Master's Degree Programme in Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society, Master of Arts (2 yrs)

Degree name
Master of Arts
Planned duration
2 years
Studies begin
Autumn 2018
Extent of the study programme
120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction
English
Degree level
Master's degree
Tuition fee per year for non-EU/EEA students
8000 Euros

Study objectives

What is the role of language in our societies? What are the connections of discourse, power and (in)equalities in workplace, media, language education and policy making? How is language linked to identity and societal inclusion? What role does or could multilingualism play in contemporary societies? How do mobility and migration affect language use and language learning? If you are interested in these and similar questions and their complex answers, the master’s program in Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society (APPLANG) is right for you.  

Linguistic proficiency alone doesn’t make a skilled communicator. In today’s world, we need an understanding of how language works as social and cultural practice and medium. APPLANG provides you with such insights as well as the skills to critically think about the role language plays in current-day society, for example in issues of multilingualism, language education, discourse and power, media, policy making, mobility, and migration. At APPLANG we believe that the ability to bridge gaps across contexts and cultures requires a sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity and a critical understanding of how power permeates our language use. Awareness of the intricacies of language practices is crucial to language-based skills such as understanding, interpreting, mediating, empathizing, negotiating, and convincing — skills which are central to many areas of life including politics, business, healthcare, entertainment, media, education, and science.

The APPLANG Master's degree program is nationally and internationally unique, because it brings research areas into dialogue that are traditionally kept apart: language learning/teaching and discourse studies. In addition, the area of applied language studies at the University of Jyväskylä combines research and teaching in the areas of first, second, and foreign languages. This rich and diverse context of the APPLANG program exposes our students to a wide range of research and teaching and offers an ideal environment for becoming a critical and skilled applied linguist.



More about the language of instruction

The courses in our program are taught in English and we allow other languages in the classrooms.

Study contents

The APPLANG program brings together courses from all the Language Campus institutions: the Department of Language and Communication Studies, the Language Center, the Department of Teacher Education, and Centre for Applied Language Studies. This unique combination offers our students a versatile selection of high-quality courses.

APPLANG offers courses on four different focus areas:  

  1. Language learning and literacy practices;
  2. Language assessment;
  3. Discourse studies; and
  4. Language and education policies.

The program also includes and extensive research component (Master’s thesis and related courses) as well as a practical experience in the professional world, a so-called “working-life relevance” course.

APPLANG students get to meet and network with students from different disciplines and backgrounds. This is facilitated by our collaborative and dialogic approach to teaching and our usually small class size. Through group or pair work, discussions, presentations, and independent study we enable our students to develop skills they need in their professional life. In addition to academic and scientific knowledge, the APPLANG program includes hands-on courses where students can apply theories and knowledge to real-life situations.

For more information on the program content and courses, please go to: opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/programmes/applang/degreestructure

Tuition fees

In Finnish universities, there are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. Tuition fees concern only non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.

The tuition fee is 8000 euros / academic year.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens *)

*) continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type

University of Jyväskylä has scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees. Scholarships are applied for when applying for the admission to the programme.

For more information about tuition fees and scholarships visit: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/tuition-fees

Structure of studies

To complete the program, students must earn 120 ECTS credits. Studying full time, students will graduate within 2 years.

The modes of study vary and they are designed to meet the learning objectives of each course. They include contact teaching, independent study, project work, and workplace learning.

For more information on the structure and timing of studies, please see opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/programmes/applang/degreestructure 

Final project

APPLANG students can choose the topic of their MA thesis independently, drawing on the research focus areas at the Department of Languages / Language Campus.

The process of planning and writing the MA thesis is accompanied by a Master’s thesis seminar. In the seminar, students will present their own research plan and hear about other students' progress. The thesis supervisor will guide and support students throughout the thesis process.

The guided process of writing their MA thesis will help students develop the skills of independent information retrieval, critical evaluation of information, as well as the generation and application of new knowledge. Throughout the whole program, APPLANG students will acquire working life-relevant skills including problem-solving, project management, self-study, and self-management.

Career opportunities

Graduates with advanced knowledge of applied language studies can work in a broad range of professional and academic fields, performing tasks that require expertise in, for instance, communication, language teaching and consulting, planning and project work, or research.

Qualification

The graduates receive a Master of Arts degree (major: Applied Linguistics).

Co-operation with other parties

Applied language studies forms a vibrant and dynamic interdisciplinary research and teaching community at the University of Jyväskylä, with a long tradition dating back to the 1970s. Applied language studies is one of the core research areas at the University of Jyväskylä and also recognized as a nationally leading and internationally significant centre in the field. The pioneering research with its theoretical and methodological innovations has contributed to pedagogical practices, global and local language policies, and societal dialogue on social exclusion and inclusion. This well-established and extensive network within which APPLANG is situated, offers rich opportunities for inspiration, support, and networking to our students.

The master’s programme is developed in collaboration with the units at the Jyväskylä Language Campus: the Department of Languages, the Language Centre, the Centre for Applied Language Studies, and the Language Pedagogy section of the Department of Teacher Education. Jyväskylä Language Campus has greatly increased research collaboration and resulted in outreach activities and collaboration with different stakeholders and high societal impact in the form of seminars, campaigns and events to the general public.

Research focus

The APPLANG Master's degree program is nationally and internationally unique, because it brings research areas into dialogue that are traditionally kept apart: language learning/teaching and discourse studies. In addition, the area of applied language studies at the University of Jyväskylä combines research and teaching in the areas of first, second, and foreign languages.

The program consists of courses in the two core areas as well as guided and independent work on a thesis on a selected area of specialization, potentially in collaboration with larger research projects in the department. The research and teaching in both areas combines various approaches in language studies, including sociolinguistics, second/foreign language learning and teaching, discourse studies, and ethnography, but also draws on fields such as economics, sociology, cognitive science, and special education.

Postgraduate study opportunities

This master’s program qualifies graduates to apply for a doctoral program. The Language Campus is regularly looking for new research-oriented PhD students.

  • language
  • scholarships
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Application period: Master's Degree Programmes (University of Jyväskylä) (15.11.2017 at 08:00 - 10.01.2018 at 15:00)

Student admission to study programme

The selection process consists of two parts:

1)      Review of application documents

2)      Personal interview (by phone or Skype) of short-listed applicants

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

You will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary a request to supplement the application.

The student selection committee at Department of Languages and Language Campus assesses the content of the applications - ineligible applications will be disregarded. The selection committee will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic excellence (consisting of previous degree, grades and Master’s thesis proposal), statement of purpose/motivation letter, and proven interest in the field. The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:

Criteria

Points

Educational background

0-5

Research proposal

0-10

Motivation

0-8

Proven interest in the field, also including relevant working and/or research experience

0-5

Academic reference

0-2

Total max.

30

The student selection committee ranks the eligible applications and makes a pre-selection. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to a telephone /skype interview. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email minimum one week before the interview.

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

Telephone/skype interviews for the programme will be held in February-March.

The points for the interviews are allocated as follows:

Criteria

Points

Knowledge of the field of study

0-5

Interest and motivation

0-5

Spoken English

0-5

Total max.

15

Applicants need to receive at least 50 % of the maximum score in the interview to be considered for admission in the programme.

The final score is a combination of the application score (max. 30 points) and the interview score (max. 15) so the final maximum score is 45 points.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in linguistics/applied linguistics, modern languages, or other relevant field by July 17th 2018. The selection will be based on the content of the completed degree, success in studies, knowledge of the field of study, interest, and motivation.

1)      A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field completed by July 17th 2018. Suitable degrees include a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent in linguistics, applied linguistics, modern languages, or other relevant field.

2)      English language proficiency demonstrated in only one of the following ways:

Certificate of English language proficiency

Minimum overall score/level

Minimum score/level in writing

Certificate of previous education (bachelor’s or master’s degree, high school or upper secondary school) completed fully in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand

not applicable

not applicable

TOEFL (paper-based)*

590

5.0

TOEFL (internet-based)

96

21

IELTS (Academic)

7

6.5

PTE (Academic)

65

59

CAE

A or B

A or B

CPE

A, B or C

A, B or C

Finnish National Certificates (YKI) in English

4

4

* The test does not include a Test of Written English (TWE) so make sure to complete it additionally

Please note:

    • As there are often some delays in the language proficiency processing, please ensure that you register for the language test well in advance of the application deadline so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline. It usually takes approximately a month for the test results to arrive at the institution.
    • If the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed.
    • Tests older than 2 years (counted back from the application deadline) will not be accepted.

3)      Proven interest in the field and potential for post-graduate (doctoral) studies

4)      Reasons for applying i.e. motivation

Academic reference (recommended)

Entrance examination and aptitude test

Interview

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

Phase II: Skype/telephone interviews and final student selection

Interviews will be arranged in February-March and the final admission decision will be announced on 28 March 2018. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email minimum one week before the interview.

Time Place Description

Interview

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

Phase II: Skype/telephone interviews and final student selection

Interviews will be arranged in February-March and the final admission decision will be announced on 28 March 2018. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email minimum one week before the interview.

Time Place Description

Required attachments

Required attachments

1)      Officially certified transcript of records from the student’s institute of higher education both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is English, one certified copy is sufficient. Note that the transcript is a document containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16. NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.  

2)      Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16. NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.  

3)      Copy of a valid passport (the identification pages with name, date, place and expiry date) or other identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license)

4)      Certificate of English language proficiency

5)      Preliminary master’s thesis proposal (max. 6000 characters) is required as part of the application form. Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the main focus areas of the APPLANG programme and the Language Campus at the University of Jyväskylä.

6)      Motivation letter is required as part of the application form (max. 4000 characters)

Copy of a residence permit that exempts its holder from paying tuition. Required only from applicants who are liable to pay tuition based on their nationality, but are in possession of a residence permit that exempts them from paying tuition. Such residence permits include: EU Blue Card, type A or P residence permit card in Finland, P-EU residence permit card, or an EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland.

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required attachments
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
00170
HELSINKI
10.01.2018 15:00

Additional information on applying

Important dates

Application round opens: 15 November 2017

Application deadline: 10 January 2018

Notification of admission status: by 28 March 2018

Acceptance of a study place: by 20 April 2018

Bachelor’s Degree completed and the certificate submitted: by 17 July 2018

 

Contact Information of the programme

www: www.jyu.fi/applang

fb: https://www.facebook.com/applangMA

e-mail: applang@jyu.fi

tel.: +358 40 805 3241

 

Right to appeal

According to the Finnish legislation, the rejected applicants must be informed about their right to an appeal:

Should you find that a mistake has been made in the selection process concerning your application for the Master’s Degree Programme in Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society you may send a written appeal addressed to the Appeal Committee of the University. In the appeal you should clearly state, where the mistake has taken place and identify the matters your appeal is based on.

The appeal should be done in writing and within 14 days after the result has been made public.

You should send your appeal to:

University of Jyväskylä

Appeal Committee of the University

P.O. Box 35

FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä

FINLAND

It is worthwhile to keep in mind that the decisions on admissions are very seldom changed - unless a technical error or such has taken place - since they are based on a very careful consideration and a studious inspection of the applications.

For more information: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/study/guides/requests-for-rectification

Admissions services

Admission Services

Visiting address:
ADMISSION SERVICES Seminaarinkatu 15 (T-building, 2nd floor)

Postal address:
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä

E-mail: admissions@jyu.fi
Telephone: +358 40 805 3018
https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply

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The modern society increasingly needs the knowledge and understanding that can be provided by the humanities and sociel sciences. Human sciences play a significant role in anticipating and analyzing global development trends and social changes as well as command of large amounts of information.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • focuses on the multidisciplinary research and education in culture, arts, traditions, languages and communication as well as social sciences and philosophy
  • is a nationally strong and distinctive unit focusing on human sciences
  • has a distinctive profile among Finnish universities
  • focuses on the university's core areas
  • conducts socially significant and internationally recognized research and education
  • is a modern and popular university
  • is one of the fields' leading and most potent education units in Finland
  • offers education for both clearly defined professions, such as subject teachers, journalists, social workers, and expert tasks, such ar researchers, consultants, directors and entrepreneurs.

Accessibility and learning support

 

Student benefits

Information on living expenses

In Finland, the general cost of living is relatively high. You must be able to cover your everyday living expenses independently so you should have at least 700-900 euros per month at your disposal. When applying for student residence permit, you (unless you are EU/EEA student) will need to show, that you have at least 560 € per month (6720€ per year) at your disposal. This is the absolute minimum required by the immigration authorities. EU citizens who come to Finland to study do not need to apply for a student residence permit, however they should also be able to cover their living costs independently.

Please look also at the information concerning the tuition fees charged (from non-EU/EEA students).

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Finland are approximately 700-900€. This may vary a bit, depending on your study location in Finland – for example, accommodation and other living costs are not necessarily so high in Jyväskylä than other larger cities.

As a student you can get discounts in student restaurants and cafeterias, public transport, etc. Student housing with shared facilities is usually a low-cost accommodation option.

You can’t be guaranteed to find employment during your studies so it is not possible to cover part of your living expenses doing work.

Financing your studies

The University of Jyväskylä offers high-quality, research-based Master’s degree programmes in English.

In compliance with Section 10 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university must charge a fee of at least EUR 1,500 per an academic year from a student admitted to education other than bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in Finnish. Fees are not charged to a citizen of a state belonging to the European Economic Area or to a person who is equivalent to a European Union citizen under a treaty concluded by the European Union and its Member States with another contracting party, or to a family member of the individual. Nor is a fee charged to a person with the European Union Blue Card, a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national referred to the Finnish Aliens Act, or to a family member of the individual. The Aliens Act is applied in the definition of persons regarded as family members. Furthermore, no fee is charged to a student participating in commissioned education in compliance with Section 9 of the Universities Act.

A university must have a scholarship system to support the studies of students participating in fee-charging degree education.

For further information, please see: tuition fees and scholarship.

The cost of course literature is not very high, since most of the course books can be borrowed from the University Library.

International students cannot apply for student loans and grants in Finland, unless you have lived in Finland for the past two years in some other capacity than that of a student and can be considered permanent residents in Finland. Further information: www.kela.fi

Health care services

The Finnish Student Health Service (generally referred to as YTHS) provides health and medical care for Bachelor's and Master's level students who have joined the Student Union. Doctoral students are not entitled to the services of YTHS. For further information, please see: healtcare.

Information about accommodations

Student housing in Jyväskylä is provided by KOAS (The Central Finland Housing Foundation) and Kortepohja Student Village. The student apartments are located about 2.5 - 4 kilomentres from the University main campus and the city centre. Degree students should apply for accommodation as soon as they have been admitted to the University of Jyväskylä. 

Insurance

All students studying at the University of Jyväskylä are responsible for obtaining their own insurance. You should therefore acquire your own health, accident and travel insurance before coming to Finland. For further information, please see: insurance.

Contact details

The institution's own web pages
E-mail: humtdk@jyu.fi
Telephone: +358 400 248 149

Visiting address:
Keskussairaalantie 2, Opinkivi (OPK-rakennus)
JYVÄSKYLÄN YLIOPISTO

Postal address:
PL 35
40014 JYVÄSKYLÄN YLIOPISTO