Notable rise in number of applicants to Helsinki University of Technology


Favourites include architecture, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and management, information networks, applied physics and bioinformatics

Helsinki University of Technology received a total of 3 430 first-choice applications through the 2009 joint undergraduate application procedure for higher education in technology or architecture and through the separate application procedure for the degree programme of information networks; this denoted an increase of 24% compared to the previous year.

Similarly to last year, the most popular programmes were architecture (431 applicants) mechanical engineering (320), industrial engineering and management (289), information networks (262), bioinformatics (250) and applied physics and mathematics (231). 29% of all applicants were women. The application deadline for undergraduate admissions at TKK was 30 April 2009.

The old favourites were not the only ones to benefit from the increased total number of applications to TKK. Other winners included computer science and engineering, electronics and electrical engineering, chemical technology, real estate economics and structural engineering and building technology. Only a few degree programmes were less popular than they had been last year, including automation and systems technology and forest products technology.

This was the first time that applications to Helsinki University of Technology were submitted via the national online application system of Finnish universities (YSHJ).

In addition to the principal application cycle, TKK has a separate application procedure for those successful in national competitions for upper secondary school students (e.g. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, Viksu, the annual science competition for senior secondary students organised by the Academy of Finland and the Datatähti computer science competition). A few of these application cycles are still open. Students admitted through the undergraduate application procedure gain the right to study towards a Bachelor of Science in technology and a Master of Science in technology, architecture or landscape architecture.

In all, TKK will admit 1 244 students via the joint application procedure this year. The number of those admitted on the basis of their upper secondary school grades will amount to 154, 12% of all those admitted. The grade-based admission is an option for those who will have taken either the Finnish matriculation exam or the German-language upper secondary school final exam RP (Reifeprüfung) by the spring 2009 as well as to those applicants who have passed the IB or EB diploma programme in 2008 or earlier.

The entrance exams for engineering degrees will be held on 26-27 May 2009, while those for architecture degrees will be held on 1-4 June 2009. The aptitude and source-based test included in the entrance exam for information networks will be held on 25 May 2009 and the mathematics exam for applicants to architecture on 18 May 2009. The admission decisions will be published on 3 July 2009 at 9.00. a.m.

As of 1 January 2010, TKK will become part of the new Aalto University formed by TKK, HSE and TaiK. The students admitted into TKK in July will eventually earn their degrees at Aalto University.

For additional information, please contact:

Helsinki University of Technology, Head of Unit, Milla Vaisto-Oinonen, tel. (09) 451 3933, 050 362 8880.




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