Master in Education and Globalisation

University of Oulu

Program Description
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Master in Education and Globalisation

University of Oulu

Master in Education and Globalisation


Next application period 15th December 2016 to 25th of January 2017.

MA in Education and Globalisation is a full-time two-year international Master's programme. Students major in educational sciences. The central aim of the programme is to develop quality in education and to equip students to exercise socially responsible leadership in complex and diverse societies. The programme emphasises North-South-East-West dialogue and includes studies in international education, interculturalism, globalisation and their effects on various sectors of education.

The programme focuses on ethics, policy, planning, curriculum, evaluation and comparative research in education. It aims to develop the appropriate competencies and knowledge needed in planning, evaluation, research and development tasks in education and related fields in the midst of societal changes, both on the local and global levels.

Programme Outline

The curriculum includes the full programme structure and all the course descriptions with learning outcomes.

The students major in Educational Sciences. The programme also includes a minor subject and an internship period which can be implemented in Finland or internationally in a variety of different settings such as intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organisations or educational institutions. One third of the programme involves acquiring research tools, conducting research and writing a Master’s thesis in a collaborative and multicultural research environment.

Members of our teaching team come from various backgrounds and all of them have a lot of international experience. In addition to the lecturers from the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu, there will be experts from various educational and other institutions, both from Finland and abroad, teaching in the programme. Studies offer students the latest research and professional knowledge in the area of education.

Studies also include visits to different institutions in order to provide examples of good practice, and opportunities to combine theory and practice as the EdGlo students are required to carry out an internship period. Over the years our students have been working in a variety of organisations in Finland and abroad.

After completing the programme, students are awarded a Master of Arts (Education) degree which enables them to continue their academic studies at doctoral level. This degree does not constitute a formal teaching qualification.

Master of Arts (Education)

Compulsory Language, Communication and Orientation Studies
5 ECTS credits

  • Orientation to the Finnish culture and educational system 3 ECTS
  • Students with mother tongue other than Finnish: Introduction to the Finnish language 2 ECTS; Students with Finnish as their mother tongue: Language studies 2 ECTS (depending on previous studies): Second official language, Swedish or Other language studies

Compulsory Advanced Studies in Educational Sciences
80 ECTS credits

Compulsory Minor Subject Studies
25 ECTS credits

  • Studies in Education: minor subject 'Education in Transition' 25 ECTS or other minor studies 25 ECTS

Compulsory Elective Studies
10 ECTS credits

  • Freely selected by students, 10 ECTS

Students can select their minor subject on the basis of their previous studies, thesis topic or personal interest. Students with no background in Education must select 'Education in Transition' as their minor subject.

Total for the degree is 120 ECTS credits

EdGlo Students and Alumni

Over the years (2006-2015) we have had 170 students from 56 different countries. Please, read the EdGlo student stories to get an idea of what it feels like to study in a multicultural student group and live in Oulu.

Find out more about EdGlo students and alumni in Statistics (2015) and our webpages for current students. You can find us also on Facebook: edglounioulu and on Twitter: EdGloUniOulu.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of the programme will be able to

  • make informed and ethical decisions in complex and diverse education environments in local and global contexts
  • relate and work ethically and productively in partnership with diverse individuals, groups, families, communities
  • show cross-cultural competence, seeing linguistic/cultural/ethnic/gender difference as a source of learning
  • introduce multiple perspectives into their professional activities and research and engage with different knowledges/cultures in ethical ways
  • use information technology to enhance teaching and research in informed and critical ways
  • produce and use research that is robust and relevant to national and international debates in education
  • exercise leadership in the field of policy, planning and evaluation in educational contexts

Future Career Opportunities

The professional foundations of the programme are related to tasks in research, planning, administration and teaching in the field of education, and also tasks in different organizations offering consultation and guidance.

EdGlo graduates are competent to work in national and international contexts in the public, private and civil society sectors, in occupations such as:

  • project leaders
  • coordinators
  • educational consultants
  • evaluators
  • researchers
  • teachers
  • administrators

EdGlo studies include opportunities to combine theory and practice as the students are required to carry out an internship period. Over the years our students have been working in a variety of organisations in Finland and abroad.


Research group closely connected to EdGlo is Education, Diversity, Globalisation and Ethics (EDGE).

Programme Admissions

EdGlo Programme Specific Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent higher education degree; preference will be given to the applicants with a background in education/social sciences.

  • Applicants with a background in other academic fields (e.g. humanities, languages, international relations, economics etc.) are eligible to apply as well.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a Finnish Polytechnic (university of applied sciences) are eligible to apply as well.

Language Requirements

English language proficiency

  • All teaching will be in English and therefore English language proficiency is required of all students.
  • The level of English language will be assessed during the interview in the second stage of the student selection.

EdGlo Programme Selection Process

The selection process comprises two stages:

  • Stage I: written applications
  • Stage II: interviews

Stage I: Written applications
A written application includes:

  1. completed, printed and signed online application form
  2. necessary attachments (please, see Admissions Package 2017 for details)
  3. two reference letters (sent in sealed envelopes with the application package by the applicant)

Stage II: Interview
Applicants selected for an interview will be informed latest onThursday 24 March 2017 by email. The interviews will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 5-7 April 2017. If unable to attend the interview in person, applicants residing outside Finland will be interviewed via telephone/skype. The telephone/skype interviews will be recorded and recordings may be used at a later stage in cases of uncertain identity.

EdGlo Programme Detailed Selection Criteria

Stage I: Written applications (max. 18 points)
The written applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. The level and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree (0-6 points)
  2. The quality of the applicant's Personal Statement* (0-6 points)
  3. The quality of the applicant's Research Intent* (0-6 points)

*Personal Statement and Research Intent are included in the online application form.

A maximum of 60 applicants will be selected to take part in the second stage (interview) on the basis of the above mentioned criteria.

The references and the CV do not accumulate points. Their purpose is to provide background information for the interviews.

Stage II: Interview (max. 10 points)
The final selection is carried on the basis of the interview in English. (0-10 points). In order to be selected for the programme, applicants must obtain at least 5 points from the interview.

There will be 20 students selected to the Master's programme according to the points from the interview. If two or more applicants score the same number of points, their order shall be determined on the basis of the relevance and the level of the applicant's overall study record in the Bachelor's degree.

The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish the applicant's aptitude for educational work, ability to discuss the content areas of the programme, motivation and the relevance of their research topic. The applicant’s social and language skills will be ascertained during the interview. The time reserved for interviewing each applicant is about half an hour.

EdGlo Programme Student Selection

After stage I the applicants selected for an interview will be informed by email.

After stage II the final results of the selection will be published.

The names of the admitted students (and those admitted to the waiting list) will be posted on the notice boards of the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu. Those admitted as students and those put on the waiting list will also be notified of the results by e-mail.

An applicant is entitled to be given details of how the comparative index was calculated in his/her particular case. The Faculty office will respond to any inquiries on the results. Any appeals shall be delivered in writing to the Board of Examiners and sent to the Registry Office within 14 days from the publication of the results.

Please note that any information given on this website document that is erroneous or changed at a later date cannot be accepted as grounds for an appeal.

Please note

  • Please, familiarise yourself carefully with the prerequisites and the selection criteria of the EdGlo programme before starting your application process!
  • All copies must be officially certified (legalised), i.e. they must bear the stamp and signature of an official entitled to attest documents: a notary public, a commissioner of oaths or an authorised university official from the university which granted the original certificate, etc.
  • The University of Oulu does not attest any documents or photocopies.
  • There are some country-specific requirements for certificates and transcripts.
  • Applications and attachments will not be returned.
  • Applications sent via email or fax will not be considered.
  • Late applications will not be processed.
  • Any form of deceit (e.g. plagiarism, fake documents) will result in rejection of the application.
  • Students admitted to the University in 2012 or later may be requested to provide an extract from the criminal records for the assessment of their ability to study. Such an extract may be requested only from students whose studies include practical training or other activities involving work with minors. The extract will be requested before the beginning of the practical training or other activity.

If you have technical questions concerning the online Application Form:
Please contact the University Admissions Finland:

  • by e-mail: info(at)
  • by tel. +358 (0)2941 23528, Mon-Fri 12am-4pm (GMT+2).

Telephone service is available ONLY during the application period.
University Admissions office does NOT have visiting hours.

Reference Form

Referees should use the University of Oulu reference form. The reference is returned to the applicant in a sealed envelope.

University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme 2017-2018

Connected with the renewal of university strategy, the increased importance of internationalization and the introduction of tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens, the University of Oulu has assigned a significant amount of money for tuition scholarships for 2017 entry. The scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The tuition fee waiver awarded covers 100 % of the full tuition fee. Applicants can apply for the tuition scholarship as part of the admissions process.

University of Oulu Scholarship Scheme in more detail

The University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme (IM Scholarship) provides scholarships to academically talented international students. The scholarship is aimed at students studying for a Master’s degree in the University of Oulu two-year International Master’s programmes. The scholarship covers the full international tuition fee. University of Oulu IM Scholarships do not cover living costs.

In order to retain the scholarship in the following year of study, a student must have completed 55 ECTS by the end of the previous academic year. If a student does not achieve this requirement during the first year of studies, they will be liable to pay the full international tuition fee for the second year if they wish to complete their Master’s degree programme. An exception to this rule can be made if a student has been granted approved leave from studies (e.g. due to serious illness).

Eligibility Requirements to Apply for International Master’s Scholarship

Applicants are eligible to apply for a University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-18, if they are:

  • Non-EU/EEA* citizens who do not have a permanent residence permit in Finland.

(Applicants not eligible for the International Master’s Scholarship are: 1) non-EU/EEA citizens who have a permanent residence permit in Finland, 2) EU/EEA citizens or comparable persons, 3) University of Oulu students who have been accepted to study BEFORE the academic year 2017-18.)

  • Eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Oulu for academic year 2017 – 18.
    • The applicant has obtained their first academic degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) from a recognised institution of higher education.
    • The applicant proves a high level of proficiency in English language. Approved methods of demonstrating language proficiency.

Applicants who are in their last term/semester of studies for their first academic degree during the application period, can apply for the scholarship. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of study placement for a Master’s programme will receive a conditional scholarship offer.

The scholarship application will be processed in the selection procedure only if the applicant meets the admissions criteria.

*European Union / European Economic Area member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. With the EU legislation, Switzerland is also comparable for EU member states.

The nature of residence permit is indicated in the residence permit with a letter. A permanent residence permit bears the letter P or A and an EC residence permit for third-country nationals with long-term EC resident status bears the letters P-EY.

Application for International Master’s Scholarship 2017-18

There is no separate application system for the International Master’s Scholarship. All applicants for University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes need to complete the Student Application Form. Those applicants who are applying for the University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship have to additionally complete the “Application for Scholarship,” section which can be found at the end of the Student Application Form. The International Master’s Scholarship application section cannot be completed and/or submitted without the Student Application Form.

The application period for the University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes and International Master’s Scholarships is 15.12.2016-25.1.2017

Selection criteria for University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-2018

Admissions and scholarships decisions will be taken at the same time. Those students successful in obtaining an International Master’s Scholarship will be notified at the same time as their offer of admission to their International Master’s programme is confirmed. The selection criteria for the University of Oulu IM Scholarship are based on previous academic performance and academic potential.

For questions concerning the University of Oulu IM Scholarship, please contact admissions.officer(a)

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Last updated October 21, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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13,000 EUR
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(for non-EU/EEA students, see Scholarships and Fees)