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Language and Linguistics, Modern Languages - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

Students doing group work at a table at the Centre for Languages and Literature


Lund University offers advanced studies in languages and linguistics at Master’s level. Choose between several different specializations which focus on specific languages or on more overarching linguistic topics. The Centre for Languages and Literature can also give the students access to the most modern resources for research and education.

The MA in Language and Linguistics is intended for students who are interested in increasing the knowledge of language in a broad sense and the theoretical understanding of linguistic questions. An additional goal is to develop the student’s language proficiency and knowledge of the language.

Students can choose between seven different specializations and 18 subject areas. Note however that not all specializations and subject areas are offered every year. For the intake in 2024, the following options are available: Classical Language, Greek (Ancient and Byzantine Greek) or Latin; Cognitive Semiotics; English linguistics; Linguistics: General Linguistics or Phonetics; Modern Languages, French, Italian, Japanese or Modern Greek; Swedish/Scandinavian Languages and Swedish as a Second Language. 

Modern Languages

Choose one of the languages French, Italian, Japanese or Modern Greek in the next step of your application. 

In the subject of French, the obligatory courses are Contemporary Linguistic Theory Applied on French, Acquisition of French and Introduction to Medieval French. The language of instruction is French. Obligatory courses in Italian are Written Proficiency, Linguistic Variation in the Italian Language, The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Italian Language, Italian Literature, and Acquisition of Italian in a Multilingualism Perspective. The language of instruction is Italian.

The courses in Japanese focus on reading and discussing texts on Japanese theoretical linguistics, while aiming to improve language skills (reading, writing and speaking). The courses are instructed in Japanese and English.

In Modern Greek, the students follow the development of the Greek language from Medieval times to Modern times, which involves the study of literary texts from various periods of time, as well as in-depth studies of the development of Modern Greek linguistics. 

Find more information about the subjects on the programme’s webpages.

Program structure

The programme consists of compulsory courses common to all specializations, compulsory courses for each subject area, and elective courses. The languages of instruction are English and the language corresponding to the field of your specialization. The final degree project consists of a thesis in language and linguistics that constitutes in-depth study in the chosen subject area. 

The academic year is split into two semesters. Each semester is divided into (usually two or four) courses which are all examined separately. Subject specialization courses and elective courses are offered on a rolling basis. 

  • Semester 1:  Philosophy of Science for Linguists 7.5 credits, compulsory subject specialization courses or elective courses 22.5 cr
  • Semester 2:  Methods in Linguistics 7.5 credits, compulsory subject specialization courses or elective courses 22.5 cr
  • Semester 3: Compulsory subject specialization courses or elective courses 30 cr
  • Semester 4:  Degree Project – Master's (Two Years) Thesis, 30 cr

About the prerequisites

This programme presupposes a solid foundation in language and linguistics. You must have academic work in French when applying for French, in Italian, when applying for Italian and so forth. Also remember to upload your Summary sheet (under Programme-specific documents below). 

Career prospects

The programme prepares students for a future career where competency in language is essential. It also provides you with the academic background you need in order to apply for PhD studies in languages and linguistics throughout Europe and beyond.

Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Study Counsellor

Frida Mebius Önnerfors

Email: masterlanguage [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree specializing in the subject chosen for the Master’s programme 
  • Completed at least 90 credits in the chosen language. Beginner level courses cannot be included in these.
  • Bachelor’s thesis, or other equivalent academic work, relevant to the chosen subject 
  • Knowledge and skills in English equivalent to at least English 6 from Swedish upper secondary school. Equivalence is assessed in accordance with national guidelines. 
  • Good written and oral command of the language


Selection criteria

A major criterion in the admission process is the applicant's estimated ability to complete the programme successfully. The applicants are ranked based on their previous academic merits (grades for courses and the quality of their BA thesis or equivalent academic papers), their statement of purpose, and their proficiency in English. Admissions interviews may also be used to rank the applicants.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

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Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026


Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a Summary sheet when applying to this programme. Click on the link below to download the document. 

Summary sheet Language and Linguistics (Word, 25 kB)


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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 250 000

First payment: SEK 62 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations