Cultures, Communities and Change. Master's Degree Programme in Ethnology, Anthropology and Cultural Policy

Degree title:
Master of Arts
Degree program type:
Master's Degree
120 cr
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Coordinating organisation:
Department of History and Ethnology, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


The KUMU master’s degree programme provides advanced knowledge about culture and society, ethnology, anthropology and cultural policy. Teaching is organised and implemented with the student’s future knowledge and skills in mind, and all forms of learning aim to take into account the cultural field as a whole, as a future employer and as an area of competence.

Master’s graduates demonstrate key knowledge and skills in ethnology, anthropology and cultural policy. They are able to produce new knowledge and to develop in their field in diverse linguistic and cultural environments. They are able to think critically, reflectively and analytically, set and solve their research problems and to acquire knowledge and apply it to the most demanding work in their own field. The master’s degree provides wide-ranging expertise in the field of culture and the arts, including the ability to act ethically, project work and communications skills, and skills in information and communication technologies.

Master’s degree students create contacts in their own field and practise important work skills. Students form a clear theoretical picture of the structures of the job market. Students thoroughly understand what kind of expertise and practical skills are needed in intercultural environments and for working in culture and the arts. They are able to communicate in various professional roles. Master’s degree students create a career plan (cv, portfolio) and practise job-seeking skills. Students are able to express the development of their skills, employability and international experience.

The study timetables, scope and completion methods have been created to support smooth progress and accessibility. Master’s graduates are ready to move into employment or doctoral studies.  

Learning outcomes

After completing the master’s course, the student will:

  • be able to reflect on and express their own competence,
  • have practised job-seeking and be ready to transition to employment,
  • be confident contributing to the essential, theoretical debates in ethnology, anthropology and cultural policy, have deepened their expertise in one or more specialisms and be able to apply them in their own research,
  • be confident using a range of project work and communication skills required for specialist assignments,
  • be confident using methods in their own field of research and be able to do independent academic work, produce ethically sustainable data, retrieve information independently and think academically,
  • be able to create new knowledge and develop their own field in a globally responsible way,
  • be able to make an informed contribution to debates on culture and society by commenting, comparing and developing new perspectives,
  • identify their own competence, have embraced the concept of lifelong learning and be able to apply research knowledge to practical tasks and
  • be able to apply their own competence to their career goals and have the ability to pursue a higher degree in their own field.


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