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Master in Modern Languages and Letters : German, Dutch and English

Master in Modern Languages and Letters : German, Dutch and English

This formation is taught in french.

The 2020-2021 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Modern Languages and Letters : German, Dutch and English
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Languages and literature
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Languages and literature
  • Jury President
    Xavier LUFFIN
  • Jury Secretary
    Jürgen JASPERS


General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)


Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Languages and literature

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.


The programme aims to develop excellent communication skills in foreign languages by placing them in their scientific and cultural context. The Master in Germanic Languages and Letters gives graduates the ability to carry out a wide range of tasks independently, in a multilingual professional environment (trilingual or quadrilingual). Students also acquire the expertise necessary to contribute to the scientific development of their field. Last but not least, they will be able to take a scientific approach when teaching the languages and culture of the regions they have studied.

Students in this Master programme may study a third language (Spanish, Italian, Greek, Polish, Czech, Russian, Slovene, Portuguese, Arabic, or Turkish).

They also gain extensive skills that enable them to contribute to the scientific development of their field, while literature courses provide an opportunity to learn about cultures that are not covered in other programmes (Austria, U.S. and Canada, and ex-colonies). As a multicultural city, Brussels is an ideal environment in which to learn about languages and cultures. In addition, the close collaboration with nearby VUB allows students to immerse themselves in a Dutch-speaking environment, through frequent contacts with Dutch speakers (lecturers, researchers, and students).

r learning languages and cultures. The close collaboration with the nearby VUB allows students to immerse themselves in Dutch, with recurring contacts to Dutch speakers (lecturers, researchers and students).

Access conditions


The programme includes courses and seminars centres on developing the linguistic and literary knowledge acquired during the Bachelor (65 credits); a dissertation (25 credits); and courses specific to each focus (30 credits).

Four focuses are available for this Master:

  • the teaching focus provides the methodological skills necessary to teach in secondary schools, while also developing the students' abilities in the fields of training, argumentation, and knowledge sharing.

  • the focus on North American studies provides in-depth knowledge of the United States' and Canada's cultures.

  • the focus on a third language lets students become proficient in an additional language—Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Japanese, modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovene, Spanish, or Turkish—, with no prerequisites.

  • students in the focus on languages and cultures from Central Europe become proficient in at least two languages from Central Europe—Czech, German, or Polish—, while also gaining in-depth knowledge of the cultures in this area. This focus is open to students in Modern Languages and Letters: Germanic Languages who have been studying German since the Bachelor, or to students who meet the prerequisite level in German. The programme includes a four-month exchange with the universities of Leipzig, Brno, or Warsaw, leading to a joint degree.