In the Master's Programme in Languages, specialising in General Linguistics, you will mainly focus on what is common to human languages and to general questions about how languages should be analyzed and described. The subject has an interdisciplinary character and is relevant to other language disciplines, pedagogy, literary science, psychology, sociology, philosophy and history.
Why this programme?
The Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University has Sweden's broadest range of education in languages and language-related subjects. You choose to specialise in one of the main field of studies. It can be language, literature, linguistics and more.
Courses from other faculties can also be included in your degree to further specialise your education. The program gives you the opportunity to read work-oriented courses specially designed for language students. The studies will also prepare you for future research, making you eligible for doctoral studies.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with General Linguistics as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).
The program include courses and independent degree projects. During the first year, a series of work-oriented seminar and study visits are common to all students in the program.
The first term includes two program-based courses - a course in theory and method as well as a course with work-oriented lectures and study visits. In addition, courses are taught in linguistics.
The second term is devoted to specialisation in linguistics, 15 higher education credits. The remaining 15 credits consist of a program-wide methodology course (7.5 credits) and an elective course in linguistics or another subject (7.5 credits).
The third and fourth terms are devoted to independent degree projects comprising 15 or 30 credits and elective courses in linguistics or other subjects. Opportunities for internships comprising 7.5 credits or 15 credits are available.
Some of the courses may require compulsory attendance. Studies conducted at a foreign university may be included in the degree. During the first semester of the programme, a seminar series is held with invited guest lecturers representing different professions with language in focus.
In addition to the seminars, there are also visits to workplaces related to a future career. The seminars and the workplace-visits are common for all the students in the programme and provide valuable insight into the professional life and opportunity to make personal contacts. There are opportunities for internships.
Some of the courses are taught as distance courses with online seminars.
Completing the Master's Programme in Lanuage, specialising in Linguistics, will help you to develop intellectually, refining your research and analytical skills in ways that will prepare you either for doctoral study or for employment beyond the university in a wide array of fields.
If you are keen on pursuing a career in academic, the programme will provide excellent preparation for further studies at the doctoral level. Several of our graduates have gone on to do a PhD and become university lecturers.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be general linguistics.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits). Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
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