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About the programme
Language: Danish (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)

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.

Students who complete the Master’s degree programme having chosen the elective courses Corporate Technical Communication and Multilingual Document Management and Translation of Corporate Legal and Financial Texts, and who complete a translation-related project placement and Master’s thesis, are entitled to use the title “formally qualified translator” (in Danish: uddannet translatør).

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 100 ECTS in the relevant language

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.

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.

Students who complete the Master’s degree programme having chosen the elective courses Corporate Technical Communication and Multilingual Document Management and Translation of Corporate Legal and Financial Texts, and who complete a translation-related project placement and Master’s thesis, are entitled to use the title “formally qualified translator” (in Danish: uddannet translatør).

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.

Degree programme structure

During the first semester of the degree programme you will gain basic knowledge about core theories, methods and processes on two compulsory courses which provide the framework and foundation for the rest of the degree programme:

  • Organisational Communication
  • Corporate Text Production from an Intercultural Perspective 

You must also choose one of the following two elective courses:

  • Crises and Issues from a Communicative Perspective
  • Corporate Technical Communication and Multilingual Document Management

During the second semester of the degree programme you must also take two compulsory courses:

  • Branding in a Communicative Perspective
  • Change Communication

You must also choose one of the following elective courses:

  • Corporate Reporting
  • Translation of Corporate Legal and Financial Texts

During the third semester you also have several options:

You can choose between:

  • Taking a project placement (an internship at an internationally oriented company or organisation in Denmark or abroad ending in a home assignment on a topic of your own choice). During this project placement you get the chance to convert your theoretical knowledge into practice and help to carry out communicative tasks and projects for companies and organisations.
  • Taking international elective courses at a university abroad (an exchange).
  • Taking profile courses or elective courses at AU as well as a course preparing you to write your thesis.

​​​​​​​During the fourth semester of the programme you must write your thesis. You can choose the topic yourself, but it must be taken from one of the areas of study covered by the programme.

Academic regulations

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

Student life

Forms of teaching

The teaching on the Master’s degree programme in international business communication in Spanish involves both lectures and classroom teaching. For the lectures you will be joined by students on the Master’s degree programme in international business communication in French, English and German. You will meet a range of different researchers from the four degree programmes, who will introduce you to theories and methods for each subject. The classroom teaching will be conducted in smaller, language-specific groups, and will involve in-depth dialogue with your fellow students and the teacher. This is where you can ask questions and discuss the subject matter.

A range of different learning methods are used such as group work or individual work, discussions and presentations based on authentic cases, text production, data collection and analysis.

Study groups

During the degree programme you will work with your fellow students to perform tasks in groups which normally consist of three-four students. Your study group is also important outside the exam periods. You can use your group to discuss academic problems and study the material required for the next lesson.

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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