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:

Linguistics and Language Technology

The MA students from the Linguistics and Language Technology sub-programme have the necessary academic skills, theoretical knowledge and other capacities to enable them to continue their studies in PhD programs in either Linguistics or Language Technology, or to be able to work as specialists in non-academic jobs requiring intensive and extensive knowledge in linguistics and/or language technology. The sub-programme is made up of four modules, which are further described in the curriculum of the whole Linguistic Sciences MA program.

Academic Head
Professor Stefan Werner
tel: +358 294 45 2161

Sociolinguistics: Language Contacts and Language Policy

In a globalizing world, societies are faced with multilingualism and language contact, which heightens the significance of language policy. This sub-programme builds a solid foundation for a career in research, higher education, international organizations or national contexts by focusing on language and society in multilingual settings: outcomes of language contact, language minorities and endangerment, globalization of English, and language policy. The sub-programme collaborates with international study programmes in sociology, human geography, and history. The sub-programme is made up of four modules, which will be further described in the Curriculum of the whole Linguistic Sciences MA program available by the end of this year.

Academic Head
Professor Gregory Watson
tel: +358 0294 45 2160

Translation Studies and Translation Technology

In today's world, translation industry is highly technologised. The sub-programme of translation studies and translation technology offers training for technology-savvy translation specialists with a solid theoretical basis in translation studies. Extensive hands-on learning and collaborative and dialogical teaching methods equip the students with skills and abilities required in modern translation industry, and promote innovative research on MA level and beyond. The sub-programme is made up of four modules, which will be further described in the Curriculum of the whole Linguistic Sciences MA program available by the end of this year.

Academic Head
Professor Kaisa Koskinen
tel +358 294 45 2131

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.


Postal Address

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

Contact persons

University Lecturer Stefan Werner
+358 294 45 2161 

Planning Officer for International Relations Milena Fayt
+358 294 45 2052