24 months
13000 EUR/year
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In the Master's Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities (LingDig) from University of Helsinki, you get an understanding of the nature and diversity of human language and the theoretical and digital tools for working with language and speech. 

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The Master's Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities from University of Helsinki  is for you if you want to:

  • deepen your understanding of language in general, or
  • become an expert in linguistic diversity at a local or global scale, or
  • learn how humans perceive the world and process information, or
  • learn how to create artificial systems that resemble language, speech and human cognition, or
  • know how to use digital methods to study aspects of human life such as history and social development.

During your studies, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the basic structure of language, its subsystems (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) and their interrelationships, building on your previous knowledge of languages and linguistics.
  • Improve your skills in linguistic analysis and language description
  • Deepen your knowledge of linguistic concepts, theories, descriptive models and the associated research methods
  • Learn how language is related to cognition, speech and interaction as well as to social structures, culture and society
  • Learn to use various methods and technical tools in order to manage and analyse language data
  • Gain a good understanding of linguistic variation and diversity: what is common to the world's languages and how they differ, how language changes over time, how languages influence each another, how individuals cope with multilingual situations and how communities speaking endangered languages can be supported.


After completing your studies in the Master's Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities (LingDig), you will be able to work independently in various fields that require multidisciplinary expertise in linguistic sciences. You will also have the theoretical knowledge and skills that are required for postgraduate studies in doctoral programmes in language studies.

After graduation, students of the programme find employment in a wide variety of positions in which special knowledge of language is required.

One path prepares you for a research career; many graduates work as researchers in Finland and abroad. You can also work in the political, diplomatic, and educational sectors, as well as research administration. You might find other potential employers in publishing, the media and journalism, public relations, business communications, and public administration, as well as NGOs.

Programme Structure

The scope of the Master of Arts degree is 120 credits (ECTS), to be completed in two years of full-time studies. The language of instruction in the LingDig programme is English and it contains the following studies:

  • Studies common to all students in the programme (30 credits); this includes a 10-credit introductory course and 20 credits chosen from a common list of courses.
  • Advanced studies in your study track (30 credits)
  • Elective studies (30 credits)
  • MA thesis (30 credits)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application period: 1 December- 15 January


English, Finnish, Swedish


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July a first-cycle degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or a second-cycle degree (e.g., master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 11 January. 
  • You have sufficient proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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