INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

CAND.LING.MERC.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

The so-called cand.ling.merc. programme (CLM) is a two-year MA degree in international business communication with a special focus on either English, French, Spanish or German.

The Master’s degree programme is a specialisation of the three-year Bachelor’s programme and is aimed at educating students to become business professionals with the skills to plan, manage and execute highly specialised communication tasks for the business community both in Danish and in the foreign language.

You learn to communicate professionally in the foreign language of your choice, and you will be able to combine your linguistic competences with specialist knowledge within a particular field.

With a Master’s degree in international business communication (CLM), you will be skilled in handling communication in your chosen foreign language at the highest level for Danish and foreign enterprises and organisations.

The programme consists of a number of compulsory core courses. Throughout these courses, you will gain thorough knowledge of the foreign language, its structure and functionality, and you will be introduced to the theories and methods that you need to master in order to be able to process and produce texts. You will also get in-depth knowledge about various research methods, which will enable you to develop and conduct scientific studies within the field of business communication.

Moreover, you will acquire solid competences in stakeholder communication in an intercultural context as well as technical and financial communication, intercultural market communication and knowledge about foreign media, and you will learn to plan and manage projects and work processes in relation to the company’s foreign language communication.

The programme also includes a number of electives, which allow you to specialise within specific fields that are of interest to you. You may choose to take your electives as an exchange student at a university abroad, or you can choose electives at another university in Denmark or at Aarhus University. Instead of taking electives, you may also choose to do a work placement in a company or organisation in Denmark or abroad.

If you choose the electives Legal Translation and Interpreting, you will gain competences as a translator or interpreter.

The programme is concluded with a Master’s thesis, which requires you to carry out an in-depth study of a topic of your own choice.

Admission requirements

MA in International Business Communication in English, Spanish, German or French (Taught in Danish)

  • To apply for admission to the Master’s degree programme in International Business Communication in English, Spanish, German or French you must document that you have completed or will complete a relevant undergraduate degree in modern language with the specific language selected (English, German, Spanish or French)
  • Applicants with a relevant bachelor’s degree in business communication and modern language must have  a minimum of 60 ECTS in the relevant language
  • Applicants with another relevant Bachelor’s degree can be taken into consideration if they have a minimum of 120 ECTS in the relevant language

If you hold a degree from another university, you can have your qualifications assessed by Aarhus University, Admission in order to find out if you meet the admission requirements. Please contact ma.admission@au.dk for further information. You can receive a pre-assessment between 1 September and 1 December.

Language requirements

Since Danish is the language of instruction, all applicants are required to document Danish language qualifications comparable to a 'Danish A level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium') or “Studieprøven” – passed with 10 in each partial examination.

Read about documentation of Danish language qualifications for applicants with non-Danish qualifications

Legal right of admission

Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in International Business Communication at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in International Business Communication (with the relevante language) on the condition that an 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 that the application is submitted to Aarhus University following the general application procedures before the relevant application deadline. 

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in International Business Communication in English, Spanish, German or French (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.

Programme structure

Compulsory core courses

You will gain thorough knowledge of the foreign language, its structure and functionality, and you will be introduced to the theories and methods that you need to master in order to be able to process and produce texts. You will also get in-depth knowledge about various research methods, which will enable you to develop and conduct scientific studies within the field of business communication.

You will also acquire solid competences in stakeholder communication in an intercultural context as well as technical and financial communication, intercultural market communication and knowledge about foreign media, and you will learn to plan and manage projects and work processes in relation to the company’s foreign language communication.

Electives

The programme includes a number of electives, which allow you to specialise within specific fields that are of interest to you. You may choose to take your electives as an exchange student at a university abroad, or you can choose electives at another university in Denmark or at Aarhus University. Instead of taking electives, you may also choose to do a work placement in a company or organisation in Denmark or abroad.

If you choose the electives Legal Translation and Interpreting, you will gain competences as a translator or interpreter.

Master’s thesis

The programme is concluded with a Master’s thesis, which requires you to carry out an in-depth study of a topic of your own choice.

Course descriptions

Find more information about the courses in the Course Catalogue:

1. semester


2. semester


3. semester

 

Academic regulations

Overview of the degree programme structure and exams: PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND EXAMINATIONS

Student life

Learning in an international context

At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research at the highest academic level.

All researchers employed are engaged in research projects spanning a wide range of different subjects and focusing on knowledge and skills considered essential for professional business activities in the global market place. All faculty have both research and teaching responsibilities which means that our teaching is continually based on the latest research results.

Aarhus BSS is very internationally oriented. The broad scope of our research activities and educational programmes enable us to attract researchers, teachers, and students from all over the world, and this creates an international environment for research and learning in which academic views are exchanged, experience gathered and friendships formed.

Aarhus University is a leading university in Denmark in building student exchange opportunities. The university encourages all students to spend time studying abroad. Every year, more than 700 students from Aarhus BSS go abroad to participate in exchange programmes around the world at our more than 300 partner universities. About the same number of students from all over the world come to participate in the exchange programme in Aarhus and this contributes to a truly international learning atmosphere.

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Career

You learn to communicate professionally in the foreign language of your choice, while the various profiles offered allow you to combine your linguistic competences with specialist knowledge within a particular field.

As the holder of an MA degree, you are able to handle communication in foreign languages at the highest level for Danish and foreign enterprises and organisations.

The study programme consists of a set of basic subjects which are compulsory for all students, and a number of profile subjects which allow you to choose between two different specialisations (subject clusters):

  • International market communication and PR
  • Translator/interpreter

The Master’s degree programme in International Business Communication (English/French/Spanish/German) with the profile translator/interpreter is accredited by EMT (European Master’s in Translation).