Master in English Language and Culture

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Program Description

Master 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. There are overall 10 study places available for international students.

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.

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 (1.12.2016-27.1.2017). Applicants who have completed their secondary education or BA degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, do not have to take a language test.
  • If the applicant has successfully completed studies in the English department at the University of Eastern Finland 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.

    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.

    Tuition and scholarships

    Starting from September 2017 onwards non-EU/EEA students will be charged tuition fees for the programme. Their amount will be confirmed in August 2016. All students are also expected to pay an obligatory student union fee of 126 EUR/academic year and be able to cover all their living expenses in Finland (500-800 EUR per month depending on individual spending habits). In order to be granted a residence permit, non-EU/EEA students are required to show that they have at least 6720 EOR per year or 560 EUR per month at their disposal.

    Along with the introduction of tuition fees, University of Eastern Finland will provide scholarships to students admitted to the programme. More information regarding this issue will be available in August.

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    Last updated July 8, 2016
    Duration & Price
    This course is Campus based
    Start Date
    Start date
    Aug. 2017
    2 years
    Full time
    Start date Aug. 2017
    Finland Joensuu
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    End date Request Info
    Duration 2 years
    Price Free