Master's Degree Programme in Education and Learning

The Master's Degree Programme in Education and Learning prepares you for various tasks in the field of education, both nationally and internationally.

Earn a degree in the field of education with an advanced combination of theory and practice!  The EdLearn programme aims to train experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. This is achieved by observing education from both micro and macro level perspectives throughout the basic studies and electives as well as in the Master's theses.

The curriculum emphasises 21st century skills in the areas of

  • learning skills (e.g. critical thinking, problem solving, metacognition, and life-long learning)
  • life skills (e.g. communication, collaboration, cultural awareness, and networking), and
  • literacy skills (information, ICT, and mathematical skills and scientific literacy).

The Master's Degree Programme in Education and Learning does not provide the students with formal teaching qualification.

Throughout the studies, a strong emphasis is placed on students’ research skills. The applicants also have an opportunity to apply for a double degree option called the Finnish-German Master Programme in Education, with part of the degree studies completed at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

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Programme in brief

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The Curriculum of the Master’s Degree Programme in Education and Learning with course descriptions can be found 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 tasks in the field of education, both nationally and internationally.

The EdLearn Programme aims to train experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. This is achieved by observing education from both micro and macro level perspectives throughout the basic studies and electives as well as in the Master's theses.

The curriculum emphasises 21st century skills in the areas of

  • learning skills (e.g. critical thinking, problem solving, metacognition, and life-long learning)
  • life skills (e.g. communication, collaboration, cultural awareness, and networking), and
  • literacy skills (information, ICT, and mathematical skills and scientific literacy).

These skills are addressed throughout the curriculum through content, study arrangements and in the Master's thesis project. The Master's thesis is also considered an important opportunity for specialisation in the Programme.

The Master’s thesis research subjects in the Programme are divided into two main research areas that correspond with the departments of the Faculty of Education: 1) research related to learning and education, and 2) research related to educational policy and sociology of education.

In the area of learning and education, the themes of the theses can relate to e.g. the following main areas of research:

  • teaching and teacher education,
  • scientific and mathematical thinking in the digitalised world,
  • multiculturalism, equity, and societal change,
  • well-being, participation, and avoidance of marginalisation,
  • expertise and higher education, and
  • early childhood education.

In the area of educational policy and sociology of education, on the other hand, the theses can relate to e.g. the following themes:

  • comparative research on education systems and education policies,
  • young people’s educational transitions and trajectories,
  • educational inclusion, equity and justice, and
  • research on higher education, lifelong learning and working life.

In both areas, quantitative, qualitative and mixed and /or multi method approaches of data collection and critical analysis are employed, often within comparative designs.

MASTER'S THESIS & TOPICS

As a part of the advanced studies, the students write a Master’s thesis on the field of educational science. A Master’s thesis should demonstrate the student’s

  • ability to think scientifically,
  • mastery of the required research methods,
  • familiarity with the topic of the thesis, and
  • ability to communicate in a scientific context.

There are two main research areas for Master’s theses in the Programme: 1) research on learning and education, 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 POSSIBILITY

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 and consist of 120 ECTS credits.

Those who are admitted to the double degree option study at the University of Regensburg, Institute of Education for the duration of the 2nd semester.

A maximum of 20 students are admitted to the Education and Learning Programme and out of those 20, a maximum of 5 best scoring applicants are admitted to the double degree option.

Career options

COMPETENCE DESCRIPTION

Students of the Education and Learning Programme will become experts in research on learning and sociology of education. Students will be able to conduct analytical and critical research in two key research areas: 1) research on learning and education, and 2) research on educational policy and sociology of education.

JOB OPTIONS

Students of the Master's Programme in Education and Learning will become future experts for public, private and civil society sectors. Graduates of the Programme could work as e.g.

  • researchers,
  • educational experts,
  • coordinators,
  • educational consultants,
  • educators, or
  • administrators.

NB. The Master's Degree Programme in Education and Learning does not provide the students with formal teaching qualification.

CAREER IN RESEARCH

After completing the Master's Degree in Education and Learning (Master of Arts degree), students can apply for postgraduate studies for a doctoral degree in Philosophy at the University of Turku.

The 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 cover 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 trains highly qualified experts with the skills required for a professional career in research or other positions of expertise.

Entry requirements

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

General Requirements

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s studies if

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – usually a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree consists of at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the section on programme-specific admission requirements for detailed degree requirements.


Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can prove your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests. 

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to be accepted to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

PROGRAMME-SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Who can apply?

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in education, adult education or special education are eligible to apply to the programme. Furthermore, applicants 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.

NB. Applicants who have completed a Finnish first-cycle polytechnic degree called ammattikorkeakoulututkinto must have either 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 be able to prove a clear affinity to educational sciences to be eligible to apply to the Programme

Decisions on admissions are made based on:

  • the relevance of the field of applicant’s previous degree(s),
  • the amount, relevance, and grades of the courses in the degree(s), and
  • the motivation letter.
APPLICATION EVALUATION

The number of students to be admitted to the Programme is 20 at the most: a maximum of 20 students are admitted to the single degree option and among the 20 best scoring applicants, a maximum of 5 students are admitted to the double degree option. The admissions are based on the scoring criteria, which are explained below. The admissions are based on the applicant’s qualifications and motivation.

The eligible applications will be scored based on the applicants' previous studies (maximum 25 points) and the Letter of Motivation (maximum 15 points), with a maximum of 40 points achievable in total.The scoring is explained in more detail below:

Previous studies 025 points

Bachelor’s or higher degree 07 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 (GPA) of the major subject 010 points

  • Cumulative GPA of 5: 10 points
  • Cumulative GPA of 4: 8 points
  • Cumulative GPA of 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 based on all the courses in the transcript of records. If the applicant’s previous studies are not graded on a scale of 15, the grading scale will be converted to a scale of 15 (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 15, the grading scale will be converted to a scale of 15 (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 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 05 points

The applicant should include the title and abstract of a previously completed 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 03 points

  • Research methodology courses and
  • specialization courses relevant for research

will be granted 1 point/course with the maximum of 3 points.

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

Letter of Motivation 015 points

The applicant writes a Letter of Motivation (500800 words) as a part of the application form.

NB: Applicants are expected to write about all five themes introduced below. In addition, applicants for the double degree option are expected to explain their motivation for wanting to also study at the University of Regensburg.
The applicant must score a minimum of 6 points for the Letter of Motivation to be eligible.

The Letter of Motivation should include answers to the following five questions:

  1. What are the applicant's reasons for applying to the Programme?
  2. What are the applicant's strengths and capacities?
  3. How does the programme relate to the applicant’s previous studies (e.g. field of specialization, research methodology studied) or work?
  4. What research topic is the applicant interested in studying? Why and how would they study it?
  5. How does the Programme contribute to the applicant’s personal development and to the development of their professional expertise?

Double degree application evaluation

The 5 double degree students will be selected out of the overall 20 highest ranking applicants. 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.