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UiT The Arctic University of Norway Master in English Acquisition and Multilingualism
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Master in English Acquisition and Multilingualism

Tromsø, Norway

2 Years


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The program is well suited for students who are interested in studying how English is acquired in first and second language settings, as well as how the English language is affected by multilingual situations. Students admitted to the program will be closely integrated into the research group in Language Acquisition, Variation, and Attrition (LAVA), which is an active and productive research group working on various aspects of multilingualism and multilingual language acquisition. The students will get the opportunity to carry out hands-on research with the members of the group. The program provides a good foundation for work related to multilingualism in both the private and the public sector and is well suited for students who want to pursue a career within research.

Program description

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Credits (ECTS): 120
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor in English
  • Degree Name: Master of English Linguistics with specialization in Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
  • Application code:
    • Norwegian and Nordic applicants: 5064
    • International applicants: 2056

The Master comprises a course component of 60 ECTS and a thesis of 60 ECTS. The course work consists of five compulsory modules; two of these will run in the Autumn (first semester) and three will be offered in the Spring (second semester):

  • ENG-3040 First Language Acquisition (10 ECTS)
  • ENG-3050 Second Language Acquisition (10 ECTS)
  • ENG-3060 Multilingualism (10 ECTS)
  • ENG-3070 Varieties of English (10 ECTS)
  • HIF-3082 Quantitative Methods in Linguistics (10 ECTS)

In addition, the student can choose between the following two courses in the first semester (Autumn):

  • HIF-3010 Syntax I (10 ECTS), or
  • HIF-3022 Phonology I (10 ECTS)

The 60 ECTS based on course work should be completed in the first year of study, while the second year (60 ECTS) should be dedicated to writing the thesis. While working on the Master's thesis, a seminar is offered to support the students' research projects. In the Autumn (third semester), the seminar involves linguistics majors from all languages, and in the Spring (fourth semester), there is a seminar for English linguistics in particular. Students also get the opportunity to present their work in the LAVA-groups' research seminar, LAVA lunch.



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