About the education
The Master’s Programme in Language Sciences with Specialization in Finnish provides an in-depth two-year course of study in different areas of Finnish linguistics. You will be trained in independent and critical work on linguistic issues and you will improve your competence in applying theories and methods on linguistic material of different kinds. The programme aims to extend and develop your grasp of your chosen field of study, as well as to strengthen your inter-disciplinary knowledge in areas like scientific theory, ethics and research methodology.
The training consists of compulsory courses that are common to the whole programme, compulsory courses in your main field of study, as well as optional courses from a pool of courses offered by departments from the Faculty of Humanities. Your work with the master’s thesis will develop your ability to conduct a linguistic investigation, analyse and discuss your observed data, and produce a scientific text in appropriate Finnish.
The programme, which provides detailed knowledge and skills, may serve as preparation for Third Level studies (PhD level) in Finnish linguistics, or for a professional career in connection with language: work in archives, translation and publishing companies and domestic and international administration.
Finnish has always been the most important language in Sweden second to Swedish. Because of the post-war immigration wave, Finnish has become a vital part of the day-to-day life of many Swedes. Also in the business sector the Finnish language has been playing an ever-increasing role, through the establishment of Finnish companies and through cooperation between Finnish and Swedish companies. Together with increasing cooperation among the Nordic countries, this has lead to an increasing demand for speakers of Finnish in our country.
Whether the question is about work in the public or the private sector, competence in Finnish is a qualification in high demand. In Sweden, Finnish has the status of a recognized minority language, and Finnish is an official language within the EU.
At the division of Finnish you can either study Finnish as a foreign language, or as a student with pre-existing competence in Finnish. As a beginner, you will encounter a linguistically interesting language, and learn the basics of both spoken and written Finnish. If you already speak Finnish, you will acquaint yourself with the modern spoken and written language in all its variety, as well as advance your knowledge about Finnish literature. Also, as a student of Finnish at the division of Finnish you will acquire knowledge about the history of Finland and its modern-day society, and meet up with a modern social market state which has everything from Kalevala to Nokia.
You can study Finnish as a Minor, as further education within your professional field, or as a main subject where studies may lead to a Candidate, Magister, Master or Ph.D. exam.
Area of interest: Language and Linguistics
Languages open doors to other cultures, experiences, business contacts and collaboration between countries. At Stockholm University you can study nearly 30 different languages. You can also delve into more theoretical subjects such as Linguistics and Bilingualism.
Language and Linguistics studies can lead to a large variety of professions within teaching, research and industry, the public sector, trade and tourism, and other areas.