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M.Soc.Sc Global Society – Comparative Social Policy and Welfare

The Global Society – Comparative Social Policy and Welfare program at Tampere University provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe and facilitates understanding social policy and welfare issues in global, national and local contexts.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: TBA
Tuition Fee: € 10,000/year
Location: Central Campus, Tampere, Finland

In this Global Society – Comparative Social Policy and Welfare program at Tampere University, you are able to develop skills for understanding and analysing the development of societies and for engaging with sustainable welfare and policy solutions.

Our graduates work around the world for national and local governments, private companies, non-governmental organisations, and academia. During the studies, you will learn the dynamics of social policy in countries that represent different welfare models and may choose a specialisation based on your interest in some area of social policy. You will concentrate on comparative designs and practise qualitative and quantitative policy analysis. As a part of the studies, you may improve your future employment prospects by gaining work experience as a trainee or doing voluntary work for three months.

Study Content

  • The COSOPO programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe. It is based on the strong research tradition on social policy and welfare in social sciences at Tampere University and Johannes Kepler University Linz.
  • The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of social policy and welfare in Europe. The programme focuses, for example, on the dynamics of social policy in the countries representing different welfare models and on analysing different fields of social policies from various perspectives.
  • During the programme, students will learn about comparative designs, and about methodology on qualitative and quantitative policy studies.

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Career Prospects

The programme aims at improving students’ academic credentials and in enhancing their career prospects as highly qualified analysts and applied researchers in national, European and international organisations. Graduates are expected to work in the areas of welfare management and social policy development and they will be able to apply their skills in creating, developing and evaluating social programmes and projects.

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