Master's degree programme in English
The language of globalisation
English is the language of globalisation. It is the mother tongue of around 350 million people, and an even larger number speak English as a second language. It is the language that enables you to communicate across borders, whether about culture or commerce. For many years, English-speaking countries such as the UK and the USA have largely been responsible for setting the global agenda, but new English-speaking countries like India are becoming increasingly influential.
Today, the private job market, public institutions and PhD degree programmes require English language skills and knowledge of the English-speaking world. You acquire these competences in the Master’s degree in English. In this degree programme, you use English at a high international level and gain in-depth knowledge of the history, culture and social conditions of the English-speaking world.
Insight into an entire culture
During your Bachelor’s degree programme, you pursued your interest in English-speaking countries and the English language and in the process became familiar with many different topics. During the Master’s degree programme, you get an opportunity to study these topics in depth.
Lectures, classroom lessons, group work and presentations by you and your fellow students will give you insight into the language and culture of the English-speaking countries, both past and present. By analysing literary works, films and societal development, you gain insight into the culture and identity of different periods of history. You examine how history is written, interpreted and re-written by modern man. You gain an understanding of the way cultural phenomena can influence the film industry and how films in turn can influence cultural phenomena. You also learn about the development of language and the challenges and pitfalls involved in translating from one language to another.
Master’s degree in English
Your verbal and written language skills will improve and your knowledge of the culture and social conditions of English-speaking countries increase. You learn how to master the language in both business and every-day situations, and your cultural and language expertise will enable you to facilitate communication both culturally and linguistically between Denmark and English-speaking countries. In addition, you become able to convey information and ideas clearly and vividly both verbally and in writing, and to plan and carry out large complex projects.
Today, most Danes have no problems ordering a drink or having a conversation in English when travelling abroad. However, this is not sufficient in a professional context. Whether working in the business sector or as a teacher, it is important that you have in-depth knowledge of both the English language and the culture of English-speaking countries if you need to negotiate contracts or work with individuals or companies in English-speaking countries. It enables you to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings. In many situations, it is also a requirement that your level of English language proficiency is sufficiently high to enable you to read reports or other technical or scientific material of a complex nature. With a Master’s degree in English, you will be able to do that and much more.
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The requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme in English vary according to the track you wish to enrol in.
Track A (120 ECTS credits in English)
- The admission requirements for Track A of the Master’s degree programme are a completed Bachelor’s degree (135 ECTS credits) in English and a supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits) at Bachelor’s degree level, or a completed Bachelor’s degree (135 ECTS credits) in another subject and a supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits) in International Communication in English at Bachelor’s degree level.
Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission to Track A:
- The Bachelor’s degree in English (Aarhus University)
- The Bachelor’s degree in English (University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University)
- Legal right of admission: Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in English at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in English on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. This legal entitlement only exists if applications are received on time by Aarhus University.
Track B (75 ECTS credits in English with a supplementary subject at Master’s degree level of 45 ECTS credits)
The admission requirements for Track B of the Master’s degree programme are a completed Bachelor’s degree (135 ECTS credits) in English and a supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits) at Bachelor’s degree level in another subject taught at upper secondary school.
Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission to Track B:
- The Bachelor’s degree in English (Aarhus University) or the Bachelor’s degree in English (University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University) with 45 ECTS credits in a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school.
Track C (120 ECTS credits in English aimed at upper secondary school teaching)
Track C is an option available to students who have completed a supplementary subject in English at Bachelor’s degree level and wish to make English their main subject, i.e. to continue studying English.
- The admission requirements for Track C of the Master’s degree programme are a completed Bachelor’s degree in another subject taught at upper secondary school and a supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits) in English at Bachelor’s degree level.
Legal right of admission
Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in English at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in English on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.
As the Master’s degree programme in English (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.
In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.
The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.
In addition to the above, the following language requirements apply for admission to the Master's degree programme in English:
- English at upper secondary 'B' level or equivalent is required for admission to track A of the programme. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in English fulfills the English language requirements
- Danish at upper secondary 'A' level plus English at upper secondary school 'B' level or equivalent is required for admission to tracks B and C of the programme
In addition to the general documentation requirements, you must upload the following documentation to your application:
- A copy of a major paper (e.g. Bachelor’s project) which is part of the degree
- Please note that applicants for the Master’s programme in English are NOT required to upload course descriptions.
In the following graphical representation of the education you can click the various courses, which will direct you to the webpage of the courses.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for your the chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations.
At the Section for English, both the number of students in the different courses and the teaching methods vary. You attend lectures together with many other students and supplementary subject courses with between five and twenty students. In addition to the lectures, the instruction includes seminars, group work and presentations by students where the students are encouraged to participate actively in the teaching and express their opinions.
Several hundred students study English and there are plenty of opportunities to meet them outside the classrooms and lecture halls.
The Anglia and Co. Social Committee organises parties in the course of the year where you can meet fellow students and the many exchange students who also attend classes in English.
The English Lecture Society is a student association that organises informal guest lectures.
Esperanto is the name of the Friday bar at the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture. Here you can also meet students who study other languages at the department.
The Dolphin Newsletter is written by students.
The Mobile University where university students teach at upper secondary school gives you an opportunity to test your teaching skills.
Lots of other activites take place throughout the year for students at ARTS. Keep updated through the activities calendar here.
Student-to-student is your opportunity to ask about being a student at the Faculty of Arts and about Aarhus and Denmark in general to another international student who has already taken the leap and now lives in Denmark and studies for his/her Master's degree at the Faculty of Arts.
You can read more about the student-to-student service and find the list of AU international student ambassadors at Arts here.
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Job functions for grads
This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.
The Master’s degree in English gives you the following qualifications:
The English language. Through your degree programme, you acquire mastery of the English language, a comprehensive and varied vocabulary, correct pronunciation and grammar. These skills qualify you for jobs as a teacher or translator, in the publishing industry and in private and public sector companies.
Culture and understanding. You acquire an understanding of the cultural and social conditions in English-speaking countries. These competences can be used in jobs within tourism, cultural exchange and communication.
Communication. During your studies, you learn to communicate ideas and information clearly and vividly, both verbally and in writing.
Intercultural work. Your knowledge of the history and social conditions of English-speaking countries enables you to work in intercultural and international contexts.
Structure and management. In the course of your studies, you complete a fair amount of reading, examinations and group work and are therefore skilled in planning and carrying out large, complex projects.
The following are the five most common jobs for English graduates:
Upper secondary school teacher. Many English graduates teach at upper secondary school, and as English as a subject was strengthened with the reform of upper secondary school education, the future looks bright if this is what you dream of doing.
Communication and IT. With the excellent language and communication skills acquired during the degree programme, English graduates are qualified to work in the communication and IT industries as communication advisors, web editors or text writers, etc.
Administration and organisation. English is the working language in a growing number of workplaces, and many English graduates are therefore employed as consultants, heads of department or project managers.
Teaching and research. English graduates also teach at other institutions than upper secondary schools, for example at training colleges, universities, language schools as well as at folk high schools and within continuing education.
Translation and interpreting. The degree programme qualifies students for translation and interpreting work at, for example, international companies and organisations within the EU and the UN.
It is also possible to pursue a career as a researcher by applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s graduate school. Students can apply for admission to one of Aarhus University’s PhD programmes after completing their Bachelor’s degree and the first year of their Master’s degree, or after completing their thesis.
Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.
You can also read more about a range of career guidance services including special events and workshops at AU Career.