Nordic Master's Degree Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management

Tampere Universities

Program Description

Nordic Master's Degree Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management

Tampere Universities

International experts facilitating societal co-operation and innovation

NORDIG offers a unique learning environment enabling students to create smart solutions and obtain sustainable learning outcomes in the field of public administration and management.

NORDIG’s curriculum adds a truly Nordic dimension to studies on public administration and public policy. The students will study at three Nordic universities: Tampere University, University of Agder (Norway) and KTH Royal Technological Institute (Sweden). The students will be equipped with knowledge of public administration, management, innovations, and the dynamics of learning organisations. As a part of their studies, students will do a project in the OpenLab environment at KTH. NORDIG educates international experts who profoundly understand

  • the dynamics of public-private partnerships and knowledge-intensive professional work,
  • public interests and values as well as the impact of public services and policies on citizens, organisations and the society at large,
  • complex networks, service production, and value chains.

These skills and competence are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors, such as the blurring of the boundaries between the two, the pressure to swiftly respond to societal demands, and the enormous socio-economic and political challenges European societies will face in the years to come.


Study objectives

Upon the successful completion of the programme, students will acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies.

Knowledge

  • Critically assess the key challenges facing public service provision in knowledge-based societies, with a specific focus on the Nordic countries
  • Discuss the extent to which current theories, models and approaches to public sector governance and management are adequate to solve existing problems and dilemmas
  • Compare and contrast specific public governance and managerial/leadership approaches within the Nordic countries
  • Apply key concepts emerging from the fields of public policy and management, organisational change, leadership, learning, innovation, and engineering education to real situations (case studies)
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of policy schemes, interventions and approaches in the light of theories and models from public management, organisational studies, innovation and learning

Skills

  • Recognise and comprehend the effects of broader societal changes – digitisation, urbanisation, ageing, etc. – in public sector reform and change
  • Reflect on the importance attributed to contextual dimensions (e.g. culture and institutions) in reform trajectories and processes of change and resistance
  • Develop and elaborate novel and innovative solutions (e.g. through design thinking) that are capable of addressing some of the challenges facing the public sector in the Nordic countries
  • Master the ability to think across disciplinary fields and/or knowledge domains
  • Grasp the importance of, and the existing mechanisms for, collaborating across multiple sectors of the economy

General competence

  • Ability to formulate precise and relevant academic research problems
  • Ability to work both as a part of a team as well as independently
  • Ability to write both academic papers and policy/evaluation reports
  • Ability to collaborate with and address multiple stakeholder audiences; academics, policy makers, regional actors across the public and private sectors, etc.
  • Ability to assess, interpret and critique selected domains of public policy and/or management from the perspective of public governance/management, organisational change/leadership, innovation and learning theories
  • Ability to synthesise considerable amounts of data and apply relevant methods and theories to a specific public policy domain
  • Ability to undertake independent scientific work
  • Ability to undertake highly sophisticated analytical tasks within the public and private sectors as well as R&D-related activities (employability)


Study contents

Nordic Master's 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, interdisciplinarity and close relations to society. It offers students 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, digitalisation and smart solutions.

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 to respond swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in the years to come.


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 to respond swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in the years to come.


Postgraduate 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 TUNI’s Doctoral Programme of the School of Management.


Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee for the programme is 8,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Scholarships

Tampere University Scholarships Programme is intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. A substantial number of scholarships will be available. With the help of the scholarship programme, Tampere University provides excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.

When filling in your application form for a Master’s degree programme, you have the possibility to indicate your wish to apply for a scholarship. The decision on the granted scholarship will be communicated to you together with information on admission.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 3, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
8,000 EUR
per academic year for non-EU/EEA students.
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Finland - Tampere
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