Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice, M.Soc.Sc.

University of Tampere

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice, M.Soc.Sc.

University of Tampere

Apply between 1 December 2017 and 17 January 2018

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

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Will politicians advance public interest? How do lobbies affect governance? What policies will best provide collective goods? This program is designed to teach students to use economic tools to address these types of social science problems. Issues examined involve strategic behavior ranging from institution design, policy design and implementation to decision-making.

North American Studies programme in Public Choice is a quantitative social science programme. The methods used include social choice theory, game theory, and basic microeconomic intuition/analysis. Following traditional public choice theory, the program examines how and when individual self-interest among politicians, interest groups, etc. can either help or hinder the public interest in policy design and implementation. Coursework will emphasize both practical and theoretical understanding of the issues.

In addition to building quantitative skills, this program incorporates a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective. Issues addressed draw on examples from North America and Europe in terms of evaluation.

Study objectives

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Public Choice you will:

  • be able to identify, evaluate, analyze and contribute to the international academic literature
  • be able to learn and use quantitative methods from political science, economics and sociology and apply them to social science issues
  • be able to address issues that involve strategic behavior ranging from institution design, policy design and implementation and decision making by using quantitative tools
  • understand social sciences from a comparative (North America and Europe) and multidisciplinary perspective

Career opportunities

The program aims to prepare the students for postgraduate studies, independent research work as well as to develop internationally competitive qualifications for European and international institutions and organizations and for professional activity at various tasks in the society, ranging from policy positions to business positions.


Eligibility criteria to the MDP in Public Choice 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.

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 2018 (to be confirmed). Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the School office 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 School office.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Public Choice, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an area appropriate for the content of the Master's Degree Programme. A degree in a relevant field of study, e.g. Economics, Business Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Cultural Studies, English Philology is helpful but not required.

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 29, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
2 years
Full time
10,000 EUR
Jan. 17, 2018
Finland - Tampere
Start date: Aug. 2018
Application deadline Jan. 17, 2018
End date Request Info
Aug. 2018
Finland - Tampere
Application deadline Jan. 17, 2018
End date Request Info
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.