The School of Social Sciences and Humanities (YKY) focuses on the study of the relationship between society and the individual – and the changing nature of this relationship. YKY is the meeting point of the University’s strong research in social sciences and the humanities.
YKY offers Bachelor's, Master's, Licentiate and Doctoral degrees in the social sciences, humanities and psychology, and specialist training in social work and psychology.
Our strengths include our interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programmes, well-profiled Master’s degree programmes and academically ambitious postgraduate studies. Thanks to the broad range of studies, our graduates find employment opportunities in diverse positions within both the public and private sector. In psychology, social work and logopedics, a graduate degree provides the professional qualifications required by Finnish legislation to practice the profession. In psychology and social work, students can also take specialist training leading to a Licentiate degree.
YKY offers six degree programmes:
Degree education in sociology, social policy and social work is also available at the University’s Pori Unit.
YKY offers four doctoral programmes:
The Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences covers music studies, sociology, social anthropology, social policy, social psychology, social work, gender studies, and peace and conflict research.
YKY generates socially relevant and internationally significant research in the social sciences and culture.
On the whole, research at YKY emphasises health and the social sciences, as these are the University’s chief research interests. Viewpoints and methods from the social sciences underpin all research at YKY, but in several of our key research fields – working life, family, and professional practices, etc. – research also focuses on health and well-being.
Basic research is conducted by our faculty members and in projects. YKY is also home to several well-established research centres.