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 analysed 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 programme 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 programme 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 programme.
The first semester 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 semester 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 semesters 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. On a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding a course book or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.
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 Language, 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 time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you do not need to submit any programme-specific document.
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 Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
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.