Master in Linguistic Data Sciences

University of Eastern Finland

Program Description

Master in Linguistic Data Sciences

University of Eastern Finland


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 programme focuses on the interfaces between languages and digitalization in today’s world.

This programme, 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 programme 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 programme to suit individual needs. Many of the courses utilize text and speech data mining and big data analytics.


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 to the programme, all assessed items must meet the criteria for academic excellency and suitability to the programme.

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


Applications are submitted through the national Studyinfo portal ( by 31 January 2019. The electronic version of the application will be considered sufficient. All admitted applicants are required to submit their original educational documents for verification upon arrival in Finland.

The results of the selection will be announced to the applicants by 5 April 2019. All applicants will be informed of their acceptance/rejection by email. The successful candidates are required to accept their study place by 15 May 2019. Students selected for the programme will commence their studies in September 2019.


There is an annual tuition fee of 8000 euros for non-EU/EEA students. Scholarships covering 80–100 % of the tuition fee are available and can be applied during the online application process. For further information, see


Should you have any other specific queries concerning the programme, please contact Coordinator Juuso Loikkanen (

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 30, 2018
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2 years
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8,000 EUR
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