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Social Science Research - Global and Transnational Sociology

Tampere University
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2021
Tampere University

Program description

Social Science Research - Global and Transnational Sociology

The program 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 program. With a special emphasis on sociological neo-institutionalism, the GTS program 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 program 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 program on Global Society. The GTS program provides our graduates a unique insight into the construction of major global trends, preparing them for incisive interventions in today’s globally connected world.

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Admission requirements

General eligibility

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

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • from relevant field for the Master’s degree program that you’re applying to
    • from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Master’s program 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 program.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

General studies

  • Finnish Elementary Course 1
  • Orientation and personal study planning
  • Scientific Writing

Studies on Global Society

Research Methods

  • Qualitative Research Methods and Comparative Research Design
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Comparative Research Design
  • Statistical Analysis for social science

Studies from the Global Society framework

  • Human Mobility in Peace and Conflict Research
  • Transnational Dimensions of Conflicts
  • Comparative Genocide(s)
  • Everyday Lives between Conflict and Peace: Empirical Evidences from the former Soviet Area
  • Beyond the Liberal Peace: Contested Normative Principles of Global Ordering in the Age of Crisis
  • Gender, War and Peacebuilding
  • Theatre for Peace
  • Making sense of globalization - Theorizing beyond the nation-state
  • World society: National policies, global governance and transnational sociology
  • Media and Globalization
  • Social Constructionism
  • Gendered and sexualized society
  • Feminist Classics
  • Feminist Theory
  • Feminist Methodology
  • Gender Equality as Work
  • Gender and Public Policy in Turbulent Times
  • Game Theory
  • Experimental Methods
  • Statistical Analysis for social science
  • Government and Society
  • Spatial Regression Analysis and Spatial Econometrics
  • Islamism
  • Global health policy and dynamics influencing health
  • Health, environment and sustainable development
  • Health systems
  • Migration and Health
  • Health in disasters, conflicts and complex human emergencies
  • Global Responsibility
  • Genders and sexualities
  • Innovation for sustainability

Elective studies

  • Internship
  • Global Society mini-projects - TCuPS Research Seminar

Advanced Studies in Global and Transnational Sociology

  • Making sense of globalization - Theorizing beyond the nation-state
  • World society: National policies, global governance and transnational sociology
  • Media and Globalization
  • Social Constructionism
  • Transnational Governance
  • Master's thesis seminar and Master's Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Social Sciences degree (120 ECTS).

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the program, 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

Career opportunities

This internationally linked program 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 program 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.

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Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere

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