Social Sciences and Humanities

At the Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC), the strong societal research of the University of Tampere joins the traditions of the humanities. Welcome to study the relations between society and individuals, and the changing nature of this relationship, in the Nordic way!

Application options

To study social sciences or humanities as an exchange student, you can apply for:

Degree Programme in History

The teaching in the degree programme goes from the Age of Antiquity to recent history and is thematically structured. Teaching stresses the social history perspective. This means the scrutiny of historical phenomena in the long term, comparative and conceptual research emphasizing the societal relevance of historical research, and a critical stance to its time. The majority of teaching is given in Finnish, but the programme offers some courses also in English.

Degree Programme in Philosophy

The degree programme in philosophy offers knowledge of philosophy in the Western tradition, covering the core areas of philosophy from metaphysics and logic to epistemology and philosophy of science, and to ethics and social philosophy. The degree programme provides students with an opportunity to develop their skills in argumentation, both in philosophical debates and in scientific writing. The majority of teaching is given in Finnish, but the programme offers some courses also in English.

Degree Programme in Psychology

Studies in psychology aim at providing all students with specific professional skills and with a general ability to work in positions requiring scientific psychological knowledge. The curriculum covers five main sectors: 1) educational, developmental and personality psychology, 2), psychology of health and mental health, 3) cognitive and neuropsychology, 4) psychology of work and organizations, and 5) research methods. The teaching is given in Finnish, but occasional English-taught courses are organized at Master’s level.

Degree Programme in Social Sciences

The degree programme covers basic and applied social sciences which are among the major strengths of the University of Tampere: social policy, social psychology, gender studies and social anthropology. The majority of teaching is given in Finnish, but the programme offers yearly some courses in English.

Degree Programme in Social Work

Degree Programme in Social Work at the University of Tampere is the oldest social work education and research unit in Finland. Social work is concerned with issues of welfare among individuals and groups, social problem situations and the related change processes. Studies in social work combine aspects from the social and behavioural sciences in order to understand and alleviate inequality and the problems of individuals and society pertaining to interaction. The majority of teaching is given in Finnish, but the programme offers some courses also in English.


The teaching language in the degree programmes: Finnish. However, every year there are selected courses offered in English in almost all study fields.

The courses taught in English: compiled every year in the teaching schedule under the title “Studies offered in English in the Faculty of Social Sciences”. The exchange students may also apply to courses offered by another degree programme than their own host programme, provided there is space available in the course and they have sufficient academic knowledge to study the subject in question.

The Faculty also offers a module “North American Studies”, which is open to all students and has annual teaching in English.

Finnish Society and Culture: once in a semester, the Faculty of Social Sciences hosts an introductory course on Finnish society and culture (3-5 ECTS), especially intended for international exchange and degree students. The course is open for students in higher education institutions in Tampere (Unipoli). The lectures are given by experts in the fields of e.g. Finnish History, Welfare State, Foreign Policy, Technology, Innovations, Literature, Culture, Music, Art, Design, Environmental issues and Forestry.

Independent studying: It is also possible to complete some study units in English, not available as contact teaching, by writing an essay or by taking a set book exam.

Contact information

Ms Anna Wansén-Kaseva
International Coordinator
email: anna.wansen-kaseva (at)