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The programme is well suited for students who wish to study language from a comparative perspective. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The approach to these disciplines relies on comparative studies of many languages.

Scholarships

The Department of Language and Culture at UiT is pleased to announce two scholarships of 100000 NOK to support exceptionally talented students who would like to pursue a Master’s degree in Theoretical Linguistics at UiT. The scholarships are awarded to support the students through the first year of the degree, which involves coursework. Two more scholarships will be announced next year to support two talented students through the work on the Master’s theses.

Please note that the application deadline for admission to this MA programme is 1 December 2018 for international students, and 15 April 2019 for Nordic applicants. The application deadline for the scholarships is 1 April 2019 for international students and 15 April for Nordic students.

More information, application form and deadline.

The Master’s of Philosophy in Theoretical Linguistics covers graduate level studies in theoretical linguistics, and is to be seen as an extension of work at the Bachelor’s level. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The approach to these disciplines relies on comparative studies of many languages. Students will develop insight into the structure of language, comparative aspects of linguistic research, social and geographic variation, the historical development of languages and language acquisition. At the Master’s level, students will develop special interests based on their coursework and will write either a Master’s Thesis or two article-length papers.

The programme consists of the following components:

  • 60 ECTS of coursework and
  • 60 ECTS for either (1) one thesis, or (2) two articles.

The two elective ten credit courses can come from any 3000-level course in language or linguistics offered by the groups for English and General Linguistics, Russian, Finnish and Saami. Note that elective courses must be oriented to theory of language rather than practical language learning. By application, other courses may be accepted (e.g. courses in philosophy, psychology, mathematics, and so on), as long as their relevance to the degree can be documented.

Interdisciplinary courses
Several “interdisciplinary” courses are offered, and these courses are assigned a HIF-code in the university course catalogue. Not all of the HIF-courses, however, may be appropriate for incorporation into the programme. To find out which HIF-courses are accepted as part of the Master in Theoretical Linguistics, please contact the programme staff.

Progression
The following courses are compulsory in Semester 1: HIF-3010 Syntax I, HIF-3022 Phonology I. In addition students are required to complete an elective course.

The following courses are compulsory in Semester 2: HIF-3011 Syntax II, and HIF-3021 Phonology II. In addition students are required to complete an elective course.

Master’s Thesis
The degree includes 60 ECTS which must be earned either (i) by writing one Master’s Thesis (60 ECTS) or (ii) by writing two papers (30 ECTS each). This work is normally done individually, but may be part of a larger research project being carried out at the faculty, especially projects being carried out at the Center for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). The topics for this work will be chosen in consultation with one of the academic staff, who will serve as a supervisor. Those opting to write two papers, must write one of them in the core disciplines phonology or syntax. The two papers cannot be in the same field.

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1st term (autumn)
HIF-3010 Syntax I
HIF-3022 Phonology I
Elective course in English language or linguistics (3000-level)
2nd term (spring)
HIF-3011 Syntax II
HIF-3021 Phonology II
Elective course in English language or linguistics (3000-level)
3rd term (autumn)
LIN-3990 Master’s Thesis in Linguistics
4th term (spring)

After completing the Master’s programme in Theoretical Linguistics the candidate will have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge:
The candidates has:
– specialised knowledge of a linguistic subfield through work with the Master’s Thesis
– deeper knowledge of theoretical linguistics through the study of core subjects
– broadened knowledge of adjoining fields through elective courses
– a critical view of the theories and methods that have been underlying linguistic research

Skills:
The candidate can:
– orient himself or herself in linguistic scientific literature with special regard to the development of theory and methods, and to earlier research
– solve problems, analyze linguistic data, and present findings according to academic standards
– communicate scientific content at a high level

General competence:
The candidate is able to:
– work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work
– analyze academic, professional and research ethical problems in linguistics
– apply his/her knowledge and skills in new linguistic areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
– communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of linguistics
– communicate about linguistic issues, analyses and conclusions, both with specialists and the general public
– contribute to new thinking and innovation processes in linguistic theorizing

Admission to the Master’s programme in Theoretical Linguistics requires a Bachelor’s Degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification, in a language or linguistics, or a degree combining linguistics and literature. The applicant should have at least three semesters (minimum 80 ECTS) of concentrated work in linguistics and/or language. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement.

Applicants must enclose an application essay (Statement of purpose) written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include descriptions of their motivation for, interest in and expectations relating to their Master’s degree studies and ideas for their Master’s Thesis project.

More information on admission requirements:

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is

  • 15 April for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

The application deadline for international applicants is

  • 1 December for admission to the autumn semester.

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