|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||2 years|
|Tuition fee||€9,100.00 per year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Bachelor’s degree or a supplementary subject in Linguistics (i.e. minimum 45 ECTS studies in linguistics)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Danish / Norwegian / Swedish.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
If the documents mentioned above are not in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English, they must be accompanied by translations into English. The translations of your diploma and grade transcript must be officially certified translations into English, either by your home institution or a certified translator. The course description may be translated by yourself, but certified by your university.
TOEFL: test result of at least 83 (internet-based)
IELTS: test result of at least 6.5 points
CAE: (grades A, B and C) 180 points as a minimum on the Cambridge English Scale
NB! Your language test results cannot be older than 2 years (incl. CAE, CPE).
When you sign up for an IELTS or TOEFL test, you must also ask the test institution to send your test results to AU. The university will use the results sent by the testing institution to validate your document. The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935 (select “Other department not listed”).
It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken your English language test and obtained the required result. Instead you must submit documentation that you have signed up for a test.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Please also provide the following:
1. Course descriptions in English briefly describing the contents of your specific BA courses or other information that will contribute to describing the contents of your Bachelor’s degree programme.
2. Official descriptions of relevant courses to be completed after the application deadline.
3. An official description of the marking scale used at your home university.
4. An application letter in English, 1–2 pages in length. In it, you should explain:
5. Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing relevant parts of your education as well as work-related and other experience in chronological order.
You may also attach detailed documentation connected to your resume, such as recommendations, assessments, etc. However, this is not a requirement.
!NB As the programme only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.
The Master in Linguistics is the science of language. You don’t learn all the languages in the world, but you learn to understand them. As a Master’s degree student of Linguistics at the University of Aarhus, you deal with many different aspects of language and how it is used. You study topics such as the way languages change as dynamic systems over periods of time of longer (e.g. over hundreds or thousands of years) or shorter durations (e.g. over a person’s lifetime), applied linguistics, cognition and language, linguistic typology (the unity and diversity of languages), as well as interactional linguistics (the structure of interpersonal interaction). In all of these subject areas you learn to analyze data using subject-specific methodologies and insights. In addition, some courses are geared towards research projects.
We also emphasize that you shape your own individual Master’s degree profile to reflect your interests in linguistics and your career plans. You can do this through your choice of subjects of exam essays, and by including other areas to shape your degree in the direction you want. You can also structure your studies by means of a period of practical training, during which you gain insight into life in a workplace, try out your academic skills, and get an impression of what the job market expects of a humanistic graduate.
Linguistics at Aarhus University has approximately 100 active students and is therefore a middle-sized discipline, which still has a close academic and social environment, with an ongoing academic dialogue between teachers and students. Active students organize events on a weekly basis.
The Master’s degree program in Linguistics counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits).
- Child language acquisition, corpus-based approaches
- Text: Processing, critique and improvement
- Project workshop
- Multilingualism and second language, qualitative approaches
- Language description and theory
- Research workshop
- Master’s thesis
The most common career paths for linguistics graduates are:
- Teaching: Linguists are experts in how to learn a language, and many graduates therefore choose a career as a teacher – e.g. at training colleges or as bilingual consultants.
- IT design: As a linguist, you acquire a thorough understanding of information structures, which can lead to a career as a software developer or web designer. Examples are e-learning programmes for language teaching or dialogue and chat systems.
- Language and communication: Many graduates work with internal and external communication in jobs such as information or project officers.