Master in Linguistic Sciences

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Program Description

Master in Linguistic Sciences

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Master of 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.

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.

Translation Studies and Translation Technology

In today's world, translation industry is highly technologies. 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 the modern translation industry and promote innovative research on MA-level and beyond.


The MDP in Linguistic Sciences is focused on language as medium of communication in various contexts. Each sub-programme has advantages that are of a 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 an 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.


The Programme will accept 21 international students, 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 demonstrate good English skills by submitting a recent TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test score.

The English language test is not required from applicants who have successfully completed Bachelor's or master's degree (or higher) in English language in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden),secondary education or BA/MA degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, or studies in the School of Humanities of the University of Eastern Finland (formerly University of Joensuu) as exchange students. Instead of language test scores, it is required that the above-mentioned candidates enclose in the application a certificate from the university stating that the language of instruction during BA/MA studies has been English. Those who have completed their secondary education in the above-mentioned countries must enclose a copy of their transcript in the application.

In addition to the academic documents and the proof of the English language skills, 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.

The application round for the studies beginning in September 2018 is closed. The next application round for studies beginning in September 2019 will take place within November 2018 - January 2019.

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Last updated February 6, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
2 years
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8,000 EUR
Finland - Joensuu
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