Master of Arts in Social Sciences

Tartu Ăślikool (UT)

  • Location Tartu, Estonia
  • Degree Type MA
  • Start Date No info
  • Duration No info
  • Application Deadline No info
  • Language English
  • Attendance On Campus
  • Dedication Full-time
  • Pace Instructor-paced
  • Tuition fees No info

Program description

Is digital transformation taking over the society? How are governments tackling secure data exchange and cybersecurity? How is and how should data analytics be employed in politics and governance? Are governments and public institutions allowed to profile citizens? Could digital transformation lead to greater discontent with politics and renewed authoritarian tendencies? How can democratic political leaders govern with higher efficiency whilst respecting citizens’ data privacy?

These are important challenges to tackle, especially in the digital era. The MA programme in Politics and Governance in the Digital Age offers you the knowledge and skills for this enquiry.

This MA programme integrates key fundamentals of governance, digital transformation and data analysis as essential aspects of political developments in the contemporary world. Understanding digital governance is key for building a successful career in modern government, digital civil society, politics or international organisations.

The programme provides in-depth knowledge about core topics of political science such as modern political institutions, elections, political behaviour and ethics, combined with data-driven governance, e-democracy and critical thinking in the digital society. This is reinforced by training in data analytics, research methods and quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques.

Political science and international research among the highest-ranked specialties of University of Tartu by the “QS World University Rankings by Subject” in 2021 (range 151–200).

What will you get from this programme?

A career in government and politics requires three things:

  • knowledge about contemporary democracy and governance;
  • analytical insight and skills for data analysis methods;
  • outstanding communication skills.

The MA programme in Politics and Governance in the Digital Age delivers these objectives by integrating the study of politics with the rigors of analytical thinking and training in effective communication. In addition, you can complement your studies with a semester abroad as the Institute has numerous exchange opportunities.

Our learning outcomes include:

  • integrated knowledge of core components of politics and governance as well as of digital transformation, including state-held e-services;
  • data analysis skills using examples from digital services, the Estonian e-residency programme and the e-Estonia open data repository;
  • media competencies and critical thinking;
  • understanding of modern institutions and and of how digital transformation shapes political processes;
  • the ability to identify and analyse the key problems and processes of governance, involving both government institutions and civil society;
  • proper research skills to perform policy analysis and contribute to policy formation;
  • solid writing and oral presentation skills to be effective in a professional career;
  • an international perspective that will enrich career prospects both at home and globally.

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