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Social Entrepreneurship

The Social Entrepreneurship programme is a progressive educational initiative of Tallinn University with the aim to promote entrepreneurship and the innovation of the social and health sector, environmental protection, urban development, rural development and community development.

Study level Master's Studies

Duration of study 2 years

Language English

Cost per semester 1750

  • Are you a developer or entrepreneur who wish to have larger social impact?
  • Or a professional of the social and health sector who wants to create more sustainable services?

Then Social Entrepreneurship Master´s program of Tallinn University is for you.

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The Social Entrepreneurship programme is a progressive educational initiative of Tallinn University with the aim to promote entrepreneurship and the innovation of the social and health sector, environmental protection, urban development, rural development and community development.

Our program provides you with a flexible opportunity to develop your own ideas using the innovative and business friendly infrastructure of Estonia and being supported by experts of Tallinn University.

Who are we looking for?

Students with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences or business are encouraged to apply. We also encourage social and health professionals, activists, entrepreneurs, owners of small and medium enterprises and even developers, marketers, designers, media experts who are interested in creative developments with a strong social impact.

We are looking for highly motivated students who are full of ideas and creativity and want to contribute to the society with their positive energy. Our aim is to create a multidisciplinary, international learning and working environment where with the method of project based learning participants inspire each other using the supportive infrastructure of Estonia and Tallinn University.

Why study with us?
  • Estonia’s advanced eGovernance system and the strong spirit of entrepreneurship creates an innovative and inspiring environment for creative development.
  • It is the only curriculum for Social Entrepreneurship in the region that gives not only an academic degree but also a supportive environment for development.
  • The program follows the project based learning method. Experienced staff members of Tallinn University will guide students through their learning process in a very practice oriented way using the academic and creative infrastructure of Tallinn University for both academic learning and development.
  • Has a mandatory internship to provide students with practical experience and networking before graduation.
  • Interdisciplinary approach, including interdisciplinary project courses, which will broaden perspectives.
  • International student body and study environment with students from all over the world. Our program encourages to develop ideas on international level while Estonia’s e-residency system provides participants with the opportunity to use the advanced digital environment of Estonia even after students turned back to their home country.
  • Broad career prospects – social entrepreneurs are welcome both in public sector bringing sustainable solutions to social and health services and also in private sector helping businesses to have larger social impact.

Course outline

  • The programme offers a substantial amount of elective courses. You can design your study program according to your personal interest and the profile of your project plan.
  • All courses have a global or international approach so you can focus on a country or region you are most interested in when doing your assignments, but also learn about other countries and regions.
  • You will complete your studies with a master thesis.
  • There is no upper limit to the amount of courses you can take – you can study as much as you like.
  • Lectures and seminars take place during weekdays. On average, there is about 15 hours of auditory work per week, but there is also a substantial amount of independent work. 
Core course components
  • Social Entrepreneurship, concept and practice 8 ECTS
  • The concept of social capital and social impact 6 ECTS
  • Civil Society and Social Innovations 6 ECTS
  • Research methods and methodology for social entrepreneurship 6 ECTS
  • Project management 6 ECTS
  • Open Innovation Systems 6 ECTS
  • Business development models 6 ECTS
  • E-Governance for responsible Innovation 4 ECTS
  • European Union and international project management 6 ECTS
  • Master Thesis Seminar 6 ECTS
  • Communication and PR 6 ECTS
  • ELU Course 6ECTS

Study programme

Additional questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Governance, Law and Society:
E-mail: Ave Põldmets-Ruut
Phone: +372 6409 382

Academic Staff

 

Zsolt Bugarszki, PhD (Hungary) is a lecturer of social policy at Tallinn University. His main interest is the situation of vulnerable people in the community and innovation of the service sector through ICT based technology. In addition he works in several development programs in different countries emphasising creative solutions in low- and middle income countries.


Jaan Aps, (Estonia) is a chairman and co-founder of the Estonian Social Enterprise Network that is among the strongest social enterprise support organisations in Northern Europe. He has been a member of GECES, the European Commission´s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship. In 2013, he was elected as ´Mission person of the year´ by the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations for his long-term commitment to promoting societal impact analysis. His speaking and training engagements have included Armenia, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Latvia, Moldova and Turkey.

Twitter: @stories4impact


Katri-Liis Reimann (Estonia) is an Associate Professor of public management at Tallinn University, Estonia. She is a management consultant and a social entrepreneur. Katri-Liis is a management professional with 20 years of experience in delivering international projects. She has experience from working for the private and NGO sectors, including 10 years in management of the Estonian-Finnish cross-border cooperation organisation. Her social enterprise Skill Mill deals with providing environmental maintenance services with ex-offenders and E-dible deals with awareness raising and trainings on reduction of food waste. Her company Brainport Living Lab provides consultancy in international projects and strategic management; her family company Reimann Retked engages in provision of educational and adventurous nature trips.


 Marek Mühlberg (Estonia) is an entrepreneur, futurist, startup ecosystem builder, speaker/lecturer. Marek builds business processes across functions. He is obsessed with service design and does not believe in fitting into boxes. He works on partnership building and innovation at Tallinn University Open Academy where he organized Estonia’s first creative industries hackathon and one of the largest mentoring event “Stratup Speed Dating Night”.


Mari-Liis Jakobson (Estonia) is Associate Professor of Political Sociology and researcher at the European Migration Network's Estonian national contact point. She is also an expert on civil society active in both academic research as well as in practice. She is member of board of the Network of Estonian Nongovernmental Organisations, in 2013-2017 also served on the board of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly. On the Social Entrepreneurship programme she will be teaching Civil Society and Social Innovation.

Admission Requirements

General requirements:
Entrance exams:
  • The entrance exam consists of written assignment (written answers to the questions concerning their motivation and desire to study at the programme) and an interview with the admissions committee via Skype.
  • For the purposes of identity verification at the admission procedure the Admission Committee has the right to take a screenshot during the oral part of the admission exam carried out via video bridge.
  • Maximum number of points is 100 (50% written, 50% oral part).
  • Students receiving minimum 35 points of the written part, are allowed to the oral interview.
  • Minimum programme enrollment threshold: 70 points out of 100.
  • Candidate is expected to bring to the admission interview the Bachelor's thesis and the review(s).
  • Some prior familiarity with the field of Social Entrepreneurship is an advantage.
     
  • Written assignment. Please submit a motivation letter (minimum 1000 words), answering the following questions:

    1. The choice of the programme: Why Tallinn University? Why Social Entrepreneurship programme? What courses and moduls interest you the most? What do you plan to write in your MA thesis?
    2. Previous studies and work experience: What were your BA studies about? Comment on your academic writing skills and give an overview of your BA thesis. Describe your work experience if you have it. 
    3. Your plans after MA studies: What do you plan to do after the graduation? What is your dream job? How will the MA studies help to achieve your goals? What competences do you hope to get from the programme? 
    4. Knowledge of the field: What are the basic problems in the field of Social Entrepreneurship that you would like to solve? Give your solutions.
    5. How do you plan to finance your studies?

Post-graduate destinations

Future jobs and employment opportunities

Social entrepreneurs are welcome both in public sector bringing sustainable solutions to social and health services and also in private sector helping businesses to have larger social impact:

  • Social entrepreneur
  • Non-profit manager
  • CSR manager
  • Project manager
  • Analyst of social impact
  • Business developer
  • Community developer

Why School of Governance, Law and Society?

  • The school of Governance, Law, and Society has a large international student body and a large number of international faculty members.   
  • Students have excellent opportunities to spend a semester or two abroad through the Erasmus programme. Our Eramus network provides a large selection of schools as well as the easy transfer of credits.The incoming Erasmus students add to the diversity of the institute and programme. 
Extracurricular Activities

Hacktathons, creative hubs, incubation, pre-incubation

We encourage our students to participate with their project ideas in hackathon events, idea fairs and programs of different creative hubs. Tallinn University also organizes similar events promoting creative development and entrepreneurship among our students. Our ELU courses are special opportunities to develop new ideas with participants from very different study fields.

Social Entrepreneurship Summer School course

Before applying to the programme, you can learn more about School of Governance, Law and Society on our Summer School course: Social Enterprises: Using Your Creativity and Sensitivity!

Tallinn Summer School, organised since 2006, is a 3-week programme running in July, combining a wide range of courses with a rich, diverse cultural programme and attracting participants from all over the world. In addition to a variety of social events, participants visit museums, historical sights, places of cultural importance, and see some of the nature of Estonia on weekend trips to different locations within the country. Tallinn Summer School manages to maintain a scholarly approach alongside a relaxed atmosphere, studying at the same time as exploring the culture of Estonia.

Course: SOCIAL ENTERPRISES: USING YOUR CREATIVITY AND SENSITIVITY

The course is intended to contribute to the students’ systematic understanding of social enterprises in order to promote social inclusion of vulnerable people in the community in a sustainable way combining entrepreneurship skills with social responsibility.

After the course, the participant has acquired the knowledge about the characteristic of social enterprises, is able to combine business and social aspect and has improved his /her professional skills to use methods of business development and marketing in order to establish social enterprises.

During the course, students will create their own plan for social enterprises combining skills and knowledges from different study fields. Upon full participation and completion of course work students will be awarded 4 ECTS points and a certificate of completion.

Environment

Tallinn University has a modern urban campus located in the center of the city. The beautiful view of the harbour is a constant reminder that students studing at Tallinn University are in the center of a major European hub. The airport, train and bus stations are also just a few minutes away by public transport. Our students have access to physical and online libraries, computer labs, cafeterias and cafes. Further, the university has all the facilities necessary for a productive learning environment and ample opportunities for leisure, sports, and social activities, all leading to an exciting and well balanced student life. Take a walk around our campus via the virtual tour!

The airport, train and bus stations are also just a few minutes away by public transport. Further, the university has all the facilities necessary for a productive learning environment and ample opportunities for leisure, sports, and social activities, all leading to an exciting and well balanced student life. Take a walk around our campus via the virtual tour! Our Social Entrepreneurship program is taught entirely in the English language. Our student body is international, with students from many countries in Europe, as well as students from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Day-to-day student life is always international at Tallinn University, as our program is closely connected with other English language programs and among your classmates, you will also find visiting Erasmus students.

Before applying to the programme, you can learn more about School of Governance, Law and Society on our Summer School course: Social Enterprises: Using Your Creativity and Sensitivity!

Contact us

Should you have any questions about the programme do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Governance, Law and Society:
    E-mail: tamara.statsenko@tlu.ee
    Phone: + 372 6409 455
  • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist:
    E-mail: admissions@tlu.ee

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