Knowledge on society. Expertise on policy. Competence in research.
The Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO) provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe and facilitates understanding social policy and welfare issues in global, national and local contexts. In this programme, you are able to develop skills for understanding and analysing the development of societies and for engaging with sustainable welfare and policy solutions.
Our graduates work around the world for national and local governments, private companies, non-governmental organisations, and academia. During the studies, you will learn the dynamics of social policy in countries that represent different welfare models and may choose a specialisation based on your interest in some area of social policy. You will concentrate on comparative designs and practise qualitative and quantitative policy analysis. As a part of the studies, you may improve your future employment prospects by gaining work experience as a trainee or doing voluntary work for three months.
COSOPO combines contact teaching with online learning. You will get experience from three European universities during intensive periods of teaching and may flexibly plan your schedule during the academic year. As a COSOPO student, you will be a member of a student community that extends beyond Tampere to Linz and Vilnius. COSOPO is jointly organised by Tampere University (Finland), Johannes Kepler University (Austria) and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania).
Extent of studies
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens
Students of the COSOPO programme will gain knowledge and understanding of comparative and interdisciplinary welfare and social policy research. The programme also offers an excellent opportunity for intercultural communication and learning by combining contact teaching with online learning.
Upon completing the programme, students will be able to:
- understand the European dimension of social policy and welfare
- engage in an open and critical examination in the fields of social policy and welfare
- use and accomplish research in the fields of social policy and welfare in the countries representing different welfare models
- meet the different professional demands in the fields of social policy, welfare, social and welfare statistics, social security systems, labour policy, poverty, gender etc.
- discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public
- develop, complete and present scientific papers
More about the language of instruction
The languge of the programme is English.
The Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO) is jointly organised by three European universities: Tampere University (Finland), Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria) and Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania).
The COSOPO programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe. It is based on the strong research tradition on social policy and welfare in social sciences at Tampere University, Johannes Kepler University and Mykolas Romeris University. The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of social policy and welfare in Europe. The programme focuses, for example, on the dynamics of social policy in the countries representing different welfare models and on analysing different fields of social policies from various perspectives. During the programme, students will learn about comparative designs, and about methodology on qualitative and quantitative policy studies.
Structure of studies
For more information, please see the Curriculum.
The programme aims at improving students' academic credentials and in enhancing their career prospects as highly qualified analysts and applied researchers in national, European and international organisations. Graduates are expected to work in the areas of welfare management and social policy development and they will be able to apply their skills in creating, developing and evaluating social programmes and projects.
Co-operation with other parties
In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The COSOPO programme gives eligibility for postgraduate studies in social sciences.