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How do global transformations affect democratic politics? What is the role of the media in the transformation of contemporary democracies? Why do economic activities result in global and national financial crises and inequality instead of instability and democratization? How does governance affect organizations and communication, and how do governance and organizations structure communication and political and economic activity? These are the questions you will deal with in the Global Politics and Communication program at the University of Helsinki.

Goal of the Pro­gram

Global Politics and Communication is an interdisciplinary and innovative Master’s degree program that addresses the key challenges of globalization from the perspective of media and communication studies, organisation research and global political economy. The program emphasizes developing your critical thinking, a necessary skill in many careers.

The specific objectives of the program include:

  • Providing you with advanced knowledge of global political economy, relationships between the media and the development of democracy, and linkages between governance, organizations, and communication.
  • Empowering you to assess how politics and the media are linked to the forces of globalization.
  • Equipping you with conceptual understanding and the theoretical and methodological skills needed to carry out original and relevant research on key societal issues.
  • Preparing you to engage in public discussions and develop critical reasoning and argumentation skills that are equally important in academia, public organizations and the private sector.

In­form­a­tion on the lan­guages of in­struc­tion

The working language of the Global Politics and Communication program is English. The degree can include up to 30 credits (ECTS) of studies in other languages, such as Finnish or Swedish, or courses completed during an international exchange or an exchange at another university in Finland. The Diploma Supplement given upon graduation states that the degree has been completed in English.

Pro­gram con­tents

How do global transformations affect democratic politics? What is the role of the media in the transformation of contemporary democracies? Why do economic activities result in global and national financial crises and inequality instead of instability and democratization? How does governance affect organizations and communication, and how do governance and organizations structure communication and political and economic activity?

The Global Politics and Communication program offers a cutting-edge combination of political science, communication studies, and global political economy. You will apply ideas, concepts, and methodologies to key societal and political issues such as the changing character of democracy, the role of organizations and governance in the globalizing world, and the regulation of global finance and trade.

During the first year, you will study general theoretical and methodological courses and take part in thematic courses offered by the program’s study tracks. In the second year, you will deepen your knowledge of your selected study track or study tracks by participating in thematic specialization courses. You will also attend the Master’s seminar and write your Master’s thesis.

Se­lec­tion of the study track

The Master’s degree program in Global Politics and Communication has three study tracks:

  • Governance, Organisations, and Communication.
  • Media and Democracy.
  • Global Political Economy.

The interplay between Governance, Organisations, and Communication gives this study line its name. Governance and organizational and communication practices are increasingly global but are modified locally. The foci of this study line include the global governance of knowledge, organizational communication, the changing institutions of knowledge and communication, the digitalization of politics and communication, and changes in media policies.

Media and Democracy exposes you to the key debates about the relationship between the media and democratic processes at a time when the future of democracy remains uncertain because of authoritarian tendencies in politics and the commercialization of the public sphere. It focuses on such questions as: how the media represent and frame conflicts and war; how new forms of political participation are challenging the traditional conduct of politics; how human rights such as freedom of expression rely on media practices; and how new digital media reconfigure public communities and extend the possibilities for civic engagement.

Global Political Economy covers multidisciplinary studies drawing on economics, sociology, and political science. It explains how social practices and institutions constitute relational, complex and open systems of production, exchange, and distribution. Taking into account the widely-shared aim of sustainable global development, political economy is crucial for understanding the principal current problems such as global warming; potential financial crises; disparities in income, wealth and power; or war and peace.

You will specialize in one of these three study tracks. However, you can also combine them by including courses from other study tracks in your elective studies.

Pro­gram struc­ture

The Master's Degree program in Global Politics and Communication is a full-time, two-year program. The program fulfills the requirements of 120 credits (ECTS, European Transfer Credit System) Master's degree in social sciences in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The program consists of following studies:

  • Working Life Studies 5-15 credits
  • Academic Writing 5 credits
  • Joint Studies 20 credits
    • Philosophy of Politics and Communication 5 credits
    • Globalization: Politics, Economy and Communication 5 credits
    • Methodology courses 10 credits
  • Study Track-specific Studies 25 credits
    • Global Political Economy 25 credits
    • Governance, Organisations and Communication 25 credits
    • Media and Democracy 25 credits

Master's Thesis Seminar 10 credits

Master's Thesis 30 credits

Elective Studies 0-25 credits depending on the study track


To complete your master’s studies, you will conduct research and write a Master’s thesis (30 credits). The usual length of a Master’s thesis is about 50-70 pages. You will select your topic under the guidance of your supervisor.

When writing your thesis, you will need to acquire advanced knowledge in your chosen field and develop analytical and critical thinking skills. You will learn to formulate research questions, plan and design your research, conduct it and report your results with an understanding of the key concepts, debates, and perspectives concerning your chosen topic.

Ca­reer pro­spects

Graduates of the Discipline of Politics and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki have gone on to work in a range of jobs as experts and consultants in Finland and internationally, in the public and the private sectors as well as in non-governmental organizations. They are mainly employed in the fields of politics, administration, the media, and communication. Some graduates also continue on with academic research to pursue an academic career in universities in Finland and around the world.


The Global Politics and Communication program is an international program with students from around the world. In addition to the degree students, we receive many visiting and exchange students and scholars from Europe and further afield. In addition to providing you with a unique international learning environment, it may also be possible for you to participate in exchange programs for a short-term study period. You will have the opportunity of doing a voluntary internship abroad with support from Erasmus.


One of the advantages of studying at the Faculty of Social Sciences is the possibility to study elective courses in other Master’s programs.

Academic freedom is a strong part of the studying experience at the University of Helsinki. This gives you the possibility to study different elective studies within the university and the other universities in the Helsinki metropolitan area through Flexible Study Right (JOO) agreements. You can also conduct your master’s research in a company where you are working.

Re­search fo­cus

  • Political science research on democracy.
  • Political science research on governance, organizations, and communication.
  • Media and communication studies.
  • Political economy.

Post­gradu­ate stud­ies

As a graduate of the Global Politics and Communication program, you will be awarded a Master of Social Sciences degree. This degree qualifies you to apply for Ph.D. studies at the University of Helsinki and other top universities around the world. The Doctoral Education on the University of Helsinki website.

Tuition fees

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

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