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Applicant numbers to international MSc programmes up more than 40 per cent

More than 600 applicants from 65 countries have sought admission to the international master’s programmes of Tampere University of Technology (TUT). The most popular choices among the applicants were Data Engineering and Machine Learning, and Software Engineering.

The call for applications for the seven English-taught international master's degree programmes offered at TUT was open from 31 December 2017 to 17 January 2018. A total of 14 subject areas were available in the call.  

The University received 833 applications. The most popular subject areas were Data Engineering and Machine Learning (103 applications) and Software Engineering – Web & Cloud (95 applications), which are included in the International Master’s Programme in Information Technology. 

Other popular choices included Business and Technology (87 applications), Smart Grids included in the International Master’s Programme in Electrical Engineering (84 applications), and Factory Automation and Robotics (71 applications). Applicants had the opportunity to seek admission to two subject areas.

The University received applications from 65 countries, with most of them coming from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Iran, Finland, China and Egypt. Of all the applicants, 535 come from outside of the EU/EEA countries. Altogether 486 applicants applied for a TUT Scholarship.

The number of applicants seeking admission to the international MSc programmes has taken an upward turn after a drop in the previous year. The fall in applicant numbers in 2017 was largely due to the introduction of tuition fees for students coming from outside of the EU/EAA countries.

The number of applicants rose by 42 per cent compared to last year. This year a total of 606 applicants sought admission to the international MSc programmes. Last year the number was 428.

English-taught BSc programme attracts 53 applicants

In addition to the international master’s programmes, the call for applications included TUT’s English-taught bachelor's programme, which attracted 53 applicants from 22 countries. The largest group of applicants come from Vietnam and a total of 48 from outside of the EU/EEA countries. The number of applicants seeking a TUT Scholarship is 42.

Applicant numbers have remained stable, which demonstrates that the English-taught bachelor’s programme has established its position among the programmes available at TUT. Last year the bachelor’s programme attracted 47 applicants from 25 countries.

The English-taught bachelor’s programme is open to applicants who hold foreign qualifications that make them eligible to pursue higher education. The next call for applications to the BSc programme opens in the spring: a separate call for applications, which coincides with the Finnish national joint application cycle (14 March - 28 March 2018), allows students who have completed the International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate or Reifeprüfung diploma to seek admission to the English-taught bachelor’s programme. 

Systematic development yields results

“We’re delighted to see an increase in our applicant numbers, as persistent measures have been taken in the past few years to develop the education and programmes available at TUT,” says Vice President for Education Petri Suomala.  

“Our degree programmes are closely integrated into our scientific research, and we place special emphasis on graduate employability. In addition, we have taken further measures to support the academic progress of our students, develop flexible learning environments, and strengthen the marketing of our international programmes.”  


The admissions results of the English-taught degree programmes will be published on 26 March 2018.

The call for applications for the Finnish-taught degree programmes runs from 14 March to 28 March 2018.


Vice President Petri Suomala,, tel. +358 40 591 8044
Officer Meeri Oikemus,, tel. +358 40 849 0594


News submitted by: Tuuli Laukkanen
Keywords: education and studies