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How can the study of linguistics and literature provide insight into our sense of reality, identity and value systems? The programme comprises courses in English language and linguistics, as well as in British and American literature. Students can specialize in either linguistics or literature, defining their own research projects under supervision. We offer courses in both theoretical and experimental linguistics, as well as in early modern and modern literature.

The Master programme gives oral and written training in the assessment and testing of different methods of analysis. In the literature courses, there will be advanced training in vocabulary, sense of nuances, and stylistic variation. In the linguistic courses, there will be advanced training in the analysis of language structure and experimental psycholinguistic approaches to the investigation of language processing.

What do you learn?

On completion of the study programme, students will have acquired:

  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to explain, evaluate and apply methods and theories in linguistics or literature
  • Ability to analyse language and literature in different historical and cultural contexts
  • In-depth knowledge of the discipline of your specialization, its history and its traditions
  • In-depth knowledge of language, its structure, acquisition, development and functions
  • In-depth knowledge of literature, its genres, forms, development and functions
  • Advanced skills in project presentation, oral and written

Job opportunities

The degree qualifies candidates for admission to Ph.D. programmes in either linguistics or literature. Candidates may find relevant work in education, culture, publishing, journalism and public relations, in the public as well as in the private sector, both nationally and internationally.

Course structure

 

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2014 Høst
2015 Høst
2016 Høst
2017 Høst
2018 Høst
2019 Høst

1. sem EN-410-1Literary Theory, Core Course7.5 sp EN-411-1Linguistic Theory7.5 sp Elective course

    • Literature and political trauma (15 sp)
    • Introduction to Psycholinguistics (15 sp)
Se flere
2. sem Elective course, 2nd semester

    • Cultural Myths and American National Identity (15 sp)
    • U.S. Literature and the Contemporary Migration Novel (15 sp)
Se flere
3. sem Master’s Programme in English, Year 2Alternative 1 – Master’s Thesis 60 creditsAlternative 2 – Master’s Thesis 45 credits + course of 15 credits
4. sem

Admission requirements

See supplementary regulations regarding admission.

  1. Academic basis
    Academic basis: completed and passed major subject in English with no less than 80 credits. The major subject must include at least 30 credits in language/linguistics and at least 30 credits in literature.
  2. Minimum grade requirements
    A weighted, average grade of C or better is required, see Regulations concerning admission to programmes and courses at the University of Agder, § 24. The grade requirement is calculated from the grades included in the academic basis described in subsection 1.
  3. Ranking of applicants
    Weighted grade average is calculated from the academic basis as described in subsection 1. Ranking of applicants is done according to Regulations concerning admission to programmes and courses at the University of Agder, § 25.
  4. Conditional offer of admission
    Conditional offer of admission may be given to applicants who lacks no more than 15 credits of the admission requirements apart from their major subject if the criteria stated in the Regulations concerning admission to programmes and courses at the University of Agder § 26 are met.

Application period

  • Non EU/EEA international applicants: From 1 November till 1 December.
  • EU/EEA applicants: From 1 February till 1 March.
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: From 1 February till 1 March.

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