Scoring applications in the Faculty of Social Sciences
AUTUMN 2021 / SPRING 2022

Information on scoring applications in the following master's programmes of the Faculty of Social Sciences:

Master's Programme in Contemporary Societies
Master's Programme in Economics
Master's Programme in European and Nordic Studies
Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication

Check the scoring for your degree programme below.
Scoring an application

Follow these instructions, if you are applying to one of the following master's programmes:

  • Master's Programme in Contemporary Societies
  • Master's Programme in European and Nordic Studies
  • Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication

The maximum number of points is 30. You must get at least 16 points to be considered in the admission procedure. If you fail to get the required minimum points for any category under assessment, the subsequent categories will not be considered.

The categories affecting admission will be assessed in the following order:

  1. applicability of previously completed studies to the selected study track
  2. academic performance
  3. motivation letter
  4. ability to produce scientific text

If two or more applicants receive the same score, their mutual ranking will be determined on the basis of 1) the applicability of previous studies, 2) the academic performance, 3) the motivation letter and 4) the short scientific text.

Categories affecting admission

Based on the content and scope of your previous studies, the master's programme will assess the level of your knowledge and skills for pursuing studies in the master’s programme and study track for which you are applying.

The applicability of previous studies will be assessed on the following scale:

  • perfect applicability: 10 points
  • excellent applicability: 9 points
  • very good applicability: 8 points
  • good applicability: 7 points
  • fairly good applicability: 6 points
  • moderate applicability: 5 points
  • passable applicability: 4 points
  • some applicability: 3 points
  • poor applicability: 2 points
  • very little applicability: 1 point
  • no applicability: 0 points

If you receive less than 6 points for the applicability of your previous studies, other categories will not be assessed.

Your academic performance is assessed as a whole, considering performance in the applicable studies to the selected study track and the degree serving as grounds for application. If you have not completed the degree serving as grounds for application by the end of the application period, the studies completed as part of the degree up to that date will be considered when assessing your academic performance.

Your academic performance will be assessed on the following scale:

  • studies completed with a grade of 5 (or equivalent): 10 points
  • studies completed with a grade of 4 (or equivalent): 8 points
  • studies completed with a grade of 3.0 (or equivalent): 6 points
  • studies completed with a grade of under 3.0 (or equivalent): 0 points

If your previous studies are completed with a grade of under 3.0 or equivalent, your motivation letter and short scientific text will not be assessed.

Your motivation to pursue a master’s degree in the master’s programme you are applying for will be assessed with the help of your motivation letter. When assessing your motivation letter, selected study track will also be considered.

The motivation letter, composed of two parts, must be written on the application form.

1. In the first part of your motivation letter (0–3 points), you must state the following:

  • What are your expectations for the studies and their content in this master’s programme?
  • How would studies in this master’s programme supplement and broaden your previous studies and your knowledge and skills?
  • How would studies in this master’s programme support your professional and academic goals and interests?

2. In the second part of your motivation letter (0–4 points), you must

  • describe the planned topic, background and significance of your upcoming master’s thesis as well as the relevance of its topic for studies in the master’s programme.

The first part of your motivation letter must not exceed 2,000 characters in length (including spaces). The second part of your motivation letter must not exceed 2,000 characters in length (including spaces). Any text exceeding the maximum of 2,000 characters will not be taken into consideration.

If the total score for your motivation letter is less than 4 points, your short scientific text will not be assessed.

You must draw up a summary of your completed, or nearly completed, bachelor’s thesis. If you have not written a bachelor’s thesis, you can draw up a summary of another equivalent scientific text that you have written. Please note, that the text must be applicable to the field of the master’s programme.

Your ability to produce scientific text will be assessed on the following scale:

  • excellent: 3 points
  • good: 2 points
  • passable: 1 point
  • poorer than passable: 0 points

The text must be written on the application form and must not exceed 2,000 characters in length (including spaces). Any text exceeding the maximum of 2,000 characters will not be taken into consideration.

When assessing your application, the level and quality of the language of your motivation letter and scientific text will be taken into account. Your motivation letter and scientific text must be well written and coherent in content.

Language of the texts:

  • Master's Programme in Contemporary Societies: English
  • Master's Programme in European and Nordic Studies: English
  • Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication: English

Applicants can only be admitted to the programme if they meet the requirements concerning the requirements for language fluency and the proper use of language concerning the language used in the texts.

Scoring an application

Follow these instructions, if you are applying to

  • Master's Programme in Economics

The maximum number of points is 26. You must get at least 14 points to be considered in the admission procedure. If you fail to get the required minimum points for any category under assessment, the subsequent categories will not be considered.

The categories affecting admission will be assessed in the following order:

  • applicability of previously completed studies to the selcted study track
  • academic performance
  • motivation letter
  • ability to produce scientific text

If two or more applicants receive the same score, their mutual ranking will be determined on the basis of 1) the applicability of previous studies, 2) the academic performance, 3) the motivation letter and 4) the short scientific text.

Catergories affecting admission

Based on the content and scope of your previous studies, the master's programme will assess the level of your knowledge and skills for pursuing studies in the master’s programme and study track for which you are applying.

The applicability of previous studies will be assessed on the following scale:

  • perfect applicability: 10 points
  • excellent applicability: 9 points
  • very good applicability: 8 points
  • good applicability: 7 points
  • fairly good applicability: 6 points
  • moderate applicability: 5 points
  • passable applicability: 4 points
  • some applicability: 3 points
  • poor applicability: 2 points
  • very little applicability: 1 point
  • no applicability: 0 points

If you receive less than 6 points for the applicability of your previous studies, other categories will not be assessed.

Your academic performance is assessed as a whole, considering performance in the applicable studies to the selected study track and the degree serving as grounds for application. If you have not completed the degree serving as grounds for application by the end of the application period, the studies completed as part of the degree up to that date will be considered when assessing your academic performance.

Your academic performance will be assessed on the following scale:

  • studies completed with a grade of 5 (or equivalent): 10 points
  • studies completed with a grade of 4 (or equivalent): 8 points
  • studies completed with a grade of 3.0 (or equivalent): 6 points
  • studies completed with a grade of under 3.0 (or equivalent): 0 points

If your previous studies are completed with a grade of under 3.0 or equivalent, your motivation letter and short scientific text will not be assessed.

Your motivation to pursue a master’s degree in the master’s programme you are applying for will be assessed with the help of your motivation letter. When assessing your motivation letter, selected study track will also be considered.

The motivation letter must be written on the application form.

In your motivation letter (0–3 points), you must state the following:

  • What are your expectations for the studies and their content in this master’s programme and especially in the study track that you have selected?
  • How would studies in this master’s programme and especially in the selected study track supplement and broaden your previous studies and your knowledge and skills?
  • How would studies in this master’s programme and especially in the selected study track support your professional and academic goals and interests?

The motivation letter must not exceed 2,000 characters in length (including spaces). Any text exceeding the maximum of 2,000 characters will not be taken into consideration.

If the score for your motivation letter is less than 2 points, your short scientific text will not be assessed.

You must draw up a summary of your completed, or nearly completed, bachelor’s thesis. If you have not written a bachelor’s thesis, you can draw up a summary of another equivalent scientific text that you have written. Please note, that the text must be applicable to the field of the master’s programme.

Your ability to produce scientific text will be assessed on the following scale:

  • excellent: 3 points
  • good: 2 points
  • passable: 1 point
  • poorer than passable: 0 points

The text must be written on the application form and must not exceed 2,000 characters in length (including spaces). Any text exceeding the maximum of 2,000 characters will not be taken into consideration.

When assessing your application, the level and quality of the language of your motivation letter and scientific text will be taken into account. Your motivation letter and scientific text must be well written and coherent in content.

Language of the texts:

  • Master’s Programme in Economics: FinnishSwedish or English (depending on the language that you select as the language of the degree).

Applicants can only be admitted to the programme if they meet the requirements concerning the requirements for language fluency and the proper use of language concerning the language used in the texts.