Master programmes

Master programmes

Faculty of Humanities of Eötvös Loránd University offers a wide range of master programmes to international students who intend to obtain a masters’s degree at ELTE and who want to complete the entire program in English at ELTE in Budapest, Hungary. Courses of the programs are in English. Courses for philology degree programmes in foreign languages at the Faculty of Humanities are always offered in the given language. The language of instruction and the language requirements of a particular program are indicated in the description of the given program.

The master programmes are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee. Diplomas issued at ELTE are acknowledged worldwide and course credits are transferable in all countries of the European Union.

American Studies MA

The robust presence of the United States throughout the world, well observable in the contexts of politics, economy, and culture, calls for a body of experts who – aside from having excellent English language skills – have a specialised knowledge in the history, politics, society, culture, language, and literature of the United States. With this aim in mind, the American Studies MA program seeks to impart its graduates with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be fruitfully utilised in both private and public sector establishments interested in the communication and/or representation of American values and interests.

The two-year long program does not confer teaching qualifications. Students are eligible for admission to PhD programs. In the scope of the Master Course students will have opportunities of preparation for doctoral studies.

This program gives a comprehensive overview over all areas of American studies — literature, culture, politics, history and language – and trains specialists well-versed in both the critical and applied theory concerning the United States of America. Degree holders will have solid skills to conduct independent research, to assess and process relevant information, and communicate their findings according to high academic standards.


Assyriology MA

Short description, aim of the programme

The MA course offered by the Department of Assyriology and Hebrew studies at the Faculty of Humanities is a two-year, full-time course, including four semesters. The student who is to take up this course must have a basic knowledge of the Akkadian and Sumerian language, and the cuneiform writing. She or he must also be familiar with the history and archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia. At the end of the course the student is required to complete an MA dissertation. The teachers at the department are specialized in the history and archaeology of ancient Assyria, in the economy and society of the Old-Babylonian period, and in the study of the Sumerian language and literature.

This program is recommended to applicants who would like to deepen their knowledge in Assyriology and think about to pursue an academic career.
This program enables students to carry out a research program in Assyriology and prepares them for a PhD.

Strength of the programme

Most of the teachers of the program have international experience. They have studied and/or worked in research projects abroad. The department has a joint excavation in Kurdistan with the Institute of Archeology of the ELTE. Examples show that graduating from our program is a very good starting point for doctoral or (at a later stage) postdoctoral studies, a number of our former MA students have made their PhD at foreign universities.

English Studies MA

Short description, aim of program

English is the lingua franca, the most important language for communication in the globalised 21st century. It is a fact of life that everywhere experts are needed who not only speak English correctly, but who are also familiar with the societies and cultures of those countries where English is the first language. Experience has shown that an extraordinarily large number of employers seek experts with not merely an excellent command of the language, but also with the ability to make good use of their knowledge of the English-speaking world. The transmission of such cultural knowledge is the foundation of tis program. 

In this program, students become proficient in understanding and producing academic and media-oriented publications in the fields of English literature, socio-cultural history of the English language-based cultures (especially Great Britain, Ireland, Canada and Australia), applied and theoretical linguistics, mediating in English and their native language in specialised cultural, economic and political areas, teaching and transmitting knowledge concerning English literature and linguistics, and English language-based cultures and societies.

The program consists of the study of English Language, Linguistics, and Literature. Within this broad program of study, there are courses which a student must register for and attend as part of his or her degree program. There are also specializations tracks which give the student the opportunity to pursue his or her own, independent, in-depth research. A select few of the students graduating with an MA will have the opportunity to pursue PhD studies in English Linguistics or Literature either in Hungary or abroad. With a view toward preparing students to be future researchers, the English Studies MA program allows students to take courses in a wide variety of areas. A selection of those areas includes courses such as the following:

  • Linguistics
  • English Applied Linguistics
  • English Language Pedagogy (Teaching English as a Foreign Language, TEFL)
  • Literature
  • Culture
  • English Literature by Period
  • Film and Visual Culture
  • Significant Authors and Artists in British Culture
  • Postcolonial Literature

During the course of study for the MA, students may specialize in one of the following concentrations of study:

  • English Applied Linguistics
  • English Theoretical Linguistics
  • English Literature
  • British Cultural Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies (such as Irish, Scottish, Canadian, or Australian Studies)

Film Studies MA

Short description, aim of program

The master’s program combining theoretical and practical knowledge allows students to deepen their basic knowledge acquired throughout the bachelor’s program in the field of film history, film analysis, film theory or practical skills.
The program includes two specializations: Film Theory Specialization and Filmmaking Specialization.
The Film Theory specialization offers a general overview on the history and theory of film, as well as critical understanding of the mechanisms and genres of popular film culture, with an emphasis on academic and critical writing. Students become familiar with the different periods of Hungarian and world film history, the different theoretical approaches of film studies and filmic genres, and develop their skills of reading theoretical texts and interpreting films. During consultations the faculty helps them to develop their research interests and to become committed specialists, who will be capable of pursuing an academic career.
The Filmmaking specialization is operated in cooperation with Budapest Film Academy and provides students up-to-date knowledge of different fields of the moving image industry. They get acquainted with the basic characteristics and writing of film scripts, the mechanisms and requirements of international film production and distribution, and get basic skills in directing, cinematography, and editing.

Strength of program

The Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE was one of the first higher education institutions in Hungary to offer a degree in Film Studies. Part of the prestigious Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, the Department of Film Studies has been hosting various undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs since the 1990s.  The faculty members of the are highly acknowledged experts in film studies, specialists of their chosen field and take part in international and local research projects. They regularly organise conferences, workshops and screenings on a wide array of topical phenomena in past and contemporary film culture. Students play an important role in initiating and organising these events. The department has brought to life and operates a unique research group on Hungarian film history and has a major share in publications in this field. Faculty members act as editors of different film journals serve as members of jury for film festivals and film boards. Our filmmaking courses are taught by acknowledged professionals of the film industry. The department cooperates with different international film organisations and has an Erasmus+ cooperation contract with about a dozen of institutions all over Europe.



French Language, Literature and Culture MA

Short description, aim of program

La formation est assurée par les vingt enseignants universitaires qualifiés et les trois lecteurs francophones du plus ancien département d’études françaises en Hongrie (235 ans de recherches). Le Département offre un cursus complet : licence, master, doctorat. Les étudiants recevront une formation pluridisciplinaire de haut niveau articulant des cours de langue, de littérature et de civilisation françaises (Voir la liste des cours sur le site internet). Le master se clőt par la soutenance d’un mémoire.

With more than 235 years of research and teaching, the Department of French Studies of the Faculty of Humanities is the oldest French department in Hungary. A total of 20 qualified instructors, including three francophone lectors, provide the students with a multidisciplinary training composed of language classes; literature study, Middle Ages till present time; and French civilization courses.
In the scope of the Master Course students will have opportunities of preparation for doctoral studies.

Strength of program

Points forts du programme
Le master permet aux étudiants de découvrir des domaines de recherches en littérature française du Moyen Age à l’extrême contemporain d’étudier les littératures francophones de pratiquer l’analyse scientifique des discours et des textes littéraires de mener une recherche documentaire en littérature d’élaborer à l’écrit des textes argumentés et articulés d’exposer à l’oral une argumentation claire et informée d’approfondir leur formation linguistique et d’étudier des domaines de recherches en linguistique (synchronie et diachronie, linguistique théorique et appliquée) le master prépare les étudiants à poursuivre leur formation dans le cadre des Écoles Doctorales de la Faculté : Littérature française du haut Moyen Âge jusqu’à nos jours Linguistique française (au sein de l’école doctorale de romanistique).

The Master program will allow student to explore different areas of research, such as French Midieval to contemporary literature, to practise the scientific analysis of discourse and literary texts, to conduct elaborate literary research, to form a clear and informed argument reflecting a deep linguistic understanding (synchrony and diachrony, theoretical and applied linguistics).

German Language, Literature and Culture MA

Short description, aim of programme

The MA program attempts to prepare future research carried out in the fields of literature and cultural science from aspects of literature history, theory, cultural and media science. In this way students may be offered subjects specializing in specific problems related to the literature and culture of German-speaking countries, thereby offering a chance to study interdisciplinary literature by focusing on characteristics of certain eras, authors and literary pieces with respect to genre theory, sociology of literature, aesthetics, history of arts, and theory of literature.
In this program, students become proficient in understanding and producing academic and media-oriented publications also in the fields of applied and theoretical linguistics and literature science. After the basic module students can alternatively choose besides the philology module also a module for German economic communication as well as for culture mediation.  Students are eligible for admission to PhD programmes.

Italian Language, Literature and Culture MA

Short description, aim of program

I laureati potranno: utilizzare creativamente le conoscenze acquisite nel campo delle relazioni culturali, lavorando come mediatori linguistici; svolgere funzioni organizzative nel campo della vita politica, economica e culturale dove sia richiesta la conoscenza della lingua e della cultura italiana; svolgere funzioni organizzative e relazionali a livello linguistico nei media; lavorare come mediatori linguistici e culturali nell’industria turistica.

The aim of the degree course is to train experts with theoretical and practical skills in the field of Italian language and literature, or, more generally, in the field of humanities, who, thanks to these skills, can creatively practice their profession on theoretical, practical, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary levels. The graduate students will have enough theoretical knowledge to be able to continue their studies at a PhD specialization. 

Strength of program

I laureati saranno in grado: di usare la lingua italiana in orale e in scritto a un livello corrispondente al livello C2 delle norme europee; di utilizzare gli strumenti generali di studio e le tecniche fondamentali di ricerca correnti nello studio della linguistica o della storia letteraria italiana; di effettuare ricerche in questi campi.

The graduate students will be able to: use the Italian language in speech and in writing in a way which corresponds to the C2 level of the European framework; use the general study instuments and basic research tecnhiques in connetion with Italianlinguistics and history of literature; make independent research in these domains.

Logic and Theory of Science MA

Short description, aim of program

The program focuses on logic and its applications in the philosophy of science, particularly in the foundations of mathematics, physics, linguistics, and the social sciences. Beyond a few core courses and a joint four-semester seminar series providing a common background to all students, we offer the following four thematic groups of courses: Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics, Foundations of Physics, Logic in Linguistics, and Models in the Social Sciences – the student has to choose 7 of these  
In general, the program is research oriented, aiming to prepare students for a PhD program. The program aims at developing research abilities of the students. Its central part is the Logic and its Applications Seminar at the Department of Logic, where students and staff members together discuss their work in progress. The most often occurring topics of the seminar are set theory and model theory in their philosophical connections, philosophy of mathematics in general, formalisation of physical theories, such as special and general relativity within different logical frameworks. Students get acquainted with the research works of the staff of the department and its partner and join a research program in order to write their own thesis. They are required to give two presentations of their work during the two years.

Netherlandic Studies MA

Short description, aim of programme

Students of Netherlandic Studies MA will be able to acquire a wide-range education, different skills and knowledge. The course provides specialized Dutch and philological and linguistic studies, language skills on high level, professional knowledge of Dutch literature and culture and insight in literary translation. In the scope of the Master Course students

Strength of program

The Master course aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge as a philological disciple (linguistic, literary and cultural studies) of The Netherlands and the Flemish part of Belgium to graduates, who will be familiar with fields and methods of academic research and able to meet the requirements of the postgraduate course.

Polish Language and Literatur MA

Short description, aim of program

The aim of this MA program is to prepare students to become well-trained specialists in Polish philology. The students participating in this MA program acquire comprehensive knowledge of Polish literature from its early period to our age in a European context, as well as extensive knowledge of Polish grammar and the history of the Polish language. Moreover, they get acquainted with the latest linguistic theories, sociolinguitics, textology, lexicology, stylistics and phraseology. Developing both oral and written proficiency in Polish is an important component of our education program. The  program ends with the preparation of a thesis on a chosen subfield of Polish philology. 

Strength of program

Students graduated from our university with an MA degree in Polish have general knowledge of philology with specialization in Polish literature and linguistics. The structure of our MA program is flexible and a wide range of specialisations fulfils the needs of students with various interests. Our department is specializing in linguistics in general and in LWV (Linguistic World View), cognitive linguistics, aspectology and lexicology in particular. The strength of our MA program is also indicated by the scholarly achievements of the department staff (regularly organized international conferences on polonistics, numerous books and other international publications).


Portuguese Language, Literatur and Culture MA

Short description, aim of program

The Portuguese MA-instruction program goes deeply into the majors studied during the BA-period.  In this program students study literary and linguistic theory, medieval literature, literature of the 19th century and the modern age of Portugal and Brazil, focusing on the work of the most distinguished authors. In linguistics, the studies of history of language are followed by courses of lexicology, morphology and syntax. Further courses are offered on the translation of scientific texts and on how to compose scientific studies and essays in Portuguese.

Strength of program

The aim of this Portuguese MA-program is to instruct specialists in Portuguese linguistics, literature who would like to realize a scientific career in a high level in the future and prepare the to the PhD studies. This way the professors and lecturers of the course keep an special eye on the developing of the students, who can study one semester in a Portuguese University (in the Erasmus mobility) and can study with the “visiting professors” who give lectures at the Department of Portuguese Language and Literature.

Romanian Language, Literatur and Culture MA

Short description, aim of program 

The main goal of the program is to ensure a good knowledge of the Romanian language and literature. BA level provides a thorough training in order to be able to apply forward at PhD level. The program also emphasis the practical training so that those who graduate it will have the chance to engage in the competitive sphere/ labor market (translator , editor , publisher , etc.)

Strength of program

The Department of Romanian Philology was founded in 1863. It was the first chair of the Romanian language and literature in Europe. The Department has several contracts with universities (University of Bucharest, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca, University of Oradea ) and academic institutions (George Bariţiu Academic Institute of History) from Romania . Diplomas from our department, based on European regulations and the Romanian-Hungarian bilateral agreements are recognized in Romania and also in Europe.

Russian Language and Literature MA

Russian Language and Literature MA program prepares students to become well-trained specialists in Russian philology and gives them high-level competence in the language. In their diploma work, students can gain a specialized knowledge in a chosen subfield of Russian philology, for which they may be prepared by participating in the various special courses.
This program is recommended to applicants who wish to undergo a wide-scale training in the set of disciplinary studies overlapping the above subjects, to acquire special competencies in a linguistics- and culturology-based approach to the whole of culture.  Traditionally the Department of Russian Language and Literature at Eötvös Loránd University has been for long decades carrying out research into Russian Literature, Language and Culture, applying most varying scholarly methods, thus accumulating and improving theoretical know-how for developing and applying theory. Since a high priority is given to systematically exploring theory via acquisition of the set of terms embedded in Russian terminology of culture, professional knowledge can be attained most effectively. 
As for the courses in linguistics, a flexible two-fold structure is maintained: they encompass the classical disciplines i. e. lexicology, morphology, syntax in their synchronic and diachronic aspect, complemented by a wide range of optional seminars in virtually any linguistic approach. As a result, those students who are interested in linguistics can take a program that perfectly matches their needs and helps them choose a special field of research which can be further elaborated as part of their PhD program, also available at the Department.
This program enables students to acquire a most high level of language skills, knowledge in traditional and novel methodology of mapping cultural mainstreams within the prospect of various historical, social contexts. Requirements stipulated in curricula are harmonised with international standards applicable for training up-to-date specialists, who possess a wide horizon of professional information and skills in respect of Russian studies. Those interested in Russian philology, literature and linguistics, already have an intermediate (B2) level in the target language and wish to have a firm academic basis and high proficiency in practical Russian, will profit from the options provided in the rich selection of courses.
Graduates are supposed to use the Russian language in any situation, including those that require a high level of cultural awareness; carry out independent research in their field of academic interest; as an expert critically select and evaluate information concerning the Russian culture.


Scandinavian Studies MA

Students of Scandinavian Studies will be able to acquire wide-ranging education, different skills and knowledge during their studies. The program provides courses in liberal arts, special Scandinavian and philological studies, language skills development at a higher level, and special knowledge of Scandinavian languages and cultures. Students will gain comprehensive cultural, historical and literary knowledge regarding the whole region of Scandinavia and specifically regarding a chosen Scandinavian language/country. In the scope of the Master course, students will have opportunities of specializations in linguistics and philology based on core studies, and preparation for possible academic fields.

The Master course aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge as a philological disciple (linguistic, literary and cultural studies) of Scandinavia to graduates, who will be familiar with fields and methods of academic research and able to meet the requirements of the postgraduate course.

Semiotics MA

Semiotics is an ancient discipline with a long history, which has gained a firm theoretical foundation during the 19th century and an ever growing significance over the last 50 years. This discipline is now in a period of very intensive, concentrated research and self-identification on the map of contemporary science.
The interdisciplinary Semiotics MA program at ELTE educates students to become well-trained specialists in semiotics of culture with a global overview of the various fields of humanities: literary studies, linguistics, philosophy, visual arts and general art studies – including approaches to fine arts, films, theatre and music – and also the most contemporary methods of research synthetized from a semiotic methodological point of view. At the same time, choosing the specific field for diploma work students can gain specialized knowledge in one subfield of the semiotics of humanities (e.g., literary, visual, musical, theoretical semiotics, and ethnosemiotics). The program is designed to be flexible to motivate students to find the best Hungarian specialists in the given field and assist them to become involved in international research and dialogues with foreign scholars and lecturers. The curriculum consists of courses on the history and theory of semiotics; language, communication, texts and translation; theory of meaning, logic, argumentation; field studies of cultural, national and special semiotic systems; various forms of applied semiotics and semiotic pragmatics in general. The program also lays emphasis on the preparation of students for PhD studies to plan their research career.

Spanish Language, Literature and Culture MA

MA students shall participate in a thorough training in the Spanish language, literature, and culture. The master programme is concluded by the preparation and successful defence of a thesis.

During the training students will

  • gain knowledge of contemporary questions in Spanish literature research (history of literature from medieval times up until present, Hispanic literature, etc.)
  • obtain practice in scientific literature analysis 
  • acquaint themselves with the methodology of literature research 
  • gain experience in research
  • learn about the various techniques of Spanish text composition
  • improve oral skills in the foreign language
  • get a deeper understanding of linguistics, study current fields of linguistic research (e.g., simultaneous linguistics, language history, descriptive linguistics, textual linguistics, lexicology, phraseology, sociolinguistics, etc.)
  • gain experience in translation

The Master program will allow student to explore different areas of research, such as Spanish Golden Age, Spanish American Colonial Times to contemporary literature, to practise the scientific analysis of discourse and literary texts, to conduct elaborate literary research, to form a clear and informed argument reflecting a deep linguistic understanding (synchrony and diachrony, theoretical and applied linguistics).