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Tampere University Master of Social Sciences in Sustainable Digital Life, Sustainable Societies and Digitalisation
Tampere University

Master of Social Sciences in Sustainable Digital Life, Sustainable Societies and Digitalisation

Tampere, Finland

2 Years

English

Full time

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Aug 2025

EUR 12,000 / per year *

On-Campus

* per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students

Introduction

Creating a Digital Future for All

The Sustainable Digital Life program aims to make digital life more sustainable and accessible for all by cherishing diversity and combining critical thinking with a creative mindset.

The modern world is permeated and shaped by digital technologies in all areas of life: communication, learning, playing, creativity, dating, therapy —you name it.

The Master's program in Sustainable Digital Life (SDL) focuses on enhancing our digital lives: the digital systems surrounding us as well as the ways of using, regulating, and designing them. The program offers a unique course portfolio at the intersection of social sciences, design, and media. The program educates interdisciplinary experts who understand digital society from the viewpoints of culture and ethics, as well as comprehend digital systems and how they are produced.

Master’s Programme in Sustainable Societies and Digitalisation focuses on awareness of the diversity of digital cultures. After completing the Master’s Programme students understand the role of digital media and communication technology in today’s and future society and recognize its ethical and societal risks. The program consists of the following academically independent specializations with distinct study profiles:

  • Accessibility and Diversity in Digital Services (ADDS)
  • Sustainable Digital Life (SDL)
  • Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Societies (AISS) (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Programme)

The program

  • Aims to educate creative, analytical, and critical experts in digital media and communication and information technology; experts who are capable of renewing society by envisioning, designing, and evaluating digital services that are ethically sustainable, accessible for everyone, and mindful of social and cultural diversity.
  • Focuses on sustainability not only related to digital things but also the way of learning: we ensure that future experts possess skills that are adaptive, far-reaching, and transformative in a variety of fields.
  • Has a special focus on accessibility: learning to understand the diversity of users and ways of using digital systems, how to evaluate the accessibility of existing systems, and how to take accessibility into account in design.
  • Is genuinely multidisciplinary: the teachers of the program represent various academic disciplines.
  • The program's core courses include digital literacy, fundamentals of service design, sustainable design, diverse digital culture, accessibility, and gamification.

Sustainability at Tampere University

  • We believe that promoting and educating the development of sustainable technology is a necessary approach to achieving the goal of sustainability.
  • As a herald of scholarship, our university recognizes that sustainability is a foundational imperative for various essential systemic entities.
  • Sustainability highlights the interconnectedness of economic, social, and ecological processes.
  • Sustainable Digital Life especially focuses on the study of the long-term structural change in digital and social systems to maintain social cohesion and solidarity while acknowledging the need to reduce environmental and resource consumption to a sustainable level.
  • There are many entities to which the necessity of sustainability pertains: nature, societies and cultures, the humankind. We want to cherish the diversity and resilience within all of these.
  • Considering modern digital lives, some various recent developments and trends need to be addressed in the pursuit of sustainability, such as the increasing carbon footprint of computation, increasing power of internet companies, challenges in regulating technology development, homogenization of the digital culture, people’s sense of losing control of their digital lives, information addiction, increasing loneliness and isolation and radicalization through technology.
  • Considering modern digital lives, the perspective of the users of technology integrated into their everyday practices calls for critical skills as literacies on technology. From a sustainability perspective, that is about ecological digital literacy.

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