Sustainable Digital LifeTampere University
Sustainable Digital Life
The modern world is permeated and shaped by digital technologies in all areas of life: communication, collaboration, learning, playing, shopping, dating, relaxing, creative expression, therapy — you name it.
The Master's Degree program in Sustainable Digital Life focuses on sustainable design of the digital world and offers a course portfolio that cannot be found elsewhere. The program addresses an actual need for interdisciplinary experts who understand the digital society from the viewpoints of culture and ethics, as well as comprehend digital systems and how they are produced.
- aims to educate creative, analytical and critical experts in digital media, communication and information technology, who are capable of renewing the society by designing, facilitating and evaluating digital services that are ethically sustainable, accessible for everyone and mindful of social and cultural diversity.
- acknowledges sustainability as a process of ensuring that current and future experts possess skills that are adaptive, far-reaching, and transformative in a variety of fields.
- has a special focus on accessibility: the students learn to understand the diversity of users and ways of using digital systems, how to evaluate accessibility of existing systems, and how to take accessibility into account in design.
- is genuinely multidisciplinary; programs' teachers represent eight different fields: human-technology interaction, media education, audio studies, theatre and drama research, media culture, information studies, game studies and visual journalism.
The program's core courses include fundamentals of service design, sustainable design, digital literacy, diverse digital culture, accessibility and gamification. The program is strongly project-based: the students carry out projects throughout their studies and connect the theoretical and methodological learning to these projects. The students are encouraged to create portfolios and identify and develop their unique expertise during the studies.
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To be eligible to apply to a Master’s Programme at Tampere University, you must have:
- Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree*
- an applicable bachelor’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland
- a bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland which provides eligibility for equivalent University master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
- With a minimum scope of 180 ECTS credits, three to four years of full-time study
- from a relevant field for the master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
- from a recognised institution of higher education
- A good command of the English language for academic purposes.
Program-specific eligibility criteria
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's program you are applying to. In the Master’s program in Sustainable Architecture the previous degree has to be in the field of Architecture.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Sustainable Digital Life programme aims to make the digital life more sustainable and accessible for all by cherishing diversity and combining critical thinking with a creative mindset.
The goal is to educate creative, analytical and critical experts in digital media, communication and information technology, who are capable of renewing the society by designing, facilitating and evaluating digital services that are ethically sustainable, accessible for everyone and mindful of social and cultural diversity. The students are aware of the diversity of digital cultures and recognize the varieties of their value bases. They understand the role of digital media and communication technology in today’s and future society and recognize its ethical and societal risks.
The education is project-based, since students carry out projects throughout their studies and connect their learning to these projects. Students create portfolios and identify their own skills during the studies. Programme's core courses offer students fundamentals of service design, sustainable design, digital literacy, diverse digital culture, accessibility and gamification. Students will study joint core courses along with optional studies in which they can focus on a theme. Students will acquire skills which are needed both in working life and in academia.
The programme is genuinely multidisciplinary; programs teachers represents eight different fields: human-technology interaction, media education, audio studies, theatre and drama research, media culture, information studies, game studies and visual journalism.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.
You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:
- an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
- already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.
Master of Social Sciences
Extent of studies
After completing the Master's Degree students will:
- be familiar with scientific thinking and capable of applying scientific working methods in his/her own area of specialization
- be motivated for lifelong learning
- be capable of undertaking scientific postgraduate studies
- be capable of applying the knowledge acquired and of functioning in internationalizing working life
After completing the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Digital Life students:
- understand the role of digital media and communication technology in today’s and future society and recognizes its ethical and societal risks
- are aware of the diversity of digital cultures and recognizes its varieties of value bases
- are able to use critical and constructive (analytical and creative) thinking to design, facilitate, and evaluate sustainable information, communication, and media services for digital society
- recognize how to make services and communication more accessible and sustainable.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The students graduating from the SDL program are eligible to apply to the doctoral programs of Tampere University. There are three particularly suitable doctoral programs for SDL graduates: The doctoral program in Information studies and interactive media, the Doctoral program in Communication, Media and Theatre, and the Doctoral Program Interactive Technology.
The goal is to educate students both for existing professions and emerging future professions. The graduates can work for example as designers, experts or analysts in the domains of digital media, information and communication services, various digitalization projects, and application of artificial intelligence services.
After graduation the employment opportunities depend also on student’s specialization. Students can specialize themselves with different modules in addition to studying secondary subjects and by that create unique know-how combinations.
Sustainable Digital Life helps students connect with working life as a part of their studies by collaborating with companies and organizations. Students get to know some of the employers already during the studies and get a possibility to carry out projects from real clients from our strategic collaborators.
About this institute
Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at our university. Tampere University is a merger of the former University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. University...
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