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Degree programme, curriculum year 2023–2024

Master's Programme in Leadership for Change, 120 cr

Tampere University
Learning outcomes


  • Comprehending the key challenges of leading societal change processes from the perspectives of business, governance and politics

  • Interpreting leadership dilemmas in relation to current theories, models and approaches in one’s field of study

  • Applying key concepts emanating from the fields of business, governance and politics to societal challenges


  • Grasping the importance of, and recognising the existing mechanisms for, collaborating across multiple sectors of the society 

  • Mastering the ability to communicate and think across disciplinary fields and/or knowledge domains 

  • Recognising and comprehending the effects of broad societal changes in interdisciplinary settings

General competence 

  • Understanding scientific thinking and reasoning, formulating precise and relevant academic research problems, and undertake independent scientific work 

  • Collaborating in diverse groups and with multiple stakeholder audiences based on sound scientific practice, ethical values, and by using the knowledge gained

  • Assessing, interpreting and critiquing practices of leadership across the realms of business, governance and politics

  • Being able to actively discuss and participate in change processes and promote sustainable development in society 

Content description

New kinds of leadership skills are in demand at local, national, international and global levels. The challenges societies face have increased in complexity. Environmental and energy problems, the dynamics of global security, management of regional crises, provision of cost-effective public services and development of fertile grounds for entrepreneurship and business development are all systemic in nature. This means that various institutions and civic society actors must work together, negotiate and agree on the new ways of doing things.

The Master's Degree Programme in Leadership for Change enables developing the kind of knowledge and expertise that is needed to explain and understand complex phenomena, become a visionary leader, and to change the world. Leadership is understood as a capability to deal with change. Major changes require joint efforts of the government, private companies and other institutions. We bring together the perspectives of business and management from the private sector, the understanding about institutions and governance from the public administration as well as the knowledge of international relations and political processes from the area of politics.

The Faculty of Management and Business at the Tampere University provides a unique setting for studying multifaceted leadership dynamics. The Faculty offers high-quality academic research and teaching in the fields of business, public administration and politics - and this programme focuses on the intersection of these fields. The aim of the programme is to provide the student with a unique understanding of these different fields with a specific focus on leading the dynamics of societal change processes.

The programme prepares the graduates to work in private, public or the third sector in tasks that involve analysing, planning and steering complex change processes which unfold at local, national, international and global levels. Students learn to carry out academic research on these phenomena, and acquire skills required for a potential academic career.

Academic years
2021–2022, 2022–2023, 2023–2024, 2024–2025
Degree titles
Master of Administrative Sciences
Master of Social Sciences
Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)
120 cr
Degree programme type
Master's Degree
Language of instruction
City centre campus
732101 Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Business Economics
733201 Master of Social Sciences, Political Sciences
733301 Master of Administrative Sciences, Administrative Sciences
Fields of study
  • Business, Administration and Law
  • Social Sciences
Persons responsible
Responsible teacher:
Malla Mattila