University of Bergen

Linguistics, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Objectives / Contents

It also includes an introduction to research methods in linguistics, and to problems in the philosophy of science as applied to linguistics, preparing the student for linguistic research.


Research methods in linguistics vary and may involve the use of text corpora, the use of informants, methods of experimental psychology, or conceptual and formal analysis.

Master thesis

The Master's thesis from University of Bergen is intended to qualify the student for research on linguistic topics. The student chooses a topic to be investigated, and the result is presented in the form of a thesis. The thesis does not need to present new material or reach new and original conclusions and insights in order to be accepted, but it should treat its material in accordance with the methodological standards of the field and show a mastery of the discursive method in connection with linguistic texts. The size of theses will vary, but a thesis will normally be between 50 and 120 pages long.

The topic of the thesis must be approved by the department and fall within a sub-field in which the department has or can provide the required competence for supervision. The student has the right to be assigned a supervisor for the thesis, chosen by the department. The student and the supervisor will sign a supervision contract.

The Degree

The Master´s programme leads to the degree of Master of Philosophy in Linguistics. It is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Computer Models of Language and Applications 
  • Philosophy of Science and Method for Master's Degrees in Language and Linguistics
  • Advanced Statistical Methods
  • Academic Writing for Master´s and PhD Students in Language and Linguistics
  • Modern Grammatical and Semantic Theory 
  • Experimental Psycholinguistics
  • Linguistics - Master's Thesis

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    Academic Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    A first degree (Bachelor´s degree) of three or four years´ duration from an approved institution of higher education, as well as documented proficiency in the English language. Your Bachelor´s degree must have a specialisation in linguistics, including general syntax, phonology and morphology. The specialisation should correspond to at least three semesters of full-time study, 90 ECTS credits.

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    • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
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