In today’s multicultural and technology-driven world, there is a great demand for translation of documents, and people trained in linguistics can make important contributions to the field of computational linguistics and language technology.
Linguistics is the study of natural human languages. It searches for answers to questions like:
- What is it about human language that is so unique?
- Languages themselves have unlimited possible combinations of words, so how can we describe them systematically and concisely?
- How and why do we divide the world’s languages into different families?
In today’s multicultural and technology-driven world, there is a great demand for translation of documents, and people trained in linguistics can make important contributions to the field of computational linguistics and language technology (“machine translation”).
Increased migration from countries in Africa and Asia gives rise to increased multilingualism in Europe. Knowledge of the structure of their languages will facilitate integration (or rather incorporation) of these people. In this context linguistic tools are of utmost importance.
With a master’s in Linguistics, you may also contribute to projects in public education, such as designing the structure of dictionaries. Work like this is especially valuable for speakers of the world’s minority languages. As a master’s student in Linguistics, you will enjoy:
- An informal relationship with staff, who welcome your questions
- An international flavour, with students and staff members from other countries
- Your own desk in a reading room shared with other MA students at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.
- The opportunity to become a student representative in the programme committee of Lingustics, or to arrange social and academic gatherings as part of the student council.
Employers will appreciate your skills as language advisor, and your ability to work independently. The ability to communicate both to specialists and to the general public, verbally and in writing, is also regarded as very useful.
Our graduates find work in public and private sectors, both abroad and in Norway. Typical roles are in
- dictionary development
- information technology
- people with language difficulties
- public administration
The Master’s programme takes four semesters and is divided into a course part worth 60 ECTS and a master’s thesis worth 60 ECTS.
- LING306 Experimental Psycholinguistics (15 ECTS)
- LING310 Computer Models of Language and Applications (15 ECTS)
- LING305 Modern Grammatical and Semantic Theory (15 ECTS)
- LING311 Methods for master’s Students in Language and Linguistics (10 ECTS)
- LING312 Philosophy of Science for Linguistics or DASP307 Academic Writing for master’s and PhD Students in Language and Linguistics (5 ECTS)
Semester 3 and 4:
- LING350 Master’s thesis (60 ECTS)
You will have an appointed supervisor who will help you plan and carry out the master’s project. You can choose the thesis topic yourself, in cooperation with your supervisor.
A first degree (Bachelor´s degree) of three or four years´ duration from an approved institution of higher education, as well as documented proficiency in the English language. Your Bachelor´s degree must have a specialisation in linguistics, including general syntax, phonology and morphology. The specialisation should correspond to at least three semesters of full-time study, 90 ECTS credits.
In order for us to be able to evaluate your application, we need specific documentation on the relevance of your former university education. The documents listed below must be included in order for your application to be processed.
1. The application must – in a separate document/letter – point out the exact courses within the field of linguistics that, together, are the equivalent to three semesters of full time studies (90 ECTS credits) in the field.
2. Course descriptions of the relevant courses must be submitted and the amount of credits connected to each course should be documented.
3. You must also submit documentation that shows the amount of credits or the number of courses that equal a full time study load of one semester. This could for instance be a statement from your home university.
4. You should also present a statement of purpose for a future Master’s thesis.
5. In addition all applicants must provide additional evidence of English language proficiency, for example Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).
Applications that fail to include all the above mentioned documentation will not be processed.
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