Scoring applications in the Faculty of Education
Information on scoring applications in the master's programme in Changing Education at the Faculty of Education.
Scoring an application

You can receive a maximum of 23 points for your application. You must obtain at least 12 points to be considered in the admission process. Applicants must also receive at least the minimum score required for each area of assessment. If you do not receive the minimum score required for a specific area, the subsequent area(s) will not be scored.

The categories affecting admission will be assessed in the following order:

  • Your academic performance in the completed studies
  • Applicability of your previous studies to the Master’s programme
  • Motivation letter
  • Ability to produce scientific text

The performance in your previous studies will be scored on a scale of 1 to 5.

The academic performance is assessed as a whole, taking into consideration success in the degree serving as grounds for application. If the degree serving as grounds for application is not completed by the end of the application round, the studies completed by that time for the degree in question will be taken into consideration.

If the grading scale used is not five-tiered, the grade will be converted for the scale before scoring. When calculating grades, the common rules for rounding off figures will apply where necessary.

Please be prepared to give your GPA (Grade Point Value) on the application form.

The academic performance is assessed on the following scale:

  • Studies completed with the grade 5 (or equivalent): 5 points
  • Studies completed with the grade 4 (or equivalent): 4 points
  • Studies completed with the grade 3 (or equivalent): 3 points
  • Studies completed with the grade 2 (or equivalent): 2 points
  • Studies completed with the grade 1 (or equivalent): 1 point

If the score for the academic performance is below 3, the rest of the application will not be evaluated.

Based on the content and scope of your previous studies, the master's programme will assess the level of your knowledge and skills for pursuing studies in the master’s programme. The applicability of your previous studies will be scored on a scale of 0 to 5.

The evaluation of the applicability of studies will take into account an analysis of your prior studies in the key fields of the master’s programme, i.e. educational sciences and methodological studies. You will give the analysis on the application form.

The applicability of previous studies is assessed on the following scale:

  • Perfect applicability: 5 points
  • Very good applicability: 4 points
  • Fairly good applicability: 3 points
  • Passable applicability: 2 points
  • Poor applicability: 1 point
  • No applicability: 0 points

If the score for the applicability of your previous studies is below 3 the rest of your application will not be evaluated.

Your motivation to pursue a master’s degree in the master’s programme you are applying for will be assessed with the help of your motivation letter. 

The motivation letter must be written on the application form. Your application will not be assessed at all, if it lacks a motivation letter.

You can obtain 0–10 points for your motivation letter.

In the motivation letter you will answer the following questions (in English):

  • How does your previous studies enable you to succeed in the studies of this master's programme?
  • How do the studies of this master's programme complement and broaden your previous studies?
  • How does studying in this master's programme relate to your career objectives and future prospects?
  • What do you wish to achieve by completing your master's degree?
  • What can you contribute to the university community by studying in the programme?

The motivation letter may be up to 2000 characters in length (including spaces). Any parts of the letter exceeding the maximum number of characters will be disregarded. The language must be grammatically flawless and the content of the text must be fluent and coherent. The letter of motivation may be rejected if the above requirements are not met.

 

If the score for the motivation letter is below 5 the short scientific text will not be evaluated.

As part of their Master’s degree, students must independently write a scientific thesis, the Master’s thesis. This thesis is an academic paper on a topic suitable to the field of the Master’s programme.

 

As a part of your application, you must write (in English) a short scientific text of your own. You can obtain 0–3 points for your scientific text.

 The text is either an abstract of your own Bachelor’s thesis or another comparable academic paper you have written yourself. Your application will not be assessed at all, if it lacks a scientific text.

 

The text may not have more than 2,000 characters (including spaces). Any parts of the text exceeding the maximum number of characters will be disregarded.

 

The scientific text will be used in the assessment of your ability to produce a scientific text and will be assessed on the following scale:

  • Excellent ability: 3 points
  • Good ability: 2 points
  • Moderate ability: 1 point
  • Poor ability: 0 points

The minimum acceptable score for the scientific text is 1 point.

If two or more applicants receive the same score, their mutual ranking will be determined primarily by their points for the applicability of their previous studies, secondarily for their motivation, thirdly for their previous academic performance in the applicable studies and fourthly for the scientific text.