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The Master’s Programme in English Studies helps you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English and the teaching of English. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you develop skills needed in your future career, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work and project management.

An MA in English Studies prepares you for a variety of jobs, and our graduates have been successful in finding employment. If combined with mandatory pedagogical studies, the Master’s degree in English Studies qualifies you to be a language teacher. Alternatively, you can find employment in media or publishing, business or international organisations where language skills are required. English is used globally as the language of science, culture, business and tourism, and experts in English are required in all of these fields.

Further information about the studies on the Master’s programme website.

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

For the most part, the language of instruction is English, and the studies are completed in English.

The Master’s programme in English Studies offers a wide range of courses in English linguistics, literatures in English and the teaching of English. You can take courses in all three areas or just focus on one of them. We offer up to 25 elective courses each academic year, as well as research seminars which will support you in writing your Master’s thesis. You can also combine English studies with modules from other programmes in the Faculty of Arts, such as the Master’s programme in Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age or the Master’s programme in Literary Studies.

In linguistics courses you will focus on the structure and uses of English as well as on language variation and change, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics. In literature courses you study areas of the various literatures in English from narrative, cognitive, postcolonial and ecocritical perspectives. Courses in applied linguistics are tailored especially for future language teachers.

As a student in English Studies, you attend lectures but also work in collaboration with other students, partly in digital learning environments. To assess your learning progress, a variety of methods are used, including examinations, essays, learning diaries and group projects. In English Studies you will also practice your spoken and presentation skills.

During your Master’s studies, you can

  • Develop your expertise in linguistic or literary studies
  • Strengthen your understanding of theoretical approaches and research methods within English Studies
  • Strengthen your language skills, academic writing skills and presentation skills
  • Participate in research projects
  • Participate in the Master’s thesis seminar, during which you write your thesis
  • Study abroad as an exchange student (if you have not done so already).

You can choose between three specialisations: linguistics, literary studies and applied linguistics.

The scope of the Master’s degree is 120 credits (ECTS). The degree contains the following studies:

  • Advanced studies in the discipline (60–120 credits) and
  • If needed, you can take other courses to achieve the minimum credit requirement for the degree.

With full-time studies you should be able to complete the Master’s degree in two years.

During your Master’s studies, you will focus mainly on your specialisation, deepening your knowledge through coursework and writing your Master’s thesis. Depending on your interests, you can also include elective subjects and other supporting studies.

To help you complete your studies systematically, you prepare a personal study plan (PSP) at the beginning of your Master’s studies, with support from the programme staff and Student services.

The Master’s programme culminates in writing a Master’s thesis, an independent scientific study. The aim of the Master’s thesis is to develop basic skills required for conducting research, including:

  • Defining your chosen research problem in the context of previous research in the field
  • Finding information independently and assessing this information critically
  • Mastering the theories and research methods required in your work
  • Analysing your data
  • Communicating your results in a clear and logical format appropriate to the audience.

Given its scope and complexity, the Master’s thesis will help you develop research and project management skills which will be useful in a variety of professions.

In English Studies, you write your thesis in English.

English Studies prepares you for different types of careers in business and culture, as well as in public administration and education:

  • With careful selection of supporting studies, you can find employment in government, the media, libraries and other cultural institutions, national and international organisations, or tourism.
  • If you complete 60 credits of pedagogical studies in conjunction with English studies, you will be qualified to teach English in Finnish schools as well as in adult education in Finland.
  • After successfully completing your Master’s degree, you can also apply to continue your studies as a postgraduate student and later build a career as a university researcher or teacher.

The University of Helsinki has the most comprehensive selection of disciplines in Finland, making it easier for you to plan your specialisation and supporting studies to benefit your future career.

Career-related stories by English graduates can be found at http://www.toissa.fi/ (in Finnish).

Combined with mandatory pedagogical studies, a Master’s degree in English Studies gives you the qualifications required to become a language teacher.

In order to qualify as an English teacher in Finland, you must complete:

  • basic, intermediate and advanced studies in English (120 credits)
  • studies in another discipline taught in schools, such as another language (60 credits, not mandatory but recommended)
  • pedagogical studies (60 credits; separate selection procedure)
  • a Master’s degree.

If you are admitted into the programme in 2019, you will not be able to apply for a study right in pedagogical studies during your Master’s degree. However, you can apply for a study right after you have completed the Master’s degree (so-called “non-degree studies”).

Eligibility

You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:

  1. You have completed or will complete by 31 July 2019 a first-cycle degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or a second-cycle degree (e.g., master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  2. You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 11 January 2019. Below are more details concerning applicable studies.
  3. You have sufficient proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English. For further instructions on demonstrating your language proficiency, see the section “Required attachments”.

If you are, or have been, a degree student at the University of Helsinki, please check any special provisions that may apply to you.

If you have refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, please read the applicable instructions.

Admission procedure

You may be admitted if

  • You prove your eligibility (see above) by the deadline
  • You submit an electronic application through the Studyinfo service during the application round and submit the required attachments by the deadline. The application form is open from 3 December 2018 (8:00h Finnish time) to 11 January 2019 (15:00h Finnish time). Read more about what will happen after the application round.
  • You have completed basic and intermediate studies (a minimum of 60 ECTS credits) in a field applicable to the master’s programme (e.g., English philology, English literature), or studies of an equivalent level and scope. Please note: even if the degree serving as grounds for application is not completed during the application round (eligibility criterion 1), you must have a sufficient number of applicable studies completed by 11 January 2019 (eligibility criterion 2). The applicability of the field and the sufficiency of the competed studies will be evaluated in conjunction with admission. The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies. NB! Please note that excellent or native-level English command is not sufficient grounds for admission. Work experience (e.g., teaching English) will not be regarded.

All applications will be scored, and your admission will depend on the score your application has received.

You must select the language of your degree (English, Finnish or Swedish) on the application form. If you choose English as the language of your degree, you must complete the field-specific studies of the master’s programme as well as any other studies to be incorporated into your degree primarily in English. If you choose Finnish or Swedish as the language of your degree, you must complete the field-specific studies of the master’s programme in English, but may complete other studies in the languages of your choice. You will receive a degree diploma in the language chosen by you as the language of your degree, and the diploma supplement enclosed with the diploma will indicate the language of the degree. The language selection is binding. You must demonstrate proficiency in the selected language.

If in this round of admissions you are applying to more than one master’s programme at the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, you must rank them in order of preference on your application form. Even if you qualified for admission into more than one programme, you will only be offered a place in the one you ranked the highest.

Admission results

Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 12 April 2019 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programme in spring 2019.

Study right to be awarded

If you are admitted, you have been granted the right to pursue the degree of Master of Arts in the multilingual Master’s Programme in English Studies.

Statistics

Statistics on applicants can be found on the University’s webpage.

Re­quired at­tach­ments

The application must be accompanied by the following documents, submitted as instructed below:

  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate/diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • A diploma supplement (if available)
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations (when necessary)
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card OR your official identity card
  • Motivation letter to be included in the application form
  • Short scientific text to be included in the application form
  • Course catalogue (if you have completed studies outside Finland)

1) For further information and instructions on how to submit the required attachments, please read carefully the University’s instructions on submitting application documents.

2) You must choose the language of your degree (English, Finnish or Swedish) on the application form and demonstrate your language proficiency accordingly. For further information on the demonstration of language proficiency, please see the University’s instructions for the demonstration of language proficiency.

3) If the degree serving as grounds of application to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate/diploma with the application documents. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree certificate/diploma. NB! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2019 at the latest.

Due date 11.1.2019, 15:00
Delivery address
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