Admission process to the European and Nordic Studies programme takes place once a year.The next application period for the International Master's Programmes is between December 3, 2018 at 8:00 EET and January 11, 2019 at 15:00 EET (for studies starting in August 2019). . Please see further information about the application period on the Admissions Services page.

Studies start once a year i.e. in August/September. Please see further information about teaching periods and orientation and tutoring in the instructions for students page.

You can find all the information about the application process at the Admissions Services site.

Please see information about applying to the University of Helsinki provided by the Admissions Services.  

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.

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. Please note, however, that the programme is multidisciplinary, which means you will also complete studies that approach these areas from other disciplinary perspectives. You can choose to focus on European or Nordic history, through the specalization courses provided by the programme.

During your second year of study, you will work on an extensive independent research work, your Master’s thesis (30 cr), 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.