2 years

Starting Date

late August

Tuition Fee

EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: Free
non-EU/EEA: €10,000 per year


Turku, Finland

About the programme

This programme is located in the INVEST Research Flagship Centre at the Department of Social Research, Faculty of Social Sciences. It utilises its world-class social and behavioural scientists for educating students, which makes the programme unique both in Finland as well as in Europe at large.

During the studies, you are expected to acquire a profound understanding of the key socio-economic and demographic changes in societies linked with social inequalities and shown in meso-and micro-level interaction. You will also examine the role of welfare state institutions and services in compensating and/or enforcing the inequalities in different country contexts, and you will acquire high-level quantitative methodological skills for analysing data on such issues.

Programme Structure

The extent of the degree programme is 120 ECTS credit units to be completed within two years. The degree will be compiled of major studies in the degree programme, minor studies from other programmes, and a master’s thesis. You will be linked with the research groups of the Research Flagship Centre.

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 include work-life competences, 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 research group members.

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.

Career Prospects

The MPINVEST programme educates research and public administration professionals for analysing social inequalities and welfare state institutions. You will also be trained to develop new policies and intervention methods to reduce disadvantages and improve wellbeing of children and youth. Typical areas of employment include:

  • public administration,
  • research-focused public and private institutions,
  • academia, and
  • data science.

Career in Research

When you complete this Master’s degree programme, you will acquire researcher’s skills that should make you eligible for social and behavioural science PhD programmes including lNVEST’s own PhD programme.

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