Master's Degree Programme in Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State


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Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State

The Master’s Degree Programme in Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State is a cross-disciplinary, international study programme. It is located in the INVEST Research Flagship Centre at the Department of Social Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, and utilises its world-class social and behavioural scientists for educating students. This makes the programme unique both in Finland as well as in Europe at large.


During the studies, the students are expected to acquire profound understanding of the key socioeconomic and demographic changes in societies linked with social inequalities and shown in meso-and micro level interaction, the role of welfares state institutions and services in compensating and/or enforcing them in different country contexts, and high level quantitative methodological skills for analysing data on such issues.

The extent of the M.Soc.Sci. degree programme is 120 ECTS credit units and the completion time of the programme is two years. The degree will be compiled of both major studies in the degree programme and minor studies in other programmes and a Master’s thesis. The students will be linked with the research groups of the flagship research Centre. The language of tuition is English.

More information about INVEST – Inequalities, Interventions, and New Welfare State Flagship Project of the Finnish Academy

Programme Structure

The first year of studies will mainly consist of methods and substantive courses together with the initial development of the thesis idea and proposal. Second year studies will centre on thematic seminars and the thesis in the first semester and will also include work-life competences, and internship and exchange studies in the second semester. The topics of the theses will be provided by the research groups and the theses will be supervised by the research group members.

Job Options

The MPINVEST programme educates research and public administration professionals for analysing social inequalities and welfare state institutions as well as developing new policies and intervention methods to reduce disadvantages and improve wellbeing and skill development of children and youth.

Entry Requirements

General Admission Requirements

General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if:

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.

Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests.

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

Last updated November 2019

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