The ENS programme consists of a multidisciplinary selection of courses that introduce you to various aspects of Europe, the Nordic countries, and the Baltic Sea Region. The extent of the Master´s programme is 120 ECTS credits to be completed in two academic years. The studies are divided into following parts:
- Joint courses (core courses common to all students in this programme, 25 cr)
- Track-specific studies (core courses that are separate for the humanities and social sciences tracks, 20 cr)
- Specialisation studies (15 cr) and optional studies (10 cr) that you choose yourself
- Method course (5 cr)
- Career course for all ENS students (5 cr)
- Master’s thesis (30 cr) and supporting seminars (10 cr)
Structure of programme:
The joint courses provide you a solid base and broad understanding of European and Nordic studies. The topics that are addressed include for example contemporary European politics, cooperation and conflict in European and Nordic history, Nordic societies and cultures, and ideologies and identities in Europe.
Joint Studies module includes following topics:
- Introduction to European and Nordic Studies
- Ideas, ideologies and identities in Europe
- Contemporary politics in Europe
- Cooperation and conflict in European and Nordic history
- Nordic Societies and culture
See specific information about the courses offered in the programme.
The programme involves substantial interaction between you and your teachers. You will complete several writing assignments and research papers along the way, culminating in a Master’s thesis in your second year. Some courses use active learning or flipped classroom pedagogy.
The content of your studies also depends on your own choices. In addition to core courses that provide you with a deep multidisciplinary understanding of Europe, the degree includes specialization and optional studies of your own choosing.
The Specialization Studies module (15 cr) has a large number of courses available to you. It offers you a change to further deepen and broaden your professional expertise and establish a thematic, regional or methodological concentration. You can choose these courses yourself from the large selection of ENS specialization courses or from courses offered by other programmes at the University of Helsinki. A full list of specialization courses available will be confirmed for each academic year. The ENS programme participates in international teaching networks and summer and winter schools that may also be included in this module.
For students with a special interest in Nordic countries, there is a possibility for a concentration on Nordic Studies in the specialization studies. The Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) will provide a customized syllabus.
As part of your ENS studies, you will select a methods course that will support you with your research project and dissertation writing. The aim is to you to develop advanced skills of analysis and how to conduct research in humanities or in the social sciences, depending on your study track. You will be able to choose your course from a list of methods courses provided by ENS and other graduate programs at the University of Helsinki. The list of courses will be confirmed for each academic year.
Career Course is organized with UH Career Services. This course includes lectures and seminars related to career planning and job hunting including self-assessment assignments, learning diaries, group work and visits to potential employers. After having completed Career Course you have improved your career planning and job seeking skills, know how to identify different aspects of self-assessment, recognize your competence areas and skills, and know how to document them.
In addition to courses in the ENS structure, you can choose additional optional studies freely from courses available in the University of Helsinki. These may be language courses, studies in other disciplines and programme, or you can include an internship in your optional studies.
You also have plenty of other options. The University of Helsinki is a large research university. As an ENS student you will have access to a rich variety of specialised courses in many faculties and schools. Check the section on research to see what we are particularly good at in Helsinki.