A Bachelor's degree with an English Major of at least 80 ECTS credits or a Cand. Mag. degree comprising the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits in English. At least 20 credits must be on supplementary level (level 2). The English major must include at least 30 credits in language/linguistics and at least 30 credits in literature. Students must have obtained the average grade C for their English major in the Bachelor's programme (80 ECTS credits), or the average grade of 2.7 in English in the Cand. Mag. degree.
See supplementary regulations: http://www.uia.no/en/studies/how-to-apply/admission-regulationshttp://www.uia.no/en/studies/how-to-apply/admission-regulations
The programme is aimed at students who have taken English literature and linguistics courses at undergraduate level and are interested in deepening their studies of English. It offers the posiblility of specialising in English literature or linguistics.
A specialisation in English literature will give you insight into important literary works. You will learn about different strategies of how to critically approach, interpret and understand literary texts which will help you develop self-confidence and reflection on issues of interpretation. You will learn about the different kinds of texts, genres, epochs and literary traditions. Topics for a Master’s thesis in English literature could be on literary works from North America, Great Britain or literary works written in English from other parts of the world.
The linguistic courses build on what you already have learned about English language structure (phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax). You will be introduced to the theoretical work that supports proposals about language structure. In addition you will learn about experimental linguistics which investigates language processing: how it is acquired and used for both monolinguals and bilinguals. For both topics you will also learn about the methodologies used to test these theories.
The programme totals 120 ECTS credits:
- 2 obligatory core courses in literary and linguistic theory, total 15 ECTS credits
- 3 or 4 elective courses, total 45 or 60 ECTS credits- Master's thesis, 60 (alternative 1) or 45 (alternative 2) ECTS credits
The two compulsory introductory theoretical courses are offered in the first semester.
Specialisation: Students choose to specialise in either literature or linguistics. A minimum of 30 credits in one of the two areas is needed to write a Master's thesis in that area.
The master's thesis: The master's thesis is an independent project on a topic in either English literature or linguistics. Two master's theses alternatives are offered. Alternative 1, the student writes a 60-credit thesis (approximately 30,000 words) in the third and fourth semesters of the programme. For alternative 2, the student completes an extra course in the third semester, and hands in a 45-credit thesis (approximately 20,000 words) by the end of the fourth semester. For second year students, two manditorys thesis writing seminar are offered, one in the autumn and one in the spring. These seminars serve to give students a jump start on their project and to help them in their writing process. In these seminars, each student will give a short presentation of their project and receive feedback as well as give feedback on other students's projects.
|1. sem||EN-410-1 Literary Theory, Core Course 7.5 sp||EN-411-1 Linguistic Theory 7.5 sp||Elective course|
|2. sem||Elective course, 2nd semester|
|3. sem||Master's Programme in English, Year 2 Alternative 1 - Master's Thesis 60 credits Alternative 2 - Master's Thesis 45 credits + course of 15 credits|
|3. sem||EN-500-1 Master's Thesis (Alternative 1) (1/2) 30 sp|
|3. sem||EN-501-1 Master's Thesis (Alternative 2) (1/2) 15 sp|
|4. sem||EN-500-1 Master's Thesis (Alternative 1) (2/2) 30 sp|
|4. sem||EN-501-1 Master's Thesis (Alternative 2) (2/2) 30 sp|
Knowledge: Upon completion of the programme, graduates have acquired
Skills: Upon completion of the programme, graduates have acquired
General competence: Upon completion of the programme, graduates have acquired the ability to
Assessment forms vary among written examinations, home examinations, portfolios and term papers. For more information please see individual course descriptions. A final oral examination is arranged after the Master's thesis has been passed.
Students are encouraged to spend their third semester at a university with which the University of Agder has an exchange agreement, either in Europe, the USA, Canada or Australia. Credits earned at courses abroad may count towards the home degree. Please note that the programme coordinator must approve of all courses taken as part of a study abroad exchange in advance. For more information on exchanges, please consult the International Department's web site (https://www.uia.no/en/student/go-on-exchangehttps://www.uia.no/en/student/go-on-exchange ) or contact senior advisor Tone Frøysnes (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org@uia.no).
Incoming exchange students can study the entire programme in English.
Faculty of Humanities and Education