University of Helsinki

English Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13000
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, Finnish, Swedish
    Language
The Masters 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.

About

Upon graduation, you will have excellent command of the English language. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you will also develop other skills needed in your future career, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work, and project management.

An MA in English Studies from University of Helsinki 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.

Selection of the major

You can choose between two specialisations, Teacher Training and General. For the teacher’s specialisation, pedagogical studies are mandatory, and there is a separate selection process for these studies. If you choose the General specialisation, you can combine English Studies with other studies according to your interests.

Career

English Studies will prepare you for several 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 pedagogical studies for subject teachers, you will be qualified to teach English at comprehensive and upper secondary schools as well as in adult education.
  • 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 major and supporting studies to benefit your future career. Feel free to include the ones you find most interesting and useful in your degree.

Programme Structure

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

  • Advanced studies in the discipline (60120 credits) and
  • If needed, you can take other courses to achieve the minimum credit requirement for the degree (a total of 120 credits).

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

During your Masters studies, you will focus mainly on your specialization, deepening your knowledge through coursework and writing your Masters thesis. The advanced studies in yourspecialization subject include professional skills courses, which are typically completed as practical training.

Depending on your interests, you can also include elective subjects and other supporting studies.

To help you complete your studies systematically, you will prepare a personal study plan (PSP) at the beginning of your Masters studies, with support especially from the programme staff and from the Faculty and University administrators.

Detailed Programme Facts

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A):

    200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Eligibility

  • You demonstrate by 31 July that you have completed a first- or second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have completed the studies required for the Masters programme by 12 January.
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rectors Decision.

Application documents

  • Copy of the degree diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations
  • Motivation letter to be included in the application form
  • Abstract of the Bachelors thesis (or of an equivalent academic paper if you have not written a Bachelors thesis), to be included in the application form.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13000 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.