University of Helsinki

English Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13000
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, Finnish, Swedish
    Language
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

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

Courses in English Studies focus on several topics relating to the English language, literatures in English, and teaching English. You can choose to combine courses from one or more lines according to your interests. 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 the Literature courses you will study several 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 will attend lectures but also work in collaboration with other students, partly in digital learning environments. To assess your learning progress, several methods are used, such as examinations, essays and learning diaries. In English Studies you will also practice your spoken and presentation skills.

During your Master’s studies, you can:
  • Progress further in your linguistic or literary studies and choose the most interesting courses
  • Strengthen your understanding of theory in your chosen field
  • Strengthen your language skills, academic writing skills and presentation skills
  • Participate in research projects
  • Participate in the Master’s thesis seminar, during which you will write your thesis
  • Complete studies abroad as an exchange student (if you have not done so already)
  • Complete practical training, by working as a trainee or a substitute teacher, for instance

Detailed Programme Facts

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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 Master’s programme by 12 January.
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rector’s 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 Bachelor’s thesis (or of an equivalent academic paper if you have not written a Bachelor’s 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.

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