What is a Master in Language Studies?

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Language Studies is a type of interdisciplinary academic degree, which combines courses from two related but different disciplines: Languages and Linguistics. Students learn one (or multiple) foreign languages and explore how languages and human communication work.

A Language Studies degree is ideal for students interested in the complexity of languages and their evolution, who also want to learn at least one foreign language. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, Language Studies programmes can have significantly different curricula depending on the university that offers the course.

Some of the topics you can expect to study during a Bachelor's or Master's in Language Studies are: English, French or German (or another foreign language), language and culture, grammar, syntax, phonetics, morphology, semantics, discourse analysis, history of language, etc.

Future Language Studies graduates develop excellent oral and written communication skills, learn how to analyse information and think critically, and discover how languages work in different contexts. Students also learn how to be culturally aware, which is a great ability for any professional communicator.

As a linguist, you can work in various fields, such as advertising, communications, editing and publishing, journalism, teaching, and others. You can also develop a career in the tech industry, where companies work on improving text-to-speech recognition, natural language processing, and other similar technologies. Some of the most popular Language Studies jobs are: teacher, translator or interpreter, diplomat, journalist, PR specialist, copywriter, etc.

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Check out our list of Master's degrees in Language Studies. Keep in mind you can also study an online Masters in Language Studies.

Best Universities for Language Studies on MastersPortal

Universities Location TopUniversities Ranking (2018)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, United States 12
Harvard University Cambridge, United States 1
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst Center, United States 101
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom 2
The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 21
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 3
Stanford University Stanford, United States 5
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, United States 4
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, United States 9
Peking University Beijing, China 7
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 13
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States 45
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) Moscow, Russia 44
University of Maryland College Park, United States 201
University College London (UCL) London, United Kingdom 16
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 17
University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 35
The University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 6
Lancaster University Lancaster, United Kingdom 101
The Ohio State University Columbus, United States 151
University of Chicago Chicago, United States 18
University of Toronto Toronto, Canada 22
New York University New York City, United States 20
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 36
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 36
City University of Hong Kong Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 51
University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 29
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Urbana, United States 51
Australian National University Canberra, Australia 28
McGill University Montréal, Canada 45
University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada 39
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 51
Humboldt University Berlin Berlin, Germany 22
Seoul National University Seoul, South Korea 11
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 101
University of Texas at Austin Austin, United States 51
University of California, San Diego San Diego, United States 101
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 25
Georgetown University Washington, D. C., United States 101
National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan 31
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, United States 151
Macquarie University Sydney, Australia 151
Yale University New Haven, United States 8
Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore 51
University of Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom 51
University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland 51
Beijing Normal University Beijing, China 51
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 39
University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand 42
University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, United States 50
Autonomous University of Madrid Alcobendas, Spain 51
Bologna Business School Bologna, Italy 51
Brown University Providence, United States 51
Cardiff University Cardiff, United Kingdom 251
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, United States 101
Kazan Federal University Kazan, Russia 101
Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich München, Germany 51
Nanjing University Nanjing, China 51
National Chengchi University Taipei, Taiwan 101
Northwestern University Evanston, United States 151
Osaka University Osaka-shi, Japan 51
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Santiago, Chile 51
Princeton University Princeton, United States 15
Purdue University West Lafayette, United States 201
Rutgers University New Brunswick, United States 101
RWTH Aachen University Aachen, Germany 151
Sapienza University of Rome Roma, Italy 51
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China 101
The City University of New York New York City, United States 151
UNICAMP - University of Campinas Campinas, Brazil 51
Universidad Complutense de Madrid Madrid, Spain 51
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Italy 51
UCLouvain Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 101
University Sains Malaysia George Town, Malaysia 151
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 101
University of Antwerp Antwerpen, Belgium 201
Frankfurt University of Applied Science Frankfurt am Main, Germany 151
University of Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina 38
University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark 51
University of Essex Colchester, United Kingdom 101
University of Freiburg Freiburg, Germany 101
University of Geneva Genève, Switzerland 51
University of Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom 101
University of Granada Granada, Spain 101
University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands 151
University of Hamburg Hamburg, Germany 101
Leipzig University Leipzig, Germany 101
University of Reading Reading, United Kingdom 201
University of Sao Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 51
University of Stuttgart Stuttgart, Germany 101
University of Tartu Tartu, Estonia 251
University of Tübingen Tübingen, Germany 101
University of Warsaw Warsaw, Poland 101
University of Warwick Coventry, United Kingdom 50
University of Washington Seattle, United States 151
Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden 101
Victoria University of Wellington Wellington, New Zealand 151
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 151
Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China 101
Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark 101
Arizona State University Tempe Junction, United States 151
Aston University Birmingham, United Kingdom 151
Charles University Prague, Czech Republic 201
Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand 51
De La Salle University Manila, Philippines 151
Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary 251
Federal University of Minas Gerais Belo Oriente, Brazil 201
University of Göttingen Göttingen, Germany 101
Ghent University Gent, Belgium 151
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, United States 101
Karl-Franzens University of Graz Graz, Austria 251
Kyung Hee University Seoul, South Korea 101
La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia 251
Nagoya University Nagoya, Japan 101
HSE University Moscow, Russia 151
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, United States 151
The Open University UK Undergraduate Programmes Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 201
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 151
Queen's University Belfast Belfast, United Kingdom 151
Renmin University of China Beijing, China 101
Rice University Houston, United States 251
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, Canada 151
Sogang University Seoul, South Korea 51
Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 151
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 151
The University of New Mexico Albuquerque, United States 151
University of Waikato Hamilton, New Zealand 151
Tohoku University Sendai-shi, Japan 51
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal 151
University of Adelaide Adelaide, Australia 151
University of Basel Basel, Switzerland 151
University of Bergen Bergen, Norway 251
University of Bucharest Bucharest, Romania 201
University of Canterbury Christchurch, New Zealand 151
University of Chile Santiago, Chile 151
University of Cologne Köln, Germany 151
University of Delaware Newark, United States 151
University of Konstanz Konstanz, Germany 251
University of Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom 51
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, United States 201
University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand 101
University of Pavia Pavia, Italy 201
University of Quebec Québec, Canada 151
University of Salamanca Salamanca, Spain 101
University of Santiago de Chile Santiago, Chile 201
University of Science and Technology of China Hefei, China 201
University of Siena Siena, Italy 151
Wuhan University Wuhan, China 201
Auckland University of Technology Auckland, New Zealand 201
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla Puebla, Mexico 201
Birkbeck, University of London London, United Kingdom 251
Boston College Newton, United States 201
Brigham Young University Provo, United States 201
Ca' Foscari University of Venice Venice, Italy 101
Concordia University Montréal Montreal West, Canada 201
Duke University Durham, United States 51
Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) Araranguá, Brazil 201
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre, Brazil 201
Fu Jen Catholic University Taipei, Taiwan 201
Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, United Kingdom 201
Institute for European Studies - Universite Libre de Bruxelles Brussels, Belgium 151
Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland 151
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Mainz, Germany 251
Kyushu University Fukuoka, Japan 101
Laval University Ottawa, Canada 201
Mahidol University Bang Yai, Thailand 201
Nankai University Tianjin, China 201
National Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan 201
National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu, Taiwan 151
Ohio University Athens, United States 201
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Lima, Peru 151
Pusan National University Busan, South Korea 201
Saarland University Saarbrücken, Germany 201
Shanghai University Shanghai, China 101
Sophia University Shinagawa-ku, Japan 201
Thammasat University Bangkok, Thailand 251
The University of Western Australia Perth, Australia 151
Universidad Nacional de Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 51
Lumière University Lyon 2 Lyon, France 201
University at Buffalo Buffalo, United States 201
University of Belgrade Belgrade, Serbia 201
University of Bern Bern, Switzerland 201
University of Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa 251
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, United States 201
University of Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal 101
University of Liverpool Liverpool, United Kingdom 151
University of Macau Macao, Macao (SAR) 201
University of Newcastle Newcastle, Australia 201
University of Padua Padua, Italy 151
University of Pisa Pisa, Italy 201
University of Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela, Spain 151
University of Sheffield Sheffield, United Kingdom 151
University of Szeged Szeged, Hungary 201
University of Tsukuba Tsukuba, Japan 151
University Putra Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 151
Vilnius University Vilnius, Lithuania 201
York University Toronto, Canada 151
Aoyama Gakuin University Tokyo, Japan 251
Bangor University Bangor, United Kingdom 251
Bogazici University Istanbul, Turkey 251
Dartmouth College Hanover, United States 151
Durham University Durham, United Kingdom 51
Federal University of Paraná Curitiba, Brazil 251
George Washington University Washington, D. C., United States 251
Georgia State University Atlanta, United States 251
Griffith University Southport, Australia 251
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan, China 251
Justus Liebig University Giessen Gießen, Germany 251
Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic 251
Massey University Palmerston North, New Zealand 251
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Athens, Greece 251
National Chung Cheng University Ma-kung, Taiwan 251
University of Paris Paris, France 251
Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso Valparaíso, Chile 251
San Diego State University San Diego, United States 251
Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch, South Africa 251
The University of Exeter Exeter, United Kingdom 151
University of Georgia Athens, United States 251
Université Grenoble Alpes Grenoble, France 251
University Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 251
University College Dublin Dublin, Ireland 51
University of Alicante Alicante, Spain 251
University of Bath Bath, United Kingdom 201
University of Bonn Bonn, Germany 251
University of Brasil Brasília, Brazil 251
University of Bremen Bremen, Germany 251
University of California, Irvine Extension Irvine, United States 151
University of Florence Florence, Italy 201
University of Haifa Haifa, Israel 251
University of Kent Canterbury, United Kingdom 251
University of Lodz Lódz, Poland 251
University of Mannheim Mannheim, Germany 251
University of New England Armidale, Australia 251
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 201
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, United States 201
University of Porto Porto, Portugal 201
University of Seville Sevilla, Spain 151
University of Southampton Southampton, United Kingdom 101
University of Western Ontario London, Canada 251
Vietnam National University Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam 251
Xiamen University Xiamen, China 251
Beijing Foreign Studies University Beijing, China 51
Boston University Boston, United States 101
Columbia University New York City, United States 10
Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Seoul, South Korea 34
Freie Universität Berlin Berlin Steglitz, Germany 31
Fudan University Shanghai, China 27
Indiana University Bloomington Bloomington, United States 51
King's College London London, United Kingdom 49
Korea University Seoul, South Korea 24
KU Leuven Leuven, Belgium 51
Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan 14
Leiden University Leiden, Netherlands 51
Lund University Lund, Sweden 101
Michigan State University East Lansing, United States 151
Monash University Melbourne, Australia 51
National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 25
National Tsing Hua University Hsinchu, Taiwan 101
Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 201
Pennsylvania State University University Park, United States 51
Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, Spain 101
Queen Mary University of London London, United Kingdom 101
Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands 201
Saint-Petersburg State University Saint Petersburg, Russia 101
SOAS University of London London, United Kingdom 51
Stockholm University Stockholm, Sweden 101
Tsinghua University Beijing, China 33
UIT the Arctic University of Norway Tromsø, Norway 51
Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) Paris, France 18
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Kampung Baru Subang, Malaysia 101
The University of Arizona Tucson, United States 151
University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 51
University of Connecticut Storrs, United States 51
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, United States 201
University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 51
University of Montreal Montréal, Canada 51
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 51
University of Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom 51
University of Oregon Eugene, United States 51
University of Oslo Oslo, Norway 101
University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada 151
University of Potsdam Potsdam, Germany 51
University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia 101
University of Southern California Los Angeles, United States 151
University of Vienna Vienna, Austria 101
University of Wisconsin Madison Madison, United States 101
University of York York, United Kingdom 151
University of Zurich Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland 51
Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherlands 101
Waseda University Tokyo, Japan 41
Sungkyunkwan University Seoul, South Korea 29
Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea 42
Heidelberg University Heidelberg, Germany 45
Ewha Womans University Seoul, South Korea 101
Tecnológico de Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico 101
Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City, Mexico 101
University of St Andrews St Andrews, United Kingdom 101
Dublin City University Dublin, Ireland 151
Hitotsubashi University Tokyo, Japan 151
National Sun Yat Sen University Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 151
Novosibirsk State University Akademgorodok, Russia 151
Paris Diderot University Paris, France 151
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Jamundí, Colombia 151
Trinity College Dublin Dublin, Ireland 151
University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 151
University of Notre Dame South Bend, United States 151
University of the Philippines Diliman Bagong Pagasa, Philippines 151
Chiang Mai University Chiang Mai, Thailand 201
Chung-Ang University Seoul, South Korea 201
Deakin University  Burwood, Australia 201
Dongguk University Seoul, South Korea 201
East China Normal University Shanghai, China 201
Kobe University Kobe, Japan 201
McMaster University Hamilton, Canada 201
Oxford Brookes University Oxford, United Kingdom 201
Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China 201
Texas A&M University College Station, United States 201
The American University in Cairo Cairo, Egypt 201
Tor Vergata University of Rome Roma, Italy 201
Metropolitan Autonomous University Azcapotzalco, Mexico 201
University of Münster Münster, Germany 201
Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania 201
University College Cork Cork, Ireland 201
University of Alcalá Alcalá de Henares, Spain 201
University of Seoul Seoul, South Korea 201
University of Turin Turin, Italy 201
University of Virginia Charlottesville, United States 201
University of Zaragoza Zaragoza, Spain 201
University Toulouse - Jean Jaurès Toulouse, France 201
Aix-Marseille University Marseille, France 251
Beijing Institute of Technology Beijing, China 251
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon Lyon, France 251
École Polytechnique Palaiseau, France 251
INSEAD - The Business School for the World Fontainebleau, France 251
Royal Holloway University of London London, United Kingdom 251
Sciences Po Paris, France 251
Sejong University Seoul, South Korea 251
The Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) São Paulo, Brazil 251
Sofia University St.Kliment Ohridski Sofia, Bulgaria 251
Tomsk State University Tomsk, Russia 251
Ulster University Coleraine, United Kingdom 251
Universidad de Antioquia Medellín, Colombia 251
University of Calcutta Kolkata, India 251
University of California, Davis Davis, United States 251
University of Canberra Canberra, Australia 251
University of Coimbra Coimbra, Portugal 251
University of Florida Gainesville, United States 251
University of Guadalajara Guadalajara, Mexico 251
University of Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia 251
University of Innsbruck Innsbruck, Austria 251
University of Limerick Limerick, Ireland 251
University Paris Nanterre Nanterre, France 251
Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City V~ung Tàu, Vietnam 251
West University of Timisoara Timisoara, Romania 251
Autonomous University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 51
Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) Paris, France 51
Hanyang University Seoul, South Korea 51
The University of Milan Milano, Italy 51
Panthéon-Sorbonne University Paris, France 51
University of Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom 51
University of the Andes Bogotá, Colombia 51
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