Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies, M.A.

University of Tampere

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies, M.A.

University of Tampere

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016

  • Coordinated by: School of Communication, Media and Theatre
  • Duration: two academic years
  • Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits
  • Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018

The aim of the Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies is to develop understanding of culture as a dimension of all human practices that produces and defines social realities. The degree program introduces students to contemporary key issues in cultural studies and develops analytical and critical skills in analyzing current cultural phenomena.

The multidisciplinary degree is taught by specialists from fields of cultural studies, media studies, music studies and theatre studies. The degree offers an alternative approach to contemporary cultural practices with an emphasis on mobility, transnationalism, performativity and cultural action.

The focus of the degree is in contemporary socio-cultural realities. It explores a world in which different forms of mobilities, crossings of customary borders (e.g. between nation states, economy, politics and culture or forms of expression) and new hybrids produce new cultural articulations and practices.

The degree offers a comprehensive overview of current and emergent cultural realities and theories as well as practical tools for analyzing present-day cultural phenomena. During the programme students are continuously challenged to develop their thinking, writing and project management skills in co-operative, pedagogical and creative ways.

After completing the Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies, the student

  • is able to understand the nature of current cultural work
  • is able to identify and use key theoretical perspectives to conceptualize culture and cultural processes
  • is able to make justified and ethical choices in her/his professional activities
  • can give fluent presentations and arguments on particular research area, collect material and analyse it independently and critically
  • can operate in a group and can argue and report on the basis of systematic research
  • have established a competence to continue studies for a Ph.D.

Cultural studies is a contemporary discipline that approaches social-cultural practices from different angles and strengthens students’ theoretical and methodological skills as experts in interpretation of different kinds of cultural phenomena. These skills are relevant when working in media or in related industries, in the fields of cultural policy and management or in education. The degree also enables students to pursue a career in research, whether inside or outside academia. The degree is designed as international and welcomes students both from outside or inside of the EU.


Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Cultural Studies consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a Master’s programme at UTA, an applicant must have

  • a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject
  • fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies.
  • The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the School office by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the School office.

Programme specific eligibility criteria:

To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Cultural Studies, an applicant must have

a) a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in cultural studies, film and media studies, music studies, theatre studies, sociology or in a closely related field. If the degree is from a different field, it must include a sufficient amount of studies in closely related subject


b) Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied Sciences in the field of the desired to the programme or in a closely related subject and minimum of 25 ECTS of university-level studies

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 12, 2015
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