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
2nd semester/F MA 30 ECTS
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.
You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".
Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.
To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments.
Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments.
It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments.
EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.
At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.
You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:
Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.
You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start.