Welcome to study English studies

The Master’s Programme in English studies invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2024 to take a moment to explore this page and get to know us better. Our staff, students and faculty welcome you!

The admission results (application round from 1 Dec 2023 to 3 Jan 2024) have been sent to the applicants to the e-mail address given on their application form. The results can also be found in the My Studyinfo -service.

Greetings from the programme

Welcome to the MA programme in English Studies at the University of Helsinki, where you will embark on an exciting journey through the multifaceted world of English language, literature, and culture! Our programme stands out for its interdisciplinary approach, which combines several core areas in English studies to provide you with a comprehensive and well-rounded education.

Through our programme, you will explore the intricate relationships between language, culture, society, and communication, using a range of cutting-edge research methodologies and technologies. You will have a chance to delve into the complex structures and functions of the English language, as well as its creative and expressive potential in literature and other forms of cultural production.

Our programme is also designed to prepare you for real-world applications of language studies, including language teaching and intercultural communication. We offer a range of courses in applied linguistics, which will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a variety of professional settings. Our teaching also incorporates innovative tools of corpus linguistics and digital humanities, which enable you to analyse language patterns and usage in large datasets, providing new insights into the social, cultural, and historical contexts of language production and reception.

Our programme offers a supportive and collaborative learning environment, where you will be guided by experienced faculty members who are and committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals. You will also have access to the learning resources available at the university, including scholarly literature, digital archives and databases, which will enable you to carry out independent research and produce innovative projects.

We are confident that our programme will provide you with a rich and rewarding educational experience and equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We look forward to welcoming you to our community of scholars and supporting you on this  journey.

Turo Hiltunen

Director of the programme


Meet our students

Do you wonder what it is like to study at the University of Helsinki? How is student life or housing in the City of Helsinki?

You can chat directly with our student Rida or other University of Helsinki students on our chat platform. However, note that for questions related to admissions you should contact the Admission Services.

The student blog posts on the chat platform are also a great way to get an overview of student life in Helsinki.

You can also read firsthand student testimonials, where our students Luna, Isabel and Timo share their experiences of studying in the Master's Progamme in English Studies.

Orientation and tutoring

The teaching officially starts on 2 September 2024, but you should participate in the orientation activities for the new students already before classes begin (Orientation week 26 August – 1 September). You will be assigned to a tutor group led by a senior student, or student tutor. You will learn more about studying in our programme and get support with administrative matters. This will make it easier for you to start your studies and life in Helsinki.

The detailed information concerning the orientation and student tutors will be published in the Instructions for students. Remember to select your programme in the dropdown menu to access the information relevant to your degree programme.

You should also get in contact with your academic mentor and make the initial personal study plan during the orientation week.

UNITalent Pro­gramme

The international students in the Master's Programme in English Studies can apply to the UNITalent Programme. It is designed to support international students in building professional networks in Finland and to gain insight into field specific working life. Students take part by attending monthly group meetings with hosting organisation for a period of three months. During the programme, the University Career Services also provides training in career management skills.

Contacts and useful links

If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, courses or studies, please contact Programme Director Turo Hiltunen or Training Officer Tia Svanberg.

If you have questions related to the admissions and accepting your study place, please contact the Admission Services.