Instructions for those who have transferred to new degree programmes

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The University of Helsinki moved to a new system of degree programmes on 1 August 2017. Students were able to study and graduate in accordance with the old degree requirements (prior to 2017) during a transition period that ended on 18 December 2020. NB! In some degree programmes, the transition period may be longer. Please see your faculty’s instructions for more information.

After the transition period ended, all students whose degree had not been finished were automatically transferred to the new degree programmes to complete their degree and the new regulations took affect. Thus, if you did not graduate, submit the application for a degree diploma or request to be transferred to a new degree programme yourself by 18 December 2020, you have been automatically transferred to a new degree programme. Please note, however, that the end of the transition period does not affect the duration or validity of your study right.

There have been significant changes in the content and structures of degrees in the new degree programmes. The rules concerning the expiry of studies are more restrictive in the new degree programmes. Please read this page and your faculty's instructions carefully.

If you are returning to your studies after a break, read also: Returning to the University after a longer break.

How are the new degree programmes different compared with the old degree requirements?

A student who has transferred or has been transferred to a new degree programme shouls take notice of the following: 

  • Degrees can no longer include studies completed more than ten years ago. This provision applies to all studies. For individual courses, the time is counted from the date of completion, and for modules, from the date of completion of the last component of the module. Completed courses and modules are valid until the end of the term when the expiry date falls. Degree programmes can also decide on shorter expiry periods.
  • Degrees can no longer comprise studies included in a previous degree completed at a university of applied sciences. Studies can still be substituted with studies included in a degree completed at a university of applied sciences or with other studies completed at a university of applied sciences, if the learning objectives set for the studies to be substituted are met. However, if you began your studies prior to 1 August 2017, transfer to a new degree programme during your studies and have included studies from a previous degree completed at a university of applied sciences (e.g., a minor subject module) before transferring to a new degree programme, you can incorporate the studies into a degree pursued in the new programme, taking into account the rules on the expiry of studies.
  • If you have received your right to pursue a degree before 1 August 2017 and have transferred to a new degree programme you can include in your degree all the studies you have completed (except when standing orders of your Faculty or corresponding decisions limits the maximum scope of the degree). However, degrees can’t include studies completed more than ten years ago.
  • If you began your studies after 1 August 2017 the amount of studies indicated on the diploma received upon graduation is limited. This means that a bachelor’s degree can include up to 200 credits when the minimum scope is 180 credits and a master’s degree up to 135 credits when the minimum scope is 132 credits.
  • The advanced studies required by master’s programmes include a 30-credit written thesis. However, the scope of the written thesis in the medical fields (degree programmes in medicine and dentistry) and veterinary medicine is 20 credits.
  • Master’s theses are assessed on a scale of 0 to 5. (The thesis grade is not taken into account when calculating the total grade of advanced studies.)
  • Modules can include only the amount of studies decided as being within a module’s scope in the degree programme curriculum, plus up to five credits. If you began your studies prior to 1 August 2017 and you transfer to a new degree programme during your studies, you can, however, incorporate into your degree all the modules you had completed prior to your transfer, regardless of their scope, taking into account the rules on the expiry of studies.
  • In the medical fields (degree programmes in medicine and dentistry), modules and other studies completed according to the curriculum no longer expire once the student is granted the title of kandidaatti (Candidate of Medicine/Dentistry).

Expiry of studies in new degree programmes

The principles concerning the expiry of studies changed with the introduction of the new degree programmes. The key changes are outlined below.

All studies, including modules, expire in ten years from the end of the term when they were completed.

  • Language and communication studies, which did not expire in the old system, also expire ten years after their completion.
  • The validity of studies can no longer be extended. Instead, studies that have expired ten years after their completion must be completed again if they are to be included in a degree.
  • The new rules on expiry apply to all students who begin their studies in the new degree programmes or have transferred to them, regardless of when they were granted the right to complete a degree.

Students who study according to the old degree requirements during the transition period must follow the previous rules on the expiry of studies. For more information, see your faculty’s instructions.

Changes in the structure of the degree and tables of equivalence

The structures of the new degree programmes differ from those of the old programmes. You can find information on the structures on the Instruction for Students page Structure and scope of the degree programme.

If you transfer to a new degree programme at the bachelor’s stage, you will be provided with options for master’s programmes in accordance with faculty decisions. 

Each faculty has created a table of equivalence that shows which current course corresponds to which course in the old degree structure. You can find the tables of equivalence in your faculty’s instructions.

Drawing up a study plan in Sisu

As a student of the University of Helsinki, you need to draw up a study plan in the academic administration system Sisu. You will also register for courses, submit electronic applications and communicate with your supervisor via your study plan.

See here for Sisu instructions specifically for students who began their studies before 2017 in the old degree structure.