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The University has set a target schedule during which you should complete your degree. Check the remaining duration of your degree studies in WebOodi. The expiry date of the right to study is indicated also on the attendance certificate and on the transcript of studies.

Remember to register for the academic year, as neglecting to register shortens the duration of your degree. If you change your registration information in the middle of a term, the new expiry date will be updated into WebOodi on the following day. The registration status for the term as a whole depends on the status on the last date of the term in question.

If your right to study expires before you complete your studies, please read the article If your right to study expires.

Target durations of degrees

The target durations for degree studies pertain to students who received their right to complete a degree on or after 1 August 2005.

The target durations are as follows:

  • First-cycle degree (Bachelor’s): three academic years. You may complete your degree within one year of the target duration, which means that the maximum duration of your degree is four academic years.
  • First- and second-cycle degree (Bachelor’s and Master’s): total target duration is five academic years. You may complete your degrees within two years of the target duration, which means that the maximum duration is seven academic years. Exceptions to this include the degree programmes in psychology (five and a half academic years) and in veterinary medicine (six academic years).
  • Second-cycle degree (Master’s): two academic years. You may complete your degree within two years of the target duration, which means that the maximum duration of your degree is four academic years. Exceptions to this rule are the degrees of Master of Arts (Psychology) with two and a half academic years, Licentiate of Dentistry with five or five and a half academic years and Licentiate of Medicine with six academic years.

Approved absences which do not shorten the duration of the degree

The duration of degree studies does not include the following:

  • Absences due to statutory reasons, such as voluntary military or non-military service or conscription, or maternity, paternity or parental leave.
     

    • Please note that absences due to statutory reasons that begin on or after 1 August 2016 will be included in the duration of degree studies unless you register as non-attending.
       
    • However, if you later apply for an extension to your studies from the faculty, do mention such statutory reasons for your absence even if you registered as attending during the absence.
  • If your studies began prior to 1 August 2015, you are permitted other absences of a maximum of two academic years (four terms) for which you have registered as a non-attending student. The terms of absence need not be consecutive.
  • If your studies began on or after 1 August 2015, you are permitted other absences of a maximum of one academic year (two terms) for which you have registered as a non-attending student. The terms of absence need not be consecutive.