KU Leuven

Linguistics and Literature - English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
Stressing the theoretical and methodological framework specific to its field, the Linguistics and Literature - English programme at KU Leuven will develop you into a scholar with attractive autonomous critical and research skills. 


This Linguistics and Literature - English programme at KU Leuven broadens and deepens your knowledge and command of English through a curriculum combining English linguistics and literature.

The programme emphasises the academic study of English in all its aspects, ranging from the theoretical and historical study of the English language and literature to creative mastery of the living language, both spoken and written. The curriculum combines theoretical courses with seminars - and is designed to develop your academic skills and communicative ability.

Benefiting from the research and expertise of English scholars at the Faculty of Arts, students from both Belgium and abroad live and study in a vibrant international atmosphere and further master both their proficiency in English and their methodological, critical-theoretical, and heuristic skills.

Our team of internationally -renowned experts will prepare you for a career in communications, intercultural relations, education, translation, linguistics, and research, not to mention the avenues offered in the vast media sector.


The main goal of the programme is to broaden and deepen students' knowledge of English linguistics and literature, both in its theoretical aspects and its applications. The overall aim of the programme is to train highly proficient students of English to investigate and situate relevant linguistic and literary research topics in an autonomous way and to communicate their findings and insights effectively.

This aim implies an excellent command of English as a prerequisite for research and scientific communication. It also implies a good grasp of research procedures, including systematic training in methodology and experience in sustained research, e.g. through the writing of an MA dissertation under the supervision of qualified staff member.

Career perspectives

Combined with a teacher-training certificate, this degree offers a strong qualification for graduates who wish to teach English in secondary or higher education. Graduates are thoroughly familiar with leading contemporary research in a particular field of English linguistics or literary criticism and are thus perfectly equipped for research at a higher level (PhD programmes / research projects, etc.). Graduates also develop the communicative skills required to report, both orally and in writing, on research findings and insights. Those skills can be used in a broad range of professional contexts where the ability to digest, synthesise, and present complex phenomena is essential.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • English Linguistics: Grammar and Diachrony
  • English Linguistics: Grammar and Discourse
  • English Linguistics: Selected Topics
  • Optional in stage 1
  • Variation in English: Linguistic and Social Determinants


        • Your BA programme has already made you familiar with the methodology and topics of English linguistics and literary criticism.
        • You have thoroughly studied English from three perspectives: language acquisition, linguistics, and literary criticism.

        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.

          Book IELTS
        • 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

        • A detailed survey of previous studies, which shows that the candidate has a substantial academic background in the field of study. Previous academic study of English linguistics and literature is essential. 
        • A motivation letter.
        • Proof of proficiency in English: either an IELTS score of at least 7.5, or a TOEFL score of at least 610 (paper-based test), 253 (computer-based test), or 102 with no score under 22 for any of the four tests (internet-based test). 

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            3500 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            906 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Living costs for Leuven

          870 - 1300 EUR/month
          Living Costs

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


          Check the programme website for information about funding options.

          StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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