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 between 1 December 2017 and 17 January 2018

  • Degree: Master of Arts
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Extent: 120 ECTS
  • Start date: August 2018
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year

Read more about Scholarships 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. The focus of the programme 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 programme is built on the foundation of the strong research and teaching tradition in cultural studies at the University of Tampere.

Study objectives

After completing the Master's degree programme in Cultural Studies, you will be able to

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

Career opportunities

The programme supports the students in building and strengthening the required competencies in the changing environment of cultural production as well as the academia. Cultural Studies programme provides expertise for careers in which an understanding of contemporary culture is required. These include media industries, journalism, cultural management and education. Because of the flexibility of its understanding of culture, it also makes movement across such fields possible.


Eligibility criteria to the Master's degree programmes 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

  1. a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject
  2. fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Master's degree programme in Cultural Studies, an applicant must have

  • 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
  • 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.

Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected. Even if you meet all the admission criteria, this does not guarantee your admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at the University of Tampere is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.

Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree

Your Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, you can be accepted to the programme on the condition that you send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018. If admitted, you will first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records have reached the University.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 2, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
2 years
Full time
10,000 EUR
Finland - Tampere
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Fees will be collected from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.