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Language, Literature and Education

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The Master’s in Language, Literature and Education is a one-year programme designed for students who are interested in teaching language and literature. You will specialise in one of seven major European languages or language families.

An interdisciplinary academic approach

The Master's programme Language, Literature and Education offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the study of language and literature learning, combining linguistics and literature courses in your language of choice with courses in language and literature teaching. Individual components are electives or an internship, and a thesis written in the language of specialisation.

Language and literature in an educational context

Drawing from research and practice, you will take courses in both linguistics and literature. The linguistic strand of the programme focuses on language use, language variation and (foreign) language learning and teaching, while the literary strand zeroes in on the practical and conceptual ties between literature and education, addressing questions such as: How does one ‘teach’ literature? What is it that literature teaches us?

An academic backbone for a teaching career

The programme is designed for students aiming to work or working in language teaching and learning, both nationally and internationally (see Career prospects). You will explore a number of features of foreign language and literature pedagogy and study the L2 classroom as a social setting. You will come to understand how theories of learning and teaching play out in real-world educational settings and how content and pedagogy are intertwined and best combined to create safe and effective learning environments for all students.

Specialising in a language of your choice

The Master’s in Language, Literature and Education responds to the educational needs of our contemporary multilingual society, where specialised knowledge of more than one culture and language is increasingly important. With experts in English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic and Spanish, you will be able to take classes in both the linguistics and literature of your language of choice and apply theory and practice to your chosen language context.

Student profile

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme if you have a relevant Bachelor’s degree and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

• Basic demonstrable academic knowledge in the field of (theoretical) linguistics and literature. If you do not have a substantial amount of credits/academic knowledge related to the field of study, you will not be admitted.
• Good research skills at the Bachelor’s level. You are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis).
• The desire to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic and interdisciplinary environment within the Graduate School of Humanities, as shown in a convincing motivation form in which you explain why you think you would be a good candidate for this specific programme.

Part-time mode

This programme is also offered in part-time study mode, in which case it takes 2 years. You can obtain a maximum of 30 ECTS per year (12-18 ECTS per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with the Master’s programme coordinator (See: Contact).

Degree certificate

The Master's in Language, Literature and Education is an accredited degree programme of Linguistics. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Linguistics and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MA Linguistics
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English, Language of the study programme
Starts in September
CROHO code 60815