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Course Admission

This page is for everyone who pursue studies at the University of Tampere.

Students for courses are primarily selected in accordance with the order of precedence described in the Regulations on Degrees. The regulations give priority to students for whom the course in question is compulsory. Depending on the course, more specific rules may be applied at the level of the faculty, degree programme or the individual course. Specific information on the order of precedence can be found on the general regulations of faculties on degrees, this page and the teaching schedule.

Students are not admitted to courses in order of enrolment. A very common basis for the order of precedence is the number of credits accumulated. This can be the total number, the number of credits in the degree programme or the number of credits in the specialisation option. Students in a specific phase of their studies can also be given priority in course admission. In addition to this, courses may require students to complete compulsory preceding studies in order to be admitted. These studies are specified in the curriculum guide or teaching schedule.

Exchange students complete most of their courses within their own faculty, but they can also select studies from other faculties, provided that they meet the requirements of the desired course. For some courses, student admission can be restricted and degree students can be given priority.

In Open University the study groups are principally filled in order of arrival of the application forms. Please see more information on the Admissions pages.


Faculty of Communication Sciences

Degree Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media

Students are NOT admitted to courses in order of enrolment. Instead, selections are made based on whether or not a course is compulsory for a specific student and how many credits each student has accumulated. The university’s order of precedence is observed in course admissions. The admission process considers whether or not the student in question is required to take the course in question, the total number of credits accumulated and the total number of credits accumulated in Information Studies and Interactive Media.

Students of the degree programme are given priority on courses in Information Studies and Interactive Media.

In master’s degree studies, students of the specialisation in question take precedence.

PLEASE NOTE: Elective intermediate courses in Information Studies and Interactive Media, in particular, are very popular, which means that not all willing students can always be admitted, unfortunately. For this reason, you should prepare your study plan taking into account that you may not always be able to take elective courses exactly when you want. Where possible, admission to compulsory basic/intermediate/advanced courses is guaranteed to all of the study programme’s students in order to ensure that no one’s studies are unduly delayed.

PLEASE NOTE: If you cannot attend the first class meeting, please remember to notify the teacher! The openings left by absent students who have not provided advance notification of their absence will be distributed among the reserve students present in the order of the waiting list.

    Language, translation and literature studies

    If the number of students who enrol on a course and have completed the requisite studies exceeds the capacity of the course, admission is determined as follows:

    1. whether or not the course is compulsory (= the course must be completed for a module grade or it is a compulsory course for the master’s degree specialisation specified for the student in question)
    2. recommended time of completion (in accordance with the curriculum)
    3. number of credits in the degree programme containing the course
    4. draw

    Some positions will be reserved on all courses for students from outside the degree programme.

    For special reasons, the teacher responsible for the course in question may grant exceptions to the regulations laid down above. Unclear cases are resolved by the dean.

    Specifying instructions of degree programmes with regard to priority:

    • Literary Studies: In the context of considering whether or not a course is compulsory for a student, admission may be denied for a student whose register already includes records of all courses towards which the course in question is admissible.   

    Faculty of Education

    Group admission is primarily based on studies completed in education, but some groups also apply specific orders of precedence. Before enrolling, ensure that all of your completed course units have been recorded in the study register. Registration matters are handled in the Study Services Office on the second floor of the Virta building in room 244.

    Before the first class, the teacher may contact the course attendees by e-mail to determine their expectations and request confirmation on attendance, for example. For this reason, you must keep an eye on your inbox before the beginning of the course.

    Cancel unneeded group admissions in advance

    If you do not intend to accept your place in a course group, it is important that you cancel your enrolment as soon as possible before the beginning of the actual education by notifying the teacher of the course/group and at the Study Services Office, The University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees state that students who do not participate in a course and fail to cancel the enrolment or who discontinue a course will be assigned a fail grade for the course in question (University of Tampere Regulations on Degrees, Section 23).

    If you cancel your enrolment in good time, a student on the waiting list can be notified of the opening before the course begins, allowing for a full classroom from the start.

    Inform the teacher of your absence

    If you have been admitted in a group but cannot attend the first class, inform the teacher immediately so that you don't lose your position. Otherwise the position will be filled from the waiting list. The free places will be distributed 15 minutes after the beginning of the first class meeting.

    Getting a position from the waiting list

    If you have been assigned to the waiting list, keep an eye on the course information before the beginning of the course to see if there are any cancellations. Where possible, the Study Services generally inform students on the waiting list directly of any possible openings. You can also attend the first group meeting to see if there are any openings.

    Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences


    Licentiate of Medicine degree programme

    In the Licentiate of Medicine degree programme, students study in small groups determined by the study administration, in accordance with the weekly schedule prepared by the study administration. Only students assigned to these groups in accordance with the appropriate procedure are entitled to attend the education specified in the curriculum. The forms of learning employed in these groups, such as tutoring sessions, exercises of clinical skill, group work, demonstrations, seminars and introductory visits, require active participation from the students. 

    The compositions of the groups are posted on the Moodle platform for each respective course.

    A course is deemed completed only once the tutoring sessions, clinical exercises, group work, course exam and other requirements have been completed. The students must attend the info event for each course.

    Students for the elective courses intended for medical students are selected in order of enrolment. The study administration only admits students of the appropriate year to the elective studies. The maximum number of students to be admitted to each course is specified in each course description. This number is always lower than the total number of students for each year.

    The language studies of medical students (English and Swedish) are integrated into the medical studies. Enrolments for English and Swedish courses and the course on academic writing in Finnish must be submitted through NettiOpsu. Students for the language studies are selected in accordance with their year of studies. The English course is for the second year of studies and the Swedish course is for the third year. The course on academic writing in Finnish is intended to be completed in the spring semester of the third year.

    Faculty of Natural Sciences

    Course admissions adhere to the order of precedence confirmed by the Faculty. The order of precedence can be specified on a course-specific basis. For Tampere3 cross-institutional students, places can be reserved in Faculty education.

    By and large, instructors select students for their own courses. The selections are made once the enrolment period is over. If you do not intend to accept your place on a course, please notify the instructor immediately.

    For more information, please contact the course instructor and study coordinators Tiina Mäenpää (MTT) and Heli Rikala (TIE).

    Language Centre

    The teachers select the students for their courses once the enrolment period has ended. It is often the case that courses do not have room for all willing students, in which case the total number of credits accumulated by each student is primarily used as the admission criterion.

    Unit- or degree-specific English, Swedish and Finnish courses are primarily intended for the degree students of the unit or degree in question. If the groups have room, other students can also be admitted in them.

    You should also read about the Language Centre’s practices in the teaching schedule.

    Important things to remember

    • If you have study attainments that are not yet shown in the study register, notify the teacher of the desired course and provide proof about the attainments before the end of the enrolment period.
    • Ensure that you are enrolling in a group intended for students of your own unit or degree programme.
    • A notification on the admission results will be posted on NettiOpsu.
    • Check the start date and exact schedule of the course in the teaching schedule.
    • To ensure your place on the course, be on time for the first class meeting. Notify the teacher well in advance if you cannot come to the first class for an acceptable reason.
    • If you do not intend to accept your place on the course, notify the teacher.
    • If you know that you will not be able to attend the course before the end of the enrolment period, cancel your enrolment through NettiOpsu. In this way, someone else can be admitted on the course.
    • If you neglect to attend the course without notifying the teacher beforehand, the course will be recorded as failed in the study register.
    • If you begin a course but later stop attending, the course will similarly be recorded as failed in the study register.

    Course waiting lists

    If you are placed on the waiting list for a course, you can attend the first class to see if places have become available. Any openings will be filled from among present reserve students in the order equivalent to their standing on the waiting list.

    Course cancellations or changes

    The Language Centre’s minimum group sizes are 14 degree students in a group of 20 students and 20 degree students in a group of 30 students. The group will be cancelled if there are not enough students. Notifications of cancellations are provided in the teaching schedule. Notifications of any changes related to the beginning of the course are listed in the same place.