Contents of studies

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters is 120 credits (ECTS) in scope. At the beginning of your studies, you will be assisted by your supervisor to draw a personal study plan and design your own individual study track. The degree shall be completed in two academic years. The programme is run in English, but you can complete up to 25% (30 credits) of the studies in another language.

Please see an overview of the Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters below. The different sections and modules of the degree are described further down this page. For more detailed contents and structure please see here.

ICE Structure

Joint Studies (20 ECTS credits) are compulsory to all ICE students. Joint Studies consist of 

  • an introductory course to interdisciplinarity and key concepts and approaches in Intercultural Encounters, 
  • a course in Intercultural Communication, where you will gain awareness of intercultural competence and learn to observe and analyze both cultural and intercultural interactions.  
  • a course in Research methodology, focusing both on data collection and data analysis.  
  • a course on Digital Humanities, which focuses on selected digital tools for analyzing current topics in Intercultural Encounters. 

In the Professional Contexts section (15 ECTS credits)  you will get tools and contacts to proceed into working-life and become a professional in Intercultural Encounters. In addition to the compulsory Career Clinic, you have the option to complete practical projects, other career related courses, or to do an internship. Learn more about career paths of our alumni.

In the ICE programme, the MA thesis work begins with a research plan in the spring term of the first year. The thesis work continues in the fall of the second year, and throughout the second year. Master's Thesis is 30 ECTS credits, which equals to 40-60 pages. Typically theses contain empirical research. Students get to choose their own topics with the help of a designated advisor. Take a look at the completed Master's Theses (pdf).

Depending on your choice, the ICE programme will lead to a Master of Arts (Humanities) degree or a Master of Theology degree. You will choose your target degree when you apply to the programme. The Theology students will specialize in the thematic module Religion, Conflict and Dialogue (30 ECTS credits). The Humanities students will choose two thematic modules of 15 ECTS from the following: Religion, Conflict and Dialogue; Tradition, Knowledge and Change; Communication and Media; Transnational and International Interactions. Read more about the Thematic modules.

For your optional studies (15 ECTS credits) you are able to choose other relevant studies to support your degree in Intercultural Encounters. Optional Studies may include an additional thematic module offered by the ICE programme, or, for example, language studies, studies abroad, or individual courses in other degree programmes in the University of Helsinki.