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 OPTION

The Finnish-German Master Programme in Education is a double degree option that leads to the obtaining of two different degrees: a Master of Arts in Education at the University of Turku and a Master of Arts Erziehungswissenschaft (Educational Science) at the University of Regensburg, Germany. In a similar way to the single degree option, the double degree option takes two years to complete and comprises 120 ECTS credits. The language of study is English.

A maximum of five students among the best scoring applicants from the Master’s Degree Programme in Education and Learning can be admitted for the double degree option. Selected students will spend the spring term of the first year of studies at the Institute of Education of the University of Regensburg. The specific research areas at the University of Regensburg are vocational education and continuing education, professional learning and development.

Visit the website of the University of Regensburg for more information.

STUDENTS TESTIMONIALS

The students of the Master's Degree Programme in Education and Learning come from all over the world. Click on the link below to read some testimonials from our students, who reflect on how studying the programme has enhanced their future perspectives as teachers and researchers.

https://www.utu.fi/en/university/faculty-of-education/edlearn/students

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 indicate 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, recognized qualifications, required levels and exemptions here.

PROGRAMME-SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Who can apply?

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

Also 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.

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 can prove a clear affinity to educational sciences are also eligible to apply to the programme.

Verified proficiency in the English language is needed. See the webpage for recognized qualifications, required levels and exemptions:  https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/language-requirements-for-masters-degree-programmes

The decision for admission will be based on the evaluation of:

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

The number of students to be admitted to the 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. The admission is based on the scoring criteria, which are explained below. The purpose is to acquire an understanding of the applicant’s qualifications and motivation regarding the requirements of the programme.

The applicants are evaluated and ranked using the criteria mentioned below. The 20 highest ranking applicants will be admitted to the single-degree programme. The maximum 5 double-degree applicants who are most suitable for the double degree option out of the 20 highest ranking applicants will be admitted to the double degree programme.

The eligible applications will be scored based on their previous studies (0 to max. 25 points) and the Letter of Motivation (0 to max. 15 points), with a maximum of 40 points achievable. The following describes the scoring in more detail:

Previous studies maximum 25 points

Bachelor’s or higher degree 0-7 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 for a major subject (GPA) 0-10 points

  •     Cumulative GPA 5: 10 points
  •     Cumulative GPA 4: 8 points
  •     Cumulative GPA 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 from all the courses in the transcript of records.  If the applicant’s previous studies are not graded on a scale of 1-5, the grading scale will be converted to a scale of 1-5 (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
  •     Non-graded thesis, lower grade thesis or thesis in progress: 1 point

In order to receive a score, 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. Applicants who have not written a thesis as part of their previous degree will earn no points in this section. If the applicant’s Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis is not graded on a scale of 1-5, the grading scale will be converted to a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best). 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 the indication of the thesis project.

Thesis or research paper(s) title and abstract 0-5 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 0-3 points

  •     research methodology courses
  •     specialization courses relevant for research
  •     1 point/course up to 3 points

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

Letter of Motivation maximum 15 points

The Letter of Motivation (maximum 4000 characters including spaces), written in the applicant’s own words, is part of the application form. NOTE: an applicant is scored on all three themes indicated below. In addition, applicants for the double degree option are expected to state the reasons why they would like to study also at the University of Regensburg.

An eligible application must achieve minimum 6 points for the Motivation letter to be admitted.

The Letter of Motivation should cover the following three themes:

  • Describe your reasons for applying for the programme (including your expectations and its contribution to your personal and professional development) (0-6 points)
  • Describe your suitability for the programme (including how your strengths and background such as previous studies and work experience would help you complete this programme?) (0-6 points)
  • A topic of research interest (Why and how to investigate it?) (0-3 points)

Double degree application evaluation

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