The Master’s Programme in Language Science with a Specialisation in English Linguistics provides an in-depth two-year course of study of the core areas of English linguistics: phonology, syntax, semantics, as well as academic English, with optional courses in, for example, sociolinguistics and world Englishes. You will be trained in independent and critical work on linguistic issues, and you will improve your competence in the analysis of language data.

The programme aims to extend and develop students’ knowledge in their chosen field of study, as well as to strengthen their inter-disciplinary knowledge of scientific theory, ethics and research methodology. The training consists of compulsory courses that are common to the whole programme, compulsory courses in the main field of study, as well as optional courses from a pool of courses offered by departments from the Faculty of Humanities. Your work with the Master’s thesis will develop your ability to conduct a linguistic investigation, analyse and discuss your observed data, and produce a scientific text in academic English.

The programme, which provides detailed knowledge and skills, may serve as preparation for Third Level studies (PhD level) in English linguistics, or for a professional career in connection with language: in schools and higher education, work in archives and museums, libraries, publishing companies, domestic and international administration (e.g. in the EU), journalism, communication, interpretation and translation.

The programme leads to a Master of Arts degree in English.

Education plan and application

The next in-take for the specialisaton in English linguistics will be for autumn 2021.

Further information about courses is available on: courses at advanced level (second cycle). Schedules and course literature is published ahead of each term.

Coordinator: Spela Mezek

Admission requirements

A Degree of Bachelor of Arts, including 90 ECTS credits (major) in a discipline related to the course (English Linguistics) and a degree project in that field. Applicants’ knowledge of English must be documented by an international proficiency test: TOEFL test including TWE with a minimum of 630 (paper) 267 (computer) or 109 (Internet), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency with an A or B grade, or IELTS test with a minimum of 7.5 (and no module under 7), or the equivalent.

Please note that the English language requirement for this programme is higher than the basic English B/6 requirement. Exemptions from our requirement can only be given in some instances - please contact us for more information. The exemption cases listed on refer to the basic English B/6 requirement and therefore do not apply for our programme.