Master of Arts in Historical Linguistics and Literature

What is the MA in Historical Linguistics and Literature?

The Master’s Programme Historical Linguistics and Literature builds upon the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor Linguistics and Literature: two languages. During this one-year programme, the student will choose in-depth courses on historical literature and/or linguistics in one or two languages. He/She is encouraged to broaden his/her horizon by also selecting one or two classes in history or (historical) auxiliary sciences, or theoretical reflection on literary or linguistic problems.

What does the course look like? What are the aims of the course?

The programme consists of three components: seven classes (5 ECTS each) of which two are compulsory, an internship (10 ECTS) and a dissertation (15 ECTS).
At the end of their study, students have an in-depth knowledge of the historical evolution of at least one language/literature and they are familiar with the present research methods and tools for their chosen field of specialisation.

Why study Historical Linguistics and Literature at Ghent University?

The flexibility of the programme allows the student to compile a unique set of classes. It encourages the student to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective and provides him/her with his/her first job experience. Students are allowed to privilege one field of interest for the modules research project, internship and dissertation, dedicating thus 30 ECTS to that particular specialisation. This option enhances the chances for successfully submitting a PhD application.

What are the central research themes in line with the course?

The specialisations on offer in linguistics and literature vary from one language to another. The research portal lists all the research projects of the departments of Linguistics, Literature and History at Ghent University. 

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