Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management

NORDIG educates international experts who profoundly understand the dynamics of public-private collaboration and knowledge intensive professional work in the context of global trends and Nordic welfare societies.

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Degree: Master of Administrative Sciences
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018
Start date: Late August 2018
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 8000 euros per year
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What is Finland University?

Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management aims to challenge the traditional contents and sector-oriented learning approaches that are typically applied in the field of public administration and public policy. It brings together elements from social sciences and engineering, combining the strengths of soft and hard applied sciences, resulting to a spirit of solution-focused and resource-oriented entrepreneurialism, interdisciplinary and close relations to society. It provides the students a unique learning environment enabling them to come up with smart solutions and sustainable learning outcomes in the field of public administration and management, in the contexts of public-private partnership, public value creation, co-production and deliberative democracy as well as innovation systems, digitalization and smart solutions.

The programme equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come.

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Why NORDIG?

The programme gives the opportunity to study in three excellent Nordic universities. NORDIG puts a strong emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. It equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come.

Study objectives

Upon the successful completion of the program, students will acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies.

Knowledge
  • Critically assess the key challenges facing public service provision in knowledge-based societies, with a specific focus on the Nordic countries
  • Discuss the extent through which current theories, models and approaches towards public sector governance and management are adequate to solve existing problems and dilemmas
  • Compare and contrast specific public governance and managerial/leadership approaches within the Nordic countries
  • Apply key concepts emanating from the fields of public policy & management, organizational change, leadership, learning, innovation, and engineering education to real situations (case studies)
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of policy schemes, interventions and approaches in the light of theories and models from public management, organizational studies, innovation and learning.
Skills
  • Recognize and comprehend the effects of broader societal changes – digitization, urbanization, aging, etc. – in public sector reform and change
  • Reflect on the importance attributed to contextual dimensions (e.g. culture and institutions) in reform trajectories and processes of change and resistance
  • Develop and elaborate novel and innovative solutions (e.g. through design thinking) that are capable of addressing some of the challenges facing the public sector in the Nordic countries
  • Master the ability to think across disciplinary fields and/or knowledge domains
  • Grasp the importance of, and the existing mechanisms for, collaborating across multiple sectors of the economy
General competence
  • Be able to formulate precise and relevant academic research problems
  • Be able to work both as a part of a team as well as independently
  • Be able to write both an academic paper as well as policy/evaluation report
  • Be able to collaborate with and address multiple stakeholder audiences; academics, policy makers, regional actors across the public and private sectors, etc.
  • Be able to assess, interpret and critic selected domains of public policy and/or management from the perspective of public governance/management, organisational change/leadership, innovation and learning theories
  • Be able to synthesise considerable amounts of data and apply relevant methods and theories to a specific public policy domain
  • Be able to undertake independent scientific work
  • Be competent in undertaking highly sophisticated analytical tasks within the public and private sectors as well as R&D-related activities (employability)

Career opportunities

The programme equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come.

Doctoral study opportunities

This master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies in Administrative and Social sciences, for example in UTA’s Doctoral Programme of School of Management.

Applying for the programme

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria to the Master’s degree programme in Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (NORDIG) consist of two parts: the University of Tampere (UTA) general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Tampere, you must have

  • a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master’s degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
  • fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For requirements, please see Language requirements.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (NORDIG) an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of Social Sciences (eg. Administrative Sciences, Political Science, Business Administration) or other relevant field (eg. Engineering)

Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.

Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected. Even if you meet all the admission criteria, this does not guarantee your admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at the University of Tampere is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.

Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree

Your Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, you can be accepted to the programme on the condition that you send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018. If admitted, you will first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records have reached the University.

Language requirements

Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: previous studies and language tests.

1. Previous studies

The following previous studies are accepted as proof of a good command of English:

  • A Bachelor's or a two-year Master’s degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in Finland or another EU/EEA country, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees.
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  • A right to study towards a degree at the University of Tampere, University of Agder or KTH Royal Technical University in Stockholm AND the foreign language course required in all Bachelor’s degrees in these universities completed in the English language.
  • Courses (minimum of 30 ECTS) taught in English, accomplished at the University of Tampere, University of Agder or KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

2. Nordic Citizens

Applicants who have taken their pre-university education in Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or Icelandic are not required to submit an international language test score but they must provide other sufficient evidence of their English language proficiency (for example information on studies conducted in English or work experience with English as the working language).

3. Language tests

The programme accepts the following tests as proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based. Please note that scores from TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all 2017 applicants needing an international language test score to book for one well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland.

For information on how to submit a language test result, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/language-requirements.

Admission

Application period

Master's programme application period, 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018

Start date

Late August 2018

Duration

2 years

Teaching language

English

Intake

20

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of the programme is 8000 euros per academic year (non-EU/EEA students) with a scholarship-system for fee-paying students: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/fees-and-scholarships#scholarships

How to apply

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. If you apply to more than one UTA Master’s degree programme, you are requested on the application form to list the programmes you apply to in priority order. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. You must be able to support your application with enclosures related to your educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 17 January 2018.

Enclosures

You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed, complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.

If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Finnish universities collect tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English.

You are not required to pay the tuition fee if you are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen.
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland).
  • already residing in Finland on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland.

You must submit documents confirming your residence permit status with your application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.  Please note that the continuous or permanent Finnish residence permit needs to be valid during the application period, and at least until 1 August 2018. If the residence permit status changes after 1 August 2018 or during the studies, according to Finnish legislation tuition fees may be charged.

The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

  • University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees during the two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 €  annual scholarship to cover your living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Applicants apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.

For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam.

You will be assessed on the following merits:

  • academic quality and the success and the relevance of your overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the certificate provided

In addition, work experience relevant to the programme, and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.

The University may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by video, telephone or in Skype in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided on the application form. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish your motivation, and your aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish your social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

Applicants who have not yet completed a Master's degree or equivalent will be given priority in student selection.

After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

Please note that if you are admitted, complementing studies at the University of Tampere may be required depending on the content of your previous studies.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

Admissions results will be announced by 29 March 2018. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/applying/selection.html

 

Contact information

Aino Nordling
Study Coordinator
aino.nordling (at) uta.fi