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Master’s Programme in Language Science with a Specialisation in Baltic Languages

  • 120 credits

The programme aims at extending and deepening your knowledge in Baltic Languages. It also strengthens your grasp of research methodology, research ethics and your ability to carry out scientific reasoning.

The Master’s Programme in Language Sciences with a Specialisation in Baltic Languages (Latvian or Lithuanian) provides an in-depth two-year course of study of the core areas of Baltic linguistics: phonology, syntax, and semantics, with optional courses in, for example, sociolinguistics and language contacts. It also provides interdisciplinary perspectives through studies in Baltic cultural, literary and social history. You will be trained in independent and critical work on linguistic issues, and you will improve your competence in the analysis of language data. The programme aims to extend and develop your grasp of your chosen field of study, as well as to strengthen your inter-disciplinary knowledge in areas like scientific theory, ethics and research methodology.
Your work with the master’s thesis will develop your ability to conduct a linguistic investigation, analyse and discuss your observed data, and produce a scientific text in English, German, Swedish, Latvian or Lithuanian. The programme, which provides detailed knowledge and skills, may serve as preparation for Third Level studies (PhD level) in Baltic Languages, or for a professional career in connection with work in translation companies.

Foto: Viktor Gårdsäter
Foto: Viktor Gårdsäter
  • Programme overview

    The training consists of compulsory courses that are common to the whole programme, compulsory courses in your main field of study, as well as optional courses from a pool of courses offered by departments from the Faculty of Humanities.

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Language in Use, 7.5 ECTS credits
    Scientific Methods and Research Ethics, 7.5 ECTS credits
    Elective courses amounting to 15 ECTS credits

    Semester 2

    Elective courses amounting to 15 ECTS credits

    Of the elective courses in semesters 1 and 2, 15 ECTS credits must be in the main field Baltic Languages. The courses are selected among those offered in the main field of study in consultation with the coordinator for the study route.

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    Skill training courses amounting to 15 ECTS credits
    Elective courses amounting to 15 ECTS credits
    The course English for Academic Research, 7.5 credits, may be taken either as a skill course or an elective course.

    Semester 4

    Baltic Languages, Degree Project for a Degree of Master, 30 ECTS credits

  • Contact

    Coordinator

    Lilita Zalkalns, Director of Studies
    lilita.zalkalns@balt.su.se
    08-16 46 09

    Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German