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Linguistics and Literature - English

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The Master of Linguistics and Literature - English at KU Leuven will expand your knowledge and command of the English language, and bring a new appreciation of literature and culture.

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The Master of Linguistics and Literature - English at KU Leuven emphasises the academic study of English in all its aspects, ranging from the theoretical and historical study of the English language and literature to creative mastery of the living language, both spoken and written. The curriculum combines theoretical courses with seminars and is designed to develop your academic skills and communicative ability.

Benefiting from the research and expertise of English scholars at the Faculty of Arts, students from Belgium and abroad live and study in a vibrant international atmosphere where they further master both their proficiency in English and their methodological, critical-theoretical, and heuristic skills.


When combined with a teacher-training certificate, this degree represents a solid qualification for graduates who wish to teach English in secondary or higher education.

Graduates gain a thorough familiarity with leading contemporary research in a particular field of English linguistics or literary criticism and are thus perfectly equipped for research at a higher level (PhD programmes / research projects, etc.).

Graduates develop the communicative skills required to report, both orally and in writing, on research findings and insights. Those skills can be used in a broad range of professional contexts where the ability to digest, synthesise, and present complex phenomena is essential.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • English Linguistics: Grammar and Diachrony
  • English Linguistics: Grammar and Discourse
  • English Linguistics: Selected Topics
  • Variation in English: Linguistic and Social Determinants
  • English Literature: Postromantic Materialisms
  • English Literature: Reading Identities in the British Isles
  • English Literature: Fiction after 1945
  • English Literature: Topics in Post-45 American Literature

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

All other applicants (EEA-nationals holding a different degree than the one mentioned above as well as all non-EEA nationals) are requested to submit a file containing the following information;

  • A detailed survey of previous studies, which shows that the candidate has a substantial academic background in the field of study. Previous academic study of English linguistics and literature is essential. Please note that applicants are required to have completed their BA at the start of the MA in English. Applicants who have not yet completed their BA at the time of application should include a detailed survey of the courses in which they are or will be enrolled in the current year of their BA program.
  • A motivation letter.
  • Applicants may be asked to submit certified course descriptions in Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Submitting such documents along with the application will speed up the admissions process.


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