Goal of the programme
The aim of the Master´s Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) is to learn an appreciation of the many facets of intercultural contact. You will acquire theoretical knowledge and skills to examine complex social and cultural phenomena in different kinds of intercultural encounters. You will gain a profound understanding of how everyday local life is connected to international, multicultural and transnational issues. You will learn to analyse why and how conflicts arise for various cultural, political and religious reasons. You will gain insights into the possibilities of dialogue in conflict resolution. You will learn to communicate and evaluate information on intercultural encounters.
Upon completing the programme, you will be able to act and grow in multidisciplinary and multicultural groups, and deal with issues of intercultural interaction, diversity, internationalisation, cultural management, the media and power.
Information on the languages of instruction
The language of the programme is English. However, you can complete up to 25% (30 credits) of the studies in another language.
The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters offers a multidisciplinary approach to intercultural issues. The programme offers courses grounded in the latest academic research, which enables you to apply a theoretical grasp to practical situations in a multicultural and internationally oriented working life. You can specialise in different local, national and supranational cultures in, for example, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East or North America. Further, the perspectives of the Study of Religions, Theology, Communication and Indigenous Studies provide you with regional, cultural and socio-political knowledge, and a variety of theoretical frameworks to understand the dynamics of intercultural encounters.
Depending on your target degree, you will specialise in one or two thematic modules. Thematic studies are constructed as follows:
The thematic module on Religion, Conflict and Dialogue prepares you for critical analyses of the role of religion in conflicts in local, national and global contexts. You will also develop expertise in conflict resolution and reconciliation projects involving religious issues, and gain an understanding of the requirements of such work.
The thematic module on Tradition, Knowledge and Change offers an opportunity to obtain knowledge of epistemological differences from a decolonising perspective. Your expertise will extend to indigenous peoples’ philosophies and concepts, with new insights into knowledge-making, power relations and diverse interactions in the production of tradition.
The thematic module of Communication and Media focuses on practical intercultural communication situations and processes, as well as on cultural beliefs and values present and produced in communication and social relationships. You will also learn to analyse relationships between culture, the media and power both in the traditional mass media and the present-day internet and social media.
The thematic module on Transnational and International Interactions examines strengthened interconnectivity and relations between people transcending the borders. Particular attention is given to transnational actors and activities which impact culture and politics across traditional borders. These include non-governmental organisations, multinational corporations, religious actors, ethnic actors, terrorism, migration, hybrid identities and diasporas. You will also learn more about the culture and practice of diplomatic relations.
Selection of the study track
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. Students taking the Master of Theology degree specialise in the thematic module Religion, Conflict and Dialogue.
The master’s programme is 120 credits (ECTS) in scope. The degree shall be completed in two academic years.
The degree contains Joint Studies (20 credits), which are compulsory to all ICE students:
- An introductory course to interdisciplinarity and key concepts
- Intercultural Communication
- A course on Digital Humanities
- Research methodology
In addition, you will complete the Professional Contexts module (15 credits), which consists of a Career Clinic, practical projects and an option to do an internship.
The Master’s Thesis Seminars (in total 10 credits) provide support for completing the Master’s Thesis (30 credits).
Finally, you have the opportunity to specialise in thematic studies of your choice (30 credits), and you may even complete Optional Studies (15 credits).
Master’s studies culminate in writing your master’s thesis, an independent scientific study of 30 credits. Your research and writing will be supported in a seminar. The work on the master’s thesis begins in the spring of the first academic year and continues throughout the second academic year.
Writing your master’s thesis develops your skills for conducting research. The process will enhance your ability to seek information independently, analyse and assess existing information critically, and produce and apply information independently. In addition, writing your master’s thesis develops your project management skills and your mastery of an extensive range of knowledge in your field of study. You will write your thesis in English.
The ICE programme takes professionalism and preparation for future work life seriously. Our aim is to work as much as possible with real-life situations and case studies. In the courses, we integrate academic knowledge and research with on-site visits and guest lecturers from professional life. Part of ICE compulsory studies focus on developing skills and working methods that you will need in your future career.
Employment opportunities for ICE programme graduates range from cultural and public management to international projects in private companies. Potential employees include the EU, the UN and other national and international organisations; ministries; universities; the municipal sector; non-governmental organisations; and the media.
You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:
- You have completed or will complete by 31 July 2019 a first-cycle degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or a second-cycle degree (e.g., master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
- You have completed or will complete applicable 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.
You may be admitted if
- You prove your eligibility (see above) by the deadline
- You submit an electronic application through the Studyinfo service during the application round and submit the required attachments by the 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 round.
- You have completed basic and intermediate studies (a minimum of 60 ECTS credits) in a field applicable to the Master’s programme, or studies of an equivalent level and scope. Applicable fields of previous studies may include, but are not limited to, the following: Area and cultural studies, Language and culture, Political studies, Sociology, International relations, Media and communication, Study of religions, Theology. Please note: even if the degree serving as grounds for application is not completed during the application round (eligibility criterion 1), you must have a sufficient number of applicable studies completed by 11 January 2019 (eligibility criterion 2).The applicability of the field and the sufficiency of the competed 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.
All applications will be scored, and your admission will depend on the score your application has received.
On the application form you will have to select the degree you want to take: Master of Theology or Master of Arts (Humanities).
If in this round of admissions you are applying to more than one master’s programme at the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, you must rank them in order of preference on your application form. Even if you qualified for admission into more than one programme, you will only be offered a place in the one you 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 the spring 2019.
Study right to be awarded
If you are admitted, you have been granted the right to pursue the degree of Master of Arts in the Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters.
Statistics on applicants can be found on the university’s web page.
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 of studies
- A diploma supplement (if available)
- Certificate of language proficiency
- Authorised translations (when necessary)
- A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card OR your official identity card
- Motivation letter to be included in the application form
- Short scientific text to be included in the application form
- Course catalogue (if you have completed studies outside Finland).
1) For further information and instructions on how to submit the required attachments, please read carefully the university’s instructions on submitting application documents.
2) Please see the university’s instructions on demonstration of language proficiency.
3) If the degree on the basis of which you are applying 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. N.B.! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2019 at the latest.
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