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The MA programme in Linguistics focuses on the following areas: language in connection with its functions and use; conversation analysis research; structures across the languages of the world; language development; and language typology. Research workshops guide students into selected research areas. Linguistics at Aarhus University has a strong international research profile. If you already have a BA in linguistics, you can proceed directly to the MA programme in Linguistics. A Bachelors degree in another subject requires a one-year supplementary subject in linguistics to give access to the MA in Linguistics.
Research-based teaching, expert supervision
The programme is project-oriented and empirical. Students have the opportunity to design their own profile based on a range of available subjects, which ensures thoroughness, depth and breadth. Teaching is always based on the newest research, and active student contributions including presentations, reports and data presentations are important. Student and group projects receive thorough supervision and there is the option to conduct independent or project-based research. All students are assigned a lecturer/researcher as mentor.
Graduates from the programme have pursued careers in a variety of fields, for example as consultants in bilingualism and integration; as designers of language technology and tests; as developers of web-based language teaching and as language teachers (at colleges of education, schools for the deaf, language schools etc.); as editors of dictionaries; as Danish lecturers abroad; as language therapists and counsellors for people with reading difficulties; as self-employed communication experts; and of course as researchers and lecturers at universities. Linguistics graduates skills in communication and in systematisation of complicated data qualify them to work as consultants, communications officers and PR specialists.
1st semester/E MA 30 ECTS
- Language and Social Interaction 10 ECTS
- Social/Linguistic Typology 10 ECTS
- Linguistic Research/E
2nd semester/F MA 30 ECTS
- Development of Language 10 ECTS
- Cognitive/Functional Linguistics 10 ECTS
- Linguistic Research/F
3rd semester/E MA 30 ECTS
1) Profile Subject
2) Project-oriented Work
3) International electives 1, 2 and 3
4th semester/F MA 30 ECTS
 The profile semester does not include courses specifically designed for third semester linguistics students, but it may be possible for the students to take profile subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts.
 International electives: students have the option of spending the semester studying abroad.
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.