General information Teaching Examinations Structure of degree Study units

The Master's degree programme in Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration (ERI) offers two (three*) major subjects:

1) Sociology

2) Social Psychology

*) Social Anthropology will join the programme in 2015.

Political Science students please note: contact the ERI coordinator and Deparmental amanuensis for detailed information on how to complete your degree.

ERI aims at giving students from different disciplines within Social Sciences a common background when it comes to analyzing intergroup phenomena, the consequences of migration and their implications for social relations and political processes.  The thematic courses within the ERI core aim at giving students a thorough general introduction into the wide field of ethnicity and migration studies. The students acquire knowledge about the dynamics of migration, about the contemporary relation between politics and diversity, and form a critical understanding about challenges of integration. In addition, the programme focuses on the interaction between minority and majority groups, as well as on issues concerning prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination.

ERI is offered entirely in English. It is however possible to include courses taken in another language than English in the degree. The amount of courses in other languages cannot exceed 25% of the number of total credits of the programme. That is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits.



Social Anthropology  (*from 2015)  Social Psychology Sociology
General studies (ECTS) 5 5 5
Studies in major subject (ECTS) 25 25 30
Thematic studies and thesis seminar (ECTS)
38 38 38
Optional studies (ECTS) 12 12 12
Pro Fradu Thesis (ECTS) 40 40 40


120 120



Studying in ERI


At the beginning of the studies, you will receive information about the degree structure, study blocks and amount of credits you have to complete as part of your MA studies. You have the  academic freedom to decide for yourself when to do certain courses and exams.  It is very important to do careful planning at the start of your studies.  During the first weeks, you draw up a personal study plan together with the ERI coordinator and a representative from your discipline.

Under the headline structure of degree you will find links to register for the courses. Please also check the general information pages for your major subject  in WebOodi, as they will contain important discipline specific information.

First year

During the first year of the programme, the students focus on studies in their respective majors. NOTE that the study units often are completed through faculty examinations which is a unique feature of the Finnish study system.  The exams require 6-8 weeks of preparation, and students usually study for the exam at the same time as attending other courses.  It is highly advisable to do one exam per term.

Compulsory thematic courses during the first year:
- 7150120 Introduction to Migration and Ethnic Relations (14.10-10.12.2014)
- 74025 Minorities and Majorities (23.1-8.5.2015)

The elective thematic course menu varies slightly every year.  How many elective courses you do per term depends on your study plan. Attending at least one methodology course per academic year is advisable, depending on how many credits the major subject requires.  

By the end of the first year and as a result of attending thesis seminar 1 (spring term), you should be ready to pinpoint the topic of the thesis. Collection of data for the thesis should ideally be done before the second year begins, during the summer months.

Optional studies included in the degree cover optional courses in your major subject, courses in methodology, thematic ERI-courses, career planning, language courses, a period of internship or other studies that match the topic of your master's thesis, in which case the studies must be approved in beforehand by the ERI professor. You may also attend other courses which interest you, but they are not included in the 120 ECTS required for the degree.

Second year

During the second year the students will continue with major subject and thematic studies, possibly also methodology. Its advisable to check and update your personal study plan at the start of the second year.

During the second part of the thesis seminar (in autumn of the second year) the thesis work should progress significantly.  In order to graduate by the end of June, the thesis should be handed in at the beginning of May. Ideally, all courses should be completed by the end of period 3.

Graduates are awarded a Master's Degree in Social Sciences (M. Soc. Sc) in the major subject, with a specialization in Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration.


Please note:             

Finnish language courses for international degree students are organised by the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies. Course descriptions and registration details:

Teaching Periods 2014-2015

Autumn term

Intensive period: 25.8-31.8
Period I: 1.9-19.10
Examination and independent study week 20.10-26.10
Period II: 27.10-14.12
Examination and independent study week 15.12-21.12

Spring term

Intensive period: 2.1-11.1
Period III: 12.1-1.3
Examination and independent study week 2.3-8.3
Period IV: 9.3-3.5
Examination and independent study week 4.5-10.5
Intensive period 4.5-31.5