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English Studies

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Copenhagen (KU)
Campus South Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 5000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


This Master's Programme in English consists of six topic modules and a thesis module. Students choose four of the 15-20 graduate courses that are offered each term.

Each term there will normally be at least one course within each of these fields: English language and linguistics, foreign language acquisition, British Studies, British literature, American Studies, American literature, Postcolonial Studies, Postcolonial literature.

One of the six modules must contain the obligatory assessment of written and spoken proficiency in English. All topic modules - as well as the final thesis - are free topics within the programme's main subject.

Two of the six topic modules are elective modules. This means that they can either fall within the English programme itself or students can take them in other graduate programmes at University of Copenhagen.

Students can apply individually for transfer of external merits to the two elective modules.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates from the programme are capable of handling demanding cultural-dissemination assignments, information work, export advice and consultancy, e.g. in public-sector institutions, print and electronic media, creative industries and the business world in general.

Former students also work with translation and publishing. Furthermore, graduates are able to teach advanced English courses, draft teaching materials, and organise and run business courses in language and culture, however the programme does not provide students with the teaching profile aimed for the Danish upper-secondary school. Finally, the Master’s degree qualifies graduates for postgraduate studies, including PhD programmes.


To be admitted to this programme, you must use the Online Application Portal at the University of Copenhagen in order to apply.

Please note that the application portal is only accessible from two months prior to the application deadline.
After submitting your application, you will automatically get a receipt.

Please make sure to check the admission and language requirements for the MA programme in English Studies.

Before applying online, please note that there are additional documents besides your degree certificate to be uploaded when applying. See the list of which documents to include.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact University of Copenhagen directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside EU, EAA, or from Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further InformationInformation from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition.

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System.

South Campus


The South campus is located just south of the city centre and has a student population of around 11,000. The campus is home to the Faculty of Humanities. It is undergoing development with new buildings offering great facilities for studying and for student life at campus.

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