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Studying Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (M.A., Magister Artium) is the most common Master's degree besides the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and nowadays awarded by most universities in Europe as well as world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Magister and Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus. The study duration of a Master of Arts programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered.

According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved. A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. The Master of Arts is typically awarded in fields such as languages, history, geography, philosophy, fine arts but also social sciences and has thus an overlap with the Master of Science.

In order to receive a Master of Arts, the completion of a dissertation based on independent research is usually required besides the completion of courses.

Studying in Finland

Finland is situated in northern Europe and neighbours Sweden, Norway and Russia. For an international student Finland is both an exotic and a safe target country. Finnish society is credible: a networked and transparent open civic society, where education is always a top first priority.

44 Master of Arts Master's degrees in Finland

M.A. Intercultural Communication

Today people, ideas and goods are moving around the world on an unprecedented scale. In our private as well as professional lives, we are increasingly brought into contact with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The field of intercultural communication strives to understand human social interaction across contexts such as multinational businesses, immigrant families, or internationally operating online communities, among many others. Located at the Department of Language and Communication Studies,University of Jyväskylä, Finland, this two-year Intercultural Communication interdisciplinary course introduces its students to intercultural communication theory and practice.

University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. European and Nordic Studies

This European and Nordic Studies programme from University of Helsinki takes you to these roots. A multidisciplinary study path introduces you to various aspects of European society, culture and politics. Along the way, it draws from the strengths of Nordic research on Europe, with its strong focus on regional cooperation, diversity, identities, institutions, culture and the politics of history and memory. 

M.A. Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age

This Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age Master's programme at University of Helsinki will provide you with an understanding of the nature and diversity of human language and with the theoretical tools for working with language material. If you are interested in languages but are unable to decide which of them you want to study, this Master's programme offers several fields of specialisation. 

M.A. Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society

Interested in the questions of language, identity and societal inclusion? Wondering about the functions of multilingualism in contemporary societies, or about how mobility and migration affect language use and language learning? The Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society master’s programme from University of Jyväskylä tackles these questions and more.

University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. English Studies

The Master’s programme in English Studies offered by University of Helsinki 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.

M.A. Collaborative and Industrial Design

The Master’s programme in Collaborative and Industrial Design (CoID) focuses on design's role in society. It provides skills to work as as design entrepreneurs and in a range of roles within industry, business, communities, education and the government. This programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Photography

The programme provides a high level education and the studies enable the development of advanced professional competence, expressive skills and theoretical thinking. A strong artistic vision and the ability to think conceptually are the key objectives of the programme. The Master's Programme in Photography is offered by the Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Teacher Education

The Teacher Education programme from the University of Tampere aims at integrating the most essential research in curriculum studies, educational psychology, inclusive education, and pedagogical leadership to provide tools for the development of school education.

M.A. New Media - Game Design and Production

Game Design and Production is a Major Subject within the Master’s Programme in New Media focusing on game design for interactive digital media. The New Media - Game Design and Production course is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. New Media - Sound in New Media

The education is project-oriented, joining practice with theory. It combines art, design and media driven aspects of sound, covering a wide range of disciplines from concept design to live performance and from storytelling to programming. The New Media - Sound in New Media course is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Cultural Studies

The MA in Cultural Studies degree at University of Tampere offers a comprehensive overview of current and emergent cultural realities and theories as well as practical tools for analyzing present-day cultural phenomena.

M.A. Educational Sciences

The objective of the Master’s Degree Programme in Educational Sciences at University of Jyväskylä  is to prepare highly competent and internationally oriented educators to raise the quality of education in the diversifying contexts of the globalized world.

University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Education and Psychology
M.A. Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA)

Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) at Aalto University focuses on tutoring students to develop and contextualize their own artistic, curatorial or theoretical work. It is open to artists and practitioners with different backgrounds. The program explores new forms of artistic production and professional agency within the broader field of contemporary art and visual culture.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Arctic Art and Design

The Arctic Art and Design master’s programme at University of Lapland  focuses on the intersection of art and design, using the strengths of both disciplines. 

Faculty of Art and Design
M.A. International Design Business Management

International Design Business Management at Aalto University develops expertise in global design business management through multidisciplinary collaboration and learning that cuts across the areas of business, design and technology. The programme emphasizes the importance of design as a key competitive factor, linked with state-of-the-art technology and business competence.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. New Media - New Media Design and Production

New Media Design and Production is a major subject within the Master’s Programme in New Media, focusing on art and design in interactive media. The New Media - New Media Design and Production programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Creative Sustainability

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. This Creative Sustainability programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Learning, Education and Technology

Learning, Education and Technology (LET) is a full-time two-year international master’s programme offered by University of Oulu. After completing the programme, students are awarded a Master of Arts (Education) degree. The core of the education consists of three theoretical viewpoints: self-regulated learning, collaborative learning, and technology-enhanced learning. Each of these aspects is discussed both in theory and in practice

M.A. Visual Communication Design

Visual Communication is changing rapidly. Design thinking now includes new forms such as story-telling, experiences, and data visualization. The Visual Communication Design programmes at Aalto University represent an expanded trans-media discipline of communication and expression.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems

Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems programme trains experts and researchers for various national and international tasks in the field of Education. The programme concentrates on the focus points of the research conducted at the Faculty of Education: learning research, learning environments and research of educational systems from the comparative perspective.

Faculty of Education
M.A. Russian Studies

Upon completion of the Master´s Programme in Russian Studies at University of Helsinki, you will have acquired in-depth knowledge of Russia’s past and present and developed Russia-related expertise for use in your future career. 

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Product and Spatial Design

The Product and Spatial Design programme at Aalto University educates designers with a distinct design personality. Students will learn to manage design processes, learn about the regulations in construction, material knowledge, skills in 3D composition, and understand the spatiality of people and products.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Master's Degree Programme in Social Exclusion

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

Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology
M.A. Film and Television - Screenwriting

In the Master’s Programme in Screenwriting, the student studies in greater depth the central theoretical questions and artistic modes of expressions within the field and obtains the skills needed to apply this learning in their own screenwriting work. The Film and Television - Screenwriting course is delivered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Film and Television - Film Sound Design

Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Film Sound Design train artists and professionals to work as sound designers and sound engineers in all areas of film production. The aim of master’s studies is to improve the student’s skills, especially in the area of sound design. The Film and Television - Film Sound Design course is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA)

The Master’s Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) at Aalto University educates professionals and researchers, to achieve understanding of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication, and give relevant competencies and pedagogical interaction skills for working in cross-cultural and international educational situations and environments.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Film and Television - Film Directing

Master’s programme in Film and Television, major in Film Directing strengthen the student director’s idea generation skills, idea development, storybuilding and narration skills in addition to developing the director’s personal cinematic style and directorial identity. This Film and Television - Film Directing programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design

The major in production design involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and production entity of a film production. This Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Futures Studies

The Master’s Degree Programme in Futures Studies is designed to educate foresight experts who help organisations to harness future opportunities and avoid unnecessary risks. The programme trains students to become professionals who are competent to choose from various methods when facing a particular development challenge.

Turku School of Economics
M.A. Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Design for the Performing Arts

The scenographer’s work involves constant recreation of the world and making things visible. The scenographer is an artist who works with the meanings, visual nature, functionality and dramatic properties of physical spaces. This Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Design for the Performing Arts programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Film and Television - Film and Television Producing

The goal of the Master’s Programme in Film and Television - Film and Television Producing from Aalto University is to deepen the student’s skills in his/her chosen direction – towards independent audiovisual entrepreneurship, a research or development project in the film producing field.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. English Language and Culture

This English Language and Culture master's degree programme from University of Eastern Finland, taught entirely in English and directed to international applicants, seeks to provide an opportunity to study English from a variety of literary and linguistic perspectives.

Philosophical Faculty
M.A. Film and Television - Cinematography

In Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Cinematography, the student deepens his/her vocational competence to achieve a greater mastery of the overall artistic, production and technical entity of his/her professional area in various film, TV and advertising productions. This Film and Television - Cinematography programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Film and Television - Documentary Film

The goal of the Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Documentary Film is to train visionary documentary film directors who create the future of the field. This Film and Television - Documentary Film programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. International Business Administration in Helsinki

The two–year Master’s programme in International Business Administration at Estonian Business School with specialisation in organizational change and leadership is designed for students with a Bachelor`s degree in Economics, Business or Management, or the equivalent who wish to become experts in the field of organisational Change and Leadership. 

Master's Studies
M.A. Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Costume Design

The Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Costume Design delivered by the Aalto University, aims at creating the future professionals for the field of costume design, supporting the development of a dynamic artistic vision and a research-oriented approach for the performing arts and the film and media creative industries.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Linguistic Sciences

This Master's degree programme (MDP) in Linguistic Sciences delivered at University of Eastern Finland, taught entirely in English, provides an opportunity to study language, linguistics, language technology and translation from a variety of perspectives.

Philosophical Faculty
M.A. Film and television - Film editing

The Major in Film Editing, part of the Master’s Programme in Film and Television, is a continuation of the bachelor’s studies in film editing. Bachelor’s studies in this major provide an outstanding foundation for master’s studies. The Film and television - Film editing course is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

The programme deepens and extends the students’ skills in strategic thinking as well as creating, coordinating and leading fashion and design concept processes. This Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design programme is offered by Aalto University.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
M.A. Baltic Sea Region Studies

The Baltic Sea Region Studies (BSRS) is a multidisciplinary international Master’s Programme that looks at the world from the perspective of the region formed by the nine coastal states of the Baltic Sea and the sea itself. The programme combines thematic studies from history, international relations, human geography and cultural studies with training in transferable skills that the students will need in working life.

Faculty of Humanities