Master of Arts in Language and Linguistics

– specialisation in English

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 English

Candidates for a Master’s degree with a specialisation in English linguistics will be part of an internationally renowned research community, and they will meet scholars who are engaged in a wide range of research topics in English language and linguistics. 

Areas of special expertise exist in the fields of semantics, text and discourse, syntax, second language learning, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. We draw on current theories within the frameworks of cognitive, functional, poststructuralist and generative approaches to the nature of language, and the Humanities Lab at the Centre for Languages and Literature provides us with the state-of-the-art equipment and expertise for carrying out experiments and corpus investigations. 

The Master’s programme provides a solid foundation in core areas such as grammar, semantics/pragmatics, lexicology, the history of the English language and language variation. In addition, students take elective courses from a selection of courses within the field of linguistics.

Career prospects

With a Master´s degree in Language and Linguistics, you are attractive for employers looking for a highly qualified individual with expert knowledge in communication in general, and in language in particular. 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 (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) via email to masterlanguage@sol.lu.se. Submit all other supporting documentation to www.universityadmissions.se. Please note that the IELTS requirement is higher for the specialisation in English than for the other specialisations.

All applicants need to demonstrate that their English language capability is of a level that will enable them to succeed on their chosen field of study. Depending on their selected specialisation, applicants will need to show either a standard or a higher level of ability in English. All specialisations except the specialisation in English require an overall IELTS score of 6.5, which corresponds to English 6 (standard level). Students who select specialisation in English need an overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no section lower than 7.0 (higher level). Note that the IELTS tests are obligatory for all applicants.

Information

Programme code: HASPV
Specialisation code: ENGE
Title: Master's Programme in Language and Linguistics, English
Swedish title: Masterprogram i språk och språkvetenskap, Engelska

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 English language/linguistics (corresponding to a Swedish major with 90 credits in the subject). A Bachelor degree thesis and/or other independently written academic papers within this subject. 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 language proficiency demonstrated by an average result of 7.5 in IELTS tests (Academic) is required, with none of the sections scoring less than 7.0. Note that the IELTS tests are obligatory for all applicants.
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 2021
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 ECTS.
English: Descriptive Grammar, 7.5 ECTS (ENGM12)autumn 2021
English: Linguistic Variation in English, 7.5 ECTS (ENGM13)spring 2021
English: Lexical Semantics, 7.5 ECTS (ENGM16)
The History of English, 7.5 ECTS (ENGM22)autumn 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 30 ECTS.
Students 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 2021
Language and Linguistics: Degree Project: Master's (One Year) Thesis, 15 ECTS (SPVR02)spring 2021
Compulsory courses for this specialisation. A total of 15 ECTS.
Students select courses totalling 15 credits from the list of compulsory courses for the degree of Master (120 credits) in the chosen area of specialisation.
English: Descriptive Grammar, 7.5 ECTS (ENGM12)autumn 2021
English: Linguistic Variation in English, 7.5 ECTS (ENGM13)spring 2021
English: Lexical Semantics, 7.5 ECTS (ENGM16)
The History of English, 7.5 ECTS (ENGM22)autumn 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 15 ECTS.
Students 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.
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