Degree awarded: Master of Arts, Master of Theology
Annual intake: 20
In the midst of the growing diversity and complexity of today’s rapidly changing world, people suffering from poverty, deprivation of legal rights, and cultural and social isolation has become a growing global concern. These issues are examples of a phenomenon termed social exclusion; a complex condition that extends beyond economic disadvantage and poverty. It is a multifaceted process through which people lose political, legal, and social agency, and through which they are stigmatized or discriminated against. Social exclusion is therefore closely linked to culture and history, how we interact and make boundaries, how we think about society, what we take to be true, and how we envision a good world.
This programme stems from the need to recognize the multidisciplinary nature of social exclusion. It takes seriously the need to provide analytical tools for critically reflecting on our social and cultural futures from a larger perspective based in the humanities, and anchored in subjects such as History, Ethics, Philosophy, The study of Religion, Gender Studies, Theology and Minority studies. The programme taps into a set of topical global issues and brings to the surface relevant factors and dimensions that underlie the process of social exclusion; values, ideas, beliefs, trends, ideologies, practices in combination with the individual and social agency, capabilities and power. The skillset provided by this programme is useful both for students seeking a career in a range of organisations and for those who are aiming for a career in research.
Applying students must provide a relevant BA in Comparative Religion, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Theology or an equivalent degree. In addition, previous studies, relevant work and organisation experience, as well as other merits and qualifications can be taken into account. Student selection is made on the basis of application documents including a motivation letter and an interview (a maximum of 40 applicants are invited for an interview by Skype or in person).
Applicants to the Master's degree programmes taught in English must always prove their knowledge of the English language. Most applicants need to prove their level of English through one of the following language tests: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic. This regardless previous studies in English. However, if applying to the Master's degree programme in Social Exclusion you have though also an alternative to let the programme assess your language skills. For language requirements, please see www.abo.fi/en/study/apply/language-requirements/
Tuition fee and scholarships
Finland has, from the beginning of 2017, introduced tuition fees for all master's programmes taught in English. The fees have been introduced for non-EU/EEA students starting their studies at an international master's programme from autumn 2017 onwards.
The tuition fees for the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Exclusion is 10 000€/ year.
For more information please see www.abo.fi/en/study/tuition-fees/
In addition studying at Åbo Akademi University requires a Student Union fee (at the moment 121 € per year). This fee provides low cost health care for students, including medical care, dental care, and mental counseling. The fee also allows students reduced prices for domestic traveling. Insurance and funds to cover your stay are required by the Migration officials.
Scholarships are available for students applying to our master's degree programmes and liable for tuition fee. There are two categories:
- Tuition Fee Scholarship, covering 100 % of the tuition fee, awarded for 2 years (second year conditional)
- Tuition Fee Scholarship, covering 50 % of the tuition fee, awarded for 2 years (second year conditional)
The decision to grant a scholarship is based on:
- the academic performance of the student in his/her previous studies,
- how well the applicant meets the programme requirements
- the answers the applicants have given in the application form
The application to our scholarships is included in online application form to our master's degree programmes.
For more information about
- the international master's degree programmes in general, tuition fees and scholarships please see https://www.abo.fi/en/study/apply/international-master-programmes/
- the Migration Officials requirements please see https://migri.fi/en/study-place
- living in Finland and Turku (cost of life, education, working), please see https://www.infopankki.fi/en/frontpage
For further information regarding the application processes please contact email@example.com, questions regarding specifically the programme can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply?
For more information on the application requirements and procedures, tuition fee and scholarships, please see www.abo.fi/en/study/apply/international-master-programmes/