Analyse policies. Understand change. Master the world.
The programme provides students with the basis for making sense of globalisation and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly related to events and forces outside national borders.
Political processes, cultural trends and organisations are inter-connected across the world. A critical understanding of these patterns and connections is the primary goal of the programme. With a special emphasis on sociological neo-institutionalism, the GTS Programme offers the students a toolkit to analyse the social, political and cultural forces shaping our global world. The degree also develops the students’ cosmopolitan perspective crucial for a wide span of careers today.
The studies are research-intensive. The programme integrates with world-class research being conducted at the Tampere Research Group on Cultural and Political Sociology, and with other postgraduate degrees in the Faculty’s cutting-edge Framework Programme on Global Society. The GTS programme provides our graduates a unique insight into the construction of major global trends, preparing them for incisive interventions in today’s globally connected world.
Extent of studies
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens
Upon completing the programme, students will be able to:
- comprehend what globalisation is from multiple disciplinary perspectives
- understand a range of theoretical approaches to understand global and transnational processes
- confidently analyse global social change
- investigate transnational elements of local policies and cultural trends
- discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public
- design, conduct and report academic research of the highest quality independently and in teams
- recognise, value and work with cultural diversity
- apply this knowledge in working life
More about the language of instruction
The language of instruction is English.
The programme aims to provide students with the basis to critically analyse globalisation and transnational connections in the contemporary world. Covering a range of theoretical training, and focusing on recent neo-institutionalist approaches, the programme offers students a toolkit to analyse the social, political and cultural forces that are shaping our global world. Students will learn perspectives of understanding the contemporary world, will appreciate how national policies are made, will unpack the transnational connectivity in contemporary media, and will see into the transnational relations of civil society, culture and modern religion. The degree will also offer students the cosmopolitan and multi-cultural perspective that is crucial for many careers.
Structure of studies
For more information, please see the Curriculum.
This internationally linked programme is especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, cultural analysis, media, international organisations, and international development. The primary aim of the programme is to attract high-quality students into an academic career in global and transnational studies. Therefore, the students will be closely integrated into on-going research and teaching in the field.
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.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected.
General eligibility criteria:
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s programme at Tampere University, you must have
- a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master's degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
- a good command of English for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility to university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
Programme-specific eligibility criteria:
Each Master's programme can define more detailed eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements of the applicant's previous education. These criteria will be decided and published yearly for the following application round.
To be eligible to apply to the Master’s programme in Global and Transnational Sociology, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in sociology, political science or in a related discipline appropriate for the content of the programme.
Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all eligible applicants can be admitted.
Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree
You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree if the degree will be completed and you are able to send an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and final transcript of records by post by the given deadline (around end of July, exact date to be given later). In this case, you can be admitted to a Master's programme conditionally. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.
Language skill requirements
You must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.
English language tests
The minimum English language test result requirements:
C1 Advanced/CAE: C
In all Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed certain studies.
In the Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you completed your secondary education and/or have taken a higher education degree in English in Finland or other EU/EEA country, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States. You must have resided in the country while studying.
In the Master's programme in Global and Transnational Sociology, also the following studies exempt you from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories. Please choose the one you feel is most appropriate.
- A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend that you take a language test to indicate your proficiency in English.
A maximum of 10 students are admitted into the programme.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official eligibility criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee on the basis of the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.
How to apply
- Check the admission criteria
- Start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- If required book a time for the language test
- Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application
- Send the officially certified copies of your educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office by 30 January 2019. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results
- Accept the offer of admission by the given deadline
- Pay the tuition fee, if required
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Application process in detail
Select the Master's degree programme you wish to apply to. Carefully read through the general eligibility criteria and programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. Applicants who do not meet the general and programme-specific eligiblity criteria will not be selected.
Check which application documents you are required to submit and make sure to obtain them in time. Remember to check if there are any country-specific requirements for your documents. Please note that some documents may be required to be sent separately by a third party. Make sure also these documents are delivered in time.
When applying to the Master’s programmes you usually must demonstrate your proficiency in English with an internationally recognised academic language test report. We advise all 2019 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach Tampere University.
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts 4 December 2018 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends 23 January 2019 at 3 pm (GMT+2).
Some application enclosures are the same in all Tampere University Master’s programmes while some are programme-specific. There are seven Tampere University general application enclosures.
You will need to upload all application documents online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading the application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. You must send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 30 January 2019.
You can find the list of the required enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
Please give the name, organisation, position and contact information including e-mail address for two academic/professional persons who can provide recommendations. If needed, we may contact them.
Master's programme in Global and Transnational Sociology only requires the Tampere University general application enclosures, there are no programme-specific enclosures.
Country-specific requirements for application documents
Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Note that the degree awarding country may be a different one from the country where the studies are taken. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for attesting documents.
More information on the country-specific requirements for educational documents.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced by early April 2019. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.
Please see Tampere University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure.