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Degree programme

Nordic Master's Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management

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International experts facilitating societal co-operation and innovation

NORDIG offers a unique learning environment enabling students to create smart solutions and obtain sustainable learning outcomes in the field of public administration and management.

NORDIG’s curriculum adds a truly Nordic dimension to studies on public administration and public policy. The students will study at three Nordic universities: Tampere University, University of Agder (Norway) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). The students will be equipped with knowledge on public administration, management, innovations, and the dynamics of learning organisations. As a part of their studies, students will do a project in the OpenLab environment at KTH. NORDIG educates international experts who profoundly understand

  • the dynamics of public-private partnerships and knowledge-intensive professional work
  • public interests and values as well as the impact of public services and policies on citizens, organisations and the society at large
  • complex networks, service production, and value chains.

These skills and competence are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors, such as the blurring of the boundaries between the two, the pressure to swiftly respond to societal demands, and the enormous socio-economic and political challenges European societies will face in the years to come.

Degree earned

Master of Administrative Sciences

Type

Master's degree

Planned duration

2 years

Extent of studies

120 ECTS credits

City

Tampere

Campus

Central Campus

Form of learning

Daytime teaching

Tuition fee

8 000 €

Study objectives

Upon the successful completion of the programme, students will acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies.

Knowledge
- Critically assess the key challenges facing public service provision in knowledge-based societies, with a specific focus on the Nordic countries
- Discuss the extent to which current theories, models and approaches to public sector governance and management are adequate to solve existing problems and dilemmas
- Compare and contrast specific public governance and managerial/leadership approaches within the Nordic countries
- Apply key concepts emerging from the fields of public policy and management, organisational change, leadership, learning, innovation, and engineering education to real situations (case studies)
- Evaluate the effectiveness of policy schemes, interventions and approaches in the light of theories and models from public management, organisational studies, innovation and learning

Skills
- Recognise and comprehend the effects of broader societal changes – digitisation, urbanisation, aging, etc. – in public sector reform and change
- Reflect on the importance attributed to contextual dimensions (e.g. culture and institutions) in reform trajectories and processes of change and resistance
- Develop and elaborate novel and innovative solutions (e.g. through design thinking) that are capable of addressing some of the challenges facing the public sector in the Nordic countries
- Master the ability to think across disciplinary fields and/or knowledge domains
- Grasp the importance of, and the existing mechanisms for, collaborating across multiple sectors of the economy

General competence
- Ability to formulate precise and relevant academic research problems
- Ability to work both as a part of a team as well as independently
- Ability to write both academic papers and policy/evaluation reports
- Ability to collaborate with and address multiple stakeholder audiences; academics, policy makers, regional actors across the public and private sectors, etc.
- Ability to assess, interpret and critique selected domains of public policy and/or management from the perspective of public governance/management, organisational change/leadership, innovation and learning theories
- Ability to synthesise considerable amounts of data and apply relevant methods and theories to a specific public policy domain
- Ability to undertake independent scientific work
- Ability to undertake highly sophisticated analytical tasks within the public and private sectors as well as R&D-related activities (employability)

More about the language of instruction

The language of the programme is English.

Study contents

Nordic Master's Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management aims to challenge the traditional contents and sector-oriented learning approaches that are typically applied in the field of public administration and public policy. It brings together elements from social sciences and engineering, combining the strengths of soft and hard applied sciences, resulting in a spirit of solution-focused and resource-oriented entrepreneurialism, interdisciplinarity and close relations to society. It offers students a unique learning environment enabling them to come up with smart solutions and sustainable learning outcomes in the field of public administration and management, in the contexts of public-private partnership, public value creation, co-production and deliberative democracy as well as innovation systems, digitalisation and smart solutions.

The programme equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure to respond swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in the years to come.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 8 000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students. For more information, please see Tuition Fees and Scholarships.

Career opportunities

The programme equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure to respond swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in the years to come.

Postgraduate study opportunities

This Master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies in Administrative and Social sciences, for example in TUNI’s Doctoral Programme of the Faculty of Management.

Nordic Master's Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management

I‌ntake

A maximum of 20 students are admitted into the programme.

Admission procedure

Student admission to study programme

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission 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.

You will be assessed on the following merits:

  • academic quality and the success and the relevance of your overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the certificate provided

In addition, work experience relevant to the programme, and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.

After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

Students admitted to a Master's degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.

Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master’s degree programme in Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (NORDIG) 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

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have

  1. 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
  2. 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

To be eligible to apply to the Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (NORDIG), an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of Social Sciences (e.g. Administrative Sciences, Political Science, Business Administration) or other relevant field (e.g. Engineering).

Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the programme only for well-founded reasons.

Applicants who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected. Even if you meet all the eligibility criteria, this does not guarantee your admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at Tampere University is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.

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.

1. Language tests

The minimum English language test result requirements:

IELTS Academic

TOEFL

PTE Academic

CAE/CPE

6,5

iBT: 92

paper-based: 580

62

C1 Advanced/CAE: C
C2 Proficiency/CPE: Level C1

2. Previous studies

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 Nordic Master programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management also the following previous studies are accepted as proof of a good command of English:

  • A right to study towards a degree at the University of Tampere, University of Agder or KTH Royal Technical University in Stockholm AND the foreign language course required in all Bachelor’s degrees in these universities completed in the English language.
  • Courses (minimum of 25 ECTS) taught in English, accomplished at the University of Tampere, University of Agder or KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

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.

3. Nordic citizens

Applicants who have taken their pre-university education in Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or Icelandic are not required to submit an international language test score but they must provide other sufficient evidence of their English language proficiency (for example information on studies conducted in English or work experience with English as the working language).

More information on language requirements.

How to apply

Application step-by-step

  1. Check the admission criteria
  2. Start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. If required book a time for the language test
  4. Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application
  5. 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.
  6. Wait for the admission results
  7. Accept the offer of admission by the given deadline
  8. Pay the tuition fee, if required
  9. 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 too 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.

Application documents

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).

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.

Enclosures

Required enclosures

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 following 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.

Nordic Master programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management 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.