Turkic Languages - Master's Programme in Languages

Academic year 2023/2024

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The Master's Programme in Languages, specialising in Turkic languages, delivers competence in the whole language family and advanced knowledge of Turkic linguistics and philology. This specialisation is appropriate for students who have taken an undergraduate degree and now wish to consolidate their knowledge in the subject area.

Why this programme?

The programme is designed for students interested in acquiring advanced knowledge of Turkic linguistics and philology. You will study in an international environment with teachers and students from diverse academic, educational, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Upon completing the programme, you will have broad and specialised knowledge and academic skills in Turcology that qualify you for further academic studies, or for academic jobs at universities and research institutions.

The programme's curriculum encompasses various classical branches of Turcology: philological analysis of historical sources, codicology and critical edition, historical-comparative linguistics with reconstruction and etymological studies, linguistic investigation of various phenomena including phonology, morphosyntax and multilingualism, dialectology and documentation of the modern Turkic languages. Additionally, the programme incorporates the use and application of modern digital tools in relation to corpora building and born-digital text editions.

Your studies will give you direct insight into our ongoing projects and research activities. Upon interest, project-related tasks can be integrated into the regular coursework to test and illustrate the immediate application of research results.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Turkic Languages as the main field of study. After one year of study, it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme


The course combines taught and research elements over a two-year full-time programme. 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, two other courses are taught in Turkic languages.

The second term is devoted to specialisation in Turkic languages (15 credits). The remaining 15 credits consist of a program-wide methodology course (7.5 credits) and an elective course in Turkic languages or another subject (7.5 credits).

The third term is devoted to elective courses in Turkic languages or other subject areas. In the fourth term, students will work on their Master's thesis (30 credits).

Opportunities for an internship comprising 30 credits are available.

Learning experience

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 a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss a course book, or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar, with your classmates; 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 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 Languages, specialising in Turkic Languages, you will acquire a good working knowledge of Turkic linguistics and philology as well as refined research and analytical skills that will prepare you either for doctoral studies or for employment beyond the university in a wide array of fields.

The skills acquired in the programme are also relevant to work in non-academic areas, such as print and other mass media, publishers, cultural institutions, political parties, non-governmental organisations, printing and media departments and human resources departments at companies, or authorities.

Turkic languages are spoken by about 200 million speakers across a wide geographical area stretching from the Balkans through Central Asia to north-east Siberia. Due to the strategic position of Turkey and Kazakhstan, knowledge in and of the Turkic languages will be crucial for a very long time to come.

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 details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, you only need to submit the general supporting documents, as no programme-specific document is required.

Turkic Languages

120 credits

Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 16 January 2023

Application code: UU-M5870 Application

Language of instruction: English


Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be Turkish.

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.

Selection: 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.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources


For programme-specific information, please contact the student counsellor


+46 18 471 14 31

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:


Department of Modern Languages

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L

Box 636, 751 26 UPPSALA

018-471 1297


Last modified: 2022-10-27