Admission requirements 2019 - 2020

1.    Bachelor's degree or equivalent university degree in an appropriate field
2.    Proof of English language proficiency
3.    Letter of motivation in English
4.    Letter of recommendation in English
5.   
Essay in English
6.    Copy of passport photo page
The subsequent criterion for the programme is:
7.    Interview

Admission criteria explained:

Appropriate Bachelor's degree or equivalent university degree

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent university degree with good academic results corresponding to at least three years of full-time study in environmental sciences, social-scientific environmental studies, natural sciences or environmental engineering, or an appropriate field in social science or law.

The degree must be awarded by an internationally recognized university or by a recognized university of applied sciences or polytechnic.

Conditional applicants

The programme accepts applications from students who have not completed their first degree by the application deadline. Such applicants must indicate their anticipated graduation date in their application and submit a scanned copy of their latest official transcript of records. Applicants obtaining their degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period should submit a scanned copy of the original degree certificate and final transcript of records as soon as possible.

Successful applicants can be made a conditional offer of admission subject to satisfactory completion of the required academic degree. The deadline for submitting scanned copies of the original Bachelor's or Master's degree certificate and transcript of records (in original language and translated as applicable, see below) is 7 August 2020. The admitted applicants are also required to bring the original degree certificate and final transcript of records with them for verification when they start their studies.

Note! Conditional applicants who complete their required academic degree after the application deadline has closed, will submit the copies of their degree certificate and final transcript of records (translated as applicable) directly to the master's degree programme coordinator.

Those conditional applicants who are submitting the necessary educational documentation after the deadline has closed should contact the Master's programme to receive the details as regards how to submit the documents (envirolawpol (at) uef.fi).   

Requirements to demonstrate that the applicant fulfils the criteria related to previous education:

The following requirements apply to submitting the documentation listed below: the completed application form, together with scanned copies of the original degree certificate and transcript of records (including information on the extent of the studies, grades and description of the grading system) must be uploaded to the online application at studyinfo.fi. In case the required original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, a complete, word-by-word literal translation into one of these three languages by an official translator is required.

Scanned copy of the original Bachelor's or Master's degree certificate in the original language and a translation of the degree certificate as applicable.

or

Scanned copy of temporary degree certificate in the original language (alternative to degree certificate) and a translation of the temporary degree certificate as applicable.

and

Scanned copy of certificate of graduation in the original language and a translation of the certificate of graduation as applicable.

and

Scanned copy of transcript of records of Bachelor's or Master's degree in the original language and a translation of the transcript of records as applicable.

Applicants holding a provisional degree certificate may also apply for the programme. That is, the degree must be verifiably completed and the required documents of the completion of this degree must be submitted.

The admitted applicants are required to bring the original degree certificate and final transcript of records with them for verification when they start their studies.

If the required original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, a complete, literal translation into one of these three languages by an official translator is required. Please see further instructions on official translations of educational documents on page 'Other specific requirements'.

Please also follow the country-specific requirements of your country when certifying and submitting your documents.

Proof of English language proficiency

To comply with the Programme’s English-language proficiency requirement, applicants must fulfill at least one of the following requirements:

- Secondary education completed in English language in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), in an EU/EEA country or in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States

- English as A language with minimum grade Magna Cum Laude Approbatur as part of Finnish Matriculation Examination

- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree conducted in English in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), in an EU/EEA country or in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States

No language test is required from applicants fulfilling one or more of the above criteria. Such applicants may demonstrate their English-language proficiency by official copies of the relevant degree certificate and transcript. It is recommended, however, for applicants who have also taken a language test to indicate their test scores when applying. Please see instructions on certification of educational documents here.

Demonstrating English language proficiency through a Bachelor's or Master's degree completed in English

For applicants demonstrating their English-language proficiency through a Bachelor's or Master's degree completed in English, the language of study must be clearly indicated in the degree certificate and transcript of records or the application must include an official certificate from the applicant’s institution stating that the medium of the instruction of the applicant's degree has been English. The university retains the discretion to determine whether the degree complies with the programme’s English-language proficiency requirements. If the degree includes transfer credits from outside the specified country/area or courses in a language other than English, the degree might not be deemed to fulfill the requirement.

Language tests

Applicants who do not fulfill any of the above criteria must demonstrate their English-language proficiency by submitting language test scores together with their application. The minimum scores required for admission are:

  • IELTS (Academic): overall 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing)
  • TOEFL iBT: 92 (minimum 22 in writing)
  • PTE (Academic): minimum 62
  • C1 Advanced (former CAE): at least 180
  • C2 Proficiency (former CPE): at least 180

The language test result must be submitted to UEF before the application deadline closes. Please read more here.

Letter of motivation in English

The Letter of Motivation (suggested length 400 – 500 words) should be a self-produced, independent text, describing applicants’ readiness as well as motivation for the particular programme in question. The letter of motivation should contain all the information that applicant sees as relevant for the evaluation process and hence applicants among other things are expected to explain why they should be selected for the programme and how their previous education supports the studies in the Master's degree programme. Applicants should describe their educational background, work experience, international experience and language skills and point out the relations between their background and the focus of the Master's degree programme. In addition, applicants are expected to explain how they intend to fund their studies during the Master's degree programme.

Letter of recommendation in English

Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from at least one referee. The letter of recommendation must be written in English. The letter of recommendation should be from a person who is in a position to describe the applicant’s readiness, motivation and relevant skills to successfully complete the Master's programme. Letters of recommendation from academic referees (such as former professors or teachers) are preferred, but letters of recommendation from former or current employers are also accepted. The recommendation letter must bear an original signature from the referee, and it should be uploaded to the online application with the other documents. If the letter of recommendation is mailed in directly by a third party, e.g. your university officials, the admissions office will forward the documents to the programme coordinator for evaluation. The documents can be send to:

UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN FINLAND                                               
Admissions Office, Joensuu campus                                             
(include the programme name)                                                      
Yliopistokatu 2 / P.O. Box 111                                                           
80101 Joensuu, Finland                                                                     

It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application documents reach the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) by the deadline. UEF does not process any application documents that have arrived after the deadline.

Written essay based on the application exam question

The applicant may use a maximum of 7,000 characters (including empty spaces) for the essay. The answer should be written by using Word processing software (like MS Word or WordPerfect). The essay is uploaded to the online application form with other documents. The grading of the essay will be based on its originality and overall academic level (including structure, quality and style).

You can find the exam question for admission 2020 here.

University of Eastern Finland uses plagiarism detection.

Copy of passport photo page

Applicants must include a copy of their passport photo page in the application.

Interview

All applicants who meet the minimum criteria are personally interviewed via Skype (or alternatively telephone) after the application deadline has closed. Applicant is requested to provide a Skype ID address and/or personal telephone number in the application form in order to facilitate the interview. Please note that applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria are not interviewed.

Prioritizing when applying to multiple programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies

Applicants are required to prioritize one program over the others, if they apply more than one program from the UEF’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. If applicants are admitted to all the programs of their choice, a study place will only be offered for the prioritized program, cancelling the study place from the other programs.