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.
The programme provides the students with in-depth understanding of cultural and social resilience and unique skills in thinking and managing complex phenomena related to social and cultural change.
General NOCURE studies 40-45
NOCU0001 Introduction to Cultural and Social Resilience, 5
NOCU0002 Transferable Skills, 5
NOCU0003 Project Management, 5
NOCU0004 Theory & Methodology, 5-10
NOCU0005 Risk Analysis & Solution Lab, 5-10
KIFF0003 Suomen intensiivinen alkeiskurssi I, 5
KIEN2024 English: Academic Writing Skills, 2-3
KIEN3021 English Language Support for Thesis Writing, 2
Elective NOCURE studies, 20-25
NOCU0006 Nordic Societies, Global Cultures 5
NOCU0007 Global Risks and Regional Security, 5
NOCU0007 Cultural Memory and Heritage, 5
NOCU0009 Anthropogenic change and sustainable governance, 5
NOCU0010 Cultures of Stability, Trust and Reconciliation, 5
NOCU0011 Science and Technology in Society and Culture, 5
Optional NOCURE studies, 10-15
Master’s thesis and seminar, 50
NOCU0012 Nocure Thesis, 40
NOCU0013 Thesis Seminar, 10
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.
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 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:
You acquire the following practical skills:
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
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.
Graduates of the Programme are eligible to apply to the doctoral programmes in the relevant fields of humanities and social sciences.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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):
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.
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).
Check the language requirements and reserve a time for a language test if necessary.
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).
Master’s Degree Programme in
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 2020
Application period: No intake for studies starting in August 2019
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