The programme includes studies in your chosen study track: Global Development Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Social and Public Policy, Social Data Science, Social Psychology, and Sociology as well as thematic studies.
The following thematic pathways are available:
- Data and Society: Social Data Science
- Ethnic Relations and Migration: Sociology, Social Psychology
- Mind and Society: Sociology, Social Psychology
- Socio-Cultural Shifts: Social and Cultural Anthropology, Global Development Studies
- Sources of Inequalities: Social and Public Policy, Sociology, Global Development Studies
The thematic pathways highlight the strengths of research at the University of Helsinki and its methodological expertise. As a student, you can include courses from all pathways in your optional studies.
The international teaching staff are research leaders in their fields and have longstanding experience of teaching multicultural student groups. All of the participating disciplines are ranked among the best 100 subjects in the QS World University Ranking by Subject.
The teaching in the COS programme is organised so that you can acquire expertise and skills relevant for working life as well as qualifications for doctoral studies. The unique context offered by the COS programme helps you to develop versatile expertise. The programme design allows you to build your individual portfolio according to your interests and career plans.
During your first year in the programme, you will study in your study track and take COS thematic and research skills courses. You will also begin your work towards your Master’s thesis. The second-year consists of further thematic studies, attending thesis seminars and writing your thesis.
The entire course programme is taught in English.
Check our online course catalogue.
Preliminary syllabus for the academic next year can be found on the Instructions for students website. Make sure to select the correct programme in the drop-down menu.