English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
English is the language of globalisation. It is the mother tongue of around 350 million people, and an even larger number speak it as a second language. The MA in English from Aarhus University opens career opportunities in important national and international sectors associated with the cultural and creative industries and in the field of teaching.


Insight Into An Entire Culture

In the Aarhus University Master’s degree programme, you can specialise with a combi¬nation of obligatory and elective courses as you build on your BA and work with contemporary topics in one of the three theme areas: English-language literature, linguistics, and 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 engage in depth with the issue of what constitutes evidence within the 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 and learn how creativity can be commercialised, as well as storytelling and adaptation. 

Working with cultural heritage, social media, film, and other elements of visual culture, and engaging deeply with current concerns such as identity politics, gender and media, and transnationalism, you will learn how to apply historical, social, and cultural knowledge within contemporary markets. You will be equipped with knowledge, skills, and competencies that are valued in both private and non-profit sectors. 

Mastering in English

You will gain a deeper understanding of the language, culture, and history of English-speaking countries through lectures, seminars, excursions, 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.


Numerous jobs in the private sector as well as in public institutions require advanced English-language skills and analytical knowledge of the English-speaking world. You will acquire these competencies in the Master’s degree in English. You will be using English at a high international level and will 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, comprehensive knowledge of the English language and the cultures and societies of English-speaking countries is important. In many situations, a high level of English-language proficiency is indispensable. With a Master’s degree in English, you will have the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to work in the global economy.

Programme Structure

Semester 1

  • Evaluating evidence
  • Current topics

Semester 2

  • Advanced research topic
  • Applied humanities

Semester 3

  • Profile

Semester 4

  • Master's thesis
For more information, please check the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    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

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)

  • 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 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)
For more information, please check the programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Århus

  • 6639 - 10060 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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