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Master’s Programme in English Language and Literature


120 ECTS / 2 years




Swedish and English

Apply time

20.3 - 3.4.2019

Admission to the Master’s Programme only entitles you to earn a Master of Arts degree. You must therefore first earn your Bachelor’s degree/lower university degree in order to be eligible for admission.

University studies in English Language and Literature comprehends various aspects of language usage, linguistic expressions and attitudes as well as the study of English-language literature, cultures, societies and history. You will learn how to approach the language and literature scientifically, thus gaining new knowledge of the language’s functions, variation and evolution as well as the history of English-language literature.

At Åbo Akademi University, English is studied in an informal atmosphere, where small student groups allow for a personal, interactive learning experience. Instruction is given in English and studies include a language practice period, in which students must spend at least eight weeks immersed in an English-speaking environment.

The Master’s Programme in English Language and Literature will provide you with a wide range of skills and knowledge, and you will study theories, key concepts and methods in both linguistics and literary studies. You will learn about the scope and boundaries of the disciplines and gain a comprehensive understanding of the multidisciplinary approach in research.

Graduates of the programme will possess a specialised expertise within their discipline: you will become a language specialist, with a full command of the English language and/or English-language literature.


Admission requirements


Application period 20.3.2019 – 3.4.2019 at 15.00


Linguists in the workplace

Graduates majoring in English Language and Literature will find employment in, among others, language-related professions such as subject teachers, researchers and literary experts. Many work as journalists, PR officers, translators, interpreters and language experts. Some work in tourism or culture, while others find a calling in diplomacy or trade. Expertise in the English language and cultures in English-speaking countries, not to mention on the international stage, is needed at every level and in every corner of the workplace!

Contact us

Visiting address

Tehtaankatu 2
20500 Turku

Postal address

Åbo Akademi University
Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology
Tehtaankatu 2
FI-20500 TURKU