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During the studies, the students are expected to acquire profound understanding of the key socioeconomic and demographic changes in societies linked with social inequalities and shown in meso-and micro level interaction, the role of welfares state institutions and services in compensating and/or enforcing them in different country contexts, and high level quantitative methodological skills for analysing data on such issues.

The extent of the M.Sc. degree programme is 120 ECTS credit units and the completion time of the programme is two years. The degree will be compiled of both major studies in the degree programme and minor studies in other programmes and a Master’s thesis. The students will be linked with the research groups of the flagship research Centre. The language of tuition is English.

Programme in brief

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The first year of studies will mainly consist of methods and substantive courses together with the initial development of the thesis idea and proposal. Second year studies will centre on thematic seminars and the thesis in the first semester and will also include work-life competences, and internship and exchange studies in the second semester.  The topics of the theses will be provided by the research groups and the theses will be supervised by the research group members.

MASTER’S THESIS

The master thesis is considered an important area of specialization during the studies in the programme. Successful graduates will be awarded a title of Master of Social Sciences from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Theses can be done within the frame of research themes like comparative research on social inequalities; child and youth development in context; welfare state services, benefits, and policy processes; population and family demographics; child and adolescent epidemiology; prevention and intervention research; and advanced statistical methods related to these topics.

  • (Note) The contents of formally eligible applicants’ previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the programme. Therefore, admitted students can be required to complete additional, Bachelor level studies while studying for the Master’s Degree as quickly as possible and in any case during the first year of the studies. These studies are not part of the Master’s Degree and may extend the targeted study time. The extent and contents of the additional studies are defined individually for each student when a personal study plan is created in the beginning of the studies. The amount of required additional studies cannot exceed 15 ECTS.
JOB OPTIONS

The MPINVEST programme educates research and public administration professionals for analysing social inequalities and welfare state institutions as well as developing new policies and intervention methods to reduce disadvantages and improve wellbeing and skill development of children and youth.

PROGRAMME-SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Who can apply?

The following requirements must be fulfilled when applying for the Master’s Degree Programme in Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State

  1. All applicants must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in applicable fields of social and behavioural sciences. The degree must include three years of study. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study. It should be awarded by a nationally accredited institution of higher education.  The content of previous studies should be similar/related to the INVEST project. For example: social inequality; comparative social research; child and youth development in context; welfare state services, benefits, and policy processes; population and family demographics; child and adolescent epidemiology; prevention and intervention research and quantitative methodological courses (e.g. STATA skills) and other related studies.

    Note: Persons who have the Finnish first-cycle polytechnic degree called “ammattikorkeakoulututkinto” and have completed courses on scientific thinking, writing and research methods (esp. quantitative methods) in areas relevant to the Programme are also eligible to apply.

  2. Verified proficiency in the English language (see the for recognized qualifications, required levels and exemptions in here)

The degree and studies required have to be completed and the related enclosures sent to the University of Turku by 10 July 2020 at 15.00 (Finnish time). If the degree and studies required are not completed by the application period deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home university stating the expected date of graduation.

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