Master of Arts in Language and Linguistics

– specialisation in General Linguistics

Programme overview

Lund University offers you an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in languages and linguistics at Master’s level. You will meet and study together with students from a number of different fields of specialisation. The languages of instruction are English and the language corresponding to the field of your specialisation. The Centre for Languages and Literature offers students access to the most modern resources for research and education.

Specialisation in General Linguistics

Within General Linguistics, typological linguistics, evolutionary linguistics, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics are profile areas. Typological linguistics attempts to define the confines within which language structure can vary, and to group the languages of the world into different classes based on their structural character. Evolutionary linguistics aims to understand the reasons for linguistic diversity and the principles of language emergence and change. Cognitive linguistics seeks to obtain an understanding of the cognitive principles that lie at the basis of the learning and use of language. Psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics investigate the psychological and neurological correlates of language structure and processing.

Career prospects

With a Master´s degree in Language and Linguistics, you are attractive for employers looking for a highly qualified individual with specialised knowledge in linguistics and language. An international MA in Language and Linguistics also provides you with the academic background you need in order to apply for doctoral studies in languages and linguistics.'

Admission

The primary requirement is a BA degree in language and linguistics. In addition to academic transcript, the applicant should submit their BA thesis and/or other independently written academic papers. The word count for these written samples of work should be between 6000 and 8000 words in total, or longer if the BA thesis itself is longer (excluding the references and possible appendices). The subject area of the thesis and the possible other submitted essays should be relevant for the selected specialisation. Send your academic paper(s) pdf via email to masterlanguage@sol.lu.se. Submit all other supporting documentation to www.universityadmissions.se.

Information

Programme code: HASPV
Specialisation code: ALSP
Title: Master's Programme in Language and Linguistics, General Linguistics
Swedish title: Masterprogram i språk och språkvetenskap, Allmän språkvetenskap

Starting semester: autumn 2021
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2021-08-30 – 2023-06-04
Language of instruction: English
Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree with a major in General Linguistics (corresponding to a Swedish major with 90 credits in the subject General Linguistics) OR a Bachelor’s degree in a language subject with at least 60 credits in the subject General Linguistics. A Bachelor degree thesis and/or other independently written academic papers within a linguistic topic. The word count for these written samples of work should be between 6000 and 8000 words in total, or longer if the BA thesis itself is longer (excluding the references and possible appendices). English 6/English Course B.
Selection: The selection is based on the quality of the BA thesis and/or other independently written academic papers, grades of relevant courses, and, if needed, interviews.

Master two yearSemesters
Compulsory courses common to all specialisations. A total of 45 ECTS.
Language and Linguistics: Philosophy of Science for Linguists, 7.5 ECTS (SPVM05)autumn 2020
Language and Linguistics: Methods in Linguistics, 7.5 ECTS (SPVM06)spring 2021
Language and Linguistics: Degree Project - Master's (Two Years) Thesis, 30 ECTS (SPVR01)spring 2021
Compulsory courses for this specialisation. A total of 30 of 60 ECTS.
Students select courses totalling 30 credits within the General Linguistics specialisation (master level courses):For students with a bachelor degree in a language subject, and not Linguistics, are also following courses compulsory (30 ECTS):
Linguistics: Semantics and Pragmatics, 7.5 ECTS (LINC04)spring 2021
Linguistics: Grammar - The Mechanics of Language, 7.5 ECTS (LINC12)spring 2021
Linguistics: Perspectives on Segmental and Prosodic Phonology, 7.5 ECTS (LINC13)spring 2021
Diversity of the World's Languages, 7.5 ECTS (SASH26)autumn 2020spring 2021
Elective courses on the programme. A total of 15 ECTS.
Students select compulsory elective courses in consultation with the programme coordinator.
Information about elective courses
Optional courses. A total of 0 of 30 ECTS.
Students with a bachelor degree in Linguistics may select a First or Second cycle course within or outside the chosen area of specialisation and within or outside their own faculty or university. In order to ensure that the course can be accredited towards the degree the student must consult the programme coordinator before the final selection is made.
Master one yearSemesters
Compulsory courses common to all specialisations. A total of 22.5 ECTS.
Language and Linguistics: Philosophy of Science for Linguists, 7.5 ECTS (SPVM05)autumn 2020
Language and Linguistics: Degree Project: Master's (One Year) Thesis, 15 ECTS (SPVR02)spring 2021
Compulsory courses for this specialisation. A total of 15 of 30 ECTS.
Students select courses totalling 15 of 30 credits from the list of compulsory courses for the degree of Master (120 credits) in the chosen area of specialisation.
Linguistics: Semantics and Pragmatics, 7.5 ECTS (LINC04)spring 2021
Linguistics: Grammar - The Mechanics of Language, 7.5 ECTS (LINC12)spring 2021
Linguistics: Perspectives on Segmental and Prosodic Phonology, 7.5 ECTS (LINC13)spring 2021
Diversity of the World's Languages, 7.5 ECTS (SASH26)autumn 2020spring 2021
Elective courses on the programme. A total of 7.5 ECTS.
Students select compulsory elective courses in consultation with the programme coordinator.
Information about elective courses
Optional courses. A total of 0 of 15 ECTS.
Students with a bachelor degree in Linguistics may select a First or Second cycle course within or outside the chosen area of specialisation and within or outside their own faculty or university. In order to ensure that the course can be accredited towards the degree the student must consult the programme coordinator before the final selection is made.