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Technical Communications Programme, 40 ECTS


The Technical Communications Programme is an optional study module in the Master’s degree. Technical communication is a multidisciplinary field, including areas such as rhetoric, linguistics, psychology, graphic design and usability research. Technical communication refers to the process of designing, creating and transmitting technical information in various formats to different target groups.

The programme familiarizes the students with the academic and professional characteristics and trends in technical communication, focusing on information design. The courses cover writing technical documentation in Finnish and English with a consideration for usability and visualisation, programming for technical communicators, and structured documentation with an emphasis on DITA and authoring tools commonly used in the industry. In the programme, students attain a strong expertise in designing and evaluating technical documentation, using appropriate tools and processes. After completing the programme, they will also be able to name the core concepts within technical communication and to build the skills required for postgraduate studies.

The programme is carried out in close cooperation with companies: forms of cooperation include lecturing, internships, visits to companies and MA theses written to serve the needs of companies. There is also close cooperation with the Finnish Technical Communications Society (STVY), which promotes the interests of the profession and provides training for its members.

The Technical Communications Programme is targeted at students who are registered at the University of Tampere and who have completed basic and subject studies in the Degree Programme in English Language, Literature and Translation or have comparable studies. Priority is given to those who have completed their Bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 20 students are selected to the programme by separate application every other spring, and the actual programme takes one year (TECHS1-TECHS8). In addition, students may write their Master’s thesis on technical communication during the second year (TECHS9). The majority of the courses are held in Finnish.


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Technical Communications Programme

TECHS7 Internship, 5 ECTS
TECHS8 Book Examination, 5 ECTS
TECHS9 MA Thesis Seminar, 5 ECTS
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies