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Admission to Master’s Programme in English Language and Literature

Admission to Master’s Programme in English Language and Literature

How can I apply?

The applicant applies directly to the Master’s Programme in English Language and Literature. All applicants must meet the academic and language requirements.

Academic requirements

The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Finnish university Bachelor’s degree, kandidatexamen) in a relevant field. As a rule of thumb, the applicant should have the equivalence of 60 ECTS credits in the major subject.

If the applicant is formally eligible for studies, the degree certificates and transcripts of records are always assessed individually by the Faculty in order to determine whether the profile of the previous studies matches the academic requirements of the sought programme.

Eligible applicants are assessed and ranked on the basis of credits completed in the subject applied to.

Please, read also our general information about applying to a master programme (e.g. eligibility for studies and requirements).

Language requirements

Knowledge of English is required. However, the English Language and Literature programme can consider students with no or little knowledge of Swedish for admission. Please note that some courses for the degree may be given only in Swedish and you will have to take compulsory language courses in Swedish. Applicants with no (or little) knowledge of Swedish must also have the endorsement of the department where admission is sought. This means that the department agrees to admit a student and is able to offer the studies required to obtain a degree in a language which is suitable for the applicant. In this case the student must of course prove his/her knowledge of the English language and meet the general requirements on academic eligibility.

Applicants to English Language and Literature are required to have an average score 7.5 or higher in the IELTS Academic test. The result may not be older than two years. A copy of the Test Report Form must be sent in no later than 8 April 2020. Alternatively, they can be accepted on the basis of an entrance examination.

Please note that an applicant with a Finnish school education language (Swedish, Finnish or Sami) always gains language eligibility based on this regardless of any other additional studies in other languages. Please see Språkkrav i svenska for more information.

Entrance examination

The admission requirement for master level studies in English Language and Literature is a passed entrance examination or an average score 7.5 or higher in the IELTS Academic test.

All applicants choose the place for the entrance examination in the application. The choice is binding. No invitation is sent to the entrance examination.


The entrance examination takes place on 26 May 2020 at 9:00 – 12:00 in two different cities (choose one):
Åbo/Turku: Humanistcentret Arken, aud. Armfelt m.fl, Fabriksgatan 2
Vasa/Vaasa: ÅA i Vasa, aud. Bruhn, Strandgatan 2


A written examination to test the applicant’s proficiency in the English language skills is needed for the advanced academic study of English language and literature. The 3-hour exam consists of two parts:

  1. a cloze test and passage for comprehension; and
  2. an essay.

The applicant does not need to read any literature in advance.

Updated 25.10.2019