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Master's Admission, Master's Programme in English Studies, Master of Arts (2 years)

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Application
Application for Master's Programmes in English, spring 2020 (University of Helsinki)
Application period
3.12.2019, 08:0010.1.2020, 15:00
Study places (for first timers)
15 (0)

Please note that these instructions apply to the latest application round. All the information about applying during the next application round 3.12.2019- 10.1.2020 will be updated by the end of October 2019.

Before that you can check the general guidelines on how to apply to the master's programmes and start preparing your documents. Please remember to check the updated instructions on this page before you apply to this programme.

Eligibility

You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:

  1. You have completed or will complete by 31 July 2019 a first-cycle degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or a second-cycle degree (e.g., master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  2. You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 11 January 2019. Below are more details concerning applicable studies.
  3. You have sufficient proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English. For further instructions on demonstrating your language proficiency, see the section “Required attachments”.

If you are, or have been, a degree student at the University of Helsinki, please check any special provisions that may apply to you.

If you have refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, please read the applicable instructions.   

Admission procedure

You may be admitted if

  • You prove your eligibility (see above) by the deadline
  • You submit an electronic application through the Studyinfo service during the application round and submit the required attachments by the deadline. The application form is open from 3 December 2018 (8:00h Finnish time) to 11 January 2019 (15:00h Finnish time). Read more about what will happen after the application round.
  • You have completed basic and intermediate studies (a minimum of 60 ECTS credits) in a field applicable to the master’s programme (e.g., English philology, English literature), or studies of an equivalent level and scope. Please note: even if the degree serving as grounds for application is not completed during the application round (eligibility criterion 1), you must have a sufficient number of applicable studies completed by 11 January 2019 (eligibility criterion 2). The applicability of the field and the sufficiency of the competed studies will be evaluated in conjunction with admission. The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies. NB! Please note that excellent or native-level English command is not sufficient grounds for admission. Work experience (e.g., teaching English) will not be regarded.

All applications will be scored, and your admission will depend on the score your application has received.

You must select the language of your degree (English, Finnish or Swedish) on the application form. If you choose English as the language of your degree, you must complete the field-specific studies of the master's programme as well as any other studies to be incorporated into your degree primarily in English. If you choose Finnish or Swedish as the language of your degree, you must complete the field-specific studies of the master’s programme in English, but may complete other studies in the languages of your choice. You will receive a degree diploma in the language chosen by you as the language of your degree, and the diploma supplement enclosed with the diploma will indicate the language of the degree. The language selection is binding. You must demonstrate proficiency in the selected language.

If in this round of admissions you are applying to more than one master’s programme at the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, you must rank them in order of preference on your application form. Even if you qualified for admission into more than one programme, you will only be offered a place in the one you ranked the highest.

Admission results

Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 12 April 2019 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programme in spring 2019.

Study right to be awarded

If you are admitted, you have been granted the right to pursue the degree of Master of Arts in the multilingual Master’s Programme in English Studies.

Statistics

Statistics on applicants can be found on the University’s webpage.

Required attachments

Please note that these instructions apply to the latest application round. All the information about applying during the next application round 3.12.2019- 10.1.2020 will be updated by the end of October 2019.

Before that you can check the general guidelines on how to apply to the master's programmes and start preparing your documents. Please remember to check the updated instructions on this page before you apply to this programme.

The application must be accompanied by the following documents, submitted as instructed below:

  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate/diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • A diploma supplement (if available)
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Authorised translations (when necessary)
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card OR your official identity card
  • Motivation letter to be included in the application form
  • Short scientific text to be included in the application form
  • Course catalogue (if you have completed studies outside Finland)

1) For further information and instructions on how to submit the required attachments, please read carefully the University’s instructions on submitting application documents.

2) You must choose the language of your degree (English, Finnish or Swedish) on the application form and demonstrate your language proficiency accordingly. For further information on the demonstration of language proficiency, please see the University’s instructions for the demonstration of language proficiency.

3) If the degree serving as grounds of application to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate/diploma with the application documents. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree certificate/diploma. NB! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2019 at the latest.

Due date 11.1.2020, 15:00
Delivery address
Admission Services, University of Helsinki
Unioninkatu 40 C
00170 HELSINKI
Admissions Services
P.O. Box 3 FI-00014 University of Helsinki Finland