Master's Degree Programme
|About the programme|
Language: English (See language requirements) | Place of study: Aarhus | Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)
Linguists study language in its most general and fundamental sense. In our daily lives, we are surrounded by language, and linguists seek to understand how humans use sound, writing, sign and gesture to encode and convey meaning. They develop descriptions of and theories explaining the structure, use, and evolution of language, and they investigate language in its interpersonal and cultural contexts. Linguists conduct research on the cognitive, social and neurobiological processes involved in producing and understanding language; on the development of these processes in childhood; on clinical disruptions to these processes; on the historical and cultural processes involved in the evolution and use of language; on the role language and dialect play in society and cultural identity; and on the structural characteristics that distinguish the world’s languages. Increasingly, linguists also contribute to the development of language technologies such as speech recognition, machine translation, and automatic text parsing.
On the linguistics MA, you will complete courses on linguistic theory, on language in use, on universals and typology, on experimental and statistical methods for studying language, and on computational methods (including programming). The MA also includes the opportunity to complete a project placement related to linguistics with an external organization, and to conduct your own research in a Masters thesis.
Graduates with an MA degree in Linguistics have a well-defined, yet broad set of opportunities for finding employment and contributing to society. These opportunities can be grouped under three main career trajectories: Traditional language services, Social language services, and Computational language services (see below for examples).
To prepare students for work in these areas, the MA program includes courses on linguistic theory and practice, including courses on grammatical theory, interactional linguistics, typology, psycho/neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics. Students also complete a research topic, and gain real world experience by completing a project placement. The program concludes with a research thesis, in which students conduct independent research in a particular area within linguistics. In addition to working together with the thesis advisor, theses may also be completed in collaboration with an external organization.
The Master’s programme in Linguistics is open to candidates with a Bachelor’s degree or a supplementary subject in Linguistics (i.e. minimum 45 ECTS studies in linguistics. For this reason), foreign students must be able to provide full documentary evidence that they have completed a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish BA degree in level and contents.
Only students who fulfil these requirements should apply.
Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.
The Master’s programme is a two-year continuation of the Bachelor’s programme. It expands the students’ knowledge of and skills in the subject of study. At the same time, it provides an opportunity to delve deeper into the field of study.
Students with a Bachelor's degree programme in Linguistics at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in Linguistics on the condition that application is made for admission to the Master’s degree programme no later than three years after completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.
If there are more academically qualified applicants than places available, each applicant will be assessed according to the following criteria:
In addition to the general documentation requirements, you must upload the following documentation to your application:
1) Relevance Description
Relevance description is a brief description (1-2 pages) explaining:
- The academic relevance of your Bachelor’s degree programme to the Master’s degree programme
- Which courses from your Bachelor’s degree programme meet the academic requirements for admission to the Master's degree programme. These requirements can be found above.
- Your career plans
2) Curriculum Vitae
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.
3) If your Bachelor’s degree is not from Aarhus University, you must upload the academic regulations or contents of your study programme or a link pointing to them.
Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of English B (Danish upper secondary school level with a minimum GPA of 3.0).
The following table shows the structure of the 2011 degree programme. More information about the structure and content can be found in the academic regulations.
You can complete project-oriented work during the 3rd semester of your programme. The project gives you an opportunity to use your linguistic skills in a real work context.
The project must be relevant to your degree programme in a broad sense and should preferably also improve your future job prospects. In other words, you have an opportunity to create your own individual competence profile by working on a project which focuses on job and career experience.
You can find much more information about project-oriented work and internships af AUs Job and Project Bank.
The Master’s degree programme in Linguistics is a full-time course corresponding to 37-40 hours of work a week. Even though you may not have to attend lectures or classes every day, you should expect to spend quite a lot of time preparing for the teaching and meeting your study group.
There are about 100 students of linguistics at Aarhus University, and the study environment is extremely friendly and lively. The students have their own facilities and organize a wide range of academic and social activities. There is also close contact between the teachers and students – not only in the teaching, supervision and project work, but also because the students have the chance to take part in research alongside the academic staff. Here are some of the activities and projects which our students take part in:
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.
The main Aarhus University campus is unique, with buildings closely grouped together and surrounded by nature. The campus is conveniently situated close to the city centre, and student accommodation is readily available as long as you apply on time. There are a range of activities, ranging from running to regatta on the lake, as well as guest lectures, film screenings, and university events taking place throughout the year. To ensure student well-being, counselling services are available for students, to offer support and guidance during their time at Aarhus. Read more about the study environment at Aarhus University.
As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus is a young and dynamic place with plenty of opportunities. The 40,000 students at the university make up 17.5% of the city’s population, which leaves its mark on city life. An attractive feature of Aarhus is that there are beaches and woods a short bike-ride away, as well as cultural events taking place throughout the year, including the Aarhus Festival in September. The theatres in the city and the ARoS international art museum offer many events that enable you to experience the Danish culture.
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This data is derived from AU's 2016 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.
Graduates with a Master’s degree in Linguistics have detailed insight into all aspects of oral and written language, as well as great understanding of information structures. Common jobs for graduates from the program fall into one of three categories:
You can find inspiration for potential career paths in the Arts Career alumnus portraits of Master’s graduates from the Faculty of Arts. You can also gain an impression of possible jobs as a linguist in the Arts Career job inspiration catalogue.