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
Extent of the study programme
120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction
English
Degree level
Master's degree
Tuition fee
8000 Euros

Study objectives

Do you think that language matters? Are you fascinated by the connections of discourse, power and (in)equality in workplace, media, language education and policy making? Interested in the questions of language, identity and societal inclusion? Wondering about the functions of multilingualism in contemporary societies, or about how mobility and migration affect language use and language learning? The master’s programme Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society (APPLANG) tackles these questions and more.

APPLANG focuses on language-related questions of current-day society, such as multilingualism, language education, discourse and power, media, policy making, mobility and migration. Becoming a language expert means not just improving your language and communication skills but also understanding how languages work. Being sensitive to cultural and linguistic diversity makes you a highly skilled communicator who is adaptable to different situations and cultures. Being able to communicate, to understand, to interpret, to mediate, to empathize, to negotiate, and to explain are all based on language and are central to politics, business, healthcare, entertainment, media, education, and science.

APPLANG Master's degree programme is internationally unique, because it brings into dialogue research areas that are traditionally kept apart: language learning and teaching and discourse studies. What is also unique both nationally and internationally is that the applied language studies at the University of Jyväskylä combines research and teaching on first, second, and foreign languages.

Study contents

APPLANG programme brings together courses from all the Language Campus institutions: the Department of Languages, the Language Center 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 programme will incorporate also courses with working-life relevance and has an extensive research component through the Master’s thesis and related courses.

On our courses you'll get to meet and network with students of different disciplines and backgrounds. At our institutions we apply collaborative teaching and learning methods which means that the group sizes are usually rather small (15 to 30 students). Instead of pure lecturing, our classes comprise group or pair work, discussions, presentations and independent study which all enable you to develop skills needed in professional life. In addition to an academic and scientific knowledge, APPLANG studies include practical hands-on components where you can apply theories and your knowledge into practice!

For more information on the contents and courses, please see: opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/programmes/applang/degreestructure 

Tuition fees

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.

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

If you are unsure about whether you'd be subject to tuition fees, you can find more information from the University's web page: https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/tuition-fees

Structure of studies

The complete studies total 120 ECTS credits. Studying full time, students will graduate within 2 years.

The modes of study vary and they are planned to meet the learning objectives of each course. There is 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

You can choose the topic of the MA thesis independently, but it should be connected to the research focus areas at the Department of Languages / Language Campus.

Along the MA thesis process you will take part in a thesis seminar. In the seminar you will present your own research plan and hear about other students' progress. Your thesis supervisor will guide and support you throughout the thesis process.

While writing an MA thesis you will learn about independent information retrieval, critical evaluation of information, as well as the generation and application of new knowledge. After completing your Master's thesis you have acquired many generic skills related to working life, such as problem-solving skills, project management skills, and self-study and self-management skills.

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.

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 master’s programme combines the two core research areas of the Department of Languages – language learning and teaching and discourse studies. The master’s programme is internationally unique, because it brings into dialogue research areas that are traditionally kept apart. What is also unique both nationally and internationally is that the applied language studies at the University of Jyväskylä combines research and teaching on first, second, and foreign languages.

The programme consists of courses in the two core areas, as well as working 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 programme qualifies graduates to continue studying to PhD. The Language Campus is regularly looking for new research-oriented PhD students.

  • language
  • scholarships
  • scholarship

Application period: Master’s Degree Programmes (University of Jyväskylä) (15.11.2016 at 08:00 - 05.01.2017 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

Interviews for the programme will be held in February.

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.

Admitted applicants must accept the offered study place at the latest on 31 March 2017 by 15:00 (GMT+2). Applicants who are admitted from the waiting list have 14 days to accept the offered study place.

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 30 June 2017. The selection will be based on the content of the completed degree, success in studies, interest, and motivation.

1)      A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field completed by 30 June 2017. 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

Assessment and interviews

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

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

Interviews will be arranged in February and the final admission decision will be announced by 15 March 2017. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email a minimum of one week before the interview.

Assessment and interviews

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

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

Interviews will be arranged in February and the final admission decision will be announced by 15 March 2017. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email a minimum of one week before the interview.

Required attachments

Application attachments

1) Application form. You will need to fill out, print, sign and send the Application form by postal mail along with the supporting documents.

2) 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. Copies must be certified by the university issuing the degree, a Notary, Embassy or other public body. For further details, please see the website of University Admission Finland.

3) 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. Copies must be certified by the university issuing the degree, a Notary, Embassy or other public body. For further details, please see the website of University Admission Finland. If you graduate after the application period, please see http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=233/#not-graduated.

4) 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)

5) Certificate of English language proficiency

6) 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 research areas of the Department of Languages / Language Campus.

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

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Application attachments
University Admissions Finland, Unioninkatu 40 C
00170
HELSINKI
05.01.2017 15:00

Application attachments

1) Application form. You will need to fill out, print, sign and send the Application form by postal mail along with the supporting documents.

2) 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. Copies must always be officially certified. They may be certified (attested) officially by the educational institution that has issued the document, or they may be legalized (more information at http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16#certified_copies). In addition, possible country-specific requirements for documents  must be acknowledged in the applications for international master’s degree programmes. The original signature and stamp of the certifier must be on each page of the document. In addition, officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public are accepted.  .

3) 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. Copies must always be officially certified. They may be certified (attested) officially by the educational institution that has issued the document, or they may be legalized (more information at http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=16#certified_copies). In addition, possible country-specific requirements for documents  must be acknowledged in the applications for international master’s degree programmes. The original signature and stamp of the certifier must be on each page of the document. In addition, officially certified copies issued by a Finnish Notary Public are accepted.

If you graduate after the application period, please see http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=233/#not-graduated.

4) 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)

5) Certificate of English language proficiency

6) 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 research areas of the Department of Languages / Language Campus.

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

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Application attachments
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
00170
HELSINKI
05.01.2017 15:00

Additional information on applying

Important dates

Application round opens: 15 November 2016 at 08:00 (GMT+2)

Application deadline: 5 January 2017 at 15:00 (GMT+2)

Notification of admission status:  by 15 March 2017

Contact persons:

For questions about the programme, please contact:

Senior Lecturer
Sanna Lehtonen
e-mail: applang(at)jyu.fi
telephone: +358 40 805 4163
www.jyu.fi/applang 
www.facebook.com/applang

For questions about the application process, please contact:

Departmental Coordinator
Anna-Maria Strengell
e-mail: applang(at)jyu.fi
telephone: +358 40 805 3241
www.jyu.fi/applang
www.facebook.com/applang 

 

All applications are submitted to University Admissions Finland. University Admissions Finland (UAF) is a centralised application and pre-processing service established by Finnish universities.

For detailed description of the application process, please see the University's webpage https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply/masters-programmes/how-to-apply#section-2

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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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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
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  • focuses on the university's core areas
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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

Visiting address:
Seminaarinkatu 15, A-rakennus
JYVÄSKYLÄN YLIOPISTO

Postal address:
PL 35
40014 JYVÄSKYLÄN YLIOPISTO