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Master´s Degree Programme in Education and Learning

Masters Degree Programme in Education and Learning trains you for various national and international tasks in the field of Education.

The degree studies will both enhance the understanding of social functions of education and familiarise with analyses on global and local relationships in educational policy. In addition, the Programme increases your understanding of learning and motivation in complex and multilevel learning environments. Throughout the studies, a strong emphasis is placed on the research skills.

You have also the possibility to apply for a double degree option called the Finnish-German Master Programme in Education, where a part of the degree studies is completed at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

Next application will be open 8-22 January, for studies that will begin in August 2020.

EdLearn curriculum: https://opas.peppi.utu.fi/en/degree-programme/6652

Information on application process and requirements: https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/masters-degree-programme-in-education-and-learning  

EdLearn programme basic information

Degree: Master of Arts (Education)

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Application period: Jan 2020

Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland:  None

Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries:  €10,000 / academic year

Scholarships available: check the website

EdLearn programme description

The Master’s degree programme in Education and Learning (EdLearn) is a two year (120 ECTS credits) Master’s degree programme which trains experts and researchers for various national and international tasks in the field of Education. The programme is organized around the main research areas conducted in the two departments in the Faculty of Education: the Department of Education and the Department of Teacher Education. The language of tuition is English.

The EdLearn programme aims to train experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. It does so by addressing education both from micro and macro level perspectives throughout the basic studies, the electives and the topic of their master thesis, but also by taking 21st century skills (as defined in international policy documents) in the areas learning skills (e.g. critical thinking, problem solving, metacognition, life-long learning), life skills (e.g. communication, collaboration, cultural awareness, and networking) and literacy skills (information, ICT and mathematical & scientific literacy), as a reference in organizing the contents of the curriculum.

These skills are addressed throughout the curriculum through content, study arrangements and in the master thesis project. At the same time the master thesis is also considered an important area of specialization during the studies in the programme. Preferred research areas for a Master's thesis in the programme are divided into two main research areas that align with the departments in the Faculty of Education: 1) research related to learning and instruction, and 2) research related to educational policy and sociology of education.

In the first area, theses can be done for instance within the frame of research themes like: Teaching and teacher education, Scientific and mathematical thinking in the digitalized world, Multiculturalism, equity, and societal change; Well-being, participation, and avoidance of marginalization, Expertise and higher education, and Early childhood education. In the second area, theses can be done for instance within the frame of research themes like 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 either area, quantitative, qualitative and mixed and /or multi method approaches of data collection and critical analysis are employed, often within comparative designs.

Double Degree option

From the autumn 2012 onwards the students of the programme have had the possibility to study either for a Master of Arts degree in Education from the Faculty of Education, University of Turku (single degree option), or to choose an option that leads to two Master’s degrees (double degree option). The 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 (120 ECTS credits).

A student who has been admitted to the double degree option studies the 2nd semester at the University of Regensburg, Institute of Education. The specific research areas at the University of Regensburg are vocational education and continuing education, professional learning and development. The language of tuition is English.

The number of students admitted to the Education and Learning programme is 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.

Career options

The Education and Learning programme trains students to become experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. Students will develop their capability to do analytical and critical research in two key research areas: 1) research on learning and instruction, and 2) research on educational policy and sociology of education.

Master´s Programme in Education and Learning educates future experts for positions in public, private and civil society sectors. The graduates of the EdLearn Programme may work, among others, as

  • researchers
  • educational experts
  • coordinators
  • educational consultants
  • educators
  • administrators

NB. This degree does not constitute a formal teaching qualification.

Application requirements
Contact information

Education coordinator
Anna Väre

anna.vare@utu.fi
education@utu.fi
+358 29 450 3117

Office hour: Tue 12-14
Room 451, Educarium building

Street address:
Assistentinkatu 5
20500 Turku
Finland

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