Materials Science launches the first Double Degree programme at TUTThe Laboratory of Materials Science intensifies its long lasting collaboration with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Now the students can apply for a Double Degree program instead of a simple exchange period.
The fruitful cooperation between Tampere University of Technology and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has continued for several years. Especially the Materials Science students have adopted Madrid as one of their favourite exchange location. A few years ago, a selection of courses taught at UPM were implemented in the TUT curriculum, and the courses now have TUT course codes, and they can be imported to the Personal Study Plan. The courses comprise a major and a minor subject depending on the level and extend of studies. On top of that, Dr. Mikko Hokka has visited UPM annually since 2012 to teach a one-week module about microplasticity. Also research activities and researcher exchange have been active.
The latest step in the cooperation is the newly launched Double Degree program. In this program, the studies that the students complete are accepted by both universities. In this program, the students can receive a Master’s Degree from TUT but also a corresponding degree of Master in Materials Engineering from UPM (Máster Universitario en Ingeniería de Materiales). The students elected for the program will pass the first year studies or approximately 60 credits at TUT and the remaining 60 credits at UPM. Also the Master Thesis will be completed during the exchange period, but the thesis will have a superviser from both universities. All credits, including the master’s thesis, are accepted by both universities, and therefore, the total extent of the studies for two degrees is 120 Credits. The courses are selected from the curricula of the program so that they complement each other and do not overlap. The TUT students carrying out their studies at UPM will select coursework that is not taught at TUT and vice versa. Therefore, this program offers unique opportunities for the students to tailor their degrees and know/how to gain an advantage in the labour market.
For the international degree progamme in Materials Science this will be a great opportunity to attract more high quality students from the EU/ETA region. A Double Degree program also fits well to the Materials Science profile in general, where both academia and industry demand for international contacts and experience, as well as multidisciplinary know/how that the Double Degree program offers.
More information: Dr. Mikko Hokka, University Lecturer