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Modern Languages (MA)

About the programme

The specialisation in Modern Languages transforms you into an expert on one or more of the languages that the programme offers. You will explore its structure, acquisition and history.

The courses that you will follow depend on the language of your choice. At the start of the programme, you will choose courses related to your language theme:

  • Chinese Language and Linguistics
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • French Language and Linguistics
  • German Language and Linguistics
  • Italian Language and Linguistics

These courses are taught in the target language (except for Chinese, which is taught in English) and have specific language-level entry requirements.

Generally, the study programme includes core courses related to your language theme, electives including the possibility of doing an internship, and the final Master's thesis. 

Detailed programme

For a more detailed programme and an overview of all the possible electives, please check the Online Study Guide.

Jenny Audring

Researcher and University Lecturer

Jenny Audring

“Our alumni find work easily. Schools, businesses and institutions reach out with job offers – even before graduation.”

Ample support

“We provide a focused and research-driven learning environment in which every individual receives ample support and attention.”


“Whether you are a future researcher, teacher or consultant, our enthusiastic lecturers will provide you with dedicated and tailored stimulation, encouragement and support.”

Is Modern Languages the programme for you?

Check the admission requirements to find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme.

Check the admission requirements


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