Master's Degree in Humanities in Turku in Finland

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A Masters degree is an academic degree awarded to individuals who successfully denote a higher level of expertise. There are two main types of Masters - taught and research.

Humanities is a concentration that focuses on what being human means to different people as well as the unique incidents that human beings experience in their lifetime. Studying humanities typically includes learning about philosophy, art, music, and language in order to gain a deeper picture of humankind. 

The formal higher education system of Finland is the 7-3-2-2 pattern. The university takes two years in vocational or technical education and finally two-year pre-tertiary education. Finland also has several public as well as private universities that have enabled accessibility of higher education to students.

With a history that goes back to the 13th century, Turku city is located at the mouth of the Aura River in the southwest coast of Finland. It has a population of over 100,000 inhabitants. This city has several polytechnics and 4 university campuses.

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Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies

University of Turku
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Turku

The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, combining social sciences and arts and humanities. [+]

Masters in Humanities in Turku in Finland. Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies Get advanced and interdisciplinary training in the field of gender studies! The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, combining social sciences and arts and humanities. You will gain competence on gender policies and politics, and acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, production of power and knowledge. This Programme is a great choice especially for students who wish to pursue a career in research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions. Also, organisations in private and public sector as well as non-governmental organisations and civil society are possible career paths. The Programme is organised in co-operation with the University of Tampere. PROGRAMME IN BRIEF Academic excellence & experience The multidisciplinary Master’s degree in gender studies provides you with advanced training in the field of gender studies. The Programme is aimed at both Finnish and international students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans. It is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between social sciences and arts and humanities. You will get to address the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. The curriculum incorporates local, cross-cultural and transnational emphases. It will encourage you to develop innovative, intersectional and interdisciplinary ways of expanding knowledge about gender and sexuality in global, local and historical contexts. The degree engages the wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives associated with gender studies: feminist studies queer studies transgender studies sexuality studies race and ethnicity studies disability studies area and global studies cultural studies postcolonial and transnational studies The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will give you competence on gender policies and politics. You will also acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, and the production of power and knowledge. These competences include the use of gender as an analytic category and a critical perspective on crucial questions within science, politics, art and culture, and social issues. Joint programme The scope and extent of this Programme is unique. As a joint degree co-operation of two universities, the University of Turku and the University of Tampere, it combines two special research and teaching profiles of gender studies. This guarantees a wide, interdisciplinary expertise. At the University of Turku, the Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is organised in the Faculty of Humanities. Students also have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by the other programmes within the University. The main research areas are: academic feminism research on affects new materialism trans studies At the University of Tampere, the Programme is a part of the Global Society framework of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Within this framework, students have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by other programmes. In addition, a network of gender researchers organises regular research seminars. The key research and teaching themes are gender and embodiment gendering practices in changing society the local and global orders of knowledge production on gender, nature and environment ecological choices in everyday life; lesbian and queer studies new materialism affective inequalities in intimate relationships Master's thesis & topics In the Master’s thesis the student must prove their ability to do scientific work and manage research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill of scientific writing. Examples of thesis topics are: Transforming bodies, wandering desires: intra-actions of gender and sexuality in non-heterosexual transgender embodiment Feminist Gerontology: A study on the gender of aging women Child’s Play: A gender-aware perspective on nursery school life CAREER OPTIONS Competence description Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will provide you with a high-quality and extensive expertise on issues related to gender, sexuality, gender equality and equal opportunities in society. In the Programme, you learn: to analyse how gender and sexuality organise social structures, cultural practices, human interaction and people’s identities to apply feminist conceptualisations and research approaches to formulate relevant research problems to promote gender equality and human rights in various kinds of jobs and tasks to generate new knowledge and to work for gendered and sexualised equality in society skills for critically examining power relations in connection to marginalised or oppressed groups You acquire the following practical skills: collecting and using various kinds of research data presenting your analysis textually and orally in a scientific way justifying your analytical choices analytical thinking and problem solving skills written and oral communication skills collaborative work skills and organisational skills Job options This Programme is a great option especially for students who wish to pursue a career in national and international research national and international politics equal opportunities policies human rights institutions and organisations in private and public sectors as well as in non-governmental organisations and civil society arts, writing and media careers Graduates’ knowledge of power relations and social justice issues prepares them for government and jurisprudence positions. Due to the interdisciplinarity of the Programme, the graduates will be well prepared for research career. Working life connections are realised by inviting visiting lecturers to the courses, for example, from Finnish, Nordic and European governmental and non-governmental organisations. Students will also be encouraged to complete an internship during the Programme. The internship is optional but can be included in the degree. Career in research You will be closely integrated into on-going research in the area. The Programme provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General degree requirements Applying students must provide a completed university level Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the field of gender studies. The decision for admission will be based on: the relevance of the applicant’s previous degree(s) the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s) relevant work experience other merits and qualifications language test result (see Language requirements) motivation letter expressing the motivation to study specifically in this programme Language Requirements The applicants are required to have a very good knowledge of English. Additional knowledge of at least one language of the region is advantageous. Applicants are required to prove their knowledge of English in one of the following ways accepted by the Faculty of Humanities: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree conducted in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree conducted in an English language programme in EU/EEA countries including studies in English language One of the following language tests. In the University of Turku, the minimum scores to be approved are: TOEFL: 575 points from the paper-based test, 92 points from the internet-based test, no individual scores below 20 (i.e. Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) IELTS Academic: the minimum overall band score is 6.5 and no individual scores below 6.0 (i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) The Pearson Test of English Academic, PTE Academic, minimum score 62, and no subtest score under 54 (i.e. Communication Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): pass grades A, B or C The Certificate In Advanced English (CAE): pass grades A, B or C The test for the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in English set by the Finnish National Board of Education: minimum score 5 for each part No other language tests or statements of the applicant’s language skills will be accepted. Language tests taken more than two years prior to application deadline will not be accepted. When filling out the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in University Admissions Finland’s Institution Code 3138 in the Score Report Recipient field. Score slips or their copies provided by applicants are not accepted. For other tests, please address the test results to University Admissions Finland. An applicant’s copy of the score is also acceptable, as long as it is verifiable from the test organisers. Test scores sent as attachments to an e-mail message are not acceptable. HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY The application period for the Programme is biennially around the turn of the year. The studies start in the following August-September. There is only one intake every two years and studies can be started only in the following autumn. The application period for for studies starting in September 2017 is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam. Please read carefully all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements before applying. Make sure that you fulfil both the admission and language requirements before applying. Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal ( Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies, University of Turku. STEP 1. Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 13 January 2016 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2). When filling in the application form, be prepared to: write a motivation letter describe the grading scale used at your institution at the time of your studies. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks appearing on your transcript of records and their relation to each other. You should also provide a link to an official website where this information can be verified. (In many cases this information is already included in the transcript of records.) STEP 2. Collect the required application documents. STEP 3. Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline: An officially certified copy of the original degree certificate in the original language Diploma Supplement from European institutions of higher education An officially certified copy of the English translation of the degree certificate An officially certified original transcript of study records (in the original language) and a translation in English Certificate of English language skills (see Language requirements) Please see the country specific requirements for certifying the copies and submitting the documents. Address of the University Admissions Finland: University Admissions Finland Unioninkatu 40 C FI-00170 Helsinki FINLAND Applications arriving after the application deadline are not considered. Postmark dates on the applications will not be taken into account; the applications must arrive at the University Admissions Finland before the above deadline. In addition to submitting officially attested copies of educational certificates, the admitted applicant will have to show their original educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of study records) at the Faculty of Humanities in order to be able to register with the University after arrival in Finland. Additional information The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is a co-operation between the University of Turku and the University of Tampere. An applicant is allowed to apply to both or either of the universities within the Programme. If an applicant applies to both universities, the applicant’s preference for home university must be indicated in the application form. Biennially, 5 students are admitted to the Programme in the University of Turku. All students are required to start at the beginning of the autumn term, and there is no separate admission for the spring term. Because of the limited admission quota, possession of the degree requirements does not guarantee admission. Only those applicants who have attained a high level of academic performance in their previous studies will be admitted. Students graduating after the application deadline may apply on the condition that the following attachements are submitted: a temporary (provisional) degree certificate issued by the educational institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree (the student has graduated), OR a statement of the institution that the degree will be completed by the given date (July 15), and a transcript of studies a translation of the document in English In case of admittance, an official and certified copy of the degree certificate or a temporary (provisional) degree certificate issued by the institution must be received by the Faculty of Humanities by 15 July 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland). Address: Faculty of Humanities, FI – 20014 University of Turku Finland, (Visiting address: Koskenniemenkatu 4). The general and country specific requirements concerning the way of certifying and submitting the documents must be followed also after the expiry of the application period. In general, the application documents required as officially certified copies must bear the official stamp and signature of an authorised university official from the degree awarding institution or a notary public. All translations must be made by an authorised translator. If copies of translations are submitted, those must also be officially certified. The following document is optional and does not affect the application in any way. It is simply asked for identification purposes when handling the applicant’s documents, which sometimes contain the applicant’s name in different forms: Copy of information page of the passport or identification card containing the applicant’s name, date of birth and photo. During the application round, a secondary/high school certificate may be requested from the applicant, if this is necessary for determining the length of the applicant’s previous education (this concerns degrees from a minority of countries). An applicant should enroll to a language test early enough, e.g., 1-2 months before a test day. This is important because the test results are needed at the end of the application period and tests might be full for a late applicant. Application documents will not be returned to the applicant nor is it possible to apply with the same submitted documents in later application periods. Applications sent by e-mail or fax are not accepted. Incomplete applications will not be processed. ©City of Turku and University of Turku Communications [-]