Bachelor's Degree Programme in Sustainable Urban Development – Social Sciences

General

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Program Description

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 – Social Sciences 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.

Students of this multidisciplinary programme select their own study field (administrative sciences, social sciences or technology) already when applying for the programme. Although most of the contents of the programme are common for all students, there are variations in the application criteria, study contents and the name of the degree granted after completing the programme. 

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
  • Campus: City Centre Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €

Study objectives

After completing the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Urban Development graduates will:

  • Understand the various aspects of 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  Comparative Social Policy and Welfare.

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme, students will be able to:

  • Understand the European dimension of social policy and welfare.
  • Engage in an open and critical examination in the fields of social policy and welfare.
  • Use and accomplish research in the fields of social policy and welfare in the countries representing different welfare models.
  • Meet the different professional demands in the fields of social policy, welfare, social and welfare statistics, social security systems, labour policy, poverty, gender etc.
  • Discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public.
  • Develop, complete and present scientific papers.

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.

Study contents

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.

Tuition fees

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

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor’s programmes will obtain strong multidisciplinary skills and they will be well experienced to work in a multicultural environment. The programme prepares the graduates to be professionals in matters related to sustainable urban development, an area that is growing and in demand.

Qualification

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).

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. 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.

Eligibility criteria

General eligibility

  • Eligible applicants hold an upper secondary education certificate:
  • Finnish matriculation examination
  • International Baccalaureate degree (IB)
  • European Baccalaureate degree (EB)
  • Deutsches Internationales Abitur degree (DIA) or Reifeprüfung degree (RP) in Finland
  • A Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification, further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification as a set in the Vocational Education Act (531/2017)
  • any other comparable upper secondary educational qualification which provides eligibility for University-level Bachelor’s studies in the country in question.
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education degree (AICE) in Finland, has the right to study towards a university degree in Finland or holds a degree conferred by a Finnish higher education institution or at least a Bachelor level degree conferred by a foreign institution.

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.

Admission for the programme is organised in two admission groups.

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 2019 to be considered. Applicants must complete their SAT Test on 13 March 2021 at the latest and SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2 no later than on 5 December 2020. 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 2021 after the results of tests taken in March become available.

You can find more information on the test dates, test centres and how to register on the SAT registration webpage.

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 Level 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.

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 in the matriculation examination at least the grade E for either advanced-level mathematics or physics OR grade L in chemistry.

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 spring 2021 are calculated based on their Candidate Predicted Grades. The points of applicants who finish their EB degree in the spring of 2021 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. The admission is revoked if the points calculated based on the final grades are lower than the predicted grades and the applicant no longer meets the minimum admission score admitted to the programme.

Language skill requirements

When applying to a Bachelor’s programme at Tampere University, you must submit evidence of your good command of the English language for academic purposes. You have two options of demonstrating your English language proficiency: language tests or previous studies.

In both cases, you must submit a document as proof of language skills.

English language tests and the minimum result requirements:

Test name Minimum test result for Bachelor's programmes at Tampere University
SAT If admission is based on SAT scores, no separate demonstration of language proficiency is needed
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition 78 overall with a minimum of 20 in Writing
IELTS (academic) /IELTS Indicator 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing
PTE (academic) 54
C1 Advanced* C
C2 Proficiency* C1
National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English) Proficiency level 4 (reading, writing, listening and speaking). The results of separate sittings of the language test can be combined.

*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 particular studies listed by Tampere University that demonstrate your good command of English. Only studies that fulfil the criteria will be accepted so if you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions listed by Tampere University and how to submit documents.

Intake

10 students are 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.

Any unfilled places may be allocated to applicants in the other admission group to meet the intake.

Admission procedure

Admission for the Bachelor’s programmes conducted in English at Tampere University is organised once a year in the Joint application to higher education, spring 2021, during the first application period. The application period for studies starting in August 2021 will begin on 7 January at 8.00 GMT +2 and end on 20 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT +2.

Please see additional information on the Finnish Joint application to higher education, spring 2021 on the studyinfo webpages.

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 Level 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. They must have completed their previous degree before starting the 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 2021 and will complete the examination and receive your diploma by 5 June 2021.
  3. You have been awarded the European Baccalaureate (EB) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Finland or abroad in the spring 2021 or earlier.
  4. You have been awarded the Reifeprüfung (RP)/Die Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIA) diploma in Finland in the spring 2021 or earlier.

How to apply

Please see additional information on the Finnish Joint application to higher education, spring 2021 on the studyinfo webpages.

Admissions step-by-step

  1. Check the eligibility criteria, admission procedure and documents needed.
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Find a test centre and register for the SAT tests well in advance (if applying in the admission group I) or take a language test if required (if applying in the admission group II and if applicable).
  4. 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 beguines on 7 January at 8.00 GMT +2 and ends on 20 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT +2.
  5. Remember to apply for a scholarship, if applicable.
  6. Wait for the admission results to be announced.
  7. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it and send certified copies of your educational documents by post by the given deadline. Pay the tuition fee if required.
  8. If you are placed on the waiting list, a study place may be offered at the latest on 2 August 2021. After that, the acceptance from the waiting list ends.  
  9. Start preparing for your arrival in Finland, if arriving from abroad.
  10. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community when the studies start in August 2021!

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 as instructed in the section “Educational documents to be posted after student selection” 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. Please note, that if selected, the applicant must submit certified copies of these educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post as stated below.

Applicants in admission group II:

All results of the Finnish Matriculation Examination completed after 1990 are available for Tampere University in a national database. This applies to applicants on the final year of their studies as well.

All 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 by uploading the document to the application form by 7 April 2020 15.00 GMT +3. Additionally, after graduation, they will need to upload a copy of the final diploma to the application form by 16 July 2021 15.00 GMT +3.

Please remember that if your admission points have been calculated based on predicted grades, your possible admission has been conditional. When you submit your final grades to Tampere University Admissions Office, your points are recalculated based on the final grades. The admission is revoked you do not submit the document or if the points calculated based on the final grades are lower than the predicted grades and you no longer meet the minimum admission score admitted to the programme.

In addition, you must deliver a copy of the final diploma by post, as instructed below. For applicants who have completed an IB diploma, it is possible to share the final grades electronically through IBIS online system. 

Educational documents to be posted after student selection

If you are offered a study place, you must deliver certified copies of your educational documents by post, please see exemptions below. Your acceptance is conditional until you deliver the documents. We kindly ask you to post the documents as soon as possible after the student selection, as they need to arrive by latest 16 August 2021. Registration for the studies is only possible after the documents have reached the Admissions Office.

The 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.

  • Finnish matriculation examination
  • Applicants who have taken the Finnish Matriculation Examination after 1990 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. This applies to applicants on the final year of their studies as well.
  • If you have completed the matriculation examination before 1990, you must deliver the copies by post.
  • International Baccalaureate degree (IB)
  • For applicants who have completed an IB diploma, instead of posting the certified copies to Tampere University, it is possible and recommended to share the results electronically through IBIS online system.   
  • Applicants on the final year of any other comparable upper secondary educational qualification which provides eligibility for university-level Bachelor’s studies in the country in question.
  • You will need to graduate at latest on 31 July and need to deliver the certified copies of educational documents by post by 16 August 2021 15.00 GMT +3.

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 and the SAT Subject test Mathematics Level 2

In the admission group I, the SAT tests are obligatory. All tests need to be taken after 1 January 2019 to be considered. The SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2 must be taken 5 December 2020 at the latest. The SAT must be taken on 13 March 2021 at the latest.

You can find more information on the test dates, 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 2021 as soon as the test results for the for March SAT are released. The College Board Code for Tampere University is 0599.

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.

5. Proof of English language proficiency

Please check the ways of demonstrating your English language proficiency on Language requirements and submit an appropriate document only if you are not applying on the basis of SAT test results, or your matriculation examination/IB/EB/RP/DIA result in English is not high enough to prove your English language proficiency.

Admission results and appeals

For admission group I the results will be published in April 2021 and for admission group by latest on 4 June 2021.

Please note that all selected students will need to send certified copies of their educational documents to Tampere University by post.

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