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2 years
120 ECT Credits


Non-EU/EEA applicants

How can the study of linguistics and literature provide insight into our sense of reality, identity and value systems? The programme comprises courses in English language and linguistics, as well as in British and American literature. Students can specialize 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 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

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 prerequisite for admission to the Master’s programme is a completed Bacherlor’s degree, in which English is the major component. The English major must include at least 30 credits in language/linguistics and at least 30 credits in literature. At least 20 credits must be at level 200. Applicants must have achieved a C grade or higher in their specialisation (80 ECTS).

See supplementary regulations regarding admission

Application period

  • Non EU/EEA international applicants: From 1 November till 1 December.
  • 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 1 March.

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 Dec/1 March

Questions regarding admission

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