Goal of the programme
Global Politics and Communication is an interdisciplinary and innovative Master’s degree programme that addresses the key challenges of globalisation from the perspective of media and communication studies, organisation research and global political economy. The programme emphasises developing your critical thinking, a necessary skill in many careers.
The specific objectives of the programme include:
- Providing you with advanced knowledge of global political economy, relationships between the media and the development of democracy, and linkages between governance, organisations and communication
- Empowering you to assess how politics and the media are linked to the forces of globalisation
- Equipping you with conceptual understanding and the theoretical and methodological skills needed to carry out original and relevant research on key societal issues
- Preparing you to engage in public discussions and develop critical reasoning and argumentation skills that are equally important in academia, public organisations and the private sector
Further information about the studies on the Master’s programme website.
Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.
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Information on the languages of instruction
The working language of the Global Politics and Communication programme is English. The degree can include up to 30 credits (ECTS) of studies in other languages, such as Finnish or Swedish, or courses completed during an international exchange or an exchange at another university in Finland. The Diploma Supplement given upon graduation states that the degree has been completed in English.
How do global transformations affect democratic politics? What is the role of the media in the transformation of contemporary democracies? Why do economic activities result in global and national financial crises and inequality instead of in stability and democratisation? How does governance affect organisations and communication, and how do governance and organisations structure communication and political and economic activity?
The Global Politics and Communication programme offers a cutting-edge combination of political science, communication studies and global political economy. You will apply ideas, concepts and methodologies to key societal and political issues such as the changing character of democracy, the role of organisations and governance in the globalising world, and the regulation of global finance and trade.
During the first year, you will study general theoretical and methodological courses and take part in thematic courses offered by the programme’s study tracks. In the second year, you will deepen your knowledge on your selected study track or study tracks by participating in thematic specialisation courses. You will also attend the Master’s seminar and write your Master’s thesis.
Selection of the study track
The Master’s degree programme on Global Politics and Communication has three study tracks:
- Governance, Organisations and Communication
- Media and Democracy
- Global Political Economy
The interplay between Governance, Organisations and Communication gives this study line its name. Governance and organisational and communication practices are increasingly global but are modified locally. The foci of this study line include the global governance of knowledge, organisational communication, the changing institutions of knowledge and communication, the digitalisation of politics and communication, and changes in media policies.
Media and Democracy exposes you to the key debates about the relationship between the media and democratic processes at a time when the future of democracy remains uncertain because of authoritarian tendencies in politics and the commercialisation of the public sphere. It focuses on such questions as how the media represent and frame conflicts and war; how new forms of political participation are challenging the traditional conduct of politics; how human rights such as freedom of expression rely on media practices; and how new digital media reconfigure public communities and extend the possibilities for civic engagement.
Global Political Economy covers multidisciplinary studies drawing on economics, sociology, and political science. It explains how social practices and institutions constitute relational, complex and open systems of production, exchange and distribution. Taking into account the widely-shared aim of sustainable global development, political economy is crucial for understanding the principal current problems such as global warming; potential financial crises; disparities in income, wealth and power; or war and peace.
You will specialise in one of these three study tracks. However, you can also combine them by including courses from other study tracks in your elective studies.
The Master’s Degree Programme on Global Politics and Communication is a full-time, two-year programme. The programme fulfils the requirements of a 120 credits (ECTS, European Transfer Credit System) Master’s degree in social sciences in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The programme consists of advanced studies in politics and communication, as well as other elective and compulsory studies.
Master’s Degree Programme on Global Politics and Communication: 120 credits (ECTS)
- Working Life Studies 5-15 cr
- Academic Writing 5 cr
- Joint Studies 20 cr
- Philosophy of Politics and Communication 5 cr
- Globalizations: Politics, Economy and Communication 5 cr
- Methodology courses 10 cr
- Study Track -specific Studies 25 cr
- Global Political Economy 25 cr
- Governance, Organisations and Communication 25 cr
- Media and Democracy 25 cr
- Master’s Thesis seminar 10 cr
- Master’s Thesis 30 cr
- Elective Studies 0-25 cr depending on the study track
To complete your master’s studies, you will conduct research and write a Master’s thesis (30 credits). The usual length of a Master’s thesis is about 50-70 pages. You will select your topic under the guidance of your supervisor.
When writing your thesis, you will need to acquire advanced knowledge in your chosen field and develop analytical and critical thinking skills. You will learn to formulate research questions, plan and design your research, conduct it and report your results with an understanding of the key concepts, debates and perspectives concerning your chosen topic.
Graduates of the Discipline of Politics and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki have gone on to work in a range of jobs as experts and consultants in Finland and internationally, in the public and the private sectors as well as in non-governmental organisations. They are mainly employed in the fields of politics, administration, the media and communication. Some graduates also continue on with academic research to pursue an academic career in universities in Finland and around the world.
You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:
- You have completed by 31 July 2019 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.
- You have completed or will complete studies required for the master’s programme by 11 January 2019. Below are more details concerning applicable studies.
- You have sufficient proficiency in English. For further instructions on demonstrating your language proficiency, see the section “Required attachments”.
If you are, or have been, a degree student at the University of Helsinki, please check any special provisions that may apply to you.
If you have refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, please read the applicable instructions.
Choosing a study track
The Master’s Programme in Global Politics and Communication has three study tracks and can admit no more than 30 new students. You can only apply to one of the study tracks, and you will have to select your study track on the application form.
Studytracks in the programme:
- Global Political Economy (10 new students)
- Governance, Organizations and Communication (10 new students)
- Media and Democracy (10 new students)
If the maximum intake of students per study track is not filled, the master’s programme may, within the resources available, admit additional applicants from another study track of the programme so that the maximum intake of admissions is filled.
Applicants to the Master’s Programme in Global Politics and Communication must have completed a sufficient amount of studies applicable to the discipline of the selected study track. The studies included in the degree serving as grounds for application 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.
You may be admitted if
- You prove your eligibility (see above) by the deadline
- You submit an electronic application during the application round and submit the required attachments by the specified deadline. The application form is open from 3 December 2018 (8:00h Finnish time) to 11 January 2019 (15:00h Finnish time). Read more about what will happen after the application period.
- You have completed studies worth at least 35 credits that provide sufficient knowledge and skills for master’s studies and which focus on the disciplines included in the master’s programme or on related fields:
- relevant disciplines for the Global Political Economy track are global political economy, (international) economics, political economy, international or global studies, or world politics
- relevant disciplines for the Governance, Organizations and Communication track are public policy, public administration, organization theory and organization research and organizational communication. Political science or communication studies are also applicable disciplines if previous studies include sufficient approaches and themes of this track
- relevant disciplines for the Media and Democracy track are media and communication studies and/or political science with an emphasis on a social-scientific and/or cultural studies based approach to the study of media and democracy, such as media and communication theory, media research, political theory, democracy, democratic participation, political movements, human rights, equality and civic engagement
- You have completed studies worth at least 10 credits that provide appropriate methodological knowledge and skills for master’s studies
Please note: even if the degree you are using as grounds for application is not completed during the application round, you must have a sufficient amount of applicable studies completed by 11 January 2019.
The applicability of the field and the sufficiency of the completed studies will be evaluated in conjunction with admission. The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies.
Factors affecting admission:
- Applicability of previous studies to the selected study track in the master’s programme
- Academic performance
- Letter of motivation
- Short scientific text
Applications will be scored, and your admission will depend on the score your application has received.
If in this round of admissions you are applying for more than one master’s programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, you must rank them in order of preference on your application form. If you could be admitted to more than one programme, you can only be admitted to the one you have ranked the highest.
Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 12 April 2019 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programme in spring 2019.
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 Global Politics and Communication.
Statistics on applicants can be found on the University’s webpage.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents, and the documents must be submitted as instructed below:
- Officially certified copy of the degree certificate/diploma
- Official transcript
- Certificate of language proficiency
- Authorised translations into English, Finnish or Swedish (when necessary)
- A photocopy of your passport OR your official identity card OR your Finnish residence permit card
- Diploma supplement (if available)
- Letter of motivation to be included in the application form
- Short scientific text to be included in the application form
1) Read carefully the instructions on application enclosures and their submission.
2) You must demonstrate your proficiency in English. Read the instructions on proving your language skills.
3) If the degree serving as grounds for application 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. NB! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2019 at the latest.
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