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About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


Language of the world – in Denmark or abroad

Do you dream of getting an education that enables you to travel the world? Or do you dream of communicating your knowledge by teaching? Are you interested in English literature from Jane Austen to Zadie Smith? Or do you love it when a sentence is correct? English as a subsidiary subject provides you with language skills and an insight into cultures and social conditions in the English-speaking countries. This prepares you to work almost anywhere in the world. East, west, home is best. With English as a subsidiary subject, you are qualified to teach not only at upper secondary school, but also in many other teaching situations.

Linguistics, literature and social conditions

As an English student, you study the language from scratch by analysing its sounds, sentence structure and the way you use English to communicate. To study world literature in English, an understanding of the structures of the language is very important. You analyse and interpret texts, using knowledge you acquire regarding different genres and their historical context. By studying the history and social conditions of the UK and the USA, you learn to interpret sources using analytical and theoretical methodologies. You thus acquire detailed knowledge of important topics in world history, from colonialism to current American foreign policy. In addition to learning about linguistics, literature and social conditions, you develop proficiency in teaching and translation (Danish/English, English/Danish) and acquire communication and media skills. This contributes to ensuring a broad job profile when you have completed your studies.

Good, English academic questions

  • How did the UK and the USA increase their global influence?
  • What role do the British and American media play in the global media world?
  • How does an upper secondary schoolteacher provide pupils with feedback on oral presentations or written assignments?
  • Do you see the world in a new light if you read contemporary English literature – and if so, in what way?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor


Structure master


Student life

Most of the teaching in English studies is in the form of classroom lessons that introduce you to English language issues. You contribute actively to the teaching by means of oral presentations, and also hand in written assignments in the individual subjects. Naturally, all your lessons are taught in English.

Study groups

At the Department of English, students form study groups right from the start. These groups can be of invaluable assistance when you have to understand sentence structures or need to debate your ideas about Hamlet’s motives once more. Your study group can also become a regular and pleasant part of your everyday life. 

International Anglia

English is a very popular subject at the University of Aarhus. The department has several hundred students and also organises leisure activities. Club Anglia arranges celebrations throughout the year and also has a well-run, internationally oriented Friday bar. Here you can meet not only your fellow students and teachers, but also the many exchange students who study English at the university. If you would like to test your communication skills in practice, you can contribute to English Writing Society (EWS), written and edited by English students.


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Upper secondary school

With English as a subsidiary subject, you are well placed to get a job in the teaching sector. English is one of the main subjects taught at upper secondary school, and almost all other educational institutions include English in their curriculum.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.

Other career options

English as a subsidiary subject qualifies you not only to teach, but also to work in the following fields:

  • Publishing houses, media and communication
  • International organisations
  • Travel and tourism
  • Research and consultancy
  • Public administration

Competence profile

The subsidiary subject in English provides you with the following skills:

  • The ability to work methodically, independently and critically with basic and advanced texts, and to choose the right methodology for the field in question.
  • The ability to identify, analyse and assess complex issues within language and cultural topics.
  • The ability to reflect upon and assess the applicability of a given theory or methodology in a specific situation, and to learn and apply new relevant theories and methodologies.
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in a way that is appropriate and easy to understand, both verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to plan and carry out projects within given deadlines.
  • The ability to search for and process new information in a thorough and targeted manner.
  • The ability to think over and assess the applicability of a given theory or methodology in the context of upper secondary school teaching, and to use them critically and in a versatile manner.

In the AU job bank you can find job listings, relevant career articles, develop your CV and much more.