Language of Instruction

Metropolia has several Bachelor's and Master's programmes that are taught fully in English.

In addition, many degree programmes that are taught in Finnish also have an international semester and course packages that are offered in English for exchange students. New modules and degrees in English are continuously planned.

Depending on the degree programme and field of study, there may be some other study opportunities in English: study modules, small projects, final year projects, or work placements.

Most of the teachers and students at Metropolia speak fluent English - don’t be afraid of language barriers.

For related topics, please see the sections:

Methods of Teaching

Studies at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences can consist of theoretical lectures, exercises, group work, laboratory work, independent studies, project work and work placement / clinical practice / internship.

The methods vary from field to field, and from course to course. The focus is on applying theory into practice.

At Metropolia, intensive cooperation with local business and industry provides you with possibilities to develop your professional skills and expertise in practice already during your studies.

Methods of teaching at Metropolia

Assessment and Grading

Assessment criteria for each course are specified in the Course Catalogue.

The teacher in charge of the course is responsible for the assessment. At the beginning of each course, students are informed on the assessment principles. These are based on the course objectives.

Assessment applies to the students who have registered and been accepted on the course. If the course consists of several components, the teacher may point this out in the assessment principles. Different components of a course may be assessed individually.

Assessment and Grading

Metropolia uses the following assessment scale:

  • 5 excellent
  • 4 very good
  • 3 good
  • 2 very satisfactory
  • 1 satisfactory
  • 0 fail
  • H pass

The grade of an approved course can be upgraded in a re-sit. Students that fail a course may re-sit the exam twice on specified dates.

Students will be provided with feedback and assessment within four weeks of their course performance and in any case well before the next possible retake. Course grades are entered in the student register OMA.

Grades for successfully completed courses that have been entered in the student register cannot be erased. The course coordinator or teacher files the documents used as the basis for student assessment for six months, counting from the publication of the assessment.

Transcript of Records

Students enrolled in Metropolia have access to the student register OMA where they can follow their up-to-date course performance. Official transcripts of records are provided by the Student Affairs Offices.

In the case of exchange students finishing their semester at Metropolia, international coordinators will send the official transcripts of records to their home institutions after all the grades are given.

ECTS Credit Allocation and Learning Outcomes

ECTS Credits

The workload of a course, module and degree programme is indicated as ECTS credits in Metropolia (in Finnish "opintopiste"). The extent of studies for one academic year is 60 ECTS credits, which translates to some 1,600 hours of work. One semester equals to 30 ECTS credits.

The indicated ECTS workload includes all the work required for the student to complete the course: lectures, exercises, assignments, seminars, and other forms of instruction as well as independent course-related studying and exams.

ECTS credits for each degree programme, module and course are indicated in the Course Catalogue.

See more on European Credit Transfer System at European Commission webpages.

Credit Allocation and Learning Outcomes

The curricula in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences are competence-based, describing the expected learning outcomes for each degree programme and individual course. Learning outcomes indicate what the student knows, understands and is able to do as a result of the learning process.

For reaching the described learning outcomes, the student is expected to commit himself/herself to a certain amount of work. This workload is defined as credit points. The credit points are a numerical value allocated to courses to describe the student workload required to reach the described learning outcomes. The credit points used in Metropolia are equivalent to ECTS credits.

60 ECTS credits (approximately 1,600 hours) are allocated to the workload of a full-time academic year.

For the details of the curricula of each degree programme, please refer to the Course Catalogue.

Regulations

There are several stages during the studies in which rules and instructions commonly agreed and decided by the university of applied sciences apply. The principles and definitions of policy of the tasks and activities of the universities are defined in the university rules, based on the acts and decrees given by the Finnish Government. The instructions specify criteria and processes of tasks. By rules and instructions we assure that students are treated equally and equitably and everyone studying and working at Metropolia knows her/his responsibilities and duties.

The most essential regulations for a student are the degree regulations of Metropolia which include the principles of eligibility and right for studies and curricula structures, including tutoring and assessment of study performances. The regulations are complemented by the following instructions:

  • instructions concerning study entitlement
    (e.g. maximum study period and losing the study entitlement)
  • instructions on recognition and acknowledgement of previous learning (RPL);
  • instructions for crediting and substituting studies for those degree programmes that are not yet in the RPL pilot programme
  • thesis
  • instructions for study guidance
  • instructions for course grading
  • instructions for graduation

There might be degree programme-specific practical applications to these instructions, which follow the Metropolia-level regulations.

Additional information is available in Metropolia's intranet OMA under Materials > For Student with descriptions on the different stages of studies and links to the above mentioned degree regulations and instructions. OMA announcements offer more information on study related matters such as semester dates for the academic year and graduation dates.

Restoration of the Study Rights

Discontinuation and Restoration of Study Entitlement

Students may lose their study entitlement for the following reasons:

  • the student fails to register as attending or non-attending by the deadline; or
  • the student fails to complete his or her studies within the period prescribed by law and any discretionary extension period granted
  • the student has resigned at his/her own request.

In these cases, no separate decision will be made on the discontinuation of the study entitlement, nor will the student be provided with any written decision to that effect. The student will be entered as resigned in the student register, whereby the study entitlement is deemed discontinued.

Restoration of study right: Students whose permitted study period has not expired

  • the student has failed to register as attending or non-attending by the deadline; or
  • the student has resigned at his/her own request.

A) Students whose permitted study period has not expired but who have lost their study entitlement at the end of the previous term either due to a failure to register or by resigning may apply for the restoration of their study entitlement online. Processing the application is subject to a statutory fee amounting to EUR 50. The application is filled and the fee paid online at maksut.metropolia.fi. The Head of Student Affairs makes the decision on the right to study. The decision will be sent to the student´s  personal e-mail, not to school´s e-mail address. If the study entitlement is denied, the student will also receive instructions on how to appeal against the decision.

B) Students whose permitted study period has not expired but who have lost their study entitlement before the previous term either due to a failure to register or by resigning may apply for the restoration of their study entitlement online. The degree programme is requested to provide a statement/proposal before any decision is made and the Head of Student Affairs makes a decision on the right to study based on the proposal made by the degree programme. Processing the application is subject to a statutory fee amounting to EUR 50. The student applying for the restoration of study entitlement fills in the basic information on the online application form maksut.metropolia.fi and pays the statutory fee of EUR 50 online. After this, the Student Affairs Office will send the applicant the proper application form.

The student fills in the restoration of study entitlement form, prepares a plan together with the representative of the degree programme for completing his or her studies by using, for example, the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) procedure and submits the application to the Student Affairs Office. The Departmental Coordinator or the Head of Department prepares a statement and the decision is made by the Head of Student Affairs. If the study entitlement is restored, the study time in which the student must complete his/her studies will be defined in the decision. The decision will be sent to the student by post. If the is study entitlement denied, the student will also receive instructions on how to appeal against the decision.

The Student Affairs Office checks the permitted study period and the number of terms the student has been enrolled as attending and non-attending. Students may enroll as non-attending for a maximum of 4 terms without this affecting their study entitlement. After this, any terms enrolled as non-attending will decrease their study entitlement.

Students will be registered in the student register OMA under their old student number.

Restoration of study right

  • the student has lost his or her study entitlement due to the expiry of the study period but has been at the end of his/her studies
  • the student has failed to complete his or her studies within the period prescribed by law and any discretionary extension period granted

C) If the student has lost his or her study entitlement due to the expiry of the study period and no discretionary extension of study period has been granted, he or she may re-apply through the normal application and selection procedure. Metropolia may derogate from the above procedure in case a student, whose study entitlement has been discontinued, has been at the end of their studies. This being the case, the student applying for the restoration of study entitlement fills in the basic information on the online application form maksut.metropolia.fi and pays the statutory fee of EUR 50 online. After this, the Student Affairs Office will send the applicant the proper application form.

The student fills in the restoration of study entitlement form, prepares a plan together with the representative of the degree programme for completing his or her studies by using, for example, the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) procedure and submits the application to the Student Affairs Office. The Departmental Coordinator or the Head of Department prepares a statement and the decision is made by the Head of Student Affairs. If the study entitlement is restored, the study time in which the student must complete his/her studies will be defined in the decision. The decision will be sent to the student by post. If the study entitlement is denied, the student will also receive instructions on how to appeal against the decision.

Granting or denying restoration of study entitlement is always at Metropolia's discretion and calls for the readiness of the degree programme to provide the resources needed in order for the student who has had their study entitlement restored to be able to complete his or her studies.

Students will be registered in the student register OMA under a new student number. If the student has no access codes for online banking, he/she needs to contact the Student Affairs Office.

For more information, please contact Student Affairs Office by email opintotoimisto@metropolia.fi

Curricula of Previous Years

Metropolia has all curricula available online as of autumn 2011 onward. Here you can find information on Study Curricula of various degree programmes