Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice, M.Soc.Sc.

University of Tampere

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice, M.Soc.Sc.

University of Tampere

Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016

  • Coordinating school: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Duration: two academic years
  • Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits
  • Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018
  • Specialization: Quantitative Research, North American Studies

Will politicians advance public interest? How do lobbies affect governance? What policies will best provide collective goods? This program is designed to teach students to use economic tools to address these types of social science problems. Issues examined involve strategic behavior ranging from institution design, policy design and implementation, and decision-making.

North American Studies programme in Public Choice is a quantitative social science programme. The methods used include social choice theory, game theory, and basic microeconomic intuition/analysis. Following traditional public choice theory, the program examines how and when individual self-interest among politicians, interest groups, etc. can either help or hinder the public interest in policy design and implementation. Coursework will emphasize both practical and theoretical understanding of the issues.

In addition to building quantitative skills, this program incorporates a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective. Issues addressed draw on examples from North America and Europe in terms of evaluation.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Public Choice 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 AND
  • 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 Public Choice, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an area appropriate for the content of the Master's Degree Programme. A degree in a relevant field of study, e.g. Economics, Business Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Cultural Studies, English Philology is helpful but not required.

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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