At the Department of Languages and Literatures, we offer a large variety of courses at the Master's level. You can take the courses separately or as part of a Master's degree. The courses are often divided into smaller modules, for example, 7.5 credits or 15 credits, so if you want to conduct full-time studies you have to apply for more than one course. However, the range of courses for the subjects varies.
Education at graduate level comprises of one or two years of full-time studies (60 or 120 credits, c) and can lead to a Master’s degree (one year or two years).
There is no set program to reach a degree, instead, you can choose different courses and also between literary and linguistic specialization.
There are however prerequisites you need to fulfill before you can apply to the Master essay or thesis. In order to know what courses are applicable which semester and how you can combine them into a degree – please contact the Study and Career Counsellor.
The Department of Languages and Literatures places a very high value on research and teaching while striving to offer a supportive learning environment. Our dedicated and experienced staff, together with our talented students, ensure a dynamic environment for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.
Students of English at SPL explore English-language literature, English-speaking cultures, English linguistics and Academic Writing/Speaking through an innovative and stimulating series of sub-courses that combine critical-thinking practice, analytical engagement, and cultural awareness.
Our courses in literature have many different focuses: major authors, historical periods, genres, critical theories, and methods, as well as cultural and multicultural perspectives on the study of languages.
Our courses in language offer instruction in the structure of chosen language (e.g. grammar and phonetics), as well as providing an introduction to the vast array of scholarship in linguistics (on subjects like discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, among others).
Our writing and speaking courses offer high-level, focused training in academic English, which not only help students improve their basic language proficiency, but also enhance their general communication skills, rhetorical competence, and stylistic awareness.
We are known for our broad view of the discipline, and understand the study of languages to comprise more than the typical overview of formal, standard and the canon of languages literary texts. Our courses take a more pragmatic and modern approach and thus include a broad range of various media and language styles, including, but not limited to, English language, literature, and culture as it is encountered in film, television, music lyrics along with other popular culture phenomena.
Equality aspects should be taken into consideration in content, literature, teaching, and evaluation. In addition, the courses should make students aware of and problematize ecological, economic, cultural and socially sustainable development.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
- account for central issues, concepts, and theories in the research domain of language and intercultural communication;
Competence and skills
- specify and both orally and in writing formulate his/her problem in a delimited subject area in the field of language and intercultural communication;
- identify an appropriate method to study a specific question in the field of language and intercultural communication;
Judgment and approach
- analyze and critically reflect on the linguistic processes that prevent, contribute to or in any other way affect intercultural communication.
The application process contains two steps:
1. An application to the program which starts autumn 2020 must be done via the national application website.
- All international students are advised to apply before 15 January. However, applications from an EU-member country can be made at the latest 15 April.
2. The second step is to send us your finished and passed the Bachelor's thesis (in pdf.). The pdf should clearly state your name and the name of the University in which you graduated. Send your thesis and wait for a confirmation that we have received your thesis.
- Non-EU members - 1 March. The assessment process will be finished by mid-March.
- Students from an EU member country - 9 June. The assessment process will be finished by the end of June.
The requirement for admission to the course is a Degree of Bachelor (or 180 credits including an individual assignment of 15 credits at the advanced level) or the equivalent foreign degree.
Master’s studies are based on courses given in English, hence there are specific language requirements to secure the level of knowledge in English. International students will have to verify their knowledge of English. English 6 is required.
The following groups of students meet the language requirements without further evaluation:
- Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a Swedish university
- Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a country where higher education is held in English
The following groups of students have to verify their knowledge of English:
- Students with a Bachelor’s degree where the thesis is written in another language than English or Swedish
- Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a country where higher education is held in another language than English
3 reasons to study this Programme
- An interdisciplinary environment
- Take part in an international research environment
- Choose course modules suited to your background and academic and professional goals
The main application period for international students is mid-October to 15 January for all programs starting in the autumn.
Students who are citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA are generally required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens. For information about the tuition fees, please contact us.
Equality aspects should be taken into consideration in content, literature, teaching, and evaluation. In addition, the course should make students aware of and problematize ecological, economic, cultural and socially sustainable development.
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