Master in Linguistic Data Sciences
Language use and linguistic data are essential in various disciplines today and in all areas of our digitalized society. It is widely recognized that society needs people who understand language as data, who can work analytically and can analyze linguistic data systematically. This Master’s degree program focuses on the interfaces between languages and digitalization in today’s world.
This program, taught entirely in English, provides an opportunity to study language in today’s digitalized society from a variety of perspectives. These consist of sociolinguistics, language technology, and translation. The core of this program consists of a set of courses in empirical linguistics (syntax, phonetics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, contact linguistics, translation studies) that offer various areas of specialization for the students. In addition, we cross disciplinary boundaries and collaborate with computer science as well as data sciences and statistics. This means that students are encouraged to choose from optional packages that be used to tailor the program to suit individual needs. Many of the courses utilize text and speech data mining and big data analytics.
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 linguistics, language studies, or translation studies, 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.
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 (studyinfo.fi).
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 www.uef.fi/en/web/admissions/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.
Should you have any questions concerning the program, please contact Coordinator Juuso Loikkanen (firstname.lastname@example.org).