Degree Programme in Politics

The Degree Programme in Politics imparts academic capabilities and theoretically and methodologically innovative perspectives for the analysis of the complex and changing phenomena in politics. The programme conceives of politics as an extensive phenomenon. It covers various levels, from the regional and national to the European and more international level. It finds politics even outside the conventional sector in all social life and action. In addition to a scientific consistency in the research approach the programme encourages critical thinking and so a contemplation of the purpose and objectives of political action. Traineeship and internationality are in a prominent position in the programme. Those graduating from the programme will be competitive and sought after not only in state and public administration but also in citizens' organizations, media, international tasks and also in the service of companies in the field of relations to society and personnel management. Overall the programme offers a sound core of political science which is expanded in the studies offered by other degree programmes of the faculty and other course offerings responding to the man and varied challenges of our times. In the Degree Programme in Politics students first take the Bachelor's degree on a broad-based Bachelor's programme. In Master's studies the degree programme splits into studies in political science and in international politics. Students will take the direction of their choice according to choices made during Bachelor's studies. The Degree Programme in Politics is offered only in Finnish but there are available Master's programmes offered in English, for example European and Russian Studies/Cross-Border University (CPIR) and Master's Programme in Leadership for Change

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Degree Programme in Politics

  • Students will be capable of posing political questions concerning the world and of perceiving themselves as those who build and change it
  • Students will be capable of critically assessing changing fields of societal action and tasks and or analyzing the objective of various actors
  • Students will be able to collect and analyse extensive amounts of information, of producing and applying scientific and practical knowledge orally and in writing, independently and in collaboration with others.

Study Planning and Guidance

Please see the Degree Programme in Politics website for information on study practices and contact persons. For further information about the contents and requirements of the courses and modules in Politics, please contact the teacher responsible for the course unit/module in question.

For general information on studying at the University of Tampere, please see the University studies pages and the Study Guide.


Tampere University is committed to promoting justice and equality in society, to enhancing the well-being of citizens at home and abroad, and to advancing multiculturalism and sustainable development.

Part of the degree programme studies in Politics may be taken abroad on exchange programmes or locally within Master's degree programmes offered in English, coordinated by the Faculty and in co-operation with other Faculties at the University. For information on current Master's degree programmes offered in English, please see the UTA Admissions website.

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