Phenomenon-based and cross-disciplinary


Phenomenon-based and cross-disciplinary learning becomes everyday reality in a couple of years, when the first students working towards a bachelor’s degree in sustainable urban development start their studies at the new Tampere University. Join the process of developing the new degree programme!

Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere are already pursuing a broad range of educational and research activities related to urban development. Plans are now underway to introduce a new bachelor’s programme in sustainable urban development at the new Tampere University. Rather than group existing courses into a new programme, the partners are taking a unique perspective on the degree planning process.

According to the preliminary plans, the new bachelor’s programme will comprise phenomenon-based modules that may, for example, last for one period and carry 15 credits.

“Traffic is an example of the phenomena that our future bachelor’s students will explore from the perspective of multiple disciplines. Poor urban planning results in traffic jams that cost time and money, increase emissions, produce noise and may consequently harm our health and even affect the performance of learners,” says the coordinator of the new degree programme, University Teacher Mika Tukiainen.

Join the workshop!

Welcome to contribute to the planning of the new bachelor’s programme in sustainable urban development and the new approach to providing higher education. The workshop is hoped to attract broad participation.

Workshop at the University of Tampere on 29 May, 17.00.-20.00. Not only staff and students from the higher education institutions but also external stakeholders are encouraged to attend. More Information in Finnish.

The workshop is a continuation of the workshop held in November 2017.

University Teacher Mika Tukiainen, , tel. +358 40 198 1027
Researcher Antti Wallin,
, tel. +358 50 437 7474


The module takes a holistic look at traffic as a complex phenomenon. Students acquire knowledge and competencies by working on long-term projects instead of attending mass lectures or individual courses on architecture, construction, logistics, mathematics, chemistry, economics, health sciences and sociology.

At the core of the Tampere3 strategy

In terms of content and working methods, the new degree programme lies at the core of the new higher education community’s strategy.

“The new programme illustrates how we can harness the full potential of the Tampere3 community and turn our strategy into reality in education. The goal is to take a multidisciplinary approach to respond to the needs of our changing society. We’re in a unique position to tap into the synergy between technology and social sciences,” says Chairman of the Preparation Group for Education, Vice President Petri Suomala.

The first students are expected to enrol in the degree programme in January 2020. Students commonly start their studies in universities of applied sciences at the beginning of the year, whereas university students are used to starting in the autumn. The Finnish-taught programme will carry 180 credits. The annual intake of students for the new programme is estimated to fall between 40 and 50.

The students who complete the programme receive a bachelor’s degree in technology or social sciences. Based on their interests, they can continue their studies towards a master's degree in technology or social sciences, or go on to complete internships and earn a degree from a university of applied sciences. In addition to the master’s programmes offered by their own higher education institution, Tukiainen believes that the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning, which is available at Aalto University, may be an interesting option for the students.

The development of the new degree programmes continues, among others, at two workshops scheduled for this spring. Before the summer holidays, the plans will be presented to the two Faculty Councils. The Academic Board is due to decide on the establishment of the new programme next autumn.

Text: Sara Riihimäki
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