Linguistics: Additional Degree Project

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5LN920

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
General Linguistics A2E
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 6 March 2019
Responsible department
Department of Linguistics and Philology

General provisions

The course may be taken independently.

Entry requirements

Independent project of 15 credits at Master's level within the main field of study Linguistics

Learning outcomes

The student is expected to carry out an empirical study within linguistics that

shows ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate a scientific issue with relevance in the area, shows advanced knowledge of theory and method within the specific subject within linguistics that the work pertains to, shows ability to plan and carry out a scientific research project within given time frames, shows ability to present a scientific study clearly in writing, according to given models and using technical terminology, shows ability to discuss another scientific project at the equivalent level orally, and shows ability to present and defend the student's own work orally, according to prevalent norms.


The course consists of an individual project in the form of a dissertation that presents a critical review of a selection of the scientific literature and an original empirical study.

The specific subject for the degree project is decided in consultation with the course convenor and the supervisor.

Only topics for which supervision can be offered are accepted.


Teaching is given in the form of supervision.

This supervision can be carried out both individually and in groups.


The course examination consists of the venting and defence of the student's essay, which should consist of 30-60 pages, as well as the opposition of another student's essay. The form of the latter may vary depending on the availability of topical essays. The essay is written in english or swedish. Venting is performed in english or swedish. After venting, the student will have agreed upon a period of time with an examiner (normally two-three weeks) to submit a final version of the independent work, in which comments submitted during the venting have been considered.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

The course may not be included in a higher education qualification together with 5LN930.