Master’s in Languages

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Master’s in Languages

Master degree programs in Languages provide an in-depth education in a variety of languages. Most programs allow students to focus on studies in one particular language and to take courses in literature, linguistics, cultural studies and more. Many programs offer specialisations in literature, linguistics or language instructions. This program is suitable for students with a wide range of goals and interests that include the in-depth study of a language.

What Is a Master’s in Languages?

A Master’s in Languages can be earned at many excellent schools and takes between one and three years to complete. This program consists of the intense study of a particular language and includes courses in literature, literary theory, cultural studies and more.

Most Master’s in Languages assume fluency in at least one foreign language upon admission. This program is geared towards advanced study of a language. Some programs allow students to specialise in two languages at a time. Most Languages coursework will include foundational courses in literature and linguistics. Students may also select electives in their area of interest, depending on their ultimate goals in studying the language. Students can expect to take courses such as:

  • Language Methodology
  • Linguistics
  • Applied Stylistics
  • History
  • Literature
  • Advanced Composition
  • Research Methods

Students specialising in language instruction will also study pedagogy and linguistic educational methods. Those who choose to study culture and civilization may take further courses in history, politics, art and philosophy.

In order to deepen students’ understanding, many programs offer extensive study abroad options. Some also require intensive research projects. Students with proficiency in two languages may be able to take courses in both for their degree.

What Are the Benefits of Getting a Master’s in Languages?

Students who complete the Master’s program in Languages develop their language skills to a high level. This program typically provides a high level of immersion through study abroad and requirements that written assignments be submitted in the language of study. Students gain not just foreign language skills but also general written and oral communication skills. In addition to linguistic skills, they acquire a deep understanding of another culture and civilization, which is valuable in many professional settings as well as for personal development.

What Kind of Career Can you Expect With a Master’s in Languages?

A Master’s in Languages prepares graduates for several types of careers. Depending on their specialisations, graduates may pursue careers in teaching, journalism, the arts, government service, business and more. Some positions available to Languages graduates are:

  • Teaching languages in primary or secondary schools
  • Private language coaching
  • College-level language instruction
  • Business consultant
  • International marketing or advertising manager
  • International business liaison or spokesperson
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Translator

These positions may be available with a wide range of employers, including:

  • Government services
  • Armed forces
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Religious institutions
  • Culture and arts centres
  • Museums
  • Private and public schools
  • Community centres
  • Businesses
  • Banks
  • Advertising and PR firms
  • Law firms
  • Healthcare providers
  • Manufacturers

Those whose goals centre on the academic study of languages or linguistics often choose to earn further academic degrees. They usually continue to perform advanced research and teach at the university level.

Trinity College Dublin

Dublin 2, Ireland

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  • USD 14,946Average Tuition
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The Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is located in Dublin, Ireland. Situated in the multicultural European Capital, TCD offers undergraduate courses in a wide range of disciplines that come under the faculties of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences. ...

St Mary's University London

London, United Kingdom

  • 125SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 16,566Average Tuition
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St Mary’s University London (St Mary’s) is located in Twickenham, London. St Mary's offers over 50 master’s degree programs across its 4 academic schools, namely: Arts and Humanities; Management and Social Sciences; Education, Theology and Leadership; and Sport, Health and Applied Science....

Queen's University Belfast

Belfast, United Kingdom

  • 164SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 17,112Average Tuition
  • 0Acceptance Rate

Queen's University Belfast (Queen's) is a public institution located along the University Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Queen's offers a wide range of master's degree programs across its three academic faculties namely: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences....

The University of Utah

Salt Lake City, United States

  • 169SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 21,296Average Tuition
  • 81.7%Acceptance Rate

University of Utah (the U) is a research-focused university located in Utah, United States, with it’s Asia campus located in South Korea. The U offers a wide range of master’s degree programs across nearly a 100 academic departments. These departments include Architecture, Biochemistry, Computing, Environmental Engineering, and Philosophy....

University of Illinois, Chicago

Chicago, United States

  • 170SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 42,430Average Tuition
  • 74%Acceptance Rate

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States and has 15 academic schools through which it offers interesting master’s degree programs in a wide range of subject areas....

Illinois State University

Normal, United States

  • 192SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 33,465Average Tuition
  • 74%Acceptance Rate

Illinois State University is the first publicly-funded higher education institution in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. It offers undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs in a wide variety of concentrations including applied science and technology, arts and sciences, business, education, fine arts, and nursing. Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission....

DePaul University

Chicago, United States

  • 201SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 52,402Average Tuition
  • 70%Acceptance Rate

DePaul University is a private Catholic University located in Chicago, Illinois, US. DePaul University offers master's degre programmes in fields including Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Social Sciences and more. DePaul University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant master's degree programmes. ...

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, United States

  • 209SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 25,000Average Tuition
  • 73%Acceptance Rate

Duquesne University is one of the largest and most comprehensive private Catholic universities located in the urban area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Duquesne offers a wide variety of master's degree programs....

University of Kansas

Lawrence, United States

  • 227SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 23,700Average Tuition
  • 93%Acceptance Rate

The University of Kansas (KU) is a state-sponsored, public research institution located in Kansas, United States. KU is spread across five campuses and through its 14 colleges, the university offers a wide range of master's degree courses....

Goldsmiths, University of London

London, United Kingdom

  • 239SchoolApply Rank
  • USD 19,417Average Tuition
  • 9.3%Acceptance Rate

Goldsmiths, University of London (Goldsmiths) is a public university located in New Cross, South East London, UK. Goldsmiths offers a wide range of master's degree programs across its academic faculties including: Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE); Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance; Media, Communications and Cultural Studies (MCCS); Institute of Management Studies (IMS); and Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (STaCS)....