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The Master's in Language, Literature and Education is a one-year programme designed to prepare you for a future in language teaching. In the first semester, you will take core courses on language and literature teaching and learning, followed by specialisation courses on Linguistics and Literature in your language of choice. You will end the first semester with a short, individual, research paper preparing you for the final thesis. In the second semester, you will develop your personal interests by choosing an elective, doing an internship and writing a thesis on a topic of your own choice.

Programme structure

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

  • 12 credits for core courses on language and literature teaching
  • 12 credits for core courses on linguistics and literature in the language of your choice
  • 6 credits for a Thesis Seminar
  • 12 credits for electives or an internship
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis (may include internship)
  • Core courses

    The core courses on language and literature teaching deal with the theory and practice of teaching language and literary works, providing a theoretical background, but also including more practical components of pedagogy, such as motivation, individual learner variables, and interaction in the classroom. The core courses on linguistics focus on the acquisition of and variation in your language of specialisation. In the core courses on literature, you will focus on literary heritage, national identity, world literature and globalisation.

  • Electives

    The University of Amsterdam offers a large number of courses that may be chosen as an elective and that may serve you to further specialise in one of the components of the Master’s Language, Literature and Education or that can be used to broaden your academic view. Instead of doing an elective at the University of Amsterdam, for certain languages a course offered by Masterlanguage, a collaboration between Dutch universities, may be chosen. Currently, there are courses in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Classical languages. For more information, consult the programme coordinator.

  • Internship

    You will have the opportunity to do an internship at Master’s level in the first block of the second semester. The internship must be related to the Master’s programme Language, Literature and Education. The internship must be approved by the programme’s internship coordinator.

  • Thesis seminar

    In this seminar, you will choose and further develop the topic of your research paper on the basis of the core courses taken during your first semester.

  • Thesis

    The Master’s thesis is an integral component of the programme and it enables you to write an original work of research related to the Master’s Language, Literature and Education 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.

Detailed course information

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

UvA Course Catalogue: Language, Literature 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 and Communication. Once students have been 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 will determine which courses qualify for transfer.