Master's Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology, M.Soc.Sc.

University of Tampere

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology, M.Soc.Sc.

University of Tampere

Apply on 1 December 2016 - 13 January 2017

  • Degree: Master of Social Sciences
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Extent: 120 ECTS
  • Start date: August 2017
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year

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Master’s Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology (GTS) is a high-quality, internationally linked programme especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, cultural analysis, media, international organizations, and international development.

A unique offering in Finland, the programme integrates with world-class research being conducted at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tampere, and with other post-graduate degrees in the School’s cutting-edge framework programme on Global Society.

GTS programme provides students with the basis for making sense of globalization and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly and obviously related to events and forces outside national borders. Policies, cultural trends and organizations are now intimately and broadly inter-connected across the world. A critical understanding of these patterns and connections is the primary goal of the programme.

Covering a range of theoretical training, and focusing on sociological neo-institutionalism, the GTS programme will provide the students with a toolkit to analyze social, political and cultural forces shaping our global world. Students will learn perspectives on understanding the contemporary world, will appreciate how national policies are made, will unpack the transnational connectivity in contemporary media, and will see into the transnational relations of civil society, culture and modern religion. The degree will also offer students a cosmopolitan perspective and multi-cultural appreciation crucial for a wide span of careers today.

Study objectives

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology you will be able to:

  • comprehend what globalization is from multiple disciplinary perspectives
  • understand a range of theoretical approaches to understand global and transnational processes
  • confidently analyze global social change
  • investigate transnational elements of local policies and cultural trends
  • discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public
  • design, conduct and report academic research of the highest quality independently and in teams
  • recognize, value and work with cultural diversity
  • apply this knowledge in working life

Career opportunities

This internationally linked programme is especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, cultural analysis, media, international organisations, and international development. A primary aim of the programme is to attract high-quality students into an academic career in global and transnational studies. Therefore, the students will be closely integrated into on-going research and teaching in the area.


Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology 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. AND
  3. fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in sociology, political science or in a related discipline appropriate for the content of the MDP.

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 University by 31 July 2017. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the Univeristy 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 University.

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 21, 2017
2 years
Full time
10,000 EUR
Start date Aug. 21, 2017
Finland Tampere
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Duration 2 years
Price 10,000 EUR
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.

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