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Global and Transnational Sociology, Social Science Research

Tampere University

Analyse policies. Understand change. Master the world.

High-quality research into the policy and cultural complexities of globalisation. Global and Transnational Sociology (GTS) is especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, media, international organisations, and international development.


Master's degree (University)

Degree earned

Master of Social Sciences

Planned duration

2 years

Extent of studies

120 ECTS



Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens

10000 € per academic year

Link to scholarship programme

Global and Transnational Sociology (GTS) 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 Global and Transnational Sociology. With a special emphasis on sociological neo-institutionalism, GTS 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. They integrate with world-class research being conducted at the Tampere research group for Cultural and Political Sociology (TCuPS), and with other specialisations within the Master’s Programme in Global Society. Global and Transnational Sociology provides our graduates a unique insight into the construction of major global trends, preparing them for incisive interventions in today’s globally connected world.

Master’s Programme in Social Science Research focuses on the contemporary issues and problems of governance, conflicts and policy in the globalizing world/society. The programme consists of the following academically independent specialisations with distinct study profiles: