Knowledge on society. Expertise on policy. Competence in research
A joint approach by three European universities to contemporary societies and social issues.
The Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO) provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe and facilitates understanding the social policy and welfare issues in global, national and local contexts. In this programme, you are able to develop skills for understanding and analysing the development of societies and for engaging with sustainable welfare and policy solutions.
Our graduates work around the world for national and local governments, private companies, non-governmental organisations, and academia. During the studies, you will learn the dynamics of social policy in countries that represent different welfare models and may choose a specialisation based on your interest in some area of social policy. You will concentrate on comparative designs and practise qualitative and quantitative policy analysis. As a part of the studies, you may improve your future employment prospects by gaining work experience as a trainee or doing voluntary work for three months.
COSOPO combines contact teaching with online learning. You will get experience from three European universities during intensive periods of teaching and may flexibly plan your schedule during the academic year. As a COSOPO student, you will be a member of a student community that extends beyond Tampere to Linz and Vilnius. COSOPO is jointly organised by Tampere University (Finland), Johannes Kepler University (Austria) and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania).
Students of the COSOPO programme will gain knowledge and understanding of comparative and interdisciplinary welfare and social policy research. The programme also offers an excellent opportunity for intercultural communication and learning by combining contact teaching with online learning.
Upon completing the programme, students will be able to:
- understand the European dimension of social policy and welfare.
- engage in an open and critical examination in the fields of social policy and welfare.
- use and accomplish research in the fields of social policy and welfare in the countries representing different welfare models.
- meet the different professional demands in the fields of social policy, welfare, social and welfare statistics, social security systems, labour policy, poverty, gender etc.
- discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public.
- develop, complete and present scientific papers.
The Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO) is jointly organised by three European universities: Tampere University (Finland), Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria) and Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania).
The COSOPO programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe. It is based on the strong research tradition on social policy and welfare in social sciences at Tampere University, Johannes Kepler University and Mykolas Romeris University. The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of social policy and welfare in Europe. The programme focuses, for example, on the dynamics of social policy in the countries representing different welfare models and on analysing different fields of social policies from various perspectives. During the programme, students will learn about comparative designs, and about the methodology of qualitative and quantitative policy studies.
The programme aims at improving students' academic credentials and in enhancing their career prospects as highly qualified analysts and applied researchers in national, European and international organisations. Graduates are expected to work in the areas of welfare management and social policy development and they will be able to apply their skills in creating, developing and evaluating social programmes and projects.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The COSOPO programme gives eligibility for postgraduate studies in social sciences.
Tuition fees and scholarships
The tuition fee for the programme is 10,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:
- an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
- already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.
Tampere University Scholarships Programme is intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. A substantial number of scholarships will be available. With the help of the scholarship programme, Tampere University provides excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.
When filling in your application form for a Master’s degree programme, you have the possibility to indicate your wish to apply for a scholarship. The decision on the granted scholarship will be communicated to you together with information on admission.
Program taught in: