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The award
MA

How long you will study
4 Semester

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8000 per year

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About Linguistics at Aarhus University

The MA in Linguistics at Aarhus University explores the various aspects of language through project-based research under expert supervision. The programme examines first and second language acquisition, language description and diversity, corpus linguistics, functionalist theories of language, communication, social and individual multilingualism, and text structures, all combined with qualitative and quantitative methods.

A CLOSE COMMUNITY

Linguistics at AU is a medium-sized programme with about a hundred students - so students are welcomed into a tight-knit academic and social community. Expect many opportunities for dialogue with professors, detailed feedback, and many after-class activities.

The programme is known for its strong international research profile. Teachers have worldwide connections and are aware of the newest developments in their fields. Each semester, students are invited to participate in research projects on a range of subjects.

STUDENT LIFE

Between Lingoland (the department's own common room) and the regular Lingobar gatherings in the Kommabar on Fridays, life as a linguistics student at AU can extend far beyond coursework.

The department's ViGør student committee ("We can do it" in Danish) and the MA course café are constantly busy organising weekly events for students - so between gatherings inspired by classic Danish hygge (cosiness) with coffee and cake, guest lectures and Tour de Bars (think, pub crawls), students have lots to choose from.

The programme has its own student committee, which functions as a forum for students to communicate with the university and share ideas regarding both practical and school-related matters. All students can be active in the programme degree committee, where students and staff make decisions on matters relating to academic affairs.

CAREERS

Graduates of the MA in Linguistics programme are equipped with skills in communication and in the systematisation of complex data. They are qualified to take on work as consultants, bilingualism specialists, communications officers, teachers, editors, language therapy consultants, developers of language technology, specialists in endangered languages and, of course, in public relations.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Students on the MA programme are involved in two research projects on exciting new topics, with the opportunity to explore linguistics through an internship. All students are assigned a staff member as mentor for the duration of their studies.

Students have a chance to complete project-oriented work with their peers in the first year, and with an external partner in the third semester - a chance to work in a practical setting. Students can choose their own research topic during all courses, including their MA thesis, and are encouraged to align this project with their future career goals.

DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS, COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND SEMIOTICS

The Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics is one of the nine departments at the School of Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Arts.

The teaching at the department is not only research-based, but also research-oriented. Students are encouraged to collect and analyse data and to design and carry out experiments, either alone or in cooperation with the research staff. In some cases, students may even have their research published. Students regularly present their research to fellow students and staff at research seminars.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 semester
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 8000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

All EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are exempt from payment of tuition fees.

Entry requirements

In general, admission to a Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree in level and length (180 ECTS). All applications must also fulfil the English language requirements.

Find more information about the admission requirements, application procedure and deadlines at Aarhus University.

In addition, you must meet the specific requirements for the Linguistics programme, which can be found on the Linguistics study programme page.

What students think about Aarhus University

    Sagar from India studying Mechanical Engineering

    Testimonial from Sagar from India studying Mechanical Engineering, student at Aarhus University

    "It's very easy to work in English in Denmark. Everyone understands it and can talk in English. I also think that the culture is very interesting. Quite unique in fact. There’s a lot of focus on the potential of the individual, and there’s a lot of openness. Denmark has a very flat hierarchy, and that’s rare. I've never experienced this flat hierarchy before, so actually it was something of a culture shock. And it permeates everything – even on the programme. It's very positive, it's not like the lecturer just arrives, teaches, and goes. There’s interaction, and you’re encouraged to discuss and have an opinion. The professors are genuinely interested in hearing your own opinion about things; even the simplest questions are given respect and are discussed until every aspect is clear to us.”

    Anita from Croatia studying Civil and Architectural Engineering

    Testimonial from Anita from Croatia studying Civil and Architectural Engineering, student at Aarhus University

    "It was weird to live here at first. You had to get used to so many new things. But there were a lot of social events, especially during the first week, and everything was organised for us. I met a lot of Danish and international students, and even some from my own country. It was great, and it helped in the beginning, when you feel that you’re completely alone with so many things. I like Aarhus. It's a big city, but it’s also a small town. It’s exactly the right size, I think, to feel at home and comfortable and yet to have all the opportunities you need and want. And I really like the fact that the university is right in the middle of the city."

    Angelo from Italy studying Computer Science

    Testimonial from Angelo from Italy studying Computer Science, student at Aarhus University

    "What really makes Aarhus University unique is the study environment. The lecturers are very open to discuss their subjects during lectures, but they are also available at other times - sometimes you can discuss with them during the local Friday Bar. Most of the programmes facilitate and foster teamwork, which is so much more fun and closer to the actual working environments. Last, but not least important, you have 24/7 access to facilities, including libraries, study rooms, etc., if you want to go the extra mile."

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