Study Master of Arts in Finland

Study Master of Arts in Finland

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.

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41 Master of Arts Master's degrees in Finland

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. 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. 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

Welcome to the Master´s Programme in Photograhy at Aalto University! In The School of Arts, Design and Architecture, theory meets practice. The University is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland. The programme provides a high level education and the studies enable the development of advanced professional competence, expressive skills and theoretical thinking.

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. 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. 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. 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. Culture and Arts - Screenwriting

The aim of the Master of Culture and Arts - Screenwriting degree programme at Tampere University of Applied Sciences is to train scriptwriters who are able to develop film scripts that are innovative and creative but also commercially viable. The programme addresses issues of language, genre, economic viability, and artistic merit within the process of film script development and film script production.

English Masters
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. New Media - Game Design and Production

Are you interested in learning game design and production with leading professionals in an international atmosphere? 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

Are you passionate about discovering and widening the scope of sound design in the digital era? Welcome to study Sound in New Media Major Subject. 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 offers a comprehensive overview of current and emergent cultural realities and theories as well as practical tools for analyzing present-day cultural phenomena.

School of Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT)
M.A. Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA)

Visual Culture and Contemporary Art 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. Media Management

The graduate programme in Media Management at Arcada University of Applied Sciences is intended for persons who wish to deepen their knowledge, skills, and competence in order to manage creative companies within the content industries.

Business, Information Technology and Media
M.A. Film and Television - Film and Television Producing

The goal of the Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Film and Television Producing 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, a deeper understanding of artistic leadership or equivalent advanced competence planned together with the student. The Film and Television - Film and Television Producing course is delivered by Aalto University.

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. Visual Culture and Contemporary Art: Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA)

Visual Culture and Contemporary Art: Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA) is a two-year, transdisciplinary major on contemporary art and its publics and is delivered by Aalto University. It provides a structure for reflection and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere. We aim to explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture
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. 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. 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. 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. Education and Globalisation

MA in Education and Globalisation at the University of Oulu is a full-time two-year international Master's programme. Students major in educational sciences. The central aim of the programme is to develop quality in education and to equip students to exercise socially responsible leadership in complex and diverse societies.

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.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. Learning, Education and Technology

Learning, Education and Technology is a full-time two-year international Master’s Programme at the University of Oulu. Upon completing it, students are awarded a Master of Arts (Education) degree leading to doctoral studies.

M.A. Visual Communication Design

Visual Communication is changing rapidly. Design thinking now includes new forms such as story-telling, experiences, and data visualization. Our 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. 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