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Master in Modern Languages and Letters : General

Master in Modern Languages and Letters : General

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 : General
  • 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 Modern Languages and Letters gives graduates the ability to carry out a wide range of tasks independently, in a multilingual professional environment (trilingual or quadrilingual). They also acquire the expertise necessary to contribute to the scientific development of this field and, lastly, they will be able to take a scientific approach to teaching the languages and culture of the regions they have studied.

Students in this Master can choose from a wide range of languages (English, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian). In addition, they can study a third language (German, Greek, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Portuguese, or Turkish).

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.


Access conditions


The Master programme includes courses centred on developing the linguistic and literary knowledge acquired during the Bachelor (65 credits) for a Germanic language—English, Dutch, or German (language A)—and a modern language—Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish, Czech, French as a foreign language, or Chinese (language B); a dissertation (25 credits over two years); and courses specific to each focus (30 credits).

Four focuses are available for this Master:

  • the focus on linguistic contacts places emphasis on the various facets of multilingualism, and includes a work placement in a professional environment.

  • the teaching focus provides the methodological skills required to teach in secondary schools, while also developing the students' abilities in the fields of training, argumentation, and knowledge sharing. Please note that a work placement is only possible for the following language pairs: Dutch/English/German as a first language, and Italian/Spanish as a second language. Students who have picked a second language other than Italian or Spanish may only complete their internship in their Germanic language.

  • 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.

What's next ?


With excellent knowledge of the languages studied, graduates of this programme will have many opportunities in the public or private sectors, in a variety of fields: teaching, business, industry, culture, and the tertiary sector, not only in Belgium but also abroad, with career opportunities in management or public relations with Belgian or foreign institutions.