degrees) and the BSc must correspond to the level of Bachelor's degree as awarded at Finnish universities in terms of its extent (at least 180 ECTS, or European credits), or to three years of full time study. The BSc formally qualifies the applicant to access the Master's programme.

Additional studies

The contents of formally eligible students' previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level in the programme. Students can be required to complete additional Bachelor level studies while studying for the Master's Degree. These additional studies (max. 60 ECTS) are not part of the Master's Degree. The extent and contents of the additional studies are defined individually for each student when a personal study plan is created in the beginning of his/her studies. Depending on the amount of additional studies, the study time for the Master's Degree can be more than the targeted study time, which is 2 years.

Language requirements

All applicants must prove their knowledge of English in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty. The language test certificate must be submitted and reach University Admissions Finland by the application deadline. The language requirements are given on http://www.utu.fi/en/units/sci/studying/MDPs/language/Pages/home.aspx.

Deadline

The application period is 1 December 2015 – 29 January 2016 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2016. Students graduating after the application deadline may apply, on the condition that a certified copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language) and final transcript, and their English, Finnish or Swedish translations (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education) are submitted and arrive at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the 15 July 2016 at 15:00 (local time in Finland). Applications arriving after the deadline are not considered.  The general and country specific requirements concerning the way of certifying and submitting the documents must be followed also after the expiry of the application period.

The application form is available at Studyinfo.fi only during the application period. The enclosures should arrive by the end of the application period to University Admissions Finland, Unioninkatu 40 C, 00170 Helsinki.

Application fee

Please notice, that there is an application fee for applicants applying based on a qualification completed outside the EU/EEA area. The fee must be paid before you can finalize your application.

Application form and enclosures

In addition to filling the application form at Studyinfo.fi, the following enclosures must reach University Admissions Finland by the application deadline:
  • An officially certified copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language) AND English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education).
  • An officially certified copy of the original transcript of study records (in the original language) AND English, Finnish or Swedish translation. (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European universities).
  • Certificate of knowledge of English (see Language requirements).
Please see http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=24 for country specific requirements in the way of certifying the copies and submitting the documents.

In general, the application documents required as officially certified copies must bear the official stamp and signature of an authorized university official from the degree awarding institution or a notary public. All translations must be made by an authorized translator. If copies of translations are submitted those must also be officially certified.

The following document 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.
Applications sent by e-mail or fax are not accepted. Application documents will not be returned to the applicant nor is it possible to apply with the same submitted documents in later application periods. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

During the application round, a secondary/high school certificate may be requested from the applicant, if this is necessary for determining the length of the applicant’s previous education (this concerns degrees from a minority of countries).

In addition to submitting officially attested copies of educational certificates, the admitted applicant will have to show the originals of his/her educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of study records) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in order to be able to register with the university after arrival in Finland.

Admission quota

A maximum of 12 students are accepted to the Master's Degree Programme in Astronomy and Space Physics. All students are required to start the studies in the beginning of the autumn semester, and there is no separate admission for the spring semester.

Send the application via postal or courier mail to The University Admissions Finland: 

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki

FINLAND

If you use a courier service please also mark down the University Admissions Finland's phone number +358 (0)9 191 23528

Applications sent by e-mail or fax are not accepted. Application documents will not be returned to the applicant. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

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