11.10.2007

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts Degrees

Bachelor's Degree

The minimum workload for the Bachelor's Degree is 120 cr (240 ECTS cr). The degree includes the same compulsory language and communication studies as the Master's Degree; Basic and Subject Studies in the major subject; and at least one of the following minor subject combinations:

A. Basic and Subject Studies in one minor subject, or

B. Basic Studies in two different minor subjects, or

C. Basic Studies in one minor subject, provided that Advanced Studies have already been completed in the major subject (the Pro Gradu thesis is not required)

The other studies included in a Bachelor's degree can be either study modules or individual courses chosen from different subjects. All the subjects in which the student has completed a minimum of 10 cr of Basic Studies can be mentioned in his or her degree certificate. Subject Studies of the major subject include a Bachelor's Thesis (often called a Proseminar or Seminar in the list of requirements). The maturity examination, which makes up part of the communication and language studies, is written on the subject of the Bachelor's Thesis, too.

Master's Degree

The minimum workload for the Master's Degree is 160 cr (320 ECTS cr). It includes the compulsory language and communication studies; Basic, Subject and Advanced Studies as well as a Pro Gradu thesis in the major subject; and at least one of the following minor subject combinations:

A. Basic and Subject Studies in one minor subject, or

B. Basic Studies in three different minor subjects, or

C. if the student's major subject is Music Therapy, Basic Studies in two minor subjects and the other studies mentioned in the subject's curriculum

The remaining studies included in a Master's degree can be either study modules or individual courses chosen from different subjects. Pedagogical Studies (35 cr) compensate for one minor subject in a Bachelor's or Master's degree. It is also possible to complete Advanced Studies and write a thesis in a minor subject.

Duration of the studies

A full-time student should be able to complete the Bachelor's degree in three years and the Master's degree in five years. Normally there is no need to take more time, provided that the student has not suspended his or her studies for example, to take paid employment. The right to study once granted will remain in force even though the student's study is interrupted. Courses do not expire as such, but if the list of requirements undergoes changes, some courses may be dropped. In this case, credits once earned for courses may no longer be relevant; and for this reason, students are advised not to suspend partially-completed study modules for long periods.

Major subject

The major subject of the degree must be a discipline of the Faculty of Humanities. It is possible to request a change of your major subject from the Faculty when you have completed, as a minimum, Basic Studies in the intended new major subject. Application forms are available at the Faculty Office and on the Faculty web-site.

Internship

The degree can include a supervised internship, conferring a maximum of 4 cr. If you want to have credits from your internship, ask for your Department's approval before accepting the job. Departments are able to pay salaries of only a limited number of trainees, and for this reason it is strongly recommended that employers defray a part of the student's salary. As regards the internships provided and organised by the department, it is the department who chooses the trainees and places them with employers. Paid internships are mainly designed for the students whose studies do not include practical training in some other form (e.g. pedagogical training).