Career

The Master's Programme 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 (MA)  in English Studies qualifies you to be a language teacher. Alternatively, you can find employment in media or publishing, business, or international organisations. English is used globally as the language of science, culture, business and tourism, and experts in English are required in all of these fields.

A degree in English Studies prepares you for example for careers in business, publishing, public administration and education.

With careful selection of supporting studies, you can find employment in government, the media, libraries and other cultural institutions, national and international organisations, or tourism.

If you complete pedagogical studies for subject teachers, you will be qualified to teach English at comprehensive and upper secondary schools in Finland.

After successfully completing your Master’s degree, you can also apply to continue your studies as a postgraduate student and later build a career as a university researcher or teacher.

The University of Helsinki has the most comprehensive selection of disciplines in Finland, making it easier for you to plan your specialization and supporting studies to benefit your future career.

Combined with mandatory pedagogical studies, a Master’s degree in English Studies gives you the qualifications required to become a language teacher.

In order to qualify as an English teacher in Finland, you must complete: 

  • BA studies in English (60 credits)
  • MA studies in English (60 credits)
  • studies in another discipline taught in schools, such as another language (60 credits, not mandatory but recommended)
  • pedagogical studies (60 credits; separate selection procedure during studies)

Please note that if you are admitted into the programme in 2019, you will not be able to apply for a study right in pedagogical studies during your Master's degree. However, you can apply for a study right after you have completed the Master's degree (so-called "non-degree studies").

After completing your Master of Arts degree, you can continue with postgraduate studies and apply to complete the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s leading centre of research in the humanities. The Faculty has a strong research orientation, and its research represents the top level in many fields, both in Europe and globally.

Doctoral programmes at the Faculty of Arts are:

More information about doctoral education at the University of Helsinki.

Building your career begins already during your studies. Working life and career development perspectives are integrated into many of the courses. Your studies can also include work practice or other working life oriented study units.

From the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree, the Career Services at the University of Helsinki give guidance and support, including career guidance and counselling, courses and events, and facilitation of mentoring groups.

More information about the Career Services at the University of Helsinki.

In honour of the University of Helsinki's 375th anniversary, the Faculty of Arts presented 375 humanists during 2015. Quite a few of them are alumni of linguistics related subjects. 

Get to know the humanists.