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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).

Programme structure

Semester 1

- Child language acquisition, corpus-based approaches
- Text: Processing, critique and improvement
- Project workshop

Semester 2

- Multilingualism and second language, qualitative approaches
- Language description and theory
- Research workshop

Semester 3

- Profile

Semester 4

- Master’s thesis

Career opportunities

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.

Apply now! Fall semester 2019/20
Application deadline
Sep 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Vilnius time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 2, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States