Macedonian Language and Literature

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This Bachelor’s study programme focuses on active mastery of the Macedonian language, on theoretical and practical mastery of Macedonian grammar, on obtaining a strong knowledge of Macedonian literature and culture in the European context, and on acquainting students with the historical-cultural characteristics of the developments in the Macedonian territory and their influence on the formation of Macedonian identity. In the course of their studies, students also adopt the terminology and basic methodological approaches of linguistics and literary theory. Graduates will have obtained a complex philological and cultural-historical education in the field of the Macedonian language, literature, culture, and national characteristics.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • communicate in the Macedonian language in a written and an oral form at the B2 level
  • appraise the development of Macedonian literature and culture in the European context
  • analyse and comment on current political, social, and cultural affairs in Macedonia
  • translate and interpret from/into Macedonian
  • apply the knowledge, skills, and methodological approaches obtained in the course of their studies in practice or in further studies

Graduates can find employment in cultural institutions, tourism, companies doing business with Macedonia, journalism, publishing houses, lower-level and middle management, translation of technical and literary texts, interpretation, and in working as an expert on the Balkans.


The standard duration of studies is six semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students must obtain a minimum of 180 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses.

Students must earn 80 credits for type A/required courses, 71 credits for type C/elective courses, 15 credits for the Bachelor’s thesis seminar, 4 credits for an exam in another Slavonic language, 4 credits for an exam in a world language (language for academic purposes), 4 credits for an exam in philosophy (for students of non-philosophical fields of study), and 2 credits for physical education.

The students in dual concentration study are obliged to earn at least 180 credits in both their subjects together (95 credits in their primary, and 85 credits in their secondary study programme).

The Bachelor’s studies are concluded by the Bachelor’s thesis defence (or by submitting the Bachelor’s minor thesis if Macedonian Language and Literature is the secondary study programme) and passing the final state examination.

During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.


The Bachelor’s final state examination consists of a Bachelor’s thesis defence and the Bachelor’s final state examination itself. The Bachelor’s thesis has to be submitted sufficiently in advance and its submission has to comply with the faculty regulations. Students choose the topic for their Bachelor’s thesis after they discuss it with their supervisor. The main body of the Bachelor’s thesis has to contain at least 70,000 characters and its objective is to prove students’ competence to write an academic text on a topic which is related to their study programme, and that they are capable of scientific reasoning, analysis and synthesis of the acquired knowledge, and critical thinking.

The Bachelor’s final state examination tests the knowledge obtained during the studies, in four basic fields: 1) language competence (the written part of the exam – translation and an essay; the oral part of the exam – a dialogue with the examiner on various topics); 2) linguistic competence (the knowledge of phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax of the Macedonian language); 3) literary theoretical competence (the knowledge of the history of Macedonian literature, the ability to interpret and analyse the works of literature); and 4) cultural-historical competence (the knowledge of Macedonian history, culture, and national characteristics).


The graduates of this study programme can continue their education in follow-up Master’s degree programme of Combined South-Slavonic Studies.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Macedonian Language and Literature
Abbreviation: MK
Code: 7310R096
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B6107 B-HS Humanities
Faculty of Arts
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