Study right to be awarded
If you are admitted, you have been granted the right to pursue the degree of Master of Social Sciences in the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Societies.
You must select your study track (Anthropology, Development Studies, Social Psychology, Sociology, or Social and Public Policy) already at the application stage when completing your application form.
The Master’s Programme in Contemporary Societies can admit a total maximum of 32 students, with a maximum of 5 students admitted to the Study Track in Anthropology, a maximum of 5 students to the Study Track in Development Studies, a maximum of 6 students to the Study Track in Social Psychology, a maximum of 9 students to the Study Track in Sociology and a maximum of 7 students to the Study Track in Social and Public Policy.
If the maximum number of students per study track is not filled, the Master’s programme may, within the resources available, admit additional students from the other study track of the programme so that the total maximum number of admissions is filled.
Minimum criteria for admission
You may be admitted if
- You meet the specified eligibility requirements
- You demonstrate your eligibility within the specified deadline
- You submit the application and the required attachments within the specified deadline
Further information on eligibility requirements can be found in the section entitled “Eligibility”. Further information on submitting the required attachments can be found in the section entitled “Required attachments”.
If you do not meet the minimum criteria for admission listed above, you cannot be admitted. If you meet the minimum requirements for admission, your success in the selection process will be influenced by the evaluation of your academic performance; the focus will be on the amount, quality and grades of completed studies that are applicable to the programme.
You must have completed at least a first cycle degree and a sufficient amount of studies applicable to the discipline of your selected study track in the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Societies. The studies included in the degree on the basis of which the applicants are applying to the programme, or the studies completed in addition to that degree, must be applicable and appropriate to the Master’s programme and its disciplines in terms of both content and the applicant’s performance so as to provide sufficient knowledge and skills for Master’s studies. The applicability and sufficient scope of the studies will be assessed in conjunction with admission.
Applicants to the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Societies must have completed at least 35 credits of studies providing a sufficient basis for Master’s level studies in the field or a related field (anthropology, development studies, social psychology, sociology, social and public policy, or applicable related fields) of the study track applied for.They must also have completed at least 15 credits of studies that provide appropriate methodological knowledge and skills for Master’s studies.
The following factors will be considered in the admission process:
- the applicability of the studies indicated as the grounds for application to the selected study track in the Master’s programme
- academic performance
- letter of motivation
- summary of the Bachelor's Thesis or, if not applicable, a summary of other equivalent academic work included in the first cycle degree
The total score will be determined as follows according to these guidelines.
The total maximum score for an application is 30. Applicants must obtain a score of at least 17 to be considered in the admission process. However, the minimum score will not necessarily be sufficient for admission.
If the applicant fails to obtain the minimum score for the admission criterion under assessment, the applicant’s application will not be further considered, and the following criterion will not be assessed.
If two or more applicants receive the same score, their mutual ranking will be determined primarily by their scores for the applicability of studies; secondarily, for academic performance; thirdly, for the letter of motivation; and fourthly, for summary of the Bachelor's Thesis or, if not applicable, a summary of other equivalent academic work included in the first cycle degree.
Because the number of student places in the programme is limited, applicants who meet the admission criteria will not necessarily be admitted, as admission ultimately depends on the number and quality of the applicants. Applicants can also be placed on a reserve list. If admitted applicants do not accept the places offered to them, the places can be offered to applicants on the reserve list.
The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies.
Read more about what will happen after the application period.
Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 13 April 2018 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programmes in the spring 2018.
Statistics on applicants can be found on the university’s web page.
You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:
- You have completed by 31 July 2018 a first cycle degree (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) or second cycle degree (e.g. Master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad. For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”.
- You have completed the studies required for Master’s programme by 12 January 2018. For further instructions, see the section “Student admission to the study programme” and “Required attachments”.
- You demonstrate your proficiency in English in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision HY/219/00.00.06.00/2017. For further instructions, see the section “Required attachments”.
The studies indicated as the grounds for application must be completed by the application deadline, 12 January 2018. The studies indicated as the grounds for application may not have been completed more than ten years ago at the closing of the application period.
If you are currently or have previously been a student at the University of Helsinki, please note the following rules.
If you have a refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, and you do not have the official documents to prove your eligibility to apply for higher education, you can still apply to University of Helsinki.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents and the documents must be submitted as instructed below:
- official photocopy of the degree certificate/ diploma
- official transcript of studies
- certificate of language proficiency
- authorised translations into English, Finnish or Swedish
- a photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card
- letter of motivation as part of online application form
- summary of the Bachelor's Thesis or, if not applicable, a summary of other equivalent academic work included in the first cycle degree as part of online application form
1) For further information and instructions on how to submit the required attachments, please see the university’s instructions on submitting application documents.
2) In certain countries, the holders of academic degrees must observe country-specific requirements on the submission of documents. Please see the university’s instructions on country-specific requirements.
3) You must demonstrate your language proficiency in English. For further information on the demonstration of language proficiency, please see the university’s instructions on demonstration of language proficiency.
4) If the degree on the basis of which you are applying to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate/ diploma with the application documents. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree certificate/ diploma. N.B.! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2018 at the latest.
|Due date||12.1.2018, 15:00|
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