Bachelor's Degree Programme in Science and Engineering

General

Program Description

Become an innovative international expert in science and technology

Would you like to study science and engineering at a university in English? Are you inspired by multicultural study groups and opportunities for research internships?

The International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech), offers all this! It is a cross-disciplinary degree programme that provides you with a solid grounding in several core fields of engineering and the ability to follow rapid technological developments and apply scientific methods.

The major subjects available in the programme are

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Electrical Engineering

We offer our students high-quality teaching in relatively small, multicultural study groups where teamwork is strongly supported. In addition to providing a sound theoretical basis for further studies in the field of technology, the programme places special emphasis on internationality, employability and connections to industry.

With this unique combination, our students are well-prepared for the international world of research and industry. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Technology degree are eligible to continue their studies directly towards a master's degree at Tampere University without having to re-apply. There are multiple options to choose from among the English-taught Masters of Science (Tech) programmes offered by Tampere University.

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Information about studies

  • Type: Bachelor's and Master's degree
  • Degree earned: Bachelor of Science (Tech)
  • Planned duration: 3 years
  • Extent of studies: 180 ECTS
  • City: Tampere
  • Campus: Hervanta Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €

Study objectives

The International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech), is a cross-disciplinary programme that gives you a solid grounding in several core fields of engineering. The major subjects available in the programme are Mathematics, Physics, Information and Communications Technology, and Electrical Engineering. The programme equips you with the competence to use scientific methods in your further studies, research or working life and to follow developments in the fields of engineering. By studying in a multicultural group with students from all over the world, you will also acquire strong language, communication and collaboration skills and the ability to operate in a multidisciplinary and international community. Besides providing a strong theoretical foundation for further studies in the fields of engineering, the programme places special emphasis on internationality, employability and connections to the industry. With this unique combination, the programme makes you well-prepared for the international world of research and industry.

When first admitted to the International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech), you are granted the right to study towards a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree at Tampere University. After completing the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology, you will have multiple options to choose from among the Master’s programmes offered in English at Tampere University.

More about the language of instruction

The programme is conducted entirely in English, meaning that all courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite.

The studies of all international students in the Bachelor’s programme include compulsory courses in the Finnish language. The courses give you a good working knowledge of the language for everyday situations.

For students with sufficient proficiency in Finnish, it is also possible to select the 20-credit minor from among the courses taught in Finnish.

Studies at the Master’s level can also be completed entirely in English.

Study contents

We offer our students the opportunity to pursue a broad, cross-disciplinary education. The International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech), provides students with a multidisciplinary foundation to continue their studies in their selected specialisation.

During the first year of your Bachelor’s studies, you will attend introductory courses and basic courses in key subjects that are important to all engineering students regardless of their major. These include mathematics, physics, chemistry, industrial management, programming and languages. You will progress onto major and minor studies in your second and third year. You will choose one major and one minor from four possibilities: Mathematics, Physics, Information and Communications Technology, and Electrical Engineering. One of these selected subjects, either your major or minor, has to be Mathematics or Physics. The extent of the major and minor subjects is the same regarding courses (30 cr in total), but the Bachelor's thesis (10 cr) is written in your major subject. In addition to these two subjects, you will complete a minor subject module that may be chosen freely from the English-taught minors. Students with sufficient proficiency in the Finnish language may also select a minor taught in Finnish.

We are committed to investing in new and innovative learning environments and encourage the use of new technological solutions to continuously develop the quality of teaching and learning. The International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech), makes use of various teaching methods. Courses often consist of a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory work, tutorials, group work, assignments, independent study and an examination. Students at Tampere University work both independently and in close collaboration with their fellow students. Besides developing their theoretical and analytical skills, our students learn to work independently, take responsibility for their studies, and become accustomed to communicating and working as part of a multicultural group.

Your eligibility to apply for admission to the different Master's programmes offered by Tampere University is determined based on the major and minor subjects included in your Bachelor’s degree.

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Choosing a field of specialisation

In the Bachelor’s degree programme in Science and Engineering, you may choose your major subject among these four options freely according to your own interests:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
Mathematics

Mathematics is an essential tool in natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Bachelor’s studies in mathematics at Tampere University provide a strong foundation in all the key areas of mathematics as well as analytical thinking. Instruction is integrated into research, including topics such as mathematical analysis and system theory with application, generalized and applied logics and Big Data data mining.

Physics

Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines that aims at understanding the ingredients and laws of the universe. Applications of physics can be found in all fields of technology from nanoscience to medical devices and atmospheric and space research. In Tampere, Bachelor’s studies in physics offer a deep dive into both classical and modern physics, including specialised courses of, for example, nanophysics, quantum mechanics, and optics. This provides you with a jump start towards MSc studies at Tampere University with a specialization in Computational Physics, Aerosol Physics, or Optics and Photonics.

Information and Communications Technology

Information and communications technology (ICT) is used everywhere in the current world, and modern society could not function without ICT. The Internet of things, big data, 5G mobile networks and cloud computing are examples of current state-of-the-art ICT research topics in Tampere University. The study module on ICT offers you wide knowledge of the technology behind these topics, including software, human-computer interaction, signal processing, and communications technology.

Electrical Engineering

Modern society builds on electricity. Electrical and electromagnetic natural phenomena are utilized in a variety of ways, covering e.g. the generation, transmission, distribution and usage of electrical energy as well as sensing, processing and communicating information. This trend will continue and expedite further, through the increasing need for digitalization and sustainability. In the Electrical Engineering study module, you will learn how the fundamental electrical and electromagnetic phenomena can be utilized for solving modern engineering problems, such as solar and wind power generation, electric vehicles, smart medical and health care systems and connecting all people and things through wireless communications. The study module will also provide you with great background knowledge for MSc studies at Tampere University in different branches of Electrical Engineering.

After completing the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology, you are eligible to continue studies directly in one of Tampere University’s Master’s programmes in English. The subjects and courses studied in the Bachelor’s degree determine which Master’s programmes you are eligible for. Studies in at least the following programmes are possible:

  • Master’s Degree Programme in Automation Engineering
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Photonics Technologies

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 10,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

Structure of studies

The International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech), is a three-year programme that requires 180 credits.

Final project

Students pursuing the degree of Bachelor of Science in Technology are expected to complete a Bachelor’s thesis on their third year. The thesis explores a topic related to your major subject. The thesis demonstrates your ability to apply your acquired knowledge and skills and use scientific methods to process relevant information. The extent of the Bachelor’s thesis, including the Bachelor’s thesis seminar, is 10 credits.

Career opportunities

Students who complete the International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech), receive a Bachelor's degree and a well-rounded education that opens up a wide range of career options. By carefully selecting the courses counted towards your Bachelor's degree to suit your preferred Master's programme, you can set a direction for your future career. Our graduates have career opportunities, for example, in research and development in industry and in academic research and teaching.

Internationalisation

The studies included in the English-taught degree programmes at Tampere University are international by nature, as the student groups consist of students from all over the world. In the International Bachelor’s Degree programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech), special attention is given to working in a multicultural group and in an international setting. Tampere University also offers plenty of other opportunities for internationalisation, such as international student tutoring, tandem language learning, and international Demola projects. It is also possible for students to complete their minor subject in another institution while on student exchange. At the Master’s level, students can, for example, choose to write their Master’s thesis abroad.

Co-operation with other parties

In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.

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Eligibility criteria

General eligibility

Eligible applicants hold an upper secondary education certificate - the Finnish matriculation examination, the International Baccalaureate, the European Baccalaureate, Reifeprüfung/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung or any other comparable upper secondary educational qualification which provides eligibility for University-level Bachelor’s studies in the country in question.

Applicants who are in the final semester of their upper secondary education are also eligible to apply. They must complete the previous degree before starting the studies in the programme. Applicants must follow special instructions concerning the educational documents stated below.

Please note that it is not possible to apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree.

Admission group I – admission based on SAT test results

The SAT and the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics 2 are obligatory in the admission group I. Admission is based on the results of SAT (sections Evidence-Based Reading and Writing AND Math) and the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics 2. You can find information on the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the College Board website.

All tests need to be taken after 1 January 2018 to be considered.

The SAT Subject Test in Mathematics 2 must be taken on the December 2019 test date at the latest. The SAT must be taken on the March 2020 test date at the latest. The results must be delivered to Tampere University directly by the College Board, which administers the tests. The results must be available no later than April 2020 after the results of tests taken in March become available.

Applicants who have completed or are completing a Finnish matriculation examination/IB/EB/RP/DIA diploma can apply in both admission groups, I and II. In the admission based on the SAT test results, the eligibility criteria for direct admission will not be applied and the grades of the examination (mentioned below) will not have an effect on the admission. The admission will be based solely on the results of the SAT test and SAT Subject Test in Mathematics 2.

Admission group II – direct admission

Admission is based on the admission score which is calculated based on the grades achieved in the Finnish matriculation examination, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, or Reifeprüfung/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung. Please note that in direct admission the Reifeprüfung / Die Deutsche International Abiturprüfung must be completed in Finland to be considered.

Your admission score is calculated based on your grades in the matriculation examination/IB/EB/RP/DIA diploma.

To be considered for direct admission, you must meet the following minimum entry requirements: you have completed the matriculation examination in advanced-level mathematics and received at least the grade E for the matriculation examination in either advanced-level mathematics or physics.

The comparable grades in IB/EB/RP/DIA diplomas:

  • In International Baccalaureate
    • 6 in HL or SL Mathematics OR
    • 6 in HL or SL Physics
  • In European Baccalaureate
    • 8,0 in Mathematics 5h OR
    • 8,0 in Physics
  • In Reifeprüfung/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung
    • 10 in Mathematics OR
    • 10 in Physics. Both subjects must be included in ”Leistungen in der Reifeprüfung”.

The points of applicants who finish their IB degree in the spring of 2020 are calculated based on their Candidate Predicted Grades. The points of applicants who finish their EB degree in the spring of 2020 are calculated based on the official predicted grades. If an applicant is accepted based on predicted grades, the selection is conditional until the applicant submits an official certificate of the final grades to Tampere University Admissions Office. If the points calculated based on the final grades are lower than the points calculated based on the predicted grades, the admission offer may be revoked.

Applicants who have completed multiple examinations in the same subject (such as advanced-level mathematics and basic-level mathematics) will be evaluated on whichever of the two is most favourable to the applicant.

Language skill requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies. Please note that in the admission group I, as the SAT tests are obligatory, applicants will demonstrate their language proficiency by taking the test.

The minimum English language test result requirements for Bachelor’s programmes at Tampere University:

Test name & Minimum test result, Bachelor’s studies

  • SAT: If admission is based on SAT scores, applicants will not be required to separately demonstrate their language proficiency.
  • TOEFL iBT: 78 overall with a minimum of 20 on Writing
  • IELTS (academic): 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 on Writing
  • PTE (academic): 54
  • C1 Advanced: C
  • C2 Proficiency: C1
  • National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed certain studies. Please note that only the studies listed by the Tampere University are accepted.

Intake

A maximum of 30 students is admitted to the programme.

Admission procedure

Admission for the Bachelor’s programmes conducted in English at Tampere University is organised once a year in the spring joint application to higher education during the first application period. The application period for studies starting in August 2020 will begin on 8 January at 8.00 GMT +2 and end on 22 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT +2.

Students who are admitted and go on to successfully complete the programme are eligible to continue their studies towards a master's degree. The major subject that students select determines the master’s programmes for which they are eligible.

Admission for the programme is organised in two admission groups.

In admission group I the admission is based on the results of the SAT and the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics 2. Applicants who hold a secondary-level degree that makes them eligible to pursue higher education may seek admission based on their SAT and SAT Subject Tests. They must hold one of the applicable previous degrees that are expected of applicants who are seeking admission through the Finnish joint national application system. You must have completed your previous degree before starting your studies in the programme.

In admission group II the admission is based on the admission score, which is calculated based on the grades achieved in the Finnish matriculation examination, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, or Reifeprüfung/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung. You are eligible to apply for direct admission if one of the following applies:

  1. You have completed the Finnish matriculation examination.
  2. You are taking the Finnish matriculation examination in spring 2020 and will complete the examination and receive your diploma by 5 June 2020.
  3. You have been awarded the European Baccalaureate (EB) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Finland or abroad in the spring 2020 or earlier.
  4. You have been awarded the Reifeprüfung (RP)/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIA) diploma in Finland in the spring 2020 or earlier.

How to apply

Application step-by-step
  1. Check the admission criteria and documents needed
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Book times for the SAT tests (if applying in the admission group I)
  4. Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements (admission group II)
  5. When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload the required enclosures to the application. The application period is 8 January 2020 at 8.00 GMT+2 - 22 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  6. Application documents must be uploaded on your application by 29 January 15.00 GMT+2.
  7. Wait for the admission results to be announced.
  8. If you are offered a study place, send the certified copies of educational documents by post to the Tampere University Admissions Office. Additionally, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
  9. Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing for your arrival in Finland.
  10. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!

Enclosures

Application documents

You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form.

1. Copy of the certificate of upper secondary education and its official English translation

2. Copy of the transcript of records (listing the courses completed during upper secondary education) and its official English translation

Additional information on educational documents

At the time of applying, only scanned copies of the documents uploaded on the application form are needed. If offered a study place, the applicant must deliver copies of educational documents by post according to the instructions below.

If the original documents are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, those need to be translated into one of the above-mentioned languages either by the authority that issued the original document or by an official translator.

Applicants in their final year of upper secondary education are also eligible to apply. Instead of the certificate of upper secondary education/school leaving certificate they need to submit a document issued by their school that indicates the qualification that the applicant is about to complete and the expected date of graduation. They must complete the previous degree before starting the studies in the programme. If selected, the applicant must submit a copy of the final certificate of upper secondary education to Tampere University Admissions Office by post as stated below.

Applicants who wish to apply during their last semester of IB, EB or RP/DIA education are required to submit a Predicted Grades document to the Tampere University Admissions Office by 8 April 2020 15.00 GMT +3 by email (admissions.tau@tuni.fi).

Applicants in admission group II:

Applicants who have taken the Finnish Matriculation Examination do not need to submit any educational documents to Tampere University, as the grades in the matriculation examination will be transferred to Tampere University electronically.

Educational documents to be posted after student selection

If you are offered a study place, you must deliver copies of educational documents by post, by 15 July 2020 15.00 GMT +3. These copies of the certificate of upper secondary education /secondary school leaving certificate, the transcript of records and their translations into English must be certified by a notary public, the Finnish Embassy/Consulate in your home country or the institution that issued the original document with an institutional stamp on the documents.

Applicants who wish to apply during their last semester of IB, EB or RP/DIA education need to post a copy of the final diploma, it must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 15 July 2020 15.00 GMT +3.

Postal address:

  • Tampere University
  • Admissions Office
  • FI-33014 University of Tampere
  • Finland

The street address and telephone number for arriving courier deliveries:

  • Tampere University Admissions Office at Central Campus:
  • Kalevantie 4, Main Building
  • 33100 Tampere, Finland
  • Tel. +358 50 318 7001

3. Copy of your passport's ID page and possible residence permit to Finland

Applicants are required to upload a scanned copy of their passport's ID page for the application form in studyinfo.fi. In addition, a scanned copy of the residence permit is required from applicants who are non-EU/EEA residents but do have a residence permit in Finland. The copies are used to determine whether you are subject to pay tuition fees or not.

4. The results of the SAT and the SAT Subject tests Mathematics 2

In the admission group I, the SAT tests are obligatory. All tests need to be taken after 1 January 2018 to be considered. The SAT Subject Test in Mathematics 2 must be taken on the December 2019 test date at the latest. The SAT must be taken on the March 2020 test date at the latest.

The test results must be submitted to Tampere University directly from the College Board by April 2020 as soon as the test results for the for March SAT are released. The College Board Code for Tampere University of Technology (0599) is still in use during this admission period.

You do not need to upload the results for your application form in Studyinfo.fi as the results are submitted to Tampere University directly from the College Board.

Admission results and appeals

For admission group I the results will be published in April 2020 and for admission group by latest on 5 June 2020.

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Last updated November 2019

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