University of Helsinki

Contemporary Societies, MSSc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

Contemporary Societies (COS) from University of Helsinki is a two-year programme. The programme includes studies in your study track (Sociology; Social and Public Policy; Social Psychology; Social and Cultural Anthropology; Development Studies) and thematic studies. 

The thematic pathways highlight the strengths of research at the University of Helsinki and its methodological expertise. As a student here you can include courses from all pathways in your optional studies. The teaching in the COS programme is organised so that you can acquire expertise and skills relevant for working life as well as qualifications for doctoral studies. The unique context offered by the COS programme helps you to develop versatile expertise. The programme design allows you to build your individual portfolio according to your interests and career plans. 

During your first year in the programme you will study in your study track and take COS thematic and  research skills courses. You will also begin your work towards your Master’s thesis. The second year consists of further thematic studies, attending thesis seminars and writing your thesis.

The home of the COS programme is the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki, in the heart of Helsinki and the City Centre Campus. The city campus, with 21,000 students, is situated near many potential workplaces: ministries, important public institutions, NGO headquarters and the Faculties of Education, Law, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Theology.

Ca­reer pro­spects

As a graduate of COS with a Master’s in Social Science (MSocSc) you will have built your portfolio with courses that provide solid expertise in your field of study and reflect your personal interests and career goals. You will be qualified to work in both the public and private sectors, in governmental administration or in various types of organisations. Making use of the unusually broad range of courses available, you will also have acquired excellent qualifications to continue with an academic career and PhD studies.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises COS thematic studies, research skills courses, studies in a study track including a thesis seminar and a Master's thesis. In addition, it is possible for you to complete some studies of your own choice.

The compulsory studies in a thematic pathway are specific to different study tracks as follows:
  • Ethnic Relations and Migration: Sociology and Social Psychology
  • Mind and Society: Sociology and Social Psychology  
  • Socio-Cultural Shifts: Social and Cultural Anthropology; Development Studies
  • Sources of Inequalities: Social and Public Policy, Sociology and Development Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You may apply if:
  • You have completed by 31 July a first cycle or second cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad. 
  • You have completed the studies required for Master’s programme by 12 January.
  • You demonstrate your proficiency in English in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision.
  • Required documents:
    • Official photocopy of the degree certificate / diploma.
    • Official transcript of studies.
    • Authorised translations into English, Finnish or Swedish.
    • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish  residence permit card.
    • Letter of motivation as part of online application form.
    • Summary of the Bachelor's Thesis or, if not applicable, a summary of other equivalent academic work.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      13000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      Free
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Helsinki

    910 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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