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Master's Degree Programmes

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a variety of Master's Degree Programmes both in Finnish and in English. On these pages you can find information on the programmes in English. For more information on programmes in Finnish, please see

Global Society framework

The Global Society framework combines five international programmes within the Faculty of Social Sciences:

In addition, as a the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Health Sciences merged in January 2017 to form the Faculty of Social Sciences, cooperation is being developed with the Master's Degree Programme in Public and Global Health. 

A major aim of the Global Society framework is to help the Faculty to coordinate its teaching resources more effectively. This coordination will benefit all programmes within the framework since they have – in addition to their specific perspectives and contents – overlapping themes and competences to be taught. The framework will also enable a more functional use of programme coordination and planning of resources.

The Global Society framework also adds to the international teaching profile of the Faculty, helping both regular Finnish students and short term exchange students to find research based high quality study modules that reflect the strengths of the Faculty. By yearly bringing in some 35-40 international degree students, the Global Society framework thus builds a stronger international study environment.

Additionally, the framework also enables ongoing research projects and centres within the Faculty to reach a top class masters student population and consequently, help the Faculty to make better use of its research as a resource for teaching. The themes and contents taught in different programmes within the Global Society framework build on the internationally recognized strengths of the School’s research and on existing and emerging strategic partnership in both teaching and research.

Finally, the Global Society framework will bring the teachers involved in international master’s education into a new kind of institutional framework where curriculum development, student admission and programme marketing can be executed at a new level. The framework will help the Faculty to identify and disseminate good practices in international teaching. Each individual programme within the Global Society framework has its own curriculum work group and the framework itself has a Board that meets regularly. The Board members are the following:

  • Liisa Häikiö, Professor, Vice-Dean, MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO)
  • Pertti Alasuutari, Professor, MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology (GTS)
  • Marko Lehti,Senior Research Fellow, MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (Peace)
  • Katri Sieberg, Professor, MDP in Public Choice
  • Johanna Kantola, Professor, MDP in Gender Studies
  • Leena Wilkman, Head of Study Affairs
  • Eveliina Permi, Coordinator of International Education
  • Anna Vähämäki, Coordinator of International Education
  • student members from all programmes

Next application round will be in December 2017 - January 2018. Programmes open for application:


See for more information on applying.

Previous Master's degree programmes in English

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