University of Jyväskylä

Cultural Policy, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Very good student-teacher ratio enables intensive education within a close and well-functioning supervision and feedback system. Through its wide and long-lasting networks, the Unit of Cultural Policy at the University of Jyväskylä plays a vital role in the ongoing evolution of cultural policy research, and in the global cultural policy research community. Within the programme students can also specialise in Finnish cultural policy and complete part of their studies in Finnish.

Students gain expertise and become professionals in cultural policy research, and the national and international fields of NGOs and policy-making. A successful completion of the programme results in a Master’s Degree in social sciences and qualifies graduates for doctoral-level studies.

Career opportunities

A unique interdisciplinary programme opens up the roads to the manifold, creative and growing cultural labor markets. The graduates work as professional in arts and cultural policy associations, education. Research institutions and administration in Finland, Europe and worldwide. Typical job titles include but are not limited to planner, coordinator, adviser, researcher, and manager.

Postgraduate study opportunities

A successful completion of the Cultural Policy programme at University of Jyväskylä results in a Master of Social Sciences degree, and it qualifies graduates for doctoral-level studies. There is a separate application process (twice a year) for the Doctoral Programme in Cultural Policy. The Doctoral Programme in Cultural Policy leads to the Degree of Doctor of Social Sciences (PhD). Central themes in our research include

  • Cultural economy and creative labor
  • Cultural diversity and sustainability
  • Media and communication
  • Institutionalisation and transformations
  • Actors, instruments and impacts
  • Theoretical approaches

Programme Structure

The Master’s Degree Programme in Cultural Policy is a two-year, multidisciplinary programme (120 ECTS). The programme presents a variety of courses, which give students tools to study and explore critical issues relating to cultural policy and social sciences. Studies in the programme consist of three types of courses: core courses, optional courses and thesis studies including Master’s thesis. The optional courses are compiled into specialization clusters (15–25 ECTS), that include

  • Finnish and Nordic cultural policy and the relations between welfare systems and culture
  • International cultural policy and global cultural citizenship
  • Creative economy, organizations and changing cultural labor markets
  • Regional and local cultural policies
  • History and present of cultural policy as part of the civilizing social policies of the nation states
  • Theoretical and methodological perspectives.

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Cultural Policy instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops, reading circles, independent readings, essays and other written assignments, and book exams. The courses are instructed by the staff of Cultural Policy, visiting professors and other international guest lecturers.

During their first year of study, students participate in an intensive programme of lecture courses and seminars with the objective to execute all the compulsory courses. The Master’s Thesis Seminar I starts in the autumn semester of the first year. The master’s thesis involves independent research carried out under supervision. The second year of study focuses on writing the thesis and specializing in the selected questions of cultural policy. An optional internship can also be included in the studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field completed by according to the timetable of University of Jyväskylä. Suitable degrees include a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent in social science or relevant humanities discipline.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Arts degree or a degree from a University of Applied Science may be required to complete additional studies in social sciences as part of their degree.

  • Outstanding academic record and potential for post-graduate (doctoral) studies
  • Proven interest in the field of development and international cooperation and possible relevant research, work and/or voluntary experience
  • Reasons for applying, i.e. motivation

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 8000 International

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.


The University does not have any scholarship programmes for international degree students.

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