Master in English Language and Culture


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Program Description

Master in English Language and Culture

This program, 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 program include an in-depth understanding of the multifacetedness of contemporary English studies; increased awareness of key debates in contemporary linguistics and literary studies; and the ability to carry out independent research.

During their studies, the students will specialize in the English language and culture or English literature and culture. In the English language and culture studies, the focus is on language contact, language variation and change, pragmatics, bilingualism, and using digital resources and tools to understand the role of English in the world today. In literary and cultural studies, the department's areas of strength include postcolonial and ethnic literature, American literature, popular fiction, and contemporary fiction.

Admission Criteria (2019 Intake)

Admission criteria for the 2020 intake will be confirmed in August 2019.

Eligible applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor's (or Master's) degree in the area of English Language and Literature, English Linguistics or English Translation, AND
  • sufficient English proficiency

Minimum requirements for the language skills verified through the official language tests are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 (6.5 in writing)
  • TOEFL iBT: 100/24 in writing
  • PTE (Academic): 68
  • C1 Advanced: 185/176 in writing
  • C2 Proficiency: 185/176 in writing

All applicants will be assessed and placed in the rank order on the basis of the following criteria, each graded from 0 to 5:

  • overall language test result (20 %)
  • writing test result (20 %)
  • academic performance (40 %)
  • motivation letter (20 %).

To be eligible for the program, all assessed items must meet the criteria for academic excellence and suitability to the program.

The candidates for scholarships are placed in the rank order on the basis of the criteria above.

Application Process

The next application period is from 2 December 2019 to 22 January 2020. All applications are to be submitted through the national application portal Studyinfo (

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

There is a tuition fee of 8000 euros per year for non-EU/EEA students. Scholarships covering 80 % of the tuition fee are available and can be applied during the online application process. For further information, see

Further Information

Should you have any questions concerning the program, please contact Coordinator Juuso Loikkanen (

Last updated October 2019

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