Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Research in Language and Literature Teaching is one of only a small number of educational programmes that address this subject as a discipline in its own right. It is designed to train professional researchers capable of analysing processes related to the teaching and learning of languages and literature, with the capacity to formulate proposals to meet contemporary challenges in linguistic and literary education.

It is designed to train professional researchers capable of analysing processes related to the teaching and learning of languages and literature, with the capacity to formulate proposals to meet contemporary challenges in linguistic and literary education.

The master's degree in Research in Language and Literature Teaching has been developed as a response to the growing need for research and innovation that neither general teaching nor applied linguistics can provide, since language and literature teaching requires a theoretical and practical framework that is both specific and comprehensive, a scientific basis for daily activities in the classroom.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Education
Branch of knowledge
  • Education sciences
  • Philology, classical studies, translation and linguistics
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available25
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionCatalan - Spanish
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesYes

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Objectives and competences


  • To acquire an understanding of the fundamental concepts and basic research methodologies involved in language and literature teaching.
  • To learn to undertake research in the field of language teaching and learning.
  • To learn to use the most appropriate methodological approaches for research into the teaching and learning of language and literature.
  • To develop the capacity to transfer the research results into the field of educational practice.
  • To learn to establish connections between research and the social challenges associated with teaching language and communication skills.


General competences

Upon completion of the master's degree, successful students will be able to:
  • relate research objectives to the problems and needs of the education system;
  • access advanced information from diverse resources in the area of scientific, technological or highly specialized research, and analyse and interpret data thoroughly and rigorously;
  • design a research proposal that provides for the requirements of a scientific process.

Specific competences

With regard to the specific applications of the course, students will also be able to:
  • select the appropriate scientific theory and methodological approach for the particular focus and objectives of a research project;
  • identify concepts relating to the study of language use, particularly in bilingual communities and contexts of migration, in which the realities of multilingual educational settings can be analysed;
  • recognize the methodological approaches most relevant to research into the formation of the literary reader, based on the general library of children's literature;
  • identify the basic concepts of the teaching of reading and writing and literacy, as a basis for research into these processes;
  • interpret the characteristics of discursive genres specific to teaching and learning;
  • examine, select and use the most appropriate tools, techniques and resources for research into language and literature teaching;
  • analyse the interactive learning processes that occur daily in the classroom, using a systematic, methodical and rigorous approach;
  • align their research interests with the general research areas covered by the course;
  • carry out an independent project, demonstrating the knowledge acquired during the master's degree and serving as a first step towards the preparation of a doctoral thesis.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The course is primarily addressed to applicants with the following profiles:
- Holders of degrees in primary and early childhood education or master's degrees in teacher training, interested in specializing in research in the area of language and literature teaching.
- Holders of degrees in areas directly related to the master's degree content (for example, philology, education, educational psychology, translation and interpreting), students interested in specializing in research in the area of language and literature teaching.
- Pre-school, primary and secondary school teachers, adult education professionals and foreign language instructors who see research training as a method of continuing their education and improving their teaching practices.
- International graduates, teachers and experts (mainly from Latin American and Asian countries) who are interested in receiving specific research training in the area of language and literature teaching.

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements
Qualifications required for access:
  • Bachelor's degree in teacher training in pre-school and primary education.
  • Bachelor's degree (or pre-EHEA degree) in philology, modern languages, applied languages, translation and interpreting, education, educational psychology, humanities, or audiovisual communication, or equivalent qualification.

Applicants with qualifications other than those mentioned above may also be admitted, provided they have experience as language or literature teachers.

Those holding qualifications obtained outside Spain must apply for official certification of their equivalence to one of the degrees listed above.

Applicants must also have a good working knowledge of Spanish (C) and English (B1).

Bridging courses

  • Students with a degree qualification that has no relation to language (or languages), literature or education, and who do not have experience in these fields, must take the compulsory five-credit subject Introduction to Language and Literature Teaching at the start of the master's degree.

  • Students whose degree syllabus did not include a basic introduction to education research must take the compulsory five-credit subject Introduction to Research in Language and Literature Teaching at the start of the master's degree.



- First period: 1 February - 30 June 2024.
Notification of resolutions: the first fortnight of the month following the submission of the application.

- Second period: 1 July - 4 September 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 9 September.

A new extraordinary period will open in September in the event that vacancies remain.


  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

Students are selected on the basis of the following criteria: Academic record, professional experience and personal reasons for studying the master's degree. These criteria are evaluated as follows (with a maximum score of 15 points):

  • Academic record for the degree used for the purpose of application (up to 7 points).
  • Knowledge of other languages, especially French and Catalan (up to 2 points).
  • Experience in research projects or groups (up to 2 points).
  • Experience as a teacher of language and/or literature (up to 2 points).
  • Entitlement to scholarships or grants to study the master's degree (up to 2 points).


Only applications that include the required documentation and include the payment of the pre-registration fee will be assessed.

By the deadline established in the pre-enrolment calendar, the resolution of admission is notified by email or published on the website.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 22.5
Optional 25
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 12.5

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning of Language and Literature
Introduction to Research in the Learning and Teaching of Language and Literature Optional 1st semester 5
Introduction to the Teaching and Learning of Language and Literature Optional 1st semester 5

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Research in Language and Literature Teaching
Digital Literature Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Ethnographic Research Methodology Compulsory 1st semester 5
Final Project Compulsory 2nd semester 12.5
Literature and the Audiovisual Field: Education, Principles of Teaching and Learning and of Research Optional 2nd semester 5
Oral Skills Optional 1st semester 5
Principles of Research in the Teaching of Language Compulsory 1st semester 5
Research Models in Literary Education Compulsory 1st semester 5
Seminar on Advanced Research I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Seminar on Advanced Research II Compulsory 2nd semester 2.5
Speech Analysis Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Teaching and Learning of Languages in Digital Environments Optional 1st semester 5
The Young Reader Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Writing and Publishing Scientific and Academic Texts Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Written Language: Analysis of Classroom Situations Optional 2nd semester 2.5

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be qualified for teaching positions in various educational settings, and for research in the field of language and literature teaching.

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