University of Bergen

English, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The aim of the master's programme in English from the University of Bergen is to improve your skills, knowledge and insight in English studies in general, and in your area of specialisation (linguistics, literary or cultural studies) in particular. Only available for Norway residents. 


Objectives and content

The English programme from University of Bergen will develop a critical and independent attitude in you as a student through theoretical and methodological teaching, as well as further developing your written and oral skills in the English language. In order to reach these goals, you will need to work independently with the course literature in preparation for your own independent work on the master's thesis.

Programme profile

English is a large and diverse discipline, and the Department of foreign languages offers courses and supervision within British, American and other English-speaking literatures and cultures. They cover literature of all kinds and periods from the sixteenth century to the present, and discuss literary, cultural and methodological problems from a range of theoretical perspectives that reflect the research interests of the academic staff.

In English linguistics the department has wide professional expertise, and we can offer guidance within a broad range of areas such as applied linguistics, syntax, cognitive linguistics, translation theory, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics or combinations of these subjects.

The Degree

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Selected Topic in English Linguistics 
  • Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture 
  • English - Master's Thesis

For more information, please visit the programme website.

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants with an educational background from outside Norway, should have a first degree (Bachelor´s degree) of three or four years´ duration from an approved institution of higher education. The Bachelor´s degree must have a specialization in English. It should correspond to 1 1/2 years of full-time study.

Candidates will be selected on the basis of achievements in previous studies. In general, applicants must attain a "First class", "Upper 2nd class", or grade point average of "B" to be considered.

In addition to having a BA degree in English all applicants must provide additional evidence of English language proficiency, for example International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The requirement for admission to the Master's programme in English is 7,5 on the IELTS, 590 on the TOEFL (paper), or 96 on TOEFL IBT (internet based).

Tuition Fee

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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
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