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Master's Degree Programme in Social Exclusion, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #541 (QS) Turku, Finland
Social exclusion is a complex condition that extends beyond economic disadvantage and poverty. It is a multifaceted process through which people lose political, legal, and social agency, and through which they are stigmatized or discriminated against. This programme provides analytical tools for critically reflecting on our social and cultural futures from a larger perspective.


In the midst of the growing diversity and complexity of today’s rapidly changing world, people suffering from poverty, deprivation of legal rights, and cultural and social isolation have become a growing global concern. These issues are examples of a phenomenon termed social exclusion; a complex condition that extends beyond economic disadvantage and poverty. 

This programme offers tools for analyzing social exclusion from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program will build students criticality around the subject and themes of social exclusion along the lines of humanities, and anchored in subjects such as history, ethics, philosophy, gender studies, theology and minority studies.

The professional foundations of a masters in Social exclusion are related to tasks in research, planning, administration, politics and also tasks in different organizations offering consultation and guidance. Masters in Social Exclusion (SoEx) graduates are competent to work in national and international contexts in the public, private and civil society sectors, in occupations such as project leaders, coordinators, human right practitioners/officer, sustainable development officer, social affairs officer, researcher and more. 

Programme Structure

The programme prepares students to critically examining and comprehend the processes of social exclusion from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program is designed to equip students with written and oral communication skills, collaborative work skills as well as analytical thinking and problem solving skills.

The program consists of five interrelated modules which include the following 5 ECTS courses

  • Social Exclusion in a Historical Perspective
  • Social Exclusion: Key Approaches
  • Race, Racism and Antiracism
  • The Geography of Social Exclusion
  • Social Exclusion, Religion and Lifeviews: Advanced Perspectives
  • Social exclusion: Patterns of Oppression and Resistance

About a third of the programme involves acquiring research tools and conducting research (5 ECTS), participating in Master Thesis seminars (5 ECTS) and writing a Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) in a collaborative and multicultural and multidisciplinary research environment.


The programme emphasises on dissecting North-South-East-West relationship/dialogue from a critical perspective. Members of our teaching team come from various backgrounds and all of them have a lot of international experience. In addition to the lecturers from Åbo Akademi University, there will be experts from other institutions, both from Finland and abroad, teaching in the programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Application period: 3 December (8:00 am Helsinki time) to 31 January (3:00pm Helsinki time).

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • A completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the fields of the desired programme or in a closely related subject
  • Fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies, proven by official language test score (TOEFL 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based; IELTS 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5, PTE 62)
  • In addition, previous studies, relevant work and organisation experience, as well as other merits and qualifications can be taken into account

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents (including a CV and a motivation letter); there is no entrance examination. Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Turku

  • 775 - 1130 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


ÅAU's scholarship programme is aimed for tuition fee paying students and connected to the study entitlement.

We have 3 scholarship categories:

  • Full Scholarship, covering the tuition fee and includes a annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses (6 720 €), awarded for 2 years
  • Tuition Fee Scholarship, covering 100 % of the tuition fee, awarded for 2 years
  • Tuition Fee Scholarship, covering 50 % of the tuition fee, awarded for 2 years 

Second year is conditional. 

Students who have paid their fees during the first year will also have a chance to apply for a scholarship for the second year.

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