"Students are offered advanced studies and specialisation in both English and education"
Björn Sundmark, Professor of English Literature, outlines the valuable knowledge and experience students gain during the master's degree programme and explains why language and learning skills are needed in working life.
How does the master's programme prepare students for working life?
In the job market, there’s a great need for people who are proficient in languages. If you have knowledge of languages, you have the potential to work in many different professions. Knowledge and learning in languages are beneficial in most industries, including as a teacher, communicator, human resource officer, or business leader.
Education in languages can create new opportunities in the international labour market. The programme also gives students the chance to proceed to third-cycle education. Today, there’s a great need for humanities researchers and social scientists whose research is focused on education and didactics.
What are the main things that students will learn during the programme?
Students will gain subject knowledge of English alongside a specialisation in education. You will acquire advanced level knowledge in literary studies, foreign language learning, grammar, linguistics, sociolinguistics, language development, and cultural studies. Through the education, the students receive a didactic insight into language and literature.
What makes the programme unique?
The master's programme is unique in that students are offered advanced studies and specialisation in both English and education. Malmö University provides an opportunity for international and Swedish students to study a master’s degree that is taught entirely in English. The programme has an international character, with students from several countries bringing various experiences and educational backgrounds.
Why are Malmö University and Sweden good choices?
Internationally, there is a strong interest in Sweden’s educational system. Malmö University has the largest teacher training programme in the country and a great amount of experience in delivering high quality education. Teachers at the Faculty of Education and Society are experts in their subjects. Malmö is a multicultural, multilingual city, where most people speak English.
What type of academic backgrounds are appropriate for the programme?
The programme is aimed at people with previous education in teaching as well as those with other academic backgrounds, for example in social sciences or humanities. Students with previous teacher education can deepen and broaden that education and qualify to teach English.