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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Languages, Literature & Culture

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fee per year (non-EU/EEA students): 13000 €

  • Last Updated

    05 November 2018

Course content

Goal of the pro­gramme

The Master’s Programme in English Studies helps you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English and the teaching of English. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you develop skills needed in your future career, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work and project management.  

An MA in English Studies prepares you for a variety of jobs, and our graduates have been successful in finding employment. If combined with mandatory pedagogical studies, the Master’s degree in English Studies qualifies you to be a language teacher. Alternatively, you can find employment in media or publishing, business or international organisations where language skills are required. English is used globally as the language of science, culture, business and tourism, and experts in English are required in all of these fields.

Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.

Pro­gramme con­tents

The Master’s programme in English Studies offers a wide range of courses in English linguistics, literatures in English and the teaching of English. You can take courses in all three areas or just focus on one of them. We offer up to 25 elective courses each academic year, as well as research seminars which will support you in writing your Master’s thesis. You can also combine English studies with modules from other programmes in the Faculty of Arts, such as the Master’s programme in Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age or the Master’s programme in Literary Studies.

In linguistics courses you will focus on the structure and uses of English as well as on language variation and change, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics. In literature courses you study areas of the various literatures in English from narrative, cognitive, postcolonial and ecocritical perspectives. Courses in applied linguistics are tailored especially for future language teachers. 

As a student in English Studies, you attend lectures but also work in collaboration with other students, partly in digital learning environments. To assess your learning progress, a variety of methods are used, including examinations, essays, learning diaries and group projects. In English Studies you will also practice your spoken and presentation skills.

During your Master’s studies, you can

  • Develop your expertise in linguistic or literary studies
  • Strengthen your understanding of theoretical approaches and research methods within English Studies
  • Strengthen your language skills, academic writing skills and presentation skills
  • Participate in research projects
  • Participate in the Master’s thesis seminar, during which you write your thesis
  • Study abroad as an exchange student (if you have not done so already).

Visit the English Studies - MA page on the University of Helsinki website for more details!

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