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Master’s Programme in Language Science with a Specialisation in Bilingualism

  • 120 credits

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

Bilingualism is a cross-disciplinary field of research connecting the areas such as linguistics, sociology, social anthropology, and cognitive psychology. The Master’s Programme in Language Science with a Specialisation in Bilingualism provides a comprehensive two-year course of study of core areas in Bilingualism, aiming to develop and deepen your knowledge of bi- and multilingualism at both the individual and societal level. The compulsory courses in this specialization cover different aspects of topics including second language acquisition and bilingual development in children and adults, age effects in second language acquisition, bilingualism and memory, communication and linguistic diversity, Swedish as a second language in children and adults, multiethnic youth language, attitudes towards languages/language varieties, bilingual education, second and foreign language teaching, language attrition in bilinguals, language ideology, language politics, and transnational multilingualism. The education also includes compulsory courses that are common to the whole programme as well as optional courses, aiming at extending and deepening your knowledge in language science, as well as at strengthening your grasp of research methodology, research ethics and your ability to carry out scientific reasoning. The programme ends with a 30-credit degree project where you, with the assistance of a supervisor, design and conduct a scientific investigation addressing an issue in the field of Bilingualism. Providing advanced knowledge and skills in the language sciences, the programme may serve as preparation for PhD studies in Bilingualism, or for a professional career in connection with language

  • Programme overview

    The programme comprises four semesters of full-time study and consists of both mandatory and elective courses. 

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Language in Use, 7.5 ECTS credits (main field: Linguistics)
    Scientific Methods and Research Ethics, 7.5 ECTS credits (main field: Philosophy)
    Methods in Research on Bilingualism - an Overview, 7.5 ECTS credits (main field: Bilingualism)
    Second Language Learning and Bilingual Development, 7.5 ECTS credits (main field: Bilingualism)

    Semester 2

    Bilingualism in Society, 7.5 ECTS credits (main field: Bilingualism)
    Psycholinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism, 7.5 ECTS credits (main field: Bilingualism)
    Elective courses amounting to 15 ECTS credits, or to exit with a Degree of Master of Arts (60 ECTS credits),
    Magister’s Thesis in Bilingualism, 15 ECTS credits (main field: Bilingualism)

    Elective courses are selected in consultation with the coordinator for the Specialisation in Bilingualism.

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    A skill training course of 7.5 ECTS credits
    Bilingualism from an Educational Perspective, 7.5 ECTS credits (main field: Bilingualism)
    An elective course of 7.5 ECTS credits
    The course English for Academic Research, 7.5 credits (main field: English), may be taken either as a skill course or an elective course.

    Semester 4

    Master’s Thesis in Bilingualism, 30 ECTS credits ECTS credits (main field: Bilingualism)

  • Contact

    Student affairs office, Departement of Linguistics

    Södra huset, C 378
    Visiting hours for students
    Tuesdays 9.00-10.00
    Wednesdays 13.00-15.00
    Thursdays 9.00-11.00 and 13.00-16.00

    exp@ling.su.se
    +46 8 16 23 47

    Director of Studies, Second and Third Level

    Sofia Gustafsson-Capková
    Office: C254
    Phone: +46 8 16 34 88
    E-mail: ma@ling.su.se 

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