Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (Master of Administrative Sciences)

University of Tampere

Program Description

Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (Master of Administrative Sciences)

University of Tampere

Apply between 1 December 2017 and 17 January 2018

  • Degree: Master of Administrative Sciences
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Extent: 120 ECTS
  • Start date: August 2018
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 8000 euros per year

Read more about Scholarships The programme builds on Nordic research excellence in public administration, innovations and services. The programme brings together the teachers, students and regional partners in an innovative learning environment to challenge the current societal problems and practices. Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management aims to challenge the traditional contents and sector-oriented learning approaches that are typically applied in the field of public administration and public policy. It brings together elements from social sciences and engineering, combining the strengths of soft and hard applied sciences, resulting in a spirit of solution-focused and resource-oriented entrepreneurialism, interdisciplinary and close relations to society. It provides the students with a unique learning environment enabling them to come up with smart solutions and sustainable learning outcomes in the field of public administration and management, in the contexts of public-private partnership, public value creation, co-production and deliberative democracy as well as innovation systems, digitalization and smart solutions. Programme is organized jointly by University of Tampere (Finland), University of Agder (Norway) and Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Why NORDIG?

The programme gives the opportunity to study in three excellent Nordic universities. NORDIG puts a strong emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. It equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come.

Study objectives

The programme educates students to understand public interests and values and the impacts of public services and policies on citizens, organisations and society at large. The curriculum adds a truly Nordic dimension through studies on public administration and public policy across the whole of the Nordic region. The graduates will be equipped with generic and domain-specific competencies needed in the labour market and post-graduate studies. Graduates will have adequate knowledge of the philosophy of the social sciences and theories of public and innovation policy, public administration, organisational studies and management in order to qualify them to enrol on PhD programmes in public administration and to be able to obtain and utilise the latest academic knowledge from the respective fields. In addition, graduates will develop their managerial skills in order to manage teams and projects – as well as their own learning and knowledge – and to coordinate and develop service systems and value chains both within and across organisational settings. Their adaptive leadership skills will be developed in conjunction with basic training in inter-cultural communication, learning and negotiation skills. The attitudes supported in the programme build on Nordic public values such as transparency, efficiency, equality and fairness, and focus on innovation, openness, problem-solving, partnership networks and global responsibility. The domain-specific competencies of the programme are derived from the Nordic tradition in public administration and management, in combination with novel (pragmatic) insights from the extended network composed of non-degree providing partners. The most important domain-specific competencies attained in the programme include understanding the following:

  • the complexities associated with the policy process;
  • the specificity of the public domain as an operating environment;
  • structures and operating principles of knowledge-intensive innovation systems;
  • the management of public processes, organisations and service systems;
  • public leadership.

The generic competencies of the programme highlight the importance of lifelong learning and the ability to work together with experts from different disciplinary, professional and cultural backgrounds. The programme puts a strong emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. A pragmatic epistemological approach is one of its cross-cutting themes. One semester is dedicated to critical issues related to learning, creativity and communication, which are practised hands-on in the interdisciplinary context of KTH’s Open Lab. The core aim is to identify and address the so-called ‘wicked problems’ (for which no simple solutions exist) and, in turn, utilize the theoretical knowledge and available technological solutions to solve a multiplicity of societal problems associated with public governance and service provision. Nevertheless, the programmes research-intensive in nature and thus puts a special emphasis on methodological aspects, such as academic writing skills and data-gathering.

Career opportunities

The programme equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come.

Doctoral study opportunities

This master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies in Administrative and Social sciences, for example in UTA’s Doctoral Programme of Faculty of Management.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria to the Master’s degree programme in Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (NORDIG) consist of two parts: the University of Tampere (UTA) general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Tampere, you must have

  • a completed university-level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master’s degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
  • fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For requirements

Language requirements Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: previous studies and language tests.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (NORDIG) an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of Social Sciences (eg. Administrative Sciences, Political Science, Business Administration) or another relevant field (eg. Engineering)

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

Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected. Even if you meet all the admission criteria, this does not guarantee your admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at the University of Tampere is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.

Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree

Your Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, you can be accepted to the programme on the condition that you send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018. If admitted, you will first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records have reached the University.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 1, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
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2 years
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8,000 EUR
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