MDP in English Language and Culture

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Program Description

MDP in English Language and Culture

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

MDP in English Language and Culture

This programme, taught entirely in English and aimed at international applicants, seeks to provide an opportunity to study English from a variety of literary and linguistic perspectives. The degree consists of coursework and a research thesis. The objectives of the programme include in-depth understanding of the multifacetedness of contemporary English studies; increased awareness of key debates in contemporary linguistics and literary studies; and an ability to carry out independent research. The enrolment for this programme is limited to the maximum of four (4) international students per year.

During their studies, students will specialize on linguistics or literary and cultural studies. The Department has internationally recognized areas of strength in both linguistics and literary studies. In linguistics, these include dialectology, language contact, language variation and change, pragmatics, and bilingualism. In literary and cultural studies, the Department's areas of strength include postcolonial and ethnic literatures, American literature, popular fiction, and contemporary fiction.

The MA consists of the following elements:

  • Coursework in English (40 ECTS) consisting of a research seminar (5 ECTS), an obligatory methodology course (5 ECTS) and optional courses (30 ECTS),
  • MA thesis (40 ECTS; ca. 20,000 words),
  • Other studies (40 ECTS). These may include extra studies in English, other studies offered by the University, or a work placement.

Admission requirements

  • A recognized BA degree in the area of English Language and Literature, English Linguistics, or English Translation.
    • The University of Eastern Finland will accept a temporary BA certificate / a certificate of completion of studies (all BA studies must be completed) from countries where final BA certificates take extra time to receive for administrative reasons.
  • English proficiency. Applicants must submit a recent TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test score. The certificate (except IELTS and PTE) must be sent directly to the University Admissions Finland by the test administrator by the end of the application period. Applicants whose native tongue is English and who come from the so-called ENL countries (English as a Native Language countries) or who have completed their BA degrees in those countries, do not have to take the language test. These applicants can prove their native tongue status with their upper secondary school diploma if this fact is not already apparent from the BA degree. These ENL countries are Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Minimum requirements of the language tests are as follows:
    • TOEFL: 600 (Paper Based Test) / 100 (Internet Based Test)
    • IELTS (Academic): 7.0.
    • PTE (Academic): 68
  • If the applicant has successfully completed studies in the English department at the University of Eastern Finland (formerly University of Joensuu) as an Erasmus exchange student previously, then s/he does not have to take the language proficiency test.
  • Motivation letter in which the applicant explains his or her educational goals and study objectives for the University of Eastern Finland and also explains why he or she has chosen to study in this programme.
  • Letter of reference from a former teacher or professor; not obligatory but highly advisable.

    The enrolment is limited to the maximum of four (4) international students per year. Applicants are placed in a rank order on the basis of the following requirements in this order:

    • language test result: a) the overall score, b) language area: writing
    • earlier academic study success: a) the grade of the main subject: English, b) other subjects
    • motivation letter.

    The University of Eastern Finland holds the right to rank order and decide on the intake of students according to these three requirement categories. In case there are two or more evenly ranked applicants for the fourth place, the university can enroll extra students.

    The university will make a ranked reserve list of those applicants that meet all admission requirements but who were not selected. If any of the successful candidates turns down their study place then the university will call upon applicants from the reserve list according to the afore-mentioned ranked order.

    Tuition and scholarships

    The programme has no tuition fees. Students are however expected to cover all their living costs in Finland. In order to be granted a residence permit, non-EU/EEA citizens are required to show that they have at least 6720€ per year or 560€ per month at their disposal. The University of Eastern Finland does not offer any financial support to its students.

    Next application round: 1.12.2015-27.1.2016

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  • Last updated July 22, 2015
    Duration & Price
    This course is Campus based
    Start Date
    Start date
    Aug. 2016
    2 years
    Full time
    Start date Aug. 2016
    Finland Joensuu
    Application deadline Request Info
    End date Request Info
    Duration 2 years
    Price Free