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Duration
2 years
Credits
120 ECTS
Scope
Full-time
Start
Fall 2019
Campus
Tampere (FIN), Kristiansand (NO) and Stockholm (SE)

Nordic societies are globally known for their well-functioning public services and their ability to combine equity with efficiency. The Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (NORDIG) provides its students a unique opportunity to learn how Nordic societies function and how they address key challenges that the public sector is facing today. NORDIG educates international experts who are able to tackle complex societal problems and develop state-of-the art, innovative solutions for both public and private sectors by resorting to multi-disciplinary perspectives and collaborations with key stakeholders.

NORDIG puts a strong emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. It equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills and the ability to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come.

Read more about the programme.

What do you learn?

The programme educates students to understand public interests and values and the impacts of public services and policies on citizens, organisations and society at large. NORDIG’s curriculum adds a truly Nordic dimension to studies on public administration and public policy. Graduates from the programme are equipped with generic and domain-specific competencies needed in the labour market and post-graduate studies.

NORDIG educates international experts who profoundly understand

  • the dynamics of public-private collaboration and knowledge-intensive professional work
  • public interests and values as well as impacts of public services and policies on citizens, organizations and society at large.
  • complex networks, service production and value chains.

Graduates will have adequate knowledge of the philosophy of the social sciences and theories of public and innovation policy, public administration, organisational studies and management in order to qualify them to enrol on PhD programmes in public administration and to be able to obtain and utilise the latest academic knowledge from the respective fields. In addition, graduates will develop their managerial skills in order to manage teams and projects – as well as their own learning and knowledge – and to coordinate and develop service systems and value chains both within and across organisational settings. The attitudes supported in the programme build on Nordic public values such as transparency, efficiency, equality and fairness, and focus on innovation, openness, problem-solving, partnership networks and global responsibility.

The domain-specific competencies of the programme are derived from the Nordic tradition in public administration and management, in combination with novel (pragmatic) insights from the extended network composed of non-degree providing partners.

The most important domain-specific competencies attained in the programme include understanding the following:

  • the complexities associated with the policy process;
  • the specificity of the public domain as an operating environment;
  • structures and operating principles of knowledge-intensive innovation systems;
  • the management of public processes, organisations and service systems;
  • public leadership.

The generic competencies of the programme highlight the importance of lifelong learning and the ability to work together with experts from different disciplinary, professional and cultural backgrounds. The programme puts a strong emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. A pragmatic epistemological approach is one of its cross-cutting themes. One semester is dedicated to critical issues related to learning, creativity and communication, which are practiced hands-on in the interdisciplinary context of KTH’s Open Lab. The core aim is to identify and address the so-called ‘wicked problems’ (for which no simple solutions exist) and, in turn, utilize the theoretical knowledge and available technological solutions to solve a multiplicity of societal problems associated with public governance and service provision. Nevertheless, the programmes research-intensive in nature and thus puts a special emphasis on methodological aspects, such as academic writing skills and data-gathering.

Job opportunities

The programme equips graduates with excellent learning and networking skills. They will be able to understand and manage complex networks, service production and value chains. These skills and competencies are particularly relevant given the changing nature of the public and private sectors; such as the blurring of boundaries between the two, the pressure for responding swiftly to societal demands, as well as the enormous socio-economic and political challenges facing European societies in years to come.

Course structure

The programme is organized jointly by the University of Tampere (Finland), The University of Agder (Norway) and the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and gives the opportunity to study in three excellent Nordic universities.

Students admitted to the programme will follow the same study path and mobility scheme; the first semester at University of Tampere, the second semester at University of Agder and the third semester at Royal Institute of Technology. In the fourth semester, students can choose to do their master's thesis at either University of Tampere or University of Agder. 

Mobility of the programme is supported by scholarships. Read more about the scholarships here.

1st semester

Studies at the University of Tampere (30 sp)

2nd semester

ORG411-1
Organisational Changes and Change Management
10 sp

ORG445-1
Leadership in Public Organisations
10 sp

SV-413-G
Regional Industrial Development, including Action Research Methods
10 sp

3rd semester

Studies at the Royal Institute of Technology (30 sp)

4th semester

Master`s Thesis at UiA or Tampere (30 sp)

Admission requirements

You are eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme if you:

  • have completed a university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of social sciences (e.g. administrative sciences, political science, business administration) or other relevant field (e.g. engineering) *
  • have fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. 

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system administered by Tampere University. The next application round takes place 4 December 2018 – 23 January 2019.

*Applicants who have not completed their Bachelor’s degree by the application deadline are also eligible to apply. In this case, they can be admitted to the programme on the condition that they graduate and send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University before the start of the studies (exact deadline will be given yearly). If the applicant does not submit the degree certificate to the University in time, this conditional admission will expire.

To be eligible to apply for the 2019 admission, you must obtain your Bachelor’s degree and submit an officially attested copy of the final degree certificate by deadline given in coordinating university’s official admission pages.

A link to the application form is available on the NORDIG webpage as well as Tampere University admissions web page during the application period. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 23 January 2019. For further information about the application and admission procedures as well as language requirements, visit Tampere University admission information pages.

Details

Application deadline

23 January

Places available

20

Questions about this programme?

Studies offered by

Faculty of Social Sciences

Questions regarding admission

Application and admission to the programme is through University of Tampere.

Aino Nordling, Study Coordinator, University of Tampere.

See more information on the University of Tampere webpage

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