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Master's Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience (NOCURE)

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Study objectives 

The Master's Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience (NOCURE) will give the students

  • an in-depth understanding of issues related to resilience and sustainability from a multidisciplinary perspectives
  • the ability to think and work critically and independently
  • competence to apply interdisciplinary conceptualizations and research approaches in the study of social change at local, national, regional and global levels
  • theoretical and methodological skills to formulate relevant research problems and to undertake independent scientific work
  • capability to collect and use various kinds of research data
  • the capacity to generate new knowledge and to work for sustainability and resilience in society
  • expertise needed to manage complex risks related to social change
  • skills to communicate with multicultural and multiple audiences
  • problem solving skills, collaborative work skills and organizational skills that can be applied in various kinds of jobs and tasks in governmental and non-governmental organizations, in business and in civil society both in local, national and global contexts

Study contents 

How do societies react and adjust to cultural, environmental and social crises or other major social changes? For example, in what ways can digitalisation contribute to the preservation and transmission of cultural heritage or minority languages? How can the Baltic and Arctic Sea areas be used as a laboratory for previsioning and adapting to global changes? What can we learn from the Nordic experience? What are the tools and best practices to manage risks and enhance resilience related to social change?

By employing an interdisciplinary approach, this NOCURE Master’s Degree Programme provides the students with in-depth problem-solving skills and critical expertise for the benefit of future societies. It aims at producing expertise on cultural and social resilience and building capacity to adjust to various global changes such as climate change. NOCURE curriculum is a combination of modules focusing on cultural, environmental, and societal themes related to sustainability and resilience, as well as on the interplay between the local, regional and global scales. The cultural angle orientates with topics including cultural heritage and memory, cultural history, identity, digital heritage and curation and cultural diplomacy. The environmental angle touches upon issues such as green growth, environmental politics and governance, and science and technology studies particularly in the context of the Baltic Sea and Arctic regions. The social angle, in turn, focuses on global justice, democracy, security and the experience of the Nordic welfare state. The focus is on the interplay between the local, regional and global scales in constructing and maintaining various forms of resilience. The NOCURE programme is based on the best practices of the Finnish education system and our international teaching and research networks in the Nordic and Baltic regions in particular. The programme is based on problem-based teaching, implying that a variety of group work, case studies and examples from research and organizations are used in teaching.

The structure of the NOCURE.


  • Degree: Master of Arts (in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilence studies)
  • European Diploma Supplement  

Duration and ECTS

  • 2 years/4 semesters
  • 120 ECTS

Requirements for admission

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