Master in Linguistic Sciences

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Program Description

Master in Linguistic Sciences

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Master in Linguistic Sciences

This Master’s degree programme (MDP), taught entirely in English, seeks to provide an opportunity to study language, linguistics, language technology and translation from a variety of perspectives. The degree consists of coursework, workshops, book examinations, seminars and a research thesis (MA thesis). The programme consists of three thematic sub-programmes with overlapping basic components followed by field-specific special training. These sub-programmes are:

  • Linguistics and Language Technology
  • Sociolinguistics: Language Contacts and Language Policy
  • Translation Studies and Translation Technology

  • Linguistics and Language Technology

    The MA students from the Linguistics and Language Technology sub-programme have the necessary academic skills, theoretical knowledge and other capacities to enable them to continue their studies in PhD programs in either Linguistics or Language Technology, or to be able to work as specialists in non-academic jobs requiring intensive and extensive knowledge in linguistics and/or language technology. The sub-programme is made up of four modules, which are further described in the curriculum of the whole Linguistic Sciences MA program.

    Sociolinguistics: Language Contacts and Language Policy

    In a globalizing world, societies are faced with multilingualism and language contact, which heightens the significance of language policy. This sub-programme builds a solid foundation for a career in research, higher education, international organizations or national contexts by focusing on language and society in multilingual settings: outcomes of language contact, language minorities and endangerment, globalization of English, and language policy. The sub-programme collaborates with international study programmes in sociology, human geography, and history. The sub-programme is made up of four modules, which will be further described in the Curriculum of the whole Linguistic Sciences MA program available by the end of this year.

    Translation Studies and Translation Technology

    In today's world, translation industry is highly technologised. The sub-programme of translation studies and translation technology offers training for technology-savvy translation specialists with a solid theoretical basis in translation studies. Extensive hands-on learning and collaborative and dialogical teaching methods equip the students with skills and abilities required in modern translation industry, and promote innovative research on MA level and beyond. The sub-programme is made up of four modules, which will be further described in the Curriculum of the whole Linguistic Sciences MA program available by the end of this year.


    The MDP in Linguistic Sciences is focused on language as medium of communication in various contexts. Each sub-programme has advantages that are of particular currency in present-day linguistics: technological applications are increasingly important in linguistic research and the translation industry, while globalization and linguistic diversity in societies call for skilled experts in the fields of language policy, education, and communication.

    The objectives of the MDP include in-depth understanding of the focal issues, theories and methods of the corresponding sub-programme to the extent that after completing their MA the students are able to carry out independent research and are eligible to pursue doctoral studies in their field of specialisation.

    Besides academic jobs (research and/or teaching), graduates are envisaged to find career paths, depending on the sub-programme, in language technology firms, large translation agencies, localization and documentation houses, and in the fields of translator training, language planning, and language policy.


    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 per 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 citizens are required to prove that they have at least 6720 EUR 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 concerning this issue will be available in August 2016.


    The annual intake to the MDP in Linguistic Sciences is limited to the maximum of 21 students per year, with a maximum of 7 students in each sub-programme.

    The eligible applicant must have a BA degree in the area of linguistics, language studies, or translation studies. Moreover, all the applicants must submit a recent TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test score, except for those who have completed their bachelor's degree in the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States.

    In addition to the academic papers and the English language test results, an eligible applicant ought to provide a motivation letter explaining his/her educational goals in general and justifying his/her interest towards this specific Master's degree programme and its sub-programme .

    Next application period will take place within 1.12.2016-27.1.2017.
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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
2,000 EUR
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Joensuu
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Duration 2 years
Price 2,000 EUR