Below some frequently asked questions and answers to help you easily find information and to help you with the applications process.
Admission process to the European and Nordic Studies programme takes place once a year. Please see further information about the application period.
Please see the information that UH Admissions Services has provided for you.
Kindly note that it may take some time to prepare all the documents, therefore it is important to start the application process as soon as the application period starts.
In an ideal case, the candidate has completed a bachelor’s degree in history, political science, or area and cultural studies which includes studies on Europe and/or Nordic countries, as well as courses on research methods.
It is possible to apply to the programme even if you have not studied European or Nordic issues before. Having said that, it will definitely help if you have already completed studies focusing on Europe or the Nordic countries. Previous interest and studies on Europe are taken into account in the application process.
By “sufficient knowledge”, we mean at least 35 ECTS studies on history, political science, European studies, Nordic studies, and area and cultural studies. The degree should also include 15 ECTS studies on research methods. The suitability of your previous studies is evaluated based on your application, so be sure to provide enough detailed information about your previous studies. If you are unsure whether your previous studies are sufficient to the programme, you can contact the academic coordinator for advice.
Yes, you can apply if it is European and Nordic history that you are interested in and you have already completed 35 ECTS studies in history or some other relevant discipline. It is good to note, however, that the programme is multidisciplinary. You will also complete studies that approach these areas from other disciplinary perspectives. But within the specialization studies, you can choose to focus on European or Nordic history.
During your second year of study, you will work on an extensive independent research work, your Master’s thesis, on a topic that relates to European and/or Nordic studies. You can choose the topic for yourself, but you should work out a research plan together with your supervisor.
Our graduates have written their thesis for example about following topics:
- The impact of application of consociational arrangements in democratization of Kosovo: Have consociational arrangements translated into democratization?
- A complicated relationship: Finland and the Council of Europe between 1963 and 1989.
- From Global Responsibility to National Sovereignty – The Politicisation of the Financial Transaction Tax in the European Parliament.
- Democracy after accession; evidence from Central and Eastern Europe.
- The Consultation of Experts in the Special Committees of the Parliament of Finland. Differences between National and European Matters.
- The Human Bombs Next Door. Finnish Media Portrayals of Homegrown Terrorism's Causal Dynamics 2005-2011.