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Master's Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology

Master’s Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Studies is a high-quality, internationally linked programme especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, cultural analysis, media, international organizations, and international development. A unique offering in Finland, the MDP integrates with world-class research being conducted at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tampere, and with other post-graduate degrees in the School’s cutting-edge framework programme on Global Society.

The MDP aims to provide students with the basis for making sense of globalization and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly and obviously related to events and forces outside national borders. Policies, cultural trends and organizations are now intimately and broadly inter-connected across the world. A critical understanding of these patterns and connections is the primary goal of the MDP. Covering a range of theoretical training, and focusing on sociological neo-institutionalism, the MDP will provide the students with a toolkit to analyze social, political and cultural forces shaping our global world. Students will learn perspectives on 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 a cosmopolitan perspective and multi-cultural appreciation crucial for a wide span of careers today.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the programme, students will be able to:
• comprehend what globalization is from multiple disciplinary perspectives
• understand a range of theoretical approaches to understand global and transnational processes
• confidently analyze 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
• recognize, value and work with cultural diversity
• apply this knowledge in working life

Working Life Connections

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. A 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 area. Students will also be encouraged to complete an internship period during the programme. The internship is optional but can be included to the degree.


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.

The theme and content of the Master's Programme in Global and Transnational studies is international as such and most of the courses of the programme belong to the Internationalization Module. However, internationalization is strenghtened also by, for example, engaging visiting lecturers from partner universities in the teaching as well as giving the students the possibility to complete Erasmus work practice or exchange period during their studies. Students can also include language studies to their degree and they are encouraged to act as international student tutors.

Faculty of Social Sciences