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Master's Programme in Language and Intercultural Communication

Master's programme | 120 credits | Sustainability related
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Comments: Please note that the entrance requirements has changed according to what was initially stated.
1 Closed GU-65799 2 Closed GU-15799
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

Completion of the Master’s Programme in Language and Intercultural Communication leads to the award of either a Master’s degree 60 credits (magisterexamen) or a Master’s degree 120 credits (masterexamen). The students in this programme have one of the following languages as their main field of study: African languages, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. The programme addresses the role of language in society and the world’s linguistic relationships from a sociolinguistic and intercultural perspective. The aim of the programme is to provide linguistic tools for exploring, interpreting and understanding different linguistic and cultural expressions, and thus to determine how different discourses on culture and cultural differences can influence communication between and about different cultures. An important basis for this education is to create an understanding of different cultural perspectives and their consequences, and to problematize an Eurocentric perspective. The students receive a global linguistic education and a cultural competence to work in international environments and manage intercultural meetings and opportunities. In the programme, they acquire knowledge, skills and ability to critically analyze, discuss and reflect on expressions and communicative manifestations of culture, both within and between different realities, based on a linguistic basis.


The interdisciplinary concept of intercultural communication and how it is approached from a linguistic perspective are essential for the programme. The students study theoretical, analytical and critical perspectives on the role of language in intercultural communication, while also focusing on the connections between language and cognition, culture and identity. They also gain insight into various communicative strategies and how they can be designed to conform to different cultures and fields of activity. Students learn how history, politics, economics and migration (to name a few factors) can affect the language use in different groups, societies and nations. They also discuss issues related to for example language and power, the linguistic market, minority languages and linguistic hierarchies. The master level of the programme treats theoretical and methodological basics of semantics and pragmatics, with both diachronic and diatopic approaches. The student acquires tools to implement contrastive and cross-lingual analyses in different discourses and skills in using adequate methods in semantic and pragmatic analysis. Emphasis is placed on cultural linguistic phenomena and communicative strategies in cultural communication.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: The requirement for admission to the programme is a Swedish or foreign Bachelor's degree (or 180 higher education credits including an individual assignment of 15 credits at in-depth level). An additional requirement is English 6 as well as 60 credits in English, French, Spanish or German, or 90 credits in Arabic or Russian, or 120 credits in Japanese or Chinese, or the equivalent prior learning that is assessed by the department. For students with African languages as their main field of study, there are no requirements of prior knowledge in the subject. Students with a Master's degree (60 credits) from Linguistic Master's degree (60 credits) H2SPV are qualified to start the second year in the programme.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 172 000 SEK
First payment: 43 000 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance


Department of Languages & Literatures
Box 200
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Renströmsgatan 6

Programme that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the programme's main focus

Programme that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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