Master's Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences in Tromsø in Norway

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In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

Humanities and social sciences is the perfect area of study for students who are looking to learn a huge variety of skills which might prepare them for unparalleled freedom when it comes to choosing which industry they’d like to work in.

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and the subantarctic Bouvet Island. Higher education in Norway is offered by a range of seven universities.

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Master of Philosophy in Visual Cultural Studies

UIT The Arctic University of Norway
Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Norway Tromsø

Are you interested in human culture and how to use the video camera in social scientific research? At Visual Cultural Studies you are given the opportunity to study ethnographic research methods, anthropological theory, and ethnographic film making in an international environment, culminating with the production of your very own film and written thesis. [+]

Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Tromsø in Norway. Are you interested in human culture and how to use the video camera in social scientific research? At Visual Cultural Studies you are given the opportunity to study ethnographic research methods, anthropological theory, and ethnographic film making in an international environment, culminating with the production of your very own film and written thesis. The Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology offers a two-year full-time Master's programme in Visual Cultural Studies (VCS). The aim of this programme is to teach students how to produce knowledge about people's lives and cultures through an exploration of their everyday lives based on the use of qualitative social science research methods and ethnographic film. The programme combines lectures in academic theory and method, filmmaking and practical instruction in camerawork, sound recording and editing. The students at the Master's programme follow a set of courses the first two semesters before they travel on fieldwork. Based on this fieldwork, the students write a Master's Thesis and make an ethnographic film. For a complete setup of the programme, please refer to the Programme structure below. The films produced at VCS are well known for their quality. Every year several films are selected for international documentary and ethnographic film festivals. The originality of the program has led to a special educational prize from UiT, the Arctic University of Norway and a further award for educational quality from the Ministry of Education. Learning outcomes After completing successfully the programme, students are expected to have acquired the following learning outcomes. Knowledge The candidate has knowledge of the evolution of the social scientific tradition in general, and advanced knowledge of theoretical perspectives within the field of Visual anthropology especially. has thorough knowledge of the region and/or the field where his/her proper Master project takes place and solid knowledge of the cutting edge of his/her Master project¿s theme. has thorough knowledge of ethnographic research methodology and the different steps in a research process which involves the use of the video camera. can apply the acquired methods and theoretical perspectives in the description and analyses of new areas within the academic field of Visual Anthropology. can reflect critically on the use of different filmic languages and narrative structures as `ways of knowing¿ in specific historical and societal contexts. has technical knowledge of how to handle and use the recording and editing equipment for video. Skills The candidate can in a systematic way manage, process and analyze critically material from various sources and use them to structure and formulate a written scholarly argument. Is able to capture the narrative conceptualizations of their field partners by the use of video and create intelligible narrative strategies with a future audience in mind. is able to demonstrate how film and text mutually inform, inspire, and contradict each other, and critically evaluate the role of film in the creation of social scientific knowledge. can under supervision carry out an independent research project which makes use of participant observation and audiovisual tools, with applicable norms for research ethics. is able to make use of video as a tool in the acquisition and dissemination of social scientific knowledge. General competences The candidate is able to identify, analyze and discuss different theoretical and methodological approaches to their own empirical material and apply it in the description and analysis of other sociocultural phenomena. masters the language and terminology of visual socio-cultural research and can communicate to colleagues, partners, and public audiences, the methodological/analytical approaches used in- and the final results of- his/her own work. is able to build up responsibility towards partners in the field and thereby a profound consciousness of the ethics and potentials for empowerment of research and dissemination. can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes based in the exploration of the possible potentials of visual and analytical tools. is in an independent way able to apply audiovisual tools creatively and critically to enhance/clarify their story narratives within a social science framework. Admission requirements Admission to the Master's programme in Visual Cultural Studies requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification in the social sciences or a related field in the humanities. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required. Applicants must enclose an application essay written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include descriptions of their motivation for, interest in and expectations relating to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master`s Thesis project. Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries: The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: The application deadline for international applicants is 1 December for admission to the autumn semester. Online application, study code 2038 Teaching and assessment The programme is organised as a continuous participatory learning process: lectures, screenings, writing and filming assignments, and seminars make up the unique cumulative learning process of the two year course. Students are encouraged to collaborate with each other in developing skills and understandings throughout the study. The programme includes various types of examinations and coursework requirements, such as essays, research papers, and film presentations. Please note that some courses have coursework requirements. Only students whose coursework requirements have been approved will be allowed to sit the examination. Teaching and assessment methods are described in the course plan for each course. This Master's degree is an intensive programme. All courses are compulsory and demand active participation from the students. Exchange possibilities Students have the possibility to carry out their fieldwork abroad. Job prospectives The VCS degree can open doors to a variety of national and international positions in social research, television and film production, administration, communication, museums, youth and education programmes, etc. Studying in such an international environment develops competences in cross-cultural communication as well as valuable assets to a number of career options. Access to further studies On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD programme in a number of academic areas at the UiT, the Arctic University of Norway or elsewhere. [-]

Master's of Philosophy in English Linguistics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway
Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Norway Tromsø

The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The programme has a strong comparative component, although the study of English naturally maintains a central place in the programme. [+]

The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The programme has a strong comparative component, although the study of English naturally maintains a central place in the programme. Programme description The Master's degree programme in English Linguistics covers graduate level studies in English linguistics, and is to be seen as an extension of work at the Bachelor's level. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The programme has a strong comparative component, although the study of English naturally maintains a central place in the programme. Students will develop insight into the structure of language in general and of English in particular, social and geographic variation, as well as the historical development and acquisition of English. At the Master's level, students will develop special interests based on their coursework and will write either a Master's Thesis or two article-length papers whose main empirical focus should be on English. The programme consists of the following components: 60 ECTS of coursework and 60 ECTS for either one (1) thesis, or two (2) articles Both the coursework and thesis/articles must have English as their main empirical focus. The three elective ten credit courses can come from any 3000-level course in language or linguistics offered by the groups for English and General Linguistics. If their relevance for the programme can be demonstrated, other courses may be accepted by application. Master's Thesis The degree includes 60 ECTS which must be earned either (i) by writing one Master's Thesis (60 ECTS) or (ii) by writing two papers (30 ECTS each). This work is normally done individually, but may be part of a larger research project being carried out at the faculty, especially projects being carried out at the Center for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). The topics for this work will be chosen in consultation with one of the academic staff, who will serve as a supervisor. Those opting to write two papers, must write one of them in the core disciplines phonology or syntax. The two papers cannot be in the same field. Part-time studies In principle, the programme is open for part-time studies, however the structure of the programme is not designed to accommodate part-time students. Interdisciplinary courses Some of the Master's degree programmes offered by the faculty overlap to a certain degree in that they offer a range of "interdisciplinary" courses. For example, the core disciplines of phonology and syntax are taught as part of both Theoretical Linguistics and English Linguistics, and are therefore assigned a HIF-code in the university catalogue. Not all of the HIF-courses, however, may be appropriate for incorporation into a given programme. To find out which HIF-courses are accepted as part of the Master's degree programme in English Linguistics, please contact the programme staff. Progression The following courses are compulsory in Semester 1: HIF-3010 Syntax I, HIF-3022 Phonology I. In addition students are required to complete an elective course. The following course is compulsory in Semester 2: Either HIF-3011 Syntax II or HIF-3021 Phonology II. In addition students are required to complete two elective courses. Learning outcomes After completing the Master's of Philosophy in English Linguistics the students will have acquired the following: Knowledge and understanding: specialised knowledge of a linguistic subfield through work with the Master's Thesis deeper knowledge of English linguistics through the study of core subjects broadened knowledge of adjoining fields through elective courses a critical view of the theories and methods that have been underlying linguistic research Skills: The students will have achieved ability to orient themselves in linguistic scientific literature with special regard to the development of theory and methods, and to earlier research skills in problem solving, analysis of linguistic data, and in presentation of findings according to academic standards skills in communicating scientific content in English at a high level Competence: The core goal of the programme is to prepare students for study at PhD level. It also qualifies for work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work. Admission requirements Admission to the Master's programme in English Linguistics requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in English Linguistics, or a degree combining English language and literature, or equivalent qualification. The applicant should have at least three semesters (minimum 80 ECTS) of concentrated work in English linguistics and/or language. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required. Applicants must enclose an application essay (Statement of purpose) written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include descriptions of their motivation for, interest in and expectations relating to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master's Thesis project. More information on admission requirements: Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries: The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: The application deadline for international applicants is 1 December for admission to the autumn semester. Teaching and assessment Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars. Evaluation is carried out at the end of each course on the basis of a portfolio of the students written work. As a Master's student, you will be assigned a supervisor who will monitor your progress throughout your studies. The Master's Thesis will be assigned a grade (from A to F); the coursework will be graded on the same scale. For information about examinations; please see the individual course descriptions. Exchange possibilities Students can apply for exchange studies or field work abroad according to the available cooperation agreements within scholarship programmes such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Barentsplus or North2North. Please consult the international coordinator at the faculty for more information. Job prospectives The core goal of the programme is to prepare students for study at PhD level. It also qualifies for work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work, for example teaching, programming, administration, industry or the media. Access to further studies On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD in Linguistics. [-]

Master's of Philosophy in Theoretical Linguistics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway
Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Norway Tromsø

The programme is well suited for students who wish to study language from a comparative perspective. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The approach to these disciplines relies on comparative studies of many languages. [+]

Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Tromsø in Norway. The programme is well suited for students who wish to study language from a comparative perspective. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The approach to these disciplines relies on comparative studies of many languages. The Master's of Philosophy in Theoretical Linguistics covers graduate level studies in theoretical linguistics, and is to be seen as an extension of work at the Bachelor's level. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The approach to these disciplines relies on comparative studies of many languages. Students will develop insight into the structure of language, comparative aspects of linguistic research, social and geographic variation, the historical development of languages and language acquisition. At the Master's level, students will develop special interests based on their coursework and will write either a Master's Thesis or two article-length papers. The programme consists of the following components: 60 ECTS of coursework and 60 ECTS for either (1) one thesis, or (2) two articles. The two elective ten credit courses can come from any 3000-level course in language or linguistics offered by the groups for English and General Linguistics. By application, other courses may be accepted (e.g. courses in philosophy, psychology, mathematics, and so on). Master's Thesis The degree includes 60 ECTS which must be earned either (i) by writing one Master's Thesis (60 ECTS) or (ii) by writing two papers (30 ECTS each). This work is normally done individually, but may be part of a larger research project being carried out at the faculty, especially projects being carried out at the Center for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). The topics for this work will be chosen in consultation with one of the academic staff, who will serve as a supervisor. Those opting to write two papers, must write one of them in the core disciplines phonology or syntax. The two papers cannot be in the same field. Interdisciplinary courses Some of the Master's degree programmes offered by the faculty overlap to a certain degree in that they offer a range of "interdisciplinary" courses. For example, the core disciplines of phonology and syntax are taught as part of both Theoretical Linguistics and English Linguistics, and are therefore assigned a HIF-code in the university catalogue. Not all of the HIF-courses, however, may be appropriate for incorporation into a given programme. To find out which HIF-courses are accepted as part of the Master's degree programme in Theoretical Linguistics, please contact the programme staff. Progression The following courses are compulsory in Semester 1: HIF-3010 Syntax I, HIF-3022 Phonology I. In addition students are required to complete an elective course. The following courses are compulsory in Semester 2: HIF-3011 Syntax II, and HIF-3021 Phonology II. In addition students are required to complete an elective course. Elective courses may be selected from the list of courses offered by the groups for English, Finnish, French, Linguistics, German, Scandinavian, Russian and Saami. Note that elective courses must be oriented to theory of language rather than practical language learning. It is also possible to take courses offered by other Faculties as long as their relevance to the degree can be documented. Learning outcomes After completing the Master's programme in Theoretical Linguistics the students will have acquired the following: Knowledge and understanding: specialised knowledge of a linguistic subfield through work with the Master's Thesis deeper knowledge of theoretical linguistics through the study of core subjects broadened knowledge of adjoining fields through elective courses a critical view of the theories and methods that have been underlying linguistic research Skills: The students will have achieved the ability to orient themselves in linguistic scientific literature with special regard to the development of theory and methods, and to earlier research skills in problem solving, analysis of linguistic data, and in presentation of findings according to academic standards skills in communicating scientific content at a high level Competence: The core goal of the programme is to prepare students for study at PhD level. It also qualifies for work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work. Admission requirements Admission to the Master's programme in Theoretical Linguistics requires a Bachelor's Degree (180 ECTS) in a language or linguistics, or a degree combining linguistics and literature, or equivalent qualification. The applicant should have at least three semesters (minimum 80 ECTS) of concentrated work in linguistics and/or language. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required. Applicants must enclose an application essay (Statement of purpose) written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include descriptions of their motivation for, interest in and expectations relating to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master's Thesis project. More information on admission requirements: Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries: The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: The application deadline for international applicants is 1 December for admission to the autumn semester. Applicants from Nordic countries (Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Danemark) with upper secondary education from these countries must apply as regular applicants. Foreign non Nordic applicants with valid residency in Norway and proof of Norwegian language proficiency must apply as regular applicants. Norwegian citizens with upper secondary education from a non-Nordic country must apply as international applicant. Teaching and assessment Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars. Evaluation is carried out at the end of each course on the basis of a portfolio of the students written work. As a Master's student, you will be assigned a supervisor who will monitor your progress throughout your studies. The Master's Thesis will be assigned a grade (from A to F); the coursework will be graded on the same scale. For information about examinations, please see the individual course descriptions. Exchange possibilities Students can apply for exchange studies or field work abroad according to the available cooperation agreements within scholarship programmes such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Barentsplus or North2North. Please consult the international coordinator at the faculty for more information. Job prospectives The core goal of the programme is to prepare students for study at PhD level. It also qualifies for work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work, for example teaching, programming, administration, industry or the media. Access to further studies On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD in Linguistics. [-]

Indigenous Studies - Master

UIT The Arctic University of Norway
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Norway Tromsø

The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, in cooperation with the Centre for Sami Studies, offers a two-year full-time Master's Programme in Indigenous Studies (MIS). The programme is interdisciplinary and makes use of the expertise accumulated in several departments at the Faculty. The thematic focus of the master's programme is the emergence of the international indigenous movement, the historical experiences and... [+]

Master in Indigenous Studies The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, in cooperation with the Centre for Sami Studies, offers a two-year full-time Master's Programme in Indigenous Studies (MIS). The programme is interdisciplinary and makes use of the expertise accumulated in several departments at the Faculty. The thematic focus of the master's programme is the emergence of the international indigenous movement, the historical experiences and contemporary context that indigenous people experience across the globe. During the two years of studies, students will take courses totalling 120 credits (120 ECTS). One 10-credit course can be chosen from other courses offered by the University. This elective course must be approved by the Academic Coordinator and should be based on the interests of the individual student as a preparation for the master's thesis. The remaining courses are obligatory. They are designed to give a broad base, from which the individual student may choose a relevant topic for the master's thesis. The thesis work is supervised by academic staff from the cooperating units at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and topics are chosen in cooperation with the appointed advisors. It is customary to conduct data collection for the master's thesis in the end of the second semester. Learning outcomes Each programme at UiT The Arctic University of Norway has set targets for knowledge, analytical understanding, and skills and competences that students should have reached by the end of their studies. Admission requirements Admission to the Master's Programme in Indigenous Studies requires a bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification in social sciences and the social application of law and humanities. A special interest in indigenous issues is a precondition. Applicants must enclose a statement of purpose written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include a description of their motivation for, interest in, and expectations concerning their master's degree studies. Documented experience from work related to indigenous peoples and/or studies will be an advantage. Applicants from universities other than the University of Tromsø should enclose a short description of all relevant courses mentioned in applications and certificates. The programme aims to recruit Sami, Nordic and international students. A mixed group of students will strengthen the comparative aspects of the programme, and will contribute to international network building. The admission of students from different countries and regions will be emphasized in order to ensure a varied student group. Ethnic background will also be relevant in this respect. Teaching and assessment The organisation of the teaching will depend on the character and the content of each course. The type of examination is specified in each module. More information about the teaching and examination can be found in the description of each individual course. Seminars in methodology and thesis writing run parallel to the other courses throughout the studies. The course in methodology ties together the different courses and disciplinary approaches. This constitutes the basis both for the development of the students' individual research design and for the integration of indigenous perspectives in research. All students will be appointed an academic supervisor in the second semester. Supervision is to be given both through seminars and individual supervision. Language of instruction English. Job prospectives With a master's degree in Indigenous Studies, students are qualified for work within: teaching and education, promotion and implementation of indigenous issues internationally, civil society organisations, government and public sector, project management, research and studies in indigenous issues. [-]