Future possibilities

Career prospects

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.

If you choose a technological orientation, you can find work in language technology firms or more generally in the IT sector. Multinational companies are in constant need of experts in speech and language technology. Additionally, there is a vibrant field of Finnish companies in this area, some established and many promising start-ups. Some students have founded their own companies and become entrepreneurs.

Note that it is not possible to graduate as a (subject) teacher in the LingDA Master's programme.

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Postgraduate study opportunities

After completing the Master of Arts degree, you can apply to study for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, a postgraduate research degree. Within the University of Helsinki, the relevant programme is the doctoral programme in language studies. The University of Helsinki Faculty of Arts is Finland’s leading centre for research in the humanities. The Faculty has a strong research orientation, and its research represents the top level in many fields, both in Europe and globally. The LingDA MA programme gives you a strong and competitive background for pursuing doctoral studies within the focus areas of the four specialist options. More information on doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki.