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The Master's in Language and Education is a one-year programme designed to prepare students for a future in language teaching. In the first semester, you will take core courses in Linguistics and Literature, followed by specialisation courses in your language of choice. The second semester the programme focuses on language and literature teaching and learning, and is concluded with a thesis written in the language of specialisation.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Language and Education comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • The Master's programme Literature and Education comprises 60 ECTS credits:
  • 18 credits for core courses in Literature core courses
  • 18 credits for core courses in Linguistics core courses
  • 6 credits for Thesis Seminar 
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis (may include internship)

Core courses

In the core course for Linguistics, you will become familiar with the inherent variation in language among both native and non-native speakers as well as with the fundamental issues and approaches in studying this variation. You will also acquire in-depth insights into different mechanisms and stages of language acquisition. In the Literature course, you will explore the relevant debates on canon formation, national identity, literary heritage, world literature and globalisation.

The language-specific courses will elaborate on these topics from the perspective of the language involved, while the second semester will focus on the classroom, addressing the question: how do the theoretical issues raised during the first semester play out in school settings?

Term paper

You choose and further develop the topic of your research project/term paper on the basis of the two core courses taken during your first semester.


An integral component of the programme, the Master’s thesis enables you to write an original work of research on either Linguistics or Literature in your language of specialisation, under the supervision of one of the staff members. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the thesis supervisor.


As part of the thesis trajectory, you will have the opportunity to do a research internship at a school (secondary education) in the first block of the second semester, which also prepares you for the classroom-oriented courses.

Detailed course information

You can find detailed descriptions of the Language and Education courses as well as the Study Schedule in the UvA Course Catalogue.

UvA Course Catalogue: Language and Education

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in the Research Master's programmes Literary Studies or Linguistics. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.