After graduation

A master's degree in Linguistics and Literary Studies opens doors to many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector or at (non-) governmental organisations. Students achieving excellent results can also consider one of our PhD programmes. Highly-skilled professionals with an excellent command of various languages and a good understanding of multiple cultures are needed in national and international public institutions and companies. Brussels is the perfect environment to prepare you for such a job.

Learning outcomes

After your master's programme, you will have become a true expert in your chosen language-related scientific discipline in one or two languages. Your academic and scientific skills will be perfected, and you’ll be completely ready to enter the international and multilingual job market.

Thanks to the unique flexibility of this programme, you can build a wide range of skills and make choices to match your particular preferences.

What professions will it allow you to enter?

A degree in linguistics and literary studies opens many doors to a very diverse job market. You will be able to work in the private sector or at (non-)governmental organisations. With excellent results for the master's degree, you can also consider one of our PhD programmes, or you might be interested in sharing knowledge by teaching or counselling. Highly-skilled professionals with an excellent command of various languages and a good understanding of multiple cultures are needed in national and international public institutions and companies. Brussels is the perfect environment to prepare you for such a job. You will gain access to a host of exciting professions in cultural institutions, the civil service, multinational companies in fields as diverse as communication, education, IT, journalism, tourism, politics, publishing, and various other sectors that need polyglots such as you!

Are you aware that VUB looks for specialists in linguistics and literary studies?

That's right! You can build an exciting and meaningful career as a specialist in linguistics and literary studies here at your alma mater. As a large organisation, we look for very diverse profiles.

Find out which vacancies are currently open

Join our community of former students

After graduating from VUB, you become part of a unique network of 75,000 former students (known as alumni) who are ready to build a better future. We exchange as many experiences, ideas and other forms of knowledge as possible to stand stronger together in our jobs, our lives and the world outside.

Thus, besides strengthening your position on the job market, a VUB degree gives you a network you can build on to realise your professional ambitions and make a difference in the world. Do you need more reasons? We list some more for you below.

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... it's worth it!

  • Career inspiration - Are you looking for a job that matches your passions? Read the career stories and tips of former students and discover the possibilities per diploma.
  • Help with job applications - It is sometimes hard for young alumni to find their way on the labour market. We help you get off to a flying start.
  • Networking - Join your faculty or study programme alumni association and keep up to date with the latest networking events and developments in your field.
  • Our continuing education - Society and the job market are constantly on the move. Our continuing education courses keep your knowledge and skills relevant for a lifetime.
  • Benefits on and off campus - A BasicFit annual subscription at half the price, student rates in the Resto... : being a former student pays off with a digital alumni pass.

More about our activities for former students

Further study

Would you like to expand your expertise even further after you have completed your master's degree? Then the following programmes may be of interest to you.