Master's Degree Programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems

Learning outcomes

The objective of the Master's degree programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems is to train experts and researchers for various national and international tasks in the field of Education. The programme concentrates on the focus points of the research conducted at the Faculty of Education: learning research, learning environments and educational systems from a comparative perspective.

Content

The degree of Master of Arts in Education in the Master's degree programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems includes the following study modules:
- Orientation and General Studies 22 ECTS credits
- Advanced Studies in the Major Subject (Educational Science) 80 ECTS credits
- Elective Studies 18 ECTS credits

Further information

1.MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN LEARNING, LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS

The Master's degree programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems 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 concentrates on the focus points of research conducted at the Faculty of Education: learning research, learning environments and research of educational systems. The language of tuition is English.
The LLEES programme trains experts in the areas of research on learning and sociology of education. In this respect, one of the focal qualities for applicants is the capability to do analytical and critical research. Key research areas preferred for a Master's thesis in the programme are divided into two main research areas: 1) research on learning and instruction, and 2) research on educational policy and sociology of education. In the first area, master theses can be made in the frames of projects which focus on cognitive and motivational regulation of learning, learning processes in different domains (e.g. mathematics, science and languages), technology supported learning environments, socio-emotional interaction and wellbeing in and out of school; and expertise development in rapidly developing professional domains. In the second main research area, the theses made from the points of view of sociology of education, policy studies, youth studies and comparative education are preferred. Key research areas are related to educational systems, educational policy, comparative and international education, educational transitions and trajectories, and studies related to higher education, lifelong learning and working life. In the first area, large-scale surveys, multi-method approaches within experimental and quasi-experimental designs utilizing modern information technology are used. In the second area, social scientific and comparative research designs involving advanced quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods of data collection and critical analysis are employed.
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 (http://www.uni-regensburg.de/psychologie-paedagogik-sport/paedagogik/index.html). 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.

2. STUDIES AND DEGREES AT THE FACULTY OF EDUCATION

2.1 FIELD OF EDUCATION AND DEGREES

According to the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004; see http://www.finlex.fi/en/laki/kaannokset/2004/) the following degrees are available in the field of education: Bachelor of Arts (Education; lower university degree), Master of Arts (Education; higher university degree), Licentiate of Philosophy (Education; postgraduate degree), and Doctor of Philosophy (Education; postgraduate degree).

The Decree on University Degrees (794/2004) defines the aims of the studies. According to the Decree, studies leading to a higher university degree shall provide the student with:

1) good overall knowledge of the major subject or a corresponding entity and conversance with the fundamentals of the minor subject or good knowledge of the advanced studies included in the degree programme;
2) knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods or knowledge and skills needed for independent and demanding artistic work;
3) knowledge and skills needed for independently operating as an expert and developer of the field;
4) knowledge and skills needed for scientific or artistic postgraduate education; and
5) good language and communication skills.
The education is based on research or artistic activity and professional practices in the field.

After completing the Master of Arts (Education) degree, students may pursue postgraduate studies for the Doctor of Philosophy (Education) at the University of Turku. The application requirements for the doctoral studies are available at http://www.utu.fi/en/units/edu/research/phd-studies/Pages/home.aspx.

2.2 RIGHT TO STUDY
ENROLLING AS STUDENT

Each academic year, students must register for attendance or non-attendance. A student who has not registered will lose the right to study. If a student hasn't registered within the registration period, s/he must apply for the right to new registration in writing. There is a fee to be charged for the new registration.

DEMARCATION OF STUDY TIME

Limitations on the right to study for a Bachelor's or Master's degree are applied to those who began their studies on 1st August 2005 or later. The restrictions do not apply to those who began their studies before this date. The targeted completion time for a higher (Master's) degree is two academic years. Students accepted only for a Master's degree have the right to complete the degree two years past the targeted completion time. Non-attendance concerning voluntary or compulsory military service or maternal, paternal or parental leave will not be counted in the maximum time allowance for the completion of a degree. Detailed information about the demarcation of study time is available at http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/registration/Demarcation-of-study.time/Pages/home.aspx.

The study right of the students who began their studies in spring 2015 or before:
The duration of studies does not include an absence of a maximum of four terms (2 years) for which the student has registered herself or himself as absent.

The study right of the students who began their studies in autumn 2015 or after:
The duration of studies does not include an absence of a maximum of two terms (1 year) for which the student has registered herself or himself as absent. According to the Universities Act/Polytechnics Act, a first-year student may register as absent (non-attending) for the academic year for the following reasons only:
1. service under the Conscription Act (1438/2007), Non-Military Service Act (1446/2007), or Act on Women's Voluntary Military Service (194/1995);
2. maternity, paternity or parental leave;
3. the student cannot begin studies due to being incapacitated by personal illness or injury.

ACADEMIC YEAR

The academic year runs from 1st August to 31st July. The autumn semester runs from 1st August to 31st December and the spring semester runs from 1st January to 31st July. The Faculty of Education has decided that teaching during the academic year 2016-17 is offered within the following periods: 29th August – 16th December 2016 and 9th January – 26nd May 2017. The teaching periods for the academic year 2017-2018 will be decided in December 2016.

RIGHT OF STUDY AFTER GRADUATION

Students who have completed a Master's degree at the University of Turku have the right to supplement their degree within the academic year of completing the degree and the following three academic years. These supplementary studies are free of charges. Students register for the supplementary studies at the Student and Admission Services (see http://www.utu.fi/en/unit/university-services/academic-and-student-affairs/student-and-admission-services/Pages/home.aspx). All the study modules are not available for students supplementing their degree. A student will get a separate certificate of the supplementary studies. A student supplementing his/her degree has not got a right to join the Student Union and thus is not entitled for the benefits the Student Union offers for its members.
If more than three academic years have elapsed since the completion of a Master's degree, supplementary studies can only be completed as separate non-degree studies. There are tuition fees for separate non-degree studies. The procedure for applying for the right to pursue separate non-degree studies and minor studies is explained at http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/other-studies/Pages/Visiting-Students.aspx.
After completing the degree of Master of Arts (Education), students may apply for a right to pursue postgraduate studies for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Education). Doctoral studies are free of charge. Information about doctoral studies and the application process is available at http://www.utu.fi/en/units/edu/research/phd-studies/Pages/home.aspx.

2.3 CURRICULUM

Curriculum gives information about the semester (autumn or spring) for completing a course as well as recommendation for a year when the course should be taken. The curriculum also defines the amount of teaching that takes place, assignments that are required and the evaluation procedure. The Board of the International Master's Degree Programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems nominated by the Dean is responsible for preparing the curriculum. There are student representatives in the Board.

The teaching timetables are published on the notice board of the Faculty of Education (Educarium, top floor) and at https://www.utu.fi/en/units/edu/studying/llees/timetable/Pages/home.aspx latest 15th August for the autumn semester and latest 15th December for the spring semester.

CREDIT POINTS

Courses will be credited on the basis of the required workload. The workload required for the completion of the studies for one academic year is 1,600 hours which equals 60 credit points. Therefore, to gain one credit point a student must put in around 27 hours of work. To gain two credit points the student's workload is 53 hours, for 3 credit points it is 80 hours, for 4 credit points it is 107 hours, and so on. Credit points are based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

PERSONAL LEARNING PLAN

All new students are expected to draw up a personal learning plan. In practise, drawing up a personal learning plan is part of the ORI1 Skill acquisition and development of expertise course.

Above all, the personal learning plan is intended to be a tool to assist the student in planning his/her studies as part of the learning process for the duration of studies. The personal learning plan is not a written agreement on the completion of studies. Instead, it is an indicative plan about the contents of the degree and studies included in it. Students can complement and modify this plan during their studies. Students are responsible for keeping, updating and implementing their own personal learning plans. A personal learning plan is to be drawn up electronically. An updated learning plan has to be made if a student cannot finish his/her degree in the required time (please see the Demarcation of Study Time).


2.4 COMPLETION OF STUDIES

PARTICIPATION IN TEACHING

The curriculum defines the amount of teaching that takes place, assignments to be done and the evaluation procedure.

The programme board has set the following rules on student attendance:

- Attendance at seminars, small groups, tutorials, demonstrations, school visits, and individual guidance is compulsory.
- No substitutive assignment is required for a given course, if a student is absent from compulsory teaching for 10 % at the most.
- A substitutive assignment is required to pass a course, if a student is absent from compulsory teaching for 10-50 %.
- It is not possible to do a substitutive assignment for a course. If a student has been absent for more than 50 % of the compulsory teaching. A student has to attend the course again.
- A supplementary assignment has to be closely related to the issues treated at a course and the extent of an assignment should be in relation to the duration of the student's absence.
- Usually the teacher sets a substitutive assignment, but the student can make a proposal which the teacher can accept or reject. The teacher can plan the assignment by her/himself or together with the student.
- The teacher informs at the beginning of the course if there is a possibility for a substitutive assignment or not. The teacher is not obliged to give the student a substitutive assignment. It is however desired that a substitutive assignment would be given in such cases where the student's absence doesn't depend on him/her or is due to compelling reasons. Holiday trips or working is not considered to be such a case.

ETHICAL GUIDELINES

Ethical guidelines of learning
As a teacher
- My main goal is to advance the learning of the students
- I am aware of my role as a responsible actor in the academic community
- I am aware of being a role model for the students and for my colleagues a partner building a good working environment. With my own actions, I support the academic community's ethical, critical, creative, open and communal ways of operating.
- I value and develop my work as a teacher and follow good scientific practice:
- I treat the students equally and evaluate their learning objectively
- I give positive or constructive critical feedback on the progress of the studies.
- I guide the students to change their way of working if I discover that it has features which compromise learning outcomes or disturb other students.
- I respect the students' points of view and the constructive feedback they give me.
- I do not take advantage of my students' work contribution in a dishonest way.
- I, for my part, assume responsibility for giving my students sufficient information on the principles of good scientific practice and on applying them to my own field of science. In accordance with the Guidelines for Misconduct and Fraud at the University of Turku, I intervene in academic misconduct, such as plagiarism or cheating in an exam.
- In difficult counselling situations, I turn to my colleagues for support and advice to ensure just treatment both for me and for the student.

As a student
- My main goal is to learn.
- I am aware of my role as a responsible actor in the academic community.
- I recognise the value of the work done by others and I act honestly. With my own actions, I support the academic community's ethical, critical, creative, open and communal ways of operating.
- My achievements in study are based on real knowledge:
- I do not cheat nor engage in any other kind of misconduct in my studies.
- I do my assignments and final theses myself and I do not take advantage of other people’s work without permission.
- I report the sources I have used and I do not take as my own information from the internet, other students or from anywhere else.
- I do not give my own work to another student for fraudulent use nor do I use my earlier achievements as a basis for new ones without references.
- When engaged in group or pair work, I describe the way work is distributed honestly and in a way that supports the evaluation.
- I do not disturb others in teaching and exam situations.
- I respect the teaching and research work of my teachers:
- In teaching situations, I maintain a positive atmosphere by being an active and responsible student.
- I give constructive feedback on the teaching.
- If needed, I take the initiative in asking for more information on the correct ways to behave.
- I support the group's common interests in situations where individual claims cannot be fulfilled.

REGULATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXAMS

Students register for the faculty and departmental exams latest seven days before the exam at Nettiopsu – a virtual study register service (https://nettiopsu.utu.fi). Specific provisions concerning registration for the maturity test will be discussed later in this guide.
Exam candidates must arrive at the exam venue latest 15 minutes before the announced commencement of the exam. Supervisors advise exam candidates on the seating order in the exam hall. All bags, coats, etc. must be placed along the walls of the hall as exam candidates are only allowed to take pens, pencils, etc. and possibly some snacks with them into the exam. Exam candidates write the exam on the answer sheets provided. Candidates may not use answer sheets of their own.

During the faculty or departmental exam, the exam candidates are not allowed to leave the exam hall without permission from a supervisor before the envelopes containing the questions have been opened and until thirty minutes into the exam. The supervisor may let an exam candidate who has arrived late sit the exam if the candidate in question has arrived within thirty minutes of the exam commencing, and if no other exam candidate has left the room thus far.

If exam candidates are allowed to use a book or other material during the exam, this must be stated on the exam registration form. If there is no such information on the registration form, supervisors must note on the registration form all the aids (such as dictionaries, books, notes taken down during the lectures) that the exam candidate in question has had with him/her during the exam.

If an exam candidate is found guilty of cheating, the supervisors must ensure that the candidate's exam is discontinued immediately and that all papers containing the questions and answers as well as all books, pieces of paper and other aids possibly found are seized and that the matter is reported to the Dean.

The supervisor in charge of the exam shall collect the test papers from the candidates when they leave the exam hall and ensure that the envelope with the question papers is returned for all candidates, even for those who have not answered any questions. Students should have their identification card to hand as the supervisors may ask for it. Candidates are expected to behave appropriately at the exam without causing disturbance. If the candidate is disturbing the other candidates s/he may be removed from the exam hall. The matter is reported to the Dean.

FACULTY EXAMS

Faculty exams will be arranged monthly, from September to May. Each faculty exam lasts for four hours. Exams begin at 15:00 on Mondays. The maturity test based on the Master's thesis (Project) and the EDU s12 Final examination are taken in faculty exams. A student should not take any other exams at the same time with the maturity test.

Faculty exam dates, academic year 2016-2017:

On Mondays, 15:00 to 19:00 at EDU 1 (address: Assistentinkatu 5, Turku)

Autumn semester 2016: 12.9., 3.10., 7.11. and 5.12.

Spring semester 2017 : 16.1., 13.2., 13.3., 10.4. and 15.5.

Faculty exam dates, academic year 2017-2018:

On Mondays, 15:00 to 19:00 at EDU 1 (address: Assistentinkatu 5, Turku)

Autumn semester 2017: 11.9., 9.10., 6.11. and 4.12.

Spring semester 2018: 8.1., 12.2., 12.3., 9.4. and 14.5.

During the summer the exams will be organised mainly electronically according to the Rector’s decision. More information about the electronic exams will be given by the departments and the International Officer.

DEPARTMENTAL (RESIT) EXAMS

Departmental (resit) exams will be arranged for each month from September to May on Mondays beginning at 17:00 and will last for two hours. Only one resit at a time may be taken at a departmental exam. If a student doesn’t pass an exam held at the end of a course then s/he can resit the exam at a departmental exam. The lecturer giving the lecture series will determine when resits will take place. There will be three exam dates, and they must take place within one calendar year from the end of the lecture series in question. These three exam dates will be announced by the teacher at the beginning of a course.

Departmental exam dates, academic year 2016-17:

Department of Education: exams on Mondays, 17:00 to 19:00 at EDU 1 (Assistentinkatu 5, Turku)

Autumn semester 2016: 19.9., 10.10., 14.11. and 12.12.

Spring semester 2017: 23.1., 20.2., 12.3., 18.4. (Tuesday) and 22.5.


Department of Teacher Education, Turku: exams on Mondays, 17:00 to 19:00 at EDU 1 (Assistentinkatu 5, Turku)

Autumn semester 2016: 26.9., 17.10., 21.11. and 19.12.

Spring semester 2017: 30.1., 27.2., 27.3., 24.4. and 29.5.


Departmental exam dates, academic year 2017-18

Department of Education: exams on Mondays, 17:00 to 19:00 at EDU 1 (Assistentinkatu 5, Turku)

Autumn semester 2017: 18.9., 16.10., 13.11. and 11.12.

Spring semester 2018: 15.1., 19.2., 19.3., 16.4. and 21.5.


Department of Teacher Education, Turku: exams on Mondays, 17:00 to 19:00 at EDU 1 (Assistentinkatu 5, Turku)

Autumn semester 2017: 25.9., 23.10., 20.11. and 18.12.

Spring semester 2018: 22.1., 26.2., 26.3., 23.4. and 28.5.

GRADING AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS

Completed courses will be graded on a pass/fail scale or on the following scale:

5 = excellent
4 = very good
3 = good
2 = satisfactory
1 = sufficient
Fail

Grades for study modules are determined and rounded up as follows:
5 4.50 to 5 excellent
4 3.50 to 4.49 very good
3 2.50 to 3.49 good
2 1.50 to 2.49 satisfactory
1 1 to 1.49 sufficient
The Master's theses will be graded on the following scale: sufficient, satisfactory, good, very good, excellent (1 - 5).

The following criteria are taken into account when the Master's theses are assessed and graded. The sections described below might be emphasized differently depending on the nature of the thesis (e.g. empirical - theoretical, quantitative - qualitative).

1) Selection of the research topic
- Significance of the topic, innovativeness, clarity, possibilities to research the topic, the author's independence in the process of topic selection

2) Familiarising oneself with the theoretical background and the use of literature
- Familiarising oneself with the research literature: the extent and quality of the literature (general surveys, textbooks, scientific publications, international vs. domestic), quality of the literature review (summarizing vs. adapting, ability to combine, criticalness)
- Methodological maturity

3) Developing research questions and scientific framework
- The accuracy and clarity of the research questions (possible hypotheses), the clarity, logicality and being fully researchable
- The quality of the theoretical framework and its references to the prior research

4) Selection of the research method and the method of data collection
- The appropriateness of data and methods and their justification in relation to the research questions and problems
- The quality and extent of the data
- Independence in collecting the data
- Mastery in the analysing methods and the appropriateness of their application and evaluation
- The clarity, logicality and adequateness in the presentation of the results

5) Analysis of the data
- Mastery in using appropriate methods in the data analysis
- The clarity, logicality and adequateness of the presentation of the results

6) Reporting the results
- The logicality and conciseness of the structure
- Informatively, correct language use and fluency (possibly style)

7) Conclusions, interpretation and argumentation
- The credibility and justifiability of the interpretation
- The connections between the results, theoretical background and literature
- The creativity and innovativeness of the interpretations
- The critical evaluation of the results and the whole research

8) The author's own contribution and responsibility
- The development of the author's independence and initiative during the process
- Seeking and utilizing guidance
- Activity at the thesis seminars

9) The clarity and final polishing of the thesis

The results of all completed courses must be published and recorded in the Study Register no later than two weeks after the completion. In specific cases, the faculty or the department may make exceptions to this rule. If an extended grading deadline is required, this must be announced at the exam. In specific cases, the department or unit may make exceptions to this rule. Students can see their own results in Nettiopsu (https://nettiopsu.utu.fi).

COMPLETED COURSES: REASSESSING RESULTS AND
ATTEMPTING TO ACQUIRE A HIGHER GRADE

Grading criteria are public. Students have the right to find out how the grading criteria were applied to courses they have completed. Students must be given the opportunity to familiarise him/herself with the written or otherwise recorded completed course. After completion of a course, the teacher should aim to explain the tasks and how the assignment was graded.

During the 14 days after the grades have been announced, students may make an oral or written request to the evaluator for a reassessment of the results. The decision concerning the request for re-assessment will be given in writing. If the student is not satisfied with the decision, s/he may bring the matter before the Exam Board within 14 days from the announcement of the decision. Students may request in writing a reassessment of grading of the Master's thesis from the Exam Board within 14 days of the results being announced.

Renewal of a failed course: A course is graded as an entity irrespective of whether it involves several parts (e.g. lectures and books) or several examiners. If a student fails one part of the course (for instance the essay) but passes another (for instance the exam) s/he will renew only the failed part of the course. Parts of the course expire in the following four semesters. Students have the right to know the completion criteria pertaining the course. The teacher will give more detailed information about renewal of a failed course.

Attempting to acquire a higher grade for a course: If a course is completed in several parts rather than in one exam, the exam for aiming at attempting to acquire a higher grade will be arranged as one entity. If there is more than one grade for a completed course, the highest will be considered valid. The student is allowed a maximum of one attempt to acquire a higher grade for a passed completed course. When a study module is completed and closed at the student's request, no more attempts will be allowed for acquiring a higher grade for a course.

Courses are to be completed according to the current curriculum. A student should discuss with the teacher about attempting to acquire a higher grade since there might be some restricting factors (number of attendants or group size).

Attempting to acquire a higher grade for a study module: Students may attempt to acquire a higher grade for an entire study module by retaking one or some of the courses belonging to that module (see above "Attempting to acquire a higher grade for a course").

The grounds for grading study modules are explained in the curriculum.

RECORDING COMPLETED COURSES AND CLOSING STUDY
MODULES

All courses completed by students are recorded in the Study Register. The recordings can be done only for those students who have registered with the university as attending. The department of the lecturer accepting the course is responsible for recording the course. Students can view their transcript of records and print it in pdf-format in Nettiopsu (https://nettiopsu.utu.fi). Students of the University of Turku can login to Nettiopsu with their utu username and password. Students may also order a transcript of records at the department office, the faculty office, or at the Student and Admission Services office.

For the degree certificate, study modules must be completed, closed and entered in the Study Register. The persons responsible for closing study modules are listed in the curriculum. A student must notify the International Officer when s/he has completed a study module and request that module be closed using a form which can be found at: https://intranet.utu.fi/en/units/edu/study/llees/finalstages/graduation/Pages/home.aspx.
Completed study modules are not automatically recorded as closed in the Study Register.

EXPIRATION OF COURSES AND STUDY MODULES

Study modules don't expire, although a student might have to supplement the module if the study module has expanded. Partially but not fully completed courses expire within the following four semesters of the end of the course. If a student doesn't finish a course within the following four semesters, s/he has to start it all over again and study it according to the current curriculum. If a study module is not finished a student has to continue doing it according to the current curriculum.

CREDIT TRANSFER

There are two main types of credit transfer: substitution and inclusion. Substitution means compensating certain obligatory studies with other studies done previously. Inclusion means integrating studies done at another institution into the degree as a minor subject, optional studies or elective studies. A general rule in credit transfer is that the previous studies have to be done at a university level and in the case of substitution they have to be corresponding also in content and in extent. Studies that are already included into another degree cannot be used again. The language studies are an exception to this rule; they might form a part of another degree. Another exception is studies that form part of a previously done degree equivalent in level to the degree in progress. Those studies have to be corresponding in content and they have to be defined as obligatory in the current degree. In these circumstances the maximum amount of credit transfer is 30 credit points. Please turn to the International Officer or the Head of Student and Academic Affairs for more information.

LECTURE AND SEMINAR PASS

Students can use the lecture and seminar pass to prove they have participated in guest lectures, scientific seminars or conferences and dissertations arranged by the University as well as in the meetings of selection committees or the working groups for curricular matters as a student member. A total of 30 hours of participation amounts to three credits to be recorded in the elective studies. One hour refers to 60 minutes. The lecture and seminar passes are handed out at the department office. A full pass should also be returned to the department office.

REGULATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MASTER'S
THESIS

A student has to write a Master's thesis (Project) as part of the advanced studies in the field of Educational Science. This thesis will be graded by the department/unit on the basis of a written statement by the evaluators. A Master's thesis should show the student's ability for scientific thinking, mastery of the research methods required, familiarity with the topic of the thesis and the ability to communicate in a scientific context. Students may work on and write their theses also in pairs.

Since autumn 2013 all theses at Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Turku undergo an electronic originality check, using the plagiarism detection system. The supervisor of the thesis is responsible of the originality check. The Turnitin system used in plagiarism detection works as an additional function integrated into the University of Turku Moodle 2 learning platform: it is used through Moodle and with Moodle document management routines. Student submits his/her thesis to the Turnitin system according to the instructions given by the thesis supervisor. Electronic originality check is part of the thesis supervision and should be done before the permission to have the thesis bound up is given. The supervisor is responsible for interpreting the results of the originality check.

After obtaining permission from his/her supervisor, the student can have the thesis bound and sign up for the maturity test. Students shall bear the costs involved in copying and binding theses. The back of the bound thesis should state the name of the student and the year in which the thesis was completed. The student has to submit 2 bound copies of the thesis to the department office.

At the Faculty of Education, a Master's thesis must be graded within 6 weeks after submission to the department. During the summer (June to August) and in special circumstances, grading may take longer. The Master's thesis grading scale is presented in the chapter `Grading and Announcement of Results´.

MASTER'S THESIS AS AN EPRINT

Since autumn 2015 all the summary pages of the Master's Thesis are published online. The aim is to increase openness of the research activity and to improve the availability of the thesis. The student must submit the summary page and the full text of the Thesis following the instructions of the Faculty of Education https://intranet.utu.fi/en/units/edu/study/llees/finalstages/thesislayout/Pages/home.aspx.
Further information and instructions are available at: http://www.utu.fi/en/units/library/requestbuypublish/publish/masters-thesis/Pages/home.aspx.

MATURITY TEST

Students must register for the maturity test latest seven days before the exam at Nettiopsu. The examiner for a maturity test is the supervisor of the thesis.

The maturity test can be taken as a normal written exam on a faculty exam date. The other possibility is to take the maturity exam electronically as e-exams in an exam room which has video surveillance. The student must agree with the supervisor about how and when s/he should take the maturity exam. The student should not take any other exams at the same time. The student may choose one of three topics related to his/her Master's thesis. The answers must be written on an answer sheet on every other line. The length of an answer is usually between three and five pages. The length of an electronically taken maturity test is 400-600 words. The answer must show the student's ability to write in English and his/her thorough knowledge of the topic of the thesis. A student who has had his/her schooling in Finnish must write the maturity test in Finnish.

The maturity test will be graded on a pass/fail scale. A passed maturity test will be taken into account in the grading of the thesis. A failed maturity test must be retaken. The department assigns two evaluators for the thesis. Usually, the main evaluator is the supervisor of the thesis. The evaluators will read the thesis and the answers given in the maturity test, produce a written statement of the thesis (approximately one page) and suggest a grade. The statement and the suggested grade will be delivered to the department/unit where the matter is prepared for the decision making. The statement of the thesis is either sent to the student by mail or s/he can obtain it from the department after the decision making.

GRADUATION

When the student has completed all the studies required for the degree in question, s/he shall require the remaining study modules to be closed with a form. Afterwards, the student may apply for a degree certificate by completing a form. The forms are available at https://intranet.utu.fi/en/units/edu/study/llees/finalstages/graduation/Pages/home.aspx. The forms should be returned to the International Officer. The faculty office issues the degree certificate. The degree certificate is awarded upon the decision of the Dean. Students should note that during busy periods (December and May) the necessary documents must be delivered to the International Officer well in advance to allow enough time for the degree certificate to be issued.

DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT

The Diploma Supplement (DS) is an appendix of the degree certificate designed for international purposes. It is a document developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO for facilitating the international recognition and comparison of degrees. This appendix contains information on the university awarding the degree, on the studies referred to in the degree certificate, on the qualification obtained through the studies, as well as on the level and status of the degree in the national educational system. The Faculty of Education will deliver a Diploma Supplement to those who have completed a degree at the faculty.

2.5 INTERNSHIPS ABROAD

Internship is an obligatory part of the studies. It is possible to do the internship also abroad. The Career Services of the University of Turku offer information and guidance for students who plan to do their internship abroad. Please see https://intranet.utu.fi/en/unit/career for further information. Please do notice that the internship placement has to be approved of by the home department prior the internship.

2.6 POSTGRADUATE (DOCTORAL) STUDIES IN EDUCATION

A person who is seeking admission for postgraduate (doctoral) studies at the Faculty of Education must have a second cycle university degree (Master's degree) or an equivalent degree. Detailed information about the application requirements, application process and the doctoral studies is available at http://www.utu.fi/en/units/edu/research/phd-studies/Pages/home.aspx.

2.7 RESEARCH UNITS OF THE FACULTY
Centre for Learning Research (OTUK), the Faculty of Education and the Department of Psychology
- research and postgraduate training on learning and instruction
- educational technology services
- clinical services in learning difficulties
Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE), the Department of Education
- extensive and multidisciplinary research on learning and education as part of a person's whole life span at national and international comparative levels


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Master's Degree Programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems

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