University of Bologna

Language, Society and Communication, M.A.

The M.A. in Language, Society and Communication at the University of Bologna teaches students two additional European and international circulation languages, in addition to Italian. The Master’s programme focuses on the fundamentals of linguistics for English, French and German, as well as computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, geography of languages.


The 2nd cycle degree Language, Society and Communication programme from the University of Bologna produces graduates with superior knowledge of at least two European and international communication languages (in addition to Italian). This international programme uses English as its lingua franca for non-linguistic course units, hence all students shall possess an excellent command of the English language.

The great practical competency – both written and oral – goes with a deep Language knowledge that allows students to know and interpret the sociolinguistic codes involved in an intercultural communicative situation. Students are also provided with specific knowledge in the fields of linguistics, philology and intercultural communication, as well as in the production of written and oral texts belonging to different genres. The Study Programme prepares students to become:

  • Language and Cultural Expert for International Relations
  • Editor and Sub-Editor of texts in different languages.

To this extent the learning activities – besides linguistic disciplines – face the main cultural, historical and social issues and aim at developing a great knowledge of economical and juridical disciplines. The main specific learning outcomes are: the acquisition of a deep competency of theoretical and practical instruments to decode and produce specialized texts – both written and oral – which can be used in international communication, as well as their implementation at the Information Technology level.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • English For Specific Purposes
  • English Linguistics
  • French Linguistics
  • German Linguistics
  • History Of The English Language
  • History Of The Russian Language
  • History Of The Spanish Language
  • Mediation - English
  • Mediation - French
  • Mediation - German
  • Mediation - Spanish
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Candidates wishing to follow the Master's degree programme in “Language, Society and Communication” must be graduates holding a three-year university diploma or degree, ‘Laurea' (former Ministerial Decree 509/99 and former Ministerial Decree 270/04), or the former four-year university degree, or hold another equivalent educational qualification issued abroad.

The following requirements must also be fulfilled in order to qualify for access to the Master's degree programme:

Candidates must have gained at least 48 university course credits overall during their first degree in the two modern languages they wish to take at Master level.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 2574 International
  • EUR 2574 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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