Master’s degree – university


Key features

  • Qualification: Maisterin tutkinto / magisterexamen
    General term: Ylempi korkeakoulututkinto / högre högskoleexamen
  • Qualification in English: Master’s degree
  • EQF level: 7
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Thesis required: Yes, 20-40 ECTS
  • Nominal length: 2 years / 120 ECTS (Master of Arts (Psychology), Master of Music and Licentiate of Odontology: 2.5 years / 150 ECTS; Licentiate of Veterinary Medicine and Licentiate of Medicine: 3 years / 180 ECTS)
  • Access requirement: Bachelor’s degree
  • Access to further study: Licentiate degree, Doctor degree

Degree titles


  • [Field of study] maisterin tutkinto / magisterexamen i [Field of study]
  • Eläinlääketieteen lisensiaatin tutkinto / Vetenärmedicine licentiatexamen
  • Proviisorin tutkinto / Provisorexamen
  • Hammaslääketieteen lisensiaatin tutkinto / Odontologie licentiatexamen
  • Lääketieteen lisensiaatin tutkinto / Medicine licentiatexamen
  • Arkkitehdin tutkinto / Arkitektexamen
  • Diplomi-insinöörin tutkinto / Diplomingenjörexamen
  • Maisema-arkkitehdin tutkinto / Landskapsarkitektexamen


  • Master of [Field of study] or Master of Arts/Science [Field of study sometimes indicated]

The government decree on updating the government’s decree on university degrees 1039/2013 includes a full list of fields of study, names of the degrees and the universities where studies can be pursued. The titles in English are also included. See the appendices:

Learning outcomes

  • Understands comprehensive and highly specialised concepts, methods and knowledge corresponding to the specialised competence in his/her field, which are used as the basis for original thinking and/or research.
  • Understands knowledge issues in the field and at the interfaces between different fields and evaluates them and new knowledge critically.
  • Is capable of solving demanding problems in research and innovation, which develops new knowledge and procedures and applies and integrates knowledge from various fields, also using creative applications.
  • Is capable of working independently in demanding expert duties in the field or as an entrepreneur.
  • Is capable of managing and developing complex, unpredictable and new strategic approaches.
  • Is capable of managing things and/or people. Is capable of reviewing the performance of individuals and groups.
  • Is capable of accumulating knowledge and practices in his/her field and/or taking responsibility for development of others.
  • Possesses the capability for continuous learning.
  • Knows how to communicate to a good standard verbally and in writing in his/her mother tongue both to audiences in the field and outside it.
  • Is able to deal with different people in learning and working communities and other groups and networks, taking account of communal and ethical considerations.
  • Is capable of communicating at an advanced international level and interacting in both national languages and at least one foreign language.
  • Complies with sustainable working and operating practices.