Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics (Multilingual and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching)

Course content

The Master of Advanced Studies in Linguistics is a one-year interuniversity programme aimed at students who have already acquired a good background in linguistics or language related fields of study. The participating Flemish institutions are Ghent University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Course structure

In first semester students choose four courses (of 6 credits each): one or two from the set of general courses; two or three specialisation courses (with at least two from one specific area of specialisation, which will also be the area of the master’s dissertation and of the intensive course work and/or apprenticeship in the second semester). If only one general course is taken, a third specialisation course may be chosen from the set listed for a different area of specialisation, provided that there is a clear link and the local coordinator at the university of enrolment agrees.
- Linguistics in a Comparative Perspective (Ghent University)
- Cognitive and Functional Linguistics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
- Multilingual and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Students may enrol at the university of their choice, in keeping with their preferred area of specialisation. It is possible to follow courses from the other participating universities since there is a close cooperation between the two universities.
In second semester students mainly focus on their master’s dissertation (18 credits) which should be in their area of specialisation. They are also expected to take part in intensive course work and/or an apprenticeship in their area of specialisation (12 credits).

Master’s dissertation
The master’s dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master‘s degree. The master’s dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor. The master’s dissertation consists of a critical bibliography review part, a theoretical reflection and an original analysis of the topic.

Career perspectives

This master’s programme is not labour market oriented; it is an excellent preparation for students who want to start a research project (PhD) in the field of linguistics.