27.06.2018

Admission Criteria

Student admission to study programme

120 ECTS, 2 years, tuition 12 000 € per year for non EU/EEA citizens, study places 20

The application period is open from 15 November 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (GMT+2) to 10 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2) in the Studyinfo.fi service. The application can be supplemented until 31 January 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (GMT+2).

Online application form and electronic attachments must be submitted at Studyinfo.fi, possible paper attachments must be mailed to Admission Services.

The reviewing of the applications will be done on February-March and the interviews of the highest scoring applicants will take place in mid-March.

Application process

The selection process comprises of two parts:

1) Reviewing of the application documents 2) Interview (in person or via Skype/Video/Telephone)

The reviewing of the applications will be done on February-March and the interviews of the highest scoring applicants will take place in mid-March.

Phase I: You will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary a request to supplement the application.

The student selection committee at JYU will assess the content of the applications – ineligible applications will be disregarded. The selection committee will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic background, letter of motivation and supporting letters of reference.

The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:

Selection criteria

Points

Academic background (field of study, grades, reference letters)     

max. 30 points

Other relevant experience

max. 10 points

Reason and motivation

max. 10 points

Total max.

50 points

 

 

The Students who have already completed their M.Sc. studies in similar degree programme cannot be admitted to this programme.

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

The highest scoring applicants from the pre-selection phase will be invited for an interview, with the interview carrying a value of 15 points. The structured interview will take 15-20 minutes per candidate. Applicants need to receive at least 5 points in the interview to be considered for admission in the programme.

The final ranking will be made on the total points scored in phase I and II, from a maximum of 65 points.

If more than one person has equal points in the final ranking, the order will then be decided by the points the applicant got from the academic background. If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants got from the interview. If this does not make a difference between applicants, the order will then be decided by the points the applicants got from the motivation letter. If there is still no difference, the order will be raffled.

The Students who have already completed their M.Sc. studies in similar degree programme cannot be admitted to this programme.

Eligibility

Required degree

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science) from a university with an internationally recognised academic standing, or equivalent qualifications, and proven interest in science.

Admission of an applicant graduating after the application deadline is conditional until s/he submits the degree certificate, the deadline being 15 July 2019. Educational documents must be officially certified.

English language profiency

English language proficiency demonstrated in only one of the following ways:

  • 1) Upper secondary school degree, English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
  • 2) Bachelor’s Degree, English being the medium of instruction, from the following countries: EU/EEA country, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The degree must be fully completed in English and the thesis must be written in English. The language of instruction must be clearly marked in the degree certificate or transcript of records, or other official document provided by the higher education institution in question.
  • 3) a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (internet-based)
  • 4) an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5
  • 5) a Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade C or above
  • 6) PTE (Pearson Test of English) 59
  • 7) National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) for English with skill level 4 or higher (in every section; reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking, and writing)
  • 8) The applicant has completed or is completing a higher education degree in Finland and the degree includes studies of academic English for at least 6 ECTS credits (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, levels B2–C1 and field-specific content).

Please note:

  • o As there are often some delays in the language proficiency processing, please ensure that you register for the language test well in advance of the application deadline so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline. It usually takes approximately a month for the test results to arrive at the institution.
  • o If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.
  • o Pearson Test of English, IELTS and TOEFL language proficiency tests are valid for two years and the test result must be valid during the application period.

If the applicant fails to submit attachments that prove his/her eligibility to apply and language skills according to the instructions given by the deadline, he/she is not eligible to apply. 

Required attachments

1) Officially certified transcript of records from the student’s institute of higher education both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is English, one certified copy is sufficient. Note that the transcript is a document containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: https://www.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/how-to-apply#required-attachments.

2) Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: https://www.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/how-to-apply#required-attachments.

3) Copy of a valid passport (the identification pages with name, date, place and expiry date) or other identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license)

4) Certificate of English language proficiency

5) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

6) Letter of motivation

7) Copy of a residence permit that exempts its holder from paying tuition. Required only from applicants who are liable to pay tuition based on their nationality, but are in possession of a residence permit that exempts them from paying tuition. Such residence permits include: EU Blue Card, type A or P residence permit card in Finland, P-EU residence permit card, or an EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland.

The original educational certificate must be presented at the faculty at the beginning of studies.

Additional information

  • Application round opens: 15 December 2018
  • Application deadline: 10 January 2019
  • Notification of admission status: 2 April 2019
  • Request for rectification deadline: 16 April 2019
  • Confirmation deadline: 23 April 2019
  • Studies begin: 1 August 2019

Right to appeal

According to the Finnish legislation, the rejected applicants must be informed about their right to an appeal:

Should you find that a mistake has been made in the selection process concerning your application for the Master’s Degree Programme in Biological and Environmental Science, you may send a written appeal addressed to the Appeal Committee of the University. In the appeal you should clearly state, where the mistake has taken place and identify the matters your appeal is based on.

The appeal should be done in writing and within 14 days after the result has been made public.

You should send your appeal to:

Appeal Committee of the University

P.O. Box 35

FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä

FINLAND

It is worthwhile to keep in mind that the decisions on admissions are very seldom changed - unless a technical error or such has taken place - since they are based on a very careful consideration and a studious inspection of the applications.

For more information: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/study/guides/requests-for-rectification