Towards socially just urban environments
Cities are inspiring arenas for business, culture and everyday life. However, they face complex challenges related to the environment and the wellbeing of individuals. Bachelor's Degree Programme in Sustainable Urban Development is a multidisciplinary programme developing skills needed to address these challenges.
Urbanization is one of the biggest trends in the globalized world. It is estimated that 2/3 of humans will be living in urban areas by the year 2050. This transformation needs to be met with sustainable solutions that take into account not only climate change but also social justice among many other criteria.
Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Urban Development offers you a way to develop multidisciplinary expertise related to urban development and sustainability. This multidisciplinary programme consists of three fields of study: administrative sciences, social sciences and technology. The programme includes basic and intermediate studies in each of the fields. Knowledge of these fields will help you understand the complex phenomena related to sustainable urban development from several perspectives. In addition to the studies that are common for all students, the programme includes specializations studies, which develop the theoretical basis of the selected study field and for creating a professional profile.
In addition to multidisciplinarity, a unique aspect of this programme is the style of learning. Each year the students are engaged in real-life urban development projects. These projects are carried out in collaboration with companies and public organizations such as the City of Tampere. For example, we utilize a real-world laboratory, Hiedanranta, which is a future city district and a testbed for innovative projects related to smart and sustainable housing, energy, transportation and business.
All students accepted for this Bachelor’s Programme are automatically given the right to continue their studies for the Master’s degree if they wish to do so.
Information about studies
- Type: Bachelor's degree
- Degree earned: Bachelor of Social Sciences
- Planned duration: 3 years
- Extent of studies: 180 ECTS
- City: Tampere
- Central Campus
- Hervanta Campus
- Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €
After completing the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Urban Development graduates will:
- Understand the various aspects of the built environment, sustainable urban development and their societal significance;
- Know the key concepts and terminology and be able to follow the developments in the field of urban development;
- Recognize the central actors, questions, conflicts and solutions connected to sustainable urban development;
- Be able to carry out development projects individually and in teams related to sustainable urban development
- Understand the basic principles of academic research and be able to independently design, conduct and report academic research projects.
In addition, those focusing on the Social Sciences field will understand the purpose and societal significance of social research. They will also be familiar with key theories and concepts in social sciences. After completing the programme you are eligible to continue studies for the Master of Social Sciences Degree. You will automatically have the right to continue studies in the Master’s Degree Programme in Global Society – Comparative Social Policy and Welfare.
More about the language of instruction
The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite.
The scope of the bachelor's programme is 180 ECTS. It consists of the following elements:
- General Studies 35 ECTS; such as economics, information technology, language and communication studies and introduction to sustainable urban development
- Basic Studies 50 ECTS; such as research methods, politics of sustainable development, urban studies and optional studies in social sciences
- Intermediate Studies in sustainable urban development 70 ECTS: such as economic renewal of cities and regions, politics and participation, organizational change, transport systems, water management and the Bachelor’s Thesis
- Free Choice Studies 25 ECTS; you can select freely from the offerings of the Tampere University community.
The tuition fee of the Bachelor’s and the following Master’s Programme is 10,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
Structure of studies
Bachelor’s Degree Programme 180 ECTS
- General Studies 35 ECTS
- Basic Studies in Social Sciences 50 ECTS
- Intermediate Studies in Sustainable Urban Development 70 ECTS
- Free Choice Studies/ Preparatory Studies 25 ECTS
Graduates of the Bachelor’s programmes will obtain strong multidisciplinary skills and they will be well experienced to work in a multicultural environment. The programmes prepare the graduates to be professionals in matters related to sustainable urban development, an area that is growing and in demand.
By completing the Bachelor’s Programme in Sustainable Urban Development (Social Sciences), you will earn a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree. After graduating from the Bachelor’s Programme you will automatically have the right to continue studies in the Master’s Degree Programme in Global Society (track: Comparative Social Policy and Welfare).
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. Tampere University also offers plenty of other opportunities for internationalisation, such as international student tutoring, tandem language learning, student exchange and/or internships 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.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The Bachelor’s Degree confers eligibility to apply for admission to master’s degree studies.
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.
In addition, applicants in their final year of upper secondary education are eligible to apply. In this case, they would be accepted conditionally and 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 based on a Bachelor’s degree.
Admission group I – admission based on SAT test results
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is obligatory in the admission group I. Admission is based on the results of SAT (sections Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: Reading and Writing and Language).
The test needs to be taken after 1 January 2018 to be considered. Applicants must complete their SAT Test in March 2020 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.
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.
To be considered for direct admission, you must meet the following minimum entry requirements: you have received at least the grade C for the matriculation examination in mother tongue (Finnish/Swedish/Sami as a mother tongue or Finnish/Swedish as a second national language)
The comparable grades in IB/EB/RP/DIA diplomas:
- In International Baccalaureate
- In European Baccalaureate
- In Reifeprüfung/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung
- 7 in mother tongue (Finnish or German)
- All subjects must be included in ”Leistungen in der Reifeprüfung”.
The points of the applicants who finish their IB degree in the spring of 2020 are calculated based on their Candidate Predicted Grades. The points of the 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
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.
A maximum of 10 students is admitted to the programme.
49% of students are selected among Admission group I and 51% of students are selected among Admission group II.
70% of the study places in both admission groups are reserved for those applicants who do not hold a higher education qualification or a higher education study place in Finland. Applicants who have accepted a study place in a degree programme in a university of applied sciences or university in Finland that started in autumn 2014 or after will not be considered as first-time applicants.
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 are admitted Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Urban Development – Social Sciences and those who go on to successfully complete the programme are eligible to continue their studies towards the Master’s degree in the Global Society – Comparative Social Policy and Welfare programme.
Admission for the programme is organised in two admission groups.
In admission group I the admission is based on the results of the SAT test. Applicants who hold a secondary-level degree that makes them eligible to pursue higher education may seek admission based on their SAT test. 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:
- You have completed the Finnish matriculation examination
- You are taking the Finnish matriculation examination in spring 2020 and will complete the examination and receive your diploma by 5 June 2020
- You have been awarded the European Baccalaureate (EB) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Finland or abroad in the spring 2020 or earlier
- You have been awarded the Reifeprüfung (RP)/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIA) diploma in Finland in the spring 2020 or earlier.
All applicants in this admission group must hold the Finnish matriculation examination/IB/EB/RP/DIA diploma.
How to apply
- Check the admission criteria and documents needed.
- Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- Book times for the SAT tests (if applying in the admission group I).
- Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements (admission group II).
- 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.
- Application documents must be uploaded on your application by 29 January 15.00 GMT+2.
- Wait for the admission results to be announced.
- 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.
- Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing for your arrival in Finland.
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
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 (email@example.com).
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.
- Tampere University
- Admissions Office
- FI-33014 University of Tampere
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 test
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 must be taken on the March 2020 test date at the latest.
You can find more information on the test dates, the test centres and how to register on the SAT registration webpage.
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 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.