The curriculum consists of 6 modules:
In order to graduate, students have to complete one speciality module, one graduate school module, one elective module, one optional courses module, and either the MA thesis or MA project module.
Students are recommended to spend one semester (and complete 15 ECTS worth of coursework) in a university in the country where the language of the speciality is spoken as the first language.
The full curriculum structure and description of courses is available on the University of Tartu Study Information System.
Students choose, on the basis of the speciality that they selected on entrance to the curriculum, the related speciality module. All courses in the chosen speciality module are compulsory to students.
The objective of the module is to:
Courses (each course is worth 3 ECTS):
The objective of the curriculum is to:
On the basis of their interests and research topic, students choose one of the two graduate schools. Then they will choose 15 ECTS of courses from the range of courses offered in the chosen graduate school: 12 ECTS of theoretical-methodological subjects and a 3 ECTS interdisciplinary seminar. Graduate school subjects are chosen in cooperation with the supervisor and the programme director, proceeding from the topic of the students’ MA thesis or MA project and the chosen practical training type.
Interdisciplinary seminar is a research seminar which deals with the study of some linguistic or cultural phenomenon, theme or problem, considering the methodological and theoretical approaches of different disciplines. Students get the experience of participating in a research project and contributing to the solution of a specific research question. Courses are taught by instructors from different disciplines.
The aim of the electives module is to give students the opportunity to acquire knowledge in a different speciality (specialities) and to allow them to shape their individual study paths. The elective module also allows students, depending on their individual needs, to improve their proficiency in the language of speciality or some other foreign language.
Students may choose courses for the elective module from their own speciality if they have not completed the courses during their BA studies. Students may also choose 12 ECTS of courses from one of the speciality modules or, if they have not completed the courses, from the BA curriculum of the speciality. Students may choose the elective module also from outside the Faculty of Humanities and Arts.
Courses (examples of recommended subjects):
Optional courses allow students to improve their knowledge and skills and to broaden their horizons. Optional courses can be chosen from all curricula of the University of Tartu or other institutions of higher education.
The aim of the module is to develop and maintain knowledge and competences necessary in professional careers and to create connections between acquired knowledge and the possibilities of applying it.
Practical training is organised collectively within the curricula of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, depending on the type of practical training: intercultural communication practice (work in an international organisation, foreign embassy, etc.), teaching assistant practice (assisting an instructor), guide practice, translation practice, editing, archive, culture management, research administration (e.g. in a unit of the University of Tartu and applied criticism practice (publishing a critical review, etc.).
Students, together with the supervisor and the programme director, choose a type of practical training most closely linked to the topic of the MA thesis or MA project.
The MA thesis module deepens knowledge about the theories and methods used in studying European languages, literatures and cultures, improves students’ research-related skills and competences, gives students the opportunity to conduct independent research, data collection and its critical analysis and the compilation of a thesis, the presentation of its results during a public defence in the language of the speciality or in some other language, if the board decides so.
The choice between the MA thesis and MA project is made by the student and supervisor, depending on the student’s research and/or professional interests. The MA thesis studies a research problem related to the speciality in the form of an academic research paper written in the language appropriate to the speciality.
The goal of the module is to deepen knowledge about the theories and methods used in studying European languages, literatures and cultures. The choice between the MA thesis and MA project is made by the student and the supervisor, depending on the student’s research and/or professional interests.