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ENG-3991 Master's Thesis in English Linguistics - 60 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Type of course

This course is obligatory for students at the Master's Programme in English Linguistics and the Master's Programme in English Acquisition and Multilingualism. The course cannot be taken as a single course.

Course contents

The master's degree is a piece of independent research on a limited topic within English linguistics.

The topic of research will be decided upon in collaboration with a specialist teacher. The thesis could also be written as either, part of a broader research project, or may build on one of the courses taught.

The dissertation is normally a piece of scientific research of 70-100 pages in length (about 2000 characters per page). Illustrations, graphs and the like are not included as part of the overall page total. However, should the thesis include sound and photo media and so on, the text must total at least 40 pages in length.

It is usual that a master's thesis is an individual piece of work; however, two or three students can collaborate on a dissertation. In the event that this is the case, the overall size of the dissertation will also increase proportionally by 50%-100% to include the contributions of all participants.

The master's degree thesis is due by May 15th for evaluation in the Spring Semester and, November 1st for evaluation in the Autumn Semester.

Objective of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has:


The student is able to / can:


Language of instruction

Supervision will be carried out in either Norwegian, or the language of instruction. The master's degree will be written in English.

Teaching methods

New master's degree students will be assigned a contact person from within the specialist teachers. The contact person will advise on the master's degree requirements and suggest potential supervisors. A supervisor will be assigned once a thesis topic is selected. Supervision will be given individually, and in certain cases, in groups in the form of dissertation seminars and the like. Full time students have the right to supervision for up to two years. Part time students with a study progression of 50%, have the right to "half" supervision for four years. Supervision beyond this is not given.


A project outline including a brief explanation of the research question to be investigated, the type of material the work will build on, what theories and methods will used , how the project will be structured, and how the overall project will be carried out must be submitted at the commencement of the master's degree.

The project outline is usually submitted within the first semester of the master's degree study. Students taking 30 study points of courses in the first semester may deliver their project outline at the commencement of the second semester.

The project outline is to be approved by the assigned supervisor. The master's degree thesis will be evaluated with a grade as a written examination once it has been submitted. In addition to a grade, a written comment from the censors will be given, outlining the positive and less positive aspects of the thesis.

In the case of collaborated work by a group of two or three students, all members of the group have responsibility for the thesis, and all contributors of the group will receive the same grade

The master's degree will be evaluated with a grade (A-F).

The master's degree thesis is due by May 15th for evaluation in the Spring Semester and, November1st for evaluation in the Autumn Semester. Handed in:

Lectures Spring 2020
Writing seminar f.aman. Yulia Rodina