Master’s Degree Programme in Linguistic Sciences (120 ECTS)

This Master’s degree programme (MDP), taught entirely in English, seeks to provide an opportunity to study language, linguistics, language technology and translation from a variety of perspectives. The degree consists of coursework, workshops, book examinations, seminars and a research thesis (MA thesis). The programme consists of three thematic sub-programmes with overlapping basic components followed by field-specific special training. These sub-programmes are:

See Curriculum for more detailed information.


The MDP in Linguistic Sciences is focused on language as medium of communication in various contexts. Each sub-programme has advantages that are of particular currency in present-day linguistics: technological applications are increasingly important in linguistic research and the translation industry, while globalization and linguistic diversity in societies call for skilled experts in the fields of language policy, education, and communication.

The objectives of the MDP include in-depth understanding of the focal issues, theories and methods of the corresponding sub-programme to the extent that after completing their MA the students are able to carry out independent research and are eligible to pursue doctoral studies in their field of specialisation.

Besides academic jobs (research and/or teaching), graduates are envisaged to find career paths, depending on the sub-programme, in language technology firms, large translation agencies, localization and documentation houses, and in the fields of translator training, language planning, and language policy.


No tuition fees will be charged from the students, but there is an obligatory Student Union membership fee. The membership fee for one academic year is approximately €110. The University of Eastern Finland does not offer selected students funding, scholarships, financial aid or working opportunities. Therefore, students are responsible for their study and living costs in Joensuu, Finland. In addition, we do not have further information on your funding opportunities in Finland – your funding is your responsibility.

When applying for their student residence permit, international students (non-EU/EEA students) are required to evidence that they have at least €560 per month (€6,720 per year) at their disposal.

Practical information for new students:



Postal Address

MDP in Linguistic Sciences 
University of Eastern Finland 
P.O. Box 111 
FI-80101 Joensuu 
+358 294 45 1111 (switchboard) 
ling-sci (at)

Contact persons

University Lecturer Stefan Werner
+358 294 45 2161 
ling-sci (at)

Coordinator of International Relations Milena Fayt
+358 294 45 2052 
ling-sci (at)