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How can the study of linguistics and literature provide insight into our sense of reality, identity and value systems and develop our understanding of the role of languages in the world and in the mind? The programme comprises courses in English language and linguistics, as well as in British and American literature and culture. Students can specialise 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's 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


In an increasingly globalised world, the workplace puts more and more demands on global insight and experience. UiA seeks to integrate exchange programs in all studies.

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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


Admission requirements

The general admission requirement is a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent education of a minimum of three years duration (180 ECTS credits).

According to the admission criteria, the major must include a minimum of 80 ECST credits in English. At least 20 credits must be in language courses, and at least 20 credits must be in literature. At least 20 credits must be on the supplementary level (Level 2).

Students must have obtained a weighted average grade of C or better for their English major.

Ranking will be based on the average grade in the major.

Furthermore, admission is granted in accordance with the regulations concerning admission to study programmes and courses at the University of Agder

Recommended previous knowledge

Very good English language proficiency in written and oral English equivalent to CEFR level C1. 

Application period

  • 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 15 April.

Student exchange

Students wishing to study a semester abroad, may do so on application. Studies abroad will normally take place in the second semester.

More information about how to become an exchange student.


Application deadline

1 March


120 ECT Credits

Language of instruction


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