Master in Discourse Studies: Communication, Society and Learning

> LANGUAGE: Spanish, Catalan and English
1 academic year full time, 2 academic years part time (60 ECTS credits)
> CALENDAR: From September to June | TIMETABLE: Mainly afternoon
> TUITION FEE: Students UE: 3,301.8 € | Non UE students: 4,639.8 €
Research and Academic | DOCTORAL STUDIES TO WHICH IT GRANTS ACCESS: Phd in Translation and Language Sciences
Communication campus - Poblenou| MASTER'S PROGRAMME SECRETARY'S OFFICE:
Department of Translation and Language Sciences. Interuniversity master: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (coordinator) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 

This master offers one registration fee grant worth 2,000 € for the 2015-2016 academic year


The master's programme in Discourse: Communication, Society and Learning is an interuniversity master's programme offered by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

The programme's main objective is, first, to promote research and train experts in the development and application of theories, methods and practices related to the study of language in social, communicative and learning contexts; and, second, to contribute to academic specialization in the various areas of application of discourse studies. The programme's optional module offers subjects whose objectives and applied content are intended to strengthen specializations or prepare students for subsequent doctoral studies.

Who is it for?

The ideal candidate for the master's programme in Discourse: Communication, Society and Learning will hold a university degree or diploma in the area of language, social communication or social sciences. For candidates with degrees in other areas, consideration will be given to experience in the media industry, journalism or language teaching.


      Students on the master's programmes may choose between two course types: research and academic.

      The curriculum includes:

      • A common module consisting of three compulsory subjects intended to provide students with knowledge and skills related to linguistic and discursive analysis.
      • An intensification module, for students to intensify their knowledge of one of the three main subject areas incorporated into the master's programme's interdisciplinary approach: communication, society or learning.
      • A module consisting of optional subjects, which may be used to further strengthen an area of intensification or to prepare for doctoral studies or a subsequent profession.
      • A methodology module in which students must choose, at least, one subject.
      • An individual project module including the research project and the master's degree final project.

      Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

      Upon completing the master's programme, students will be able to:

      • Apply the main theories and approaches of discourse studies to the various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.
      • Analyse the units, categories, levels and other grammatical (phonological, syntactic, semantic), pragmatic, rhetorical, semiotic and stylistic structures and superstructures of the main oral, written and multimodal genres of discourse as forms of language use, communication and interaction.
      • Build corpora of qualitative data extracted from the oral and written practices of a sociocultural community and obtain criteria for analysis and interpretation.
      • Interpret the main forms and functions of communication in society and their effects on knowledge, attitudes, ideologies, standards and public values.
      • Think critically about the role of discourse and communication in the (re)production of different forms of inequality and domination in contemporary society

      Career prospects

      General and specialized consulting for discursive services; general and specialized journalism; advertising; interaction and communication within and between companies; communication and political marketing; medical and health communication; multicultural communication; social mediation (intercultural, educational, health, therapeutic, corporate); education (cultural diversity and multilingualism management); communicative and pragmatic aspects of language teaching (production and interpretation of texts and oral communication activities).

      Scholarships and grants

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