Degree Programme in Politics


The Degree Programme in Politics imparts academic capabilities and theoretically and methodologically innovative perspectives for the analysis of the complex and changing phenomena in politics. The programme conceives of politics as an extensive phenomenon. It covers various levels, from the regional and national to the European and more international level. It finds politics even outside the conventional sector in all social life and action. In addition to a scientific consistency in the research approach the programme encourages critical thinking and so a contemplation of the purpose and objectives of political action. Internationalisation and work internships are in a prominent position in the programme.

In the Degree Programme in Politics students first take the Bachelor’s degree on a broad-based Bachelor’s programme. In Master’s studies the degree programme splits into studies in Political Science and in International Relations. Students will take the direction of their choice according to choices made during Bachelor’s studies.

Those graduating from the programme are competitive and sought after not only in state and public administration but also in organisations, media, international tasks and also in the service of companies in the field of relations to society.

The flexible structure of the curriculum of the Degree Programme in Politics provides students with the opportunity to study abroad as a part of their degree both on Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. The degree programme has a comprehensive list of international exchange partners, and the programme also co-operates with these partners widely (Erasmus and Nordplus programme, bilateral partners). After spending a semester or a full academic year in exchange, many Politics students also complete a voluntary internship period abroad in embassies and international organisations during their Master’s studies.

The degree programme offers a significant number of studies in English, which enables internationalisation at home and learning in multicultural communities. Politics also has a long tradition of being involved in several specialised Master’s degree programmes offered in English over the years (currently MDP in Leadership for Change (LFC) and MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (PEACE)).


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Information for Current Students

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Departmental Advisers

For information about the contents and requirements of the studies in Politics, please contact the teacher responsible for the course/module or the respective departmental advisers:

International Relations: Professor Juha Vuori, rm. Pinni A4045, tel. 050 437 7588, email: juha.vuori(at)
Office hours: Mon 13–14 o’clock (during semesters) or by appointment.

Political Science: University Lecturer Mikko Lahtinen, rm. Pinni A4044, tel. 050 318 5995, email: mikko.lahtinen(at)
Office hours: Mon 13–14 (during semesters) or by appointment.

International Exchanges – Administration (Erasmus, Nordplus and bilateral student exchanges)
Minna Höijer, Coordinator of International Education
rm. Pinni A2069, tel. 050 318 6604, email: minna.hoijer(at)
Office hours: Tue 9–11 & Thu 13.30–15 o’clock (during semesters), or by appointment.


Degree Programme in Politics
Faculty of Management and Business (MAB)
FI-33014 Tampere University

Visiting address: Kanslerinrinne 1, 4th floor (Pinni A Building)