About the master
MAPS is promoted by the University of Torino and held at Collegio Carlo Alberto. It is an Advanced Master's programme, open to students with a second cycle degree or one-long cycle degree in social sciences (including economics and business administration), statistics, law, humanities and the like. MAPS trains highly motivated students in the processes of social change in European societies and the public policies to meet these challenges at the national, European and global level.
MAPS graduates receive an Advanced Master's Degree from the University of Torino. All courses are taught in English.
Students from outside the EU should be aware that obtaining a visa is a long process taking between two (at the least) and six or more months, and are encouraged to apply well in advance so as to be able to follow the programme from its beginning.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
MAPS aims to provide an in-depth understanding of:
- globalization trends and their consequences for public policy at national and European level;
- European governance and the politics of European policymaking;
- welfare state challenges and developments in a global perspective;
- current socioeconomic and demographic change trends;
- the ongoing tensions between economic and social policies in Europe.
MAPS graduates are able to:
- identify and analyze in a sophisticated way economic, social and demographic change and its consequences for European societies, the interdependencies between different policy areas and the interactions between different levels of governance;
- assess the outcomes of existing national and European public policies and envisage the regulatory instruments needed to meet ongoing challenges through innovative and evidence-based public policy;
- select and apply the most appropriate methods, frameworks and tools for social and policy analysis.
- it offers deep understanding of the processes of economic and social change in European societies (including demographic and migration trends) in the context of globalization;
- it sharpens your capacity to analyze global and EU governance in its interchange with national systems of governance;
- it makes you focus on comparative and international political economy, looking at the interplay between economic, social and political processes;
- it provides you with thorough expertise in the institutions, actors, processes and content of policymaking in the European Union;
- it trains you to strong interdisciplinarity and an empirical approach;
- it involves you in a highly profiled international research community at the Collegio, comprising a dynamic and cosmopolitan research and teaching environment;
- it provides you with personalized tutoring throughout the whole year spent at the Collegio.
Filippo Barbera (University of Torino)
Camilla Borgna (Collegio Carlo Alberto)
Klaus Armingeon (University of Berne)
Tiziana Caponio (University of Torino)
Bea Cantillon (University of Antwerpen)
Daniela Del Boca (University of Torino)
Margarita Estevez-Abe (Syracuse University & Collegio Carlo Alberto)
Anton Hemerijck (EUI)
Manuela Naldini (University of Torino)
Tiziana Nazio (University of Torino)
Francesco Ramella (University of Torino)
Stefano Sacchi (University of Milano)
Cristina Solera (University of Torino)
Applicants must be university graduates with at least 4 years of completed tertiary education in political science, sociology, economics, statistics, business administration, history, humanities, law studies and similar subjects.
In order to be eligible to MAPS, students must thus hold:
- a second cycle degree in one of the subjects above
- one-long cycle degree in one of the subjects above
(complete information can be found here: http://en.unito.it/studying-unito/courses/masters)
Admission to Master Programme is based on qualifications and interviews. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their CV, their English proficiency, two letters of reference and a motivation letter.
English proficiency is a key requirement for admission. Applicants are required to submit an English international language certificate ( i.e. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Proficiency, Cambridge English) to demonstrate their level. Candidates who are English native speakers, or have a degree from a university programme entirely taught in English and who have written a thesis in English in such a programme, are exempt from submitting a certificate of English proficiency. Students who cannot produce the required certifications will be admitted under conditions.
Applicants must follow the electronic application process, uploading all relevant documents, a motivation letter and full contacts of two people who will write letters of reference.
The two letters of reference must be sent directly by the referees to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and in any case no later than one week after the application is filed. Applicants who apply for partial tuition waivers or for scholarships must make sure that their referees send their letters to email@example.com within the same deadline as the main application.
Students who have acquired (or are about to acquire) their qualifying degree (second cycle degree or one-long cycle degree) in a country other than Italy can apply on the basis of certificates in the original language provided this is English, French, German or Spanish, or translated in Italian or English otherwise.
Short listed candidates can be required to have an interview with the Master’s coordinator or members of the Scientific committee (by phone or skype, or at the Collegio if convenient).
Students from outside the EU should be aware that obtaining a student visa is a long process taking between two (at the least) and six or more months. Moreover, in the Summer period consular offices are overflowed with requests from students who intend to study in Italy. Thus we recommend that students who need a visa apply to MAPS well in advance, and certainly no later than the end of May.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted.
Students take all core courses, the module on socioeconomic and demographic change and the methods module. They attend five workshops and write a final Master's paper by September 1st, 2019.
Taught hours are kept to a minimum, although in varying degrees across modules. Most of the hours are made of class discussions and presentations.
Students are also expected to actively attend seminars in politics and society held at the Collegio.
Levelling-up courses, taking place before the beginning of the regular courses, will be offered free of charge to admitted students in the core substantive areas of the MAPS so as to ensure that all students share the same knowledge base.
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE METHODS
INTRODUCTION TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Core Courses provide students with the empirical knowledge and interpretative skills necessary to understand and compare European institutions and governance, public and social policies, social changes, global and comparative political economy, and to build connections between democracy, welfare and capitalism.
COMPARATIVE AND PUBLIC POLICY (30 HOURS)
Klaus Armingeon and Camilla Borgna
EUROPEAN GOVERNANCE: THE POLITICS OF EU POLICYMAKING (20 HOURS)
Stefaan De Rynck
POLITICAL DYNAMICS. POPULISM AND THE EU (10 HOURS)
SOCIAL CHANGE: THEORIES AND DIMENSIONS (30 HOURS)
Bea Cantillon, Manuela Naldini and Chiara Saraceno
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBALIZATION (20 HOURS)
VARIETIES OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM (20 HOURS)
Topics in socioeconomic and demographic change (60 hours)
This module analyzes changes within family and gender relations, demographic, migration and labour market trends, with a focus on public policies.
POPULATION AND POLICY DYNAMICS (30 HOURS)
Teresa Cappiali and Teresa Martin
SOCIO-ECONOMIC TOPICS (30 HOURS)
Filippo Barbera, Daniela Del Boca, Francesco Ramella and Aron Szekely
Methods for social and policy analysis (70 hours)
The Methods module provide students with the toolbox required to carry out policy oriented analysis, evaluation and research.
METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part I (20 HOURS)
METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part II (10 HOURS)
METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part III (20 HOURS)
METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part IV (10 HOURS)
METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part V (10 HOURS)
Workshops (50 hours)
Workshops address specific issues in contemporary labour markets, inequality and poverty, global and European economic and social policy, the future of welfare states in the global economy, the role of China in the new political economy, the political economy of East Asia.
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EAST ASIA (10 HOURS)
POVERTY AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE IN AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA (10 HOURS)
SOUTH EUROPEAN WELFARE STATES: THE IMPACT OF THE CRISIS AND POST-CRISIS CHALLENGES (10 HOURS)
EUROPEAN COHESION POLICIES AND THE PLACE-BASED APPROACH (10 HOURS)
ECSR Spring School
Maps Students have the chance to attend for free the competetive Spring School for doctoral students organised yearly by the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR).
By the end of 2018, students will have to select a research topic, to be developed under the guidance of a member of the Master’s faculty. Students will be expected to write a final Master’s paper, complying to international scientific standards, by 1st September 2019.
Students who are interested in a more applied track, envisaging a career in the world of practice, may opt for doing an internship instead of writing a Master’s paper. This option must be clearly specified when applying to the programme. MAPS will then use its network to help such students find an internship aligned to individual research and professional expectations, in the private or public sector, in domestic, European or international institutions. The internship, if positively evaluated by the host institution, will substitute the Master’s paper, provided that the candidate submits, within September 1st 2019, a final paper which addresses a policy relevant issue dealt with during the internship, combining knowledge acquired during the courses and the expertise acquired with the internship.
Each student will be granted personalized advice and tutoring by a member of the Collegio community throughout the year, on top of extensive supervision and advice towards the completion of their Master’s paper by a member of the MAPS faculty.
Seminars (Politics & Society)
The programme is complemented by the seminar series in Politics and Society which brings at the Collegio world-class scholars and policymakers.
Placement & Careers
MAPS graduates will master the complexity of European and global social challenges. MAPS graduates are fully qualified for pursuing an academic career in any international academic institution.
According to a recent survey, more than half of MAPS alumni are currently enrolled in PhD programs or have completed them and are working as postdoctoral researchers. MAPS alumni can be found in international academic institutions such as the European University Institute (EUI), the Max Planck Institute, Humboldt University, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, University College Dublin, and Edinburgh University, as well as in several Italian universities.
Other MAPS alumni work as policy analysts, project officers or consultants in the private sector as well as in public administrations, European and international institutions, and NGOs.
The placement of MAPS students is generally very quick: more than 60% of MAPS alumni found a job or started a PhD within one month since the completion of the master and more than 80% did so within four months since graduation.
When asked about how this one-year master profited their career, almost 90% of our alumni state that thanks to MAPS courses or internship program they developed skills and knowledge that have proved very useful for their current job. Similarly, almost 90% of MAPS alumni deem the professional network developed during the master as very useful for their career.
Fees & Scholarships
MAPS tuition fees are set at € 5,000 for 2018/19.
They include the enrolment fee to the University of Turin, the course material, the use of Collegio and University facilities (e.g. library, e-resources), access to on-campus seminars.
Payment is to be made in three instalments:
- 1st non-refundable instalment of 10% of the fee within two weeks of admission;
- 2nd instalment of 50% of the fee within November 2018;
- 3rd instalment of 40% within January 2019.
Health insurance may be provided free of charge to successful applicants who need that in order to get their visa and are not covered by their own health insurance fund. This is a benefit worth approximately € 600.
A limited number of partial tuition waivers may be available, on a competitive basis, to particularly promising students. The amount of the waiver is determined on a case by case basis. In order to compete for partial tuition waivers the applicant must tick the relevant box in the application form. To secure the waiver the selected students must accept the offer and pay the non-refundable University enrolment fee of € 590 within two weeks of admission.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for external scholarships made available from institutions in their home country or international organizations, including philanthropic institutions. Please be aware that most scholarship opportunities have an early Spring deadline.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a scholarship programme for foreign students proficient in Italian. Visit the programme website
INPS offers scholarships to children of public employees and public retirees, to civil servants, and to orphans. The scholarships cover the total cost of the Master. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ENROLMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TURIN
In order to enrol at the University of Turin, admitted students must bring with them, upon arriving in Turin at the beginning of the programme, various documents.
STUDENTS WHO STUDIED IN ITALY
Students who have acquired their qualifying University degree (laurea specialistica or laurea quadriennale) in Italy must bring a certificato di laurea con voti in originale (in carta libera).
STUDENTS WHO STUDIED OUTSIDE ITALY
Students who have acquired their qualifying University degree (second cycle degree or one-long cycle degree) in a country other than from Italy must bring with them the following documents:
- Original of their degree and its official translation in Italian, certified by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which the degree was awarded. (Such authorities generally provide a list of official translators.)
- Declaration of value (in Italian: Dichiarazione di Valore in loco), issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which the degree was awarded. It is an official document written in Italian that provides a short description of the degree.
- Original transcript of records including details about passed exams, duration of the courses in hours and final evaluation for each of them and the whole length of the first degree. This can be replaced by the Diploma Supplement. If the original transcript of records or the Diploma Supplement is issued in a language other than English, French, German or Spanish, an official translation in Italian, certified by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which the degree was awarded must be provided.
The Collegio Carlo Alberto staff is available to support admitted students in dealing with main practical issues (visas, documents, accommodation, use of facilities). Please contact: email@example.com
LIFE IN TORINO
Turin is one of the main university towns in Italy, hosting both the Università degli Studi and the Politecnico and you will easily access everything that is normally needed for student life.
You can easily move around using public transport or various bike, motorbike and car sharing services.
Turin is less chaotic than other Italian towns and it is considered a “green” city, thanks to its many parks. It is culturally attractive and vibrant thanks to its modern and interactive museums and other cultural institutions.
After considering the cost of your particular Master program and evaluating the possibility of receiving a scholarship or a loan, it is necessary to understand the economic commitment that living in Torino will bring.
An indication of costs.
- Single room in shared apartment from € 250, all costs included
- Studio from € 450, all costs included
- Food € 250
- Transport € 38 (monthly bus fare)
- TOTAL monthly expenditure: starting from approx. € 600
Compared to other Italian cities
- Milan € 1.200,00
- Rome € 1.100,00
- Bologna € 900,00
After the enrollment the secretariat will provide you with some useful contacts to start house hunting in Torino.