In the specialisation in English Linguistics you will learn about the history and development of the English language from its earliest days up to the present, including the spread of the language around the world, leading to its unique global status. You will gain insight into the social significance of variation in English-how the language is used in developing identities-both in countries where it is traditionally spoken and around the world.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
Specialising in English Linguistics helps you to become an expert on the English language by studying its history, its structure, its global distribution, its social significance, and its acquisition in language classrooms around the world. You will study how individuals learn English, and how teachers can best facilitate the process of language acquisition.
You will be trained in the methods of corpus linguistics, which make use of the vast databases available for testing hypotheses about the language and learn how to write research papers in English linguistics, adhering to high standards of academic writing and responsible citation practices. You will also be encouraged to specialise in an area of English linguistics that particularly interests you, developing a tailor-made reading course that prepares you to perform a smaller independent research project, which in turn prepares you to carry out a larger project and write an Master’s thesis.
During the programme you can expect to:
- specialise in the area of English linguistics that interests you
- study history, structure, global distribution, social significance and learning of the English language in one programme
- learn methods for carrying out empirical studies and contribute to our understanding of this uniquely global language
The courses in the programme draw on the specialised knowledge of the department members, who are experts in historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, grammar, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and other areas of English linguistics. You will also be able to choose two elective courses from the broad offering of the Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University. All the courses involve small seminar-type meetings in which you are expected to discuss relevant topics and present your own research. Active participation and a commitment to original research are key aspects of the programme.
Your command of the English language is already very good and you are naturally curious about nuances in language. You enjoy studying in a cosmopolitan environment and articulating complex ideas in challenging seminar settings.You are extremely motivated and willing to take responsibility for your own success and you are used to planning your own work and keeping deadlines.
You like working independently and in an international environment.Your social skills are very good and you enjoy articulating your thoughts and expressing your opinion in front of your fellow students. You are willing to take responsibility for your own success and you are used to planning your own work.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you value coming in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in your field.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with English as the main field of study. After one year of study, it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be English or an equivalent subject.
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
- a statement of purpose (1 page) and
- the quality of the Bachelor’s thesis/degree project.
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 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
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