The Doctoral Programme for Language Studies encompasses all languages taught at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Helsinki. The programme covers a wide range of fields, including various synchronic and diachronic approaches to language, translation studies and language technology. Its focal areas are Language and interaction; Linguistic structures and context; Language contacts, change, variation and multilingualism; Meaning, texts and society; Turning points in translation and interpretation theory and practices; and Language technology and corpus linguistics.
The permise of The Doctoral Programme in Language studies is that langueage has an increasingly important role in society. Modern society is based on language and interaction, and democracy is based on the use of language: politicians and societal relevance often calls for multidisciplinary approaches and cooperation with other disciplines.
The Doctoral Programme offers courses on various aspects of linguistic theory and methodology. The main languages of instruction are Finnish, English and Swedish in accordance with the language policy of the University of Helsinki. Due to the nature of the Programme also other languages are possible. In supervision the language of the doctoral student’s subject is often used.