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Master's Degree Programme in

Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience

Faculty of Humanities, University of Turku

How do societies react and adjust to cultural, environmental and social changes?

For example, in what ways can digitalisation contribute to the preservation and transmission of cultural heritage or minority languages? How do the Baltic and Arctic Sea areas work as a laboratory for previsioning and adapting to global changes? What can we learn from Nordic experience? What are the tools and best practices to enhance resilience?

The curriculum of the Master’s Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience (NOCURE)  is a combination of modules focusing on cultural, environmental, and societal themes related to sustainability and resilience, as well as on the interplay between the local, regional and global scales. By employing an interdisciplinary approach, the NOCURE provides the students with in-depth problem-solving skills and critical expertise for the benefit of future societies.

Graduates of the NOCURE find employment in public, private and third sector jobs, such as national and international organisations and companies where knowledge on resilience, sustainability and change is demanded. Graduates’ expertise qualifies them for a wide array of government and jurisprudence positions as well as for a research career.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

Programme structure
Academic excellence & experience

The interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience NOCURE provides you with advanced training in cultural and social resilience and in building capacity to manage major global changes, including climate change. The NOCURE targets Finnish and international students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans.

Our curriculum is a combination of modules focusing on cultural, environmental, and societal themes related to sustainability and resilience, as well as on the interplay between the local, regional and global scales. The cultural angle includes topics such as cultural heritage and memory, cultural history, identity, digital heritage, and curation and cultural diplomacy. The environmental angle touches upon issues related to green growth, environmental politics and governance, and science and technology studies particularly in the context of the Baltic Sea and Arctic regions. The social angle, in turn, focuses on global justice, democracy, security, and the experience of the Nordic welfare state. The NOCURE programme is based on the best practices of the Finnish education system and our international teaching and research networks in the Nordic and Baltic regions in particular.

Master's thesis & topics

In the Master’s thesis, the students must prove their ability to do scientific work and manage research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill of scientific writing.

Examples of thesis topics are:

  • The impacts of the EU strategy on the circular economy in Finland
  • Improving resilience and adaptation strategies of livelihoods on coastal areas
  • Social integration of Syrian male refugees in Finland

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence description

The NOCURE master’s degree programme will provide you with high-quality and extensive expertise on issues related to resilience, sustainability and social change. In the programme, you learn:

  • to analyse issues related to resilience from various viewpoints
  • to apply interdisciplinary conceptualisations and research approaches
  • to formulate relevant research problems
  • to generate new knowledge and work for sustainability and resilience in society
  • skills and expertise needed to understand and manage complex phenomena related to social change

You acquire the following practical skills:

  • collecting and using various kinds of research data
  • presenting your analysis textually and orally in a scientific way
  • justifying your analytical choices
  • analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • written and oral communication skills
  • collaborative work skills and organisational skills
Job options

Graduates of the Master’s Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience find employment in public, private and third sector jobs, such as national and international organisations and companies, where knowledge on resilience, sustainability and change is demanded. Graduates’ expertise prepares them for government and jurisprudence positions as well as for a research career.

This Programme is a great option especially for students who wish to pursue a career in

  • national and international research
  • national and international politics
  • sustainability policies
  • institutions and organisations in private and public sectors as well as non-governmental organisations and civil society
  • arts, writing and media careers

Working life connections in the Programme are maintained by visiting organisations working in the field of the Programme, taking active part in various events and inviting visting lecturers, for example, from Finnish, Nordic and European governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Students are also encouraged to complete an internship during the Programme. The internship is optional but can be included in the degree.

Career in research

Graduates of the Programme are eligible to apply to the doctoral programmes in the relevant fields of humanities and social sciences.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

General degree requirements

Applying students must provide a three-year Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or equivalent diploma in relevant field of humanities or social sciences, or human geography. The degree has to be completed by 10 July 2018. Prospective candidates should have a good level of proficiency in the English language and they are expected to demonstrate their language skills according to the language requirements set by the University of Turku (see below).

The applicants that pass the academic and English language proficiency requirements will be graded and approximately 20 applicants with the highest points (max 100 points) will be selected. The decision on admission will be based on:

  • motivation letter expressing the motivation to study specifically in this Programme (0-60 points)
  • Bachelor’s thesis or corresponding final thesis as well as relevant previous studies (0-40 points. The assessed elements include the scientific quality, extent and the relevance of the contents from the viewpoint of the Programme.
Programme-Specific Requirements

Applying students must provide a three years Bachelor, Master or equivalent diploma in relevant humanities or social sciences, or human geography. The degree has to be completed by 10 July 2018.

To evaluate what subjects are relevant, please explore the programme profile and contents on the web site of the programme.

Prospective candidates should have a good level of proficiency in the English language.

Student selection

The applicants that have passed the academic and English language proficiency requirements will be graded and approximately 20 applicants with the highest points (max 100 points) will be selected. The grading is done as follows:

 

Motivation letter (0-60)

The applicant will receive 0-60 points from the motivation letter. A letter of motivation is a short essay, where you introduce yourself and present your reasons for studying in this Master’s programme.  In the motivation letter, the applicant should cover the following themes:

  • What is your educational and professional background and what is its relevance and benefit for your studies in this Master’s Degree Programme?
  • Describe your internships, work experience and other experience, also international, that you consider relevant for your studies in this Programme.
  • Define your reasons for choosing this Master’s Degree Programme and career plans after graduation from this Programme.

The length of the motivation letter is limited to a maximum of 4,000 characters. The language of the motivation letter is English.

The motivation letter will be graded with the following criteria:

  • Relevant experience. (0-20 points)
  • The level of motivation to enter the Programme. (0-20 points)
  • Understanding the context of Programme and its relevance for career plans. (0-20 points)

If the motivation letter is missing, the application will be rejected. If the applicant receives fewer than 20 points from the motivation letter, Bachelor’s thesis and relevant previous studies will not be graded and the selection of the applicant will not be further considered.

 

Bachelor’s thesis and relevant previous studies (0-40)

Bachelor’s thesis or corresponding final thesis as well as relevant previous studies will be awarded 0-40 points. The assessed elements include the scientific quality, extent and the relevance of content from the viewpoint of the Programme.

The thesis and previous studies will be graded with the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality of the thesis and extent and scientific quality of previous studies (0-20 points)
  • The relevance of the thesis and other previous studies for the Programme (0-20 points)

If the applicant’s studies do not include a thesis or the thesis is written in a language other than English, Swedish or Finnish, the other previous studies will be evaluated and awarded 0-40 points.

Language Requirements

The applicants are required to have a very good knowledge of English. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their language skills by taking one of the following tests:

  • English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)with a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based test (PBT) or minimum overall score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet-based test (IBT) (e. Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing)
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test (Academic) with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6.0 (e. Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing)
  • PTE Academic test with a minimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54. (i.e. Communication Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking , Writing)
  • Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with pass grade A, B or C
  • Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with pass grade A, B, or C
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or an equivalent degree in an English-language programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, or in an EU/EEA country. The language of instruction of the degree must be proven with the degree certificate, transcript of records or Diploma Supplement.

NOTE:  The language test results must be valid. Please note that the language test is valid until the expiry date given by the test organiser.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make testing arrangements for themselves. No other language tests or statements of the applicant’s language skills will be accepted.

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

Application Form and Enclosures

The application form for the studies starting in autumn 2018 is available online during the application period on 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). Please read carefully all the application instructions and detailed admission requirements before applying! Make sure that you fulfil both the admission and language requirements before applying.

The application form is available to be filled and submitted at the Studyinfo portal during the application period. The following documents must be scanned and attached to the application (in pdf format):

  1. proof of language skills
  2. official and certified copy of the applicant’s diploma in original language
    – OR, in the case the diploma is not yet available, a temporary (provisional) degree certificate issued by an institution to the student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree (the student has graduated)
    – OR, if the degree is not completed until the end of application deadline, a statement by the institution that the degree will be completed by the given date (10 July 2018), and a transcript of studies are required
  3. official and certified copy of the translation in English of the diploma or the Diploma Supplement
  4. official and certified university transcript in original language and a translation in English
  5. motivation letter (max 4000 characters incl. spaces). The motivation letter plays an important role in the admission procedure.
  6. a copy of the Bachelor’s thesis or corresponding final thesis, if available in English, Swedish or Finnish

NB. The documents submitted will not be returned. Please, do not send the original documents. The original documents of admitted students will be checked at the beginning of studies. Giving false information will lead to the cancellation of study place.

STEP 1.

Make sure you have the required degree. If you are graduating after the application deadline, you may apply on the condition that the required application documents are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by 10 July 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).

STEP 2.

Check the language requirements and reserve a time for a language test if necessary.

STEP 3.

Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you finish your application before 31 January 2018 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).

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Master’s Degree Programme in

Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

Degree: Master of Arts

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Humanities

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Start date: August 2018

Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018

Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland:  None

Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries:  €10,000 /academic year

Scholarships available: check the website

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: eija.koskivaara@utu.fi

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