Master's Programme in Language Science with a Specialisation in Applied English Linguistics, 120 credits

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Master’s Programme in Language Sciences with a Specialisation in Applied English Linguistics

The Master’s Programme in Language Sciences with a Specialisation in Applied English Linguistics (120 credits) is intended develop an understanding of how knowledge about language in general, and specifically English, can be applied in a variety of contexts such as professional communication, teaching, and translation. The orientation is towards the use of English as a world language of business and study in the multimodal environment of the present century. The programme aims to extend and develop students’ knowledge in their chosen field of study, as well as to strengthen their inter-disciplinary knowledge of scientific theory, ethics and research methodology. Teaching consists of required courses that are common to the whole programme, required courses in the applied English linguistics, and optional courses within English and from a pool of courses offered by departments from the Faculty of Humanities.

The programme-wide required courses provide an introduction to scientific method and to languages in use in general, and also training in writing academic texts in English. The specialised Applied English Linguistics courses form a broad survey of key areas of English in use: second language acquisition (how languages are learnt), discourse analysis (how texts are structured and used), language for specific purposes (how language and discourse varies according to functional domain, and how we can provide training in these variants) and research methods (how we can investigate the uses of language). Students can choose from a range of options developing aspect of these topics, such as World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, and Pragmatics, as well as less applied courses such as Phonology and Syntax. A key part of the degree is the dissertation written in the fourth semester on an applied-linguistic topic chosen by the student, after being trained in appropriate methods and reading recent research.

The programme is intended as a general basis for professional work in language-related fields, and may serve as preparation for Third Level studies (PhD level) in applied English linguistics.

Please note that the English language requirement for this programme is higher than the basic English B/6 requirement. Exemptions from our requirement can only be given in some instances - please contact us for more information. The exemption cases listed on refer to the basic English B/6 requirement and therefore do not apply for our programme.

Subject: English

Do you want to learn how to master English?

Between 350 and 400 million people speak English as a native language, and at least as many people use the language as an official second language.

What will you, as a student, gain from studying English at the university level? You will gain knowledge about the structure of the language and a deeper insight into the culture, literature and history of the English-speaking countries, at the same time as you improve your ability to actively use English substantially.

English will provide you with insights into basic English linguistics, oral and written proficiency, plus an introduction to English literature and culture. You will get the opportunity to practise your skills in reading and analysing texts, as well as writing essays and making presentations in English.

English II deepens your understanding of both linguistics and literary studies. In addition, a 7.5 HEC elective course will offer you the opportunity to study an area of English studies more closely under the tutelage of a specialist in that area.

When you study the BA course in English, you continue your specialization by choosing more courses in linguistics and literary studies, and you will also carry out a 15 HEC degree project.

With the English magister course, you make a choice between linguistics and literary studies, and the course gives you subject-specific qualifications for applying to the PhD programme.

English can also be studied in career-based programmes for a magister degree or a degree in education, and also for further studies in translation.

In the global world of today, knowledge of English is essential, regardless of what profession you choose. Proficiency in English is vital for careers in international companies and organizations, like the EU and the UN. The central position of English ensures that the demand for teachers in the subject will remain high.

Area of interest: Language and Linguistics

Languages open doors to other cultures, experiences, business contacts and collaboration between countries. At Stockholm University you can study nearly 30 different languages. You can also delve into more theoretical subjects such as Linguistics and Bilingualism.

Language and Linguistics studies can lead to a large variety of professions within teaching, research and industry, the public sector, trade and tourism, and other areas.

Department responsible for education

Department of Linguistics