Scoring applications in the Faculty of Arts
These instructions are for those who apply for the following Master's Programmes:

Master’s Programme in English Studies, Master’s Programme in Russian Studies, Master’s Programme In Intercultural Encounters and/or Master’s Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities

All applications submitted to Admission Services by the deadline and according to instructions will be assessed by the relevant degree programme. The assessment is carried out on the basis of predetermined admission criteria. The assessment of the application and the applicant’s previous education is known as the academic assessment. Degree programme-specific admission criteria are available in the Studyinfo service. 

 

Scor­ing an ap­plic­a­tion

You can obtain points in four categories, the maximum score obtainable for an application is 32.

Applicants will be ranked on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Total points for all sections
  2. Points for ‘Applicability of your previous studies to the master’s programme’
  3. Points for ‘Your motivation’
  4. Points for ‘Your academic performance in the applicable studies’

The criteria will be applied in the order indicated above.

The applicability of your previous studies will be assessed on the following scale:

Excellent applicability 10 points

Very good applicability 8 points

Good applicability 6 points

Moderate applicability 4 points

Poor applicability 2 points

No applicability 0 points

If the score for the applicability of your previous studies is below 4, the rest of your application will not be evaluated.

Your academic performance in the applicable studies is scored as follows: 

Average grade for the applicable studies weighted by credits (scale of 1 to 5)

5.0  10 points

4.0  8 points

3.0  6 points

Below 3.0  0 points

If the grading scale used is not five-tiered, the grade will be converted for the scale before scoring.

If the score for the academic performance is below 6, the motivation letter and your ability to write scientific text will not be evaluated. 

 

You need to write a motivation letter on the application form. Your motivation to complete a master’s degree in the programme that you are applying to will be assessed with the help of your letter of motivation. Your letter of motivation will be assessed on a scale of 0 to 5, in which half points can also be given.

In the motivation letter you will answer the following questions:

  • What are your motives for applying to this master's programme?
  •  Which of your previous studies support the studies of this master’s programme? Please specify how.
  • What are your expectations for the studies in this master’s programme?
  • Please specify how studying in this master's programme relates to your career objectives and what you wish to achieve by completing your master's degree?
  • What kind of research questions are you interested in (as the basis of your thesis)?
  • When applying to the Master’s Programme in Russian Studies, you must answer an additional question: "What is your knowledge of the Russian language?"

Your letter of motivation must not exceed 3,000 characters (including spaces), from which 1,000 characters are reserved for the question ‘What kind of research questions are you interested in?’ Any parts of the text exceeding the maximum number of characters will be disregarded.

If the score of your motivation is below 3, your ability to write scientific text will not be evaluated.

As a part of your application, you must write a short scientific text of your own. The text will be used in the assessment of your academic and research skills.

In Master’s Programme in English Studies and in Master’s Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities the text is summary of your completed, or nearly completed, bachelor’s thesis or of another equivalent scientific text that you have written,  

In Master’s Programme in Russian Studies and in Master’s Programme In Intercultural Encounters, a review of a short scientific article determined by the master's programme. 

The text may not have more than 2,000 characters (including spaces). Any parts of the text exceeding the maximum number of characters will be disregarded.

The text will be used in the assessment of your academic and research skills and will be assessed on the following scale:

Excellent 7

Very good 6

Good 5

Moderate 3

Poor 0

 

Language of the letter of motivation and the short scientific text

The language of the letter of motivation and the short scientific text will also be considered in the overall assessment of the application. Both must be fluently written and coherent in terms of content as well as demonstrate that you are able to write scientific text (incl. knowledge of the basic scientific concepts of the field). The motivation letter and the scientific text will not be evaluated if the above requirements are not met.

In Master’s Programme in English Studies, Master’s Programme in Russian Studies and in Master’s Programme In Intercultural Encounters both the scientific text and the motivation letter is to be written in English.

In Master’s Programme in Russian Studies you need to write the short scientific text about an article that the master's programme has published: TBA

In Master’s Programme In Intercultural Encounters you need to write the short scientific text about an article that the master's programme has published: TBA

In Master’s Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities the scientific text and the motivation letter is to be written in English, if you are completing the degree in English, Finnish, Swedish or English if you are completing the degree in Finnish or in Swedish.

Ap­plic­able stud­ies

Applicable studies refer to studies that provide you with the competence to successfully study towards a Master’s degree in the programme you are applying to.

Applicable studies can either be studies which are included in the degree that you use as a basis for eligibility, or these studies can be also studies that are not part of the degree. If your previous degree (the one which you use as the basis of eligibility) is from a difference scientific discipline than the Master’s Programme that you are applying to, you must show that you have conducted studies that are applicable to the scientific discipline of the Master’s Programme. Therefore, the faculty, when considering your application, can also take into account (depending on their admission criteria) the studies that you have completed outside/apart of your degree, such as in an open university or as part of another degree.

The grades of the applicable studies are usually taken into account, but the extent depends on the admission criteria of each programme. In general, high grades (usually measured by a GPA) are required. In each application round, however, applicants are compared to each other and only the best will be accepted. Because of this, the more detailed minimum grade levels differ per year and per study programme. For this reason, the University of Helsinki cannot assess the sufficiency of an applicant’s GPA or grade level beforehand.

For some Master’s Programmes, the applicable studies are described in detail in the admission criteria. This is the case if the Master’s Programme in question requires studies from a certain field. Please refer to the admission criteria of the Master’s programme of your choice for more details.

If the admission criteria of the programme you are applying to does not explicitly state which studies can be considered applicable or to give eligibility for the programme, you may try to assess the applicability of your studies yourself, for example:

  • familiarizing yourself with the website of the Master’s programme and the degree structure, and trying to assess whether you have completed such studies that provide you with a sufficient background knowledge to successfully study in the Master’s programme

No preliminary assessment on the eligibility of prior studies are made since the completed studies will be assessed in conjunction with the admission decision.