Modes of Study

Modes of Study in the Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Policy

The Master’s Degree Programme in Cultural Policy is a two-year, multidisciplinary programme (120 ECTS). The programme presents a variety of courses, which give students tools to study and explore critical issues relating to cultural policy and social sciences. Studies in the programme are divided into 1) Thesis Studies and Other Compulsory Studies,  2) Optional Studies, 3)  Other Common Studies and 4) Elective studies.


At the beginning of the first academic year, students create a personal study plan with the help of our teachers. The personal study plan considers each student’s individual interests and goals within the programme, and helps to plan the timing of the courses and the modes of study. The personal study plan can be modified and updated along the studies.

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Cultural Policy instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops, readings, essays and other written assignments, and book exams. The courses are instructed by the staff of Cultural Policy, visiting professors and other international guest lecturers. In addition, our visiting lecturers, who work in the field of arts and culture as artists, cultural producers or managers, bring in their own points of view and expertise. Online courses are increasingly being developed in order to provide flexibility in the curriculum.

During their first year of study, students participate in an intensive programme of lecture courses and seminars. The Master’s Thesis Seminar I starts in the autumn semester of the first year. The master’s thesis involves independent research carried out under supervision. The second year of study focuses on writing the thesis and specialising in the selected questions of cultural policy. An optional internship can also be included in the studies.

After successful completion of a minimum of 120 ECTS credits of study, including the master’s thesis, students are awarded the degree of Master of Social Sciences.