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Tampere University Bachelor and Master of Social Sciences in Socially Sustainable Societies
Tampere University

Bachelor and Master of Social Sciences in Socially Sustainable Societies

Tampere, Finland

5 Years


Full time

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Aug 2024

EUR 10,000 / per year *


* per academic year for non-EU/EEA students for bachelor’s programme | €12000 per academic year for non-EU/EEA students for master’s programme


Are you interested in building fair and just societies of the future?

During studies we will focus on the topical and pressing challenge of how to build socially sustainable societies. This future-oriented, programme offers you a unique deep dive into both social sciences and health sciences. If you are interested in policies and institutions that generate health, and wellbeing for all – this could be just the right choice for you!

Ideas and building blocks for wellbeing and health — from the past and present — are examined from the perspective of designing and building socially sustainable societies of the future. We define social sustainability as the social dimension of sustainability and in terms of how societies function with an emphasis on resilience, equality, and inclusion. A key focus of the programme is to introduce the Nordic perspective to social sustainability, welfare states and intersectoral action.

A unique combination of social and health sciences

In this programme you will tackle topical questions related to socially sustainable societies:

  • How to ensure that sustainability is achieved through socially sustainable policies?
  • What is the role of welfare states for sustainability?
  • What does social sustainability imply to social and health protection and security?
  • How to promote universal access to health and social protection as part of public policies?
  • How to address different types of social inequalities such as those related to economic status, gender and ethnicity?
  • What are the social determinants of health in national and global contexts?

Studies are structured around topical research

The courses and teaching are built upon the topical research conducted by the faculty. You can also choose free-choice studies from other degree programmes and thus enjoy added opportunities to learn about crossover themes from several study programmes.

The programme prepares students to continue their studies in master’s programmes. All accepted students are automatically given the right to continue their studies in the Master’s Programme in Social Science Research. The programme offers various specialisations, such as:

  • Global and Transnational Sociology,
  • Public Policy Analysis,
  • Comparative Social Policy and Welfare,
  • Gender Studies.

Tampere University also offers several other suitable English language master’s programmes in social and health sciences, as well as multidisciplinary programmes such as Sustainable Digital Life.


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