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Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
19 September 2022
Application deadline: EEA: before 2022-09-01; Non-EEA: before 2022-04-01

About this program

Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies

Are you looking for a one-year Master’s Program in linguistics and literary studies during which you can specialise in one or two languages according to your Bachelor’s degree? Do you want to study in the multilingual capital of Europe with numerous institutions such as the European Union, NATO and several multinational companies? In the Multilingual Master in Linguistics and Literary Studies, you can follow courses in up to nine different languages and you can specialise in one of the following subjects: Intermediality, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Multilingualism and Foreign Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics, and Multilingual Mediation and Communication.

Admission requirements

General admission criteria

In order to apply for the Multilingual Master, students will need the following documents:

  • photo
  • copy of their ID (front & back) or copy of their passport (if non-EEA citizen)
  • transcript of records
  • copy of BA diploma(s)
  • proof of European health insurance (only for enrolment)
  • motivation letter & CV
  • 2 recommendation letters

Admission is based upon the review of each application. After an initial check for the validity of the documents, there will be a mandatory short Skype interview, for which students will receive an email in due course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Compulsory Courses

  • Master's Thesis
  • Research Methodology
    • Linguistics or Literary Studies
    • Translation Studies and Research Methodology (TSRM) or Interpreting Studies and Research Methodology (ISRM) for the 'Multilingual Mediation and Communication' profile
  • Linguistics and Literary Studies in Brussels

Elective Courses (All Profiles except 'Multilingual Mediation and Communication')

Language-related courses

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Italian

Profile-related courses

  • Profile Intermediality
  • Profile Linguistics
  • Profile Literary Studies
  • Profile Multilingualism and Foreign Language Acquisition
  • Profile Psycho- and Neurolinguistics

Elective Courses (Profile Multilingual Mediation and Communication)

Module Multilingual Practices

  • Multilingual Practices English-Arabic
  • Multilingual Practices English-Chinese
  • Multilingual Practices English-German
  • Multilingual Practices English-French
  • Multilingual Practices English-Russian
  • Multilingual Practices English-Spanish

Module Optional Courses

  • Audiovisual Translation
  • Technology for Translators
  • Text and Discourse Analysis
  • Theory of Literary Translation
  • Language Contact and Language Planning
  • Multilingualism and Cognition
  • Multilingualism and Literature

Scholarships & funding

Program delivery


EEA students: 980 Euro per year.

Non-EEA students: 3,254 Euro per year.


Continuing studies

Students achieving excellent results can also consider one of our PhD Programs.

Career paths

A Master's degree in Linguistics and Literary Studies opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector or at (non-) governmental organisations. Highly skilled professionals with an excellent command of various languages and a good understanding of multiple cultures are needed in national and international public institutions and companies. Brussels is the perfect environment to prepare you for such a job.

Not sure yet what your next step should be? VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

Professional Orientation Year

As of 15 August 2021, non-EU/EEA students are eligible for a stay of 12 months to search for a job in Belgium or to carry out an independent activity. Find more information on the university website.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of the world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts over 19,500...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

When moving about in Brussels, you hear a lot of different languages. That’s no coincidence, because the city is a melting pot of cultures. With 35% of the population of foreign origin, you can expect a rich cultural environment. Brussels is home to the EU Institutions and several affiliates, NATO HQ, diplomatic representation offices, headquarters for many international companies, NGOs, trade associations, one of the world’s largest press corps, as well as a whole host of international and European schools.

It goes without saying that Brussels offers unique career opportunities. As the home to more than 2,000 international organisations and companies, it offers a wide range of internship possibilities and future career options. Flagship areas include ICT and communication, life tech, finance and law consulting, communications and media agencies, and creative industries.

VUB Education Delivers Strong Individuals, Critical Minds & World Citizens

Interactive and personal

Being a medium-sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, professors and teaching assistants. This is part of a real direct contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities.

Choice and flexibility

VUB offers a full range of programmes taught in English where the key concept is flexibility. A system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalise their curriculum in a way that best meets their interests.

Guidance and service

It is important to VUB to help students familiarise themselves with university life and to provide good guidance. Educational counsellors and study advisers provide students with personalised study guidance on a range of topics. The International Relations office provides students with information on university life and facilitates their integration by organising cultural, social and sports activities with student associations. They also provide information on administrative aspects regarding living in Belgium.


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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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1050 Brussels

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