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Master's Degree Programme

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


The language of globalisation

English is the language of globalisation. It is the mother tongue of around 350 million people, and an even larger number speaks English as a second language. The MA in English opens career opportunities in important national and international sectors associated with the cultural, creative, and related industries or in the field of teaching.

Insight into cultures and industries

During the Master’s degree programme, you can specialize through a mixture of obligatory and elective courses as you build on your BA and work with contemporary topics in either English-language literature, linguistics, or the history, society and culture of the English-speaking world.

Whether your passion is for Anglophone literature, language, history, or all things English, the degree programme allows you to immerse yourself in the latest developments within your field of interest. You will go into depth with issues of what constitutes evidence within fields of literature, linguistics, culture, and history. You will gain greater insight into standard English, its variations and the changes that have shaped it around the world as well as myths about language itself. You will gain an understanding of the way cultural phenomena can influence literature and how literature in turn can influence culture. Approaching literary works with new reading techniques and theories, you will work with creative processes, storytelling and adaptation, and learn how creativity can be commercialised. You will work with social media, film and other elements of visual culture as well as working in-depth with current concerns such as identity politics, gender, media and transnationalism. You will learn how to apply historical, social and cultural knowledge within contemporary markets. In sum, you will be equipped with knowledge, skills and competences valued in both private and non-profit sectors.

Master’s degree in English

You will gain a deeper understanding of the language, culture, and history of English-speaking countries through activities that include excursions, lectures, seminars, and a variety of individual and group tasks. You will be trained in effective written and verbal English communication through a variety of exam forms, ranging from writing for popular magazines to academic research papers to an oral exam. You will be able to convey information and ideas clearly and vividly, both verbally and in writing, and to plan and carry out large complex projects.

Today, numerous jobs in the private market as well as public institutions require advanced English language skills and analytical knowledge of the English-speaking world. You acquire these competences in the Master’s degree in English. In this degree programme, you use English at a high international level and gain in-depth knowledge of the history, culture and social conditions of the English-speaking world.

Whether you seek a career in the private or non-profit sectors or as a teacher, it is important that you have comprehensive knowledge of the English language and the cultures and societies of English-speaking countries. In many situations, it is also a requirement that you have a high level of English language proficiency. With a Master’s degree in English, you will have knowledge, skills, and competences necessary for working in the global economy.

Admission requirements

The requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme in English vary according to the track you wish to enrol in.

Track A (120 ECTS credits in English)

  1. The admission requirements for Track A of the Master’s degree programme are a completed Bachelor’s degree (135 ECTS credits) in English and a supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits) at Bachelor’s degree level, or a completed Bachelor’s degree (135 ECTS credits) in another subject and a supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits) in International Communication in English at Bachelor’s degree level.

Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission to Track A:

  • The Bachelor’s degree in English (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree in English (University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University)
  • Legal right of admission: Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in English at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in English on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. This legal entitlement only exists if applications are received on time by Aarhus University.

Track B (75 ECTS credits in English with a supplementary subject at Master’s degree level of 45 ECTS credits)

The admission requirements for Track B of the Master’s degree programme are a completed Bachelor’s degree (135 ECTS credits) in English and a supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits) at Bachelor’s degree level in another subject taught at upper secondary school.

Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission to Track B:

  • The Bachelor’s degree in English (Aarhus University) or the Bachelor’s degree in English (University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University) with 45 ECTS credits in a supplementary subject taught at upper secondary school.

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. The corresponding Bachelor’s degree should as a minimum include 100 ECTS in a combination of at least two of the following three areas, including at least 20 ECTS in each of the 2-3 qualifying areas: (1) English-language literature, (2) English linguistics, and (3) history, society and culture in English-speaking countries. 

Legal right of admission

Students with a Bachelor's degree programme in English at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in English on the condition that application is made for admission to the Master’s degree programme no later than three years after completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in English (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.

Language requirements

In addition to the above, the following language requirements apply for admission to the Master's degree programme in English:


In addition to the general documentation requirements, you must upload the following documentation to your application:

  • Please note that applicants for the Master’s programme in English are NOT required to upload course descriptions.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for your chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations.

In the following graphical representation of the education you can click the various courses, which will direct you to the webpage of the courses.

Student life

At the Department of English, both the number of students in the different courses and the teaching methods vary. You attend lectures together with many other students and supplementary subject courses with between five and twenty students. In addition to the lectures, the instruction includes seminars, group work and presentations by students where the students are encouraged to participate actively in the teaching and express their opinions.

Several hundred students study English and there are plenty of opportunities to meet them outside the classrooms and lecture halls.

Anglia organises parties in the course of the year where you can meet fellow students and the many exchange students who also attend classes in English.

The English Lecture Society is a student association that organises informal guest lectures.

Esperanto is the name of the Friday bar at the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture. Here you can also meet students who study other languages at the department.

The Dolphin Newsletter is written by students.

The Mobile University where university students teach at upper secondary school gives you an opportunity to test your teaching skills.

Lots of other activities take place throughout the year for students at ARTS. Keep updated through the activities calendar here.


Student-to-student is your opportunity to ask about being a student at the Faculty of Arts and about Aarhus and Denmark in general. Other international students who have already taken the leap and study for their Master's degree at the Faculty of Arts will gladly answer all of your questions.

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Job functions for grads

The chart shows the five most common types of work for graduates 1-2 years after finishing their degree. The data is derived from a survey made by Epinion for the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and Aarhus University in 2020.

Competence profile

The Master’s degree in English gives you the following qualifications:

The English language. Through your degree programme, you acquire mastery of the English language, a comprehensive and varied vocabulary, correct pronunciation and grammar. These skills qualify you for jobs as a teacher or translator, in the publishing industry and in private and public sector companies.

Culture and understanding. You acquire an understanding of the cultural and social conditions in English-speaking countries. These competences can be used in jobs within tourism, cultural exchange and communication.

Communication. During your studies, you learn to communicate ideas and information clearly and vividly, both verbally and in writing.

Intercultural work. Your knowledge of the history and social conditions of English-speaking countries enables you to work in intercultural and international contexts.

Structure and management. In the course of your studies, you complete a fair amount of reading, examinations and group work and are therefore skilled in planning and carrying out large, complex projects.

Job profile

The following are the five most common jobs for English graduates:

Upper secondary school teacher. Many English graduates teach at upper secondary school, and as English as a subject was strengthened with the reform of upper secondary school education, the future looks bright if this is what you dream of doing.

Communication and IT. With the excellent language and communication skills acquired during the degree programme, English graduates are qualified to work in the communication and IT industries as communication advisors, web editors or text writers, etc.

Administration and organisation. English is the working language in a growing number of workplaces, and many English graduates are therefore employed as consultants, heads of department or project managers.

Teaching and research. English graduates also teach at other institutions than upper secondary schools, for example at training colleges, universities, language schools as well as at folk high schools and within continuing education.

Translation and interpreting. The degree programme qualifies students for translation and interpreting work at, for example, international companies and organisations within the EU and the UN.

It is also possible to pursue a career as a researcher by applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s graduate school. Students can apply for admission to one of Aarhus University’s PhD programmes after completing their Bachelor’s degree and the first year of their Master’s degree, or after completing their thesis.

Career Guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.