Study plan for MAHF-ENG English, Master's, 2 years, spring 2023
If you want to complete a part of or the whole programme as a part time student (at minimum 50%), you must apply to the department for changes to your academic progress, using the applicable form. Please see Routines for the master's degree programme.
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Objectives and content
The Master's Programme in English is a full-time program of study over four semesters. It is composed of 120 ECTS credits and is made up of two main parts: coursework and a Master's thesis each worth 60 credits. The courses can be chosen from those offered by the department each semester. At least thirty credits of the coursework must be in the same discipline as the Master's thesis. The courses taken must represent different areas within the discipline. The students will be encouraged to find a topic for their Master's thesis and sign a supervision contract as early as possible in the second semester.
Required Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the candidate will have achieved the following learning outcomes in the categories of knowledge, skills, and general competence.
- has furthered the knowledge which he/she has taken from earlier English studies through specialized studies in English linguistics and English-language literature/culture.
- has developed a critical and independent attitude through theoretical and methodological training in the different courses
- has knowledge of newer research in the different subject areas
- has developed specialized in-depth knowledge about one self-selected area within English studies through the Master's thesis
-can communicate and problematize key subject matter
- has good language skills in spoken and written academic English
- has mastered relevant subject terminology, theories, tools, and techniques
- can reflect on their own skills and academic development
- can use subject knowledge and research results to work with English linguistic or literary research questions
- can critically select and use relevant materials relating to English linguistics or literature/culture
- can formulate a hypothesis or a research question which will lead to new knowledge
- can carry out an independent research project with supervision
- can use different research tools to survey a research field
- can follow ethical norms for research, for example, rules for the use and citation of sources
- can organize and produce a comprehensive written document in accordance with specified requirements and guidelines.
To reach these goals, the candidate must work independently with subject literature and participate actively in seminars. The Master's thesis in particular requires independent and goal-oriented work.
In order to apply for the Master's Programme in English, you need a bachelor's degree in English or equivalent. You must hold a minimum of 80 ECTS in the relevant courses, such as English literature, culture or linguistics, or equivalent.
Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify:
- Bachelor degree in English
Bachelor degrees that qualify:
- Other bachelor degrees can qualify if you can document minimum 80 ECTS in English literature, culture or linguistics, or equivalent.
- Applicants with education from outside of Norway, must have finished a three- or four-year undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree at an approved institution of higher education. The bachelor degree must include a specialization in English equivalent to one and a half years of full-time study.
You also need to document:
- Average grade of minimum C (equivalent to Norwegian grade C)
Other language requirements: Please note that admission to the Master's Programme in English requires higher test results than the general requirements for UiB. The language requirements for the Master's Programme in English are:
IELTS academic - Internationa English Language Test System
- Minimum overall band score: 7.5
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test (iBT)
- Minimum total score: 108 We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
PTE Academic - Pearson test of English Academic
- Minimum overall score: 74
Within the Master's program in English, one can specialize in either linguistics or literature/culture.
Specialization in linguistics
Choose six out of seven courses
ENG339 Selected topic in English Linguistics I (10 credits) (A)
ENG341 Selected topic in English Linguistics II (10 credits) (A)
ENG343 Selected topic in English Linguistics III (10 credits) (A)
ENG345 Selected topic in English Linguistics IV (10 credits) (S)
ENG347 Selected Topic in English Linguistics V (10 credits) (S)
ENG349 Selected topic in English Linguistics VI (10 credits) (S)
LING311 Methods for Master's students in Language and Linguistics (10 credits) (S)
Specialization in literature/culture
Pick three out of five courses
ENG331 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture I (10 credits) (A)
ENG332 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture II (10 credits) (A)
ENG333 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture III (10 credits) (A)
ENG334 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture IV (10 credits) (A) ALLV221 Literary Theory (10 credits) (A)
Pick two out of three courses
ENG335 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture V (10 credits) (S)
ENG336 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture VI (10 credits) (S)
ENG337 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture VII (10 credits) (S)
ENG340 Thesis Writing Preparation for English Literature and/or Culture (10 credits) (S)
Compulsory course for both specializations
ENG350 Master's thesis in English (60 credits) (A/S)
When resources allow, the courses ENG334 and ENG336 will be offered as electives in the fall and spring. The students would, in this case, choose three of the four literature courses offered.
At least thirty credits must be in the same discipline as the Master's thesis, and these credits must be taken, as a rule, at the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen. Students must apply on an individual basis for approval of courses taken at other departments or institutions.
The students will be encouraged to find a topic for their Master's thesis and sign a supervision contract as early as possible in the second semester. The Master's thesis will normally be written during the third and fourth semesters.
Students receive supervision for their work on their Master's thesis. A supervision contract outlinining the rights and responsibilities of the student is signed by the student, supervisor, and department administration. If a student takes more than two semesters to complete the Master's thesis, supervision will be reduced. Students using a fifth or sixth semester to write their Master's thesis have the right to feedback on a single full and final draft of their thesis if submitted to the supervisor no later than two weeks before the desired final submission deadline.
As part of the linguistics Master's thesis, students must participate actively in their discipline's Work-in-progress seminars (see ENG350 for details).
Sequential Requirements, courses
Semester 1, Autumn
ENG339 Selected topic in English Linguistics I 10 credits
ENG341 Selected topic in English Linguistics II 10 credits
ENG343 Selected topic in English Linguistics III 10 credits
ENG331 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture I 10 credits*
ENG332 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture II 10 credits*
ENG333 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture III 10 credits*
ENG334 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture IV 10 credits *
Work-in-progress seminar in linguistics, literature/culture or didactics
*Three of the four courses ENG331-334 will be offered each spring semester.
Semester 2, Spring
ENG345 Selected Topic in English Linguistics IV 10 credits
ENG347 Selected Topic in English Linguistics V 10 credits
ENG349 Selected Topic in English Linguistics VI 10 credits
LING311 Methods for Master's students in Language and Linguistics 10 credits*
ENG335 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture V 10 credits**
ENG336 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture VI 10 credits**
ENG337 Selected Topic in English Literature and/or Culture VII 10 credits**
ENG340 Thesis Writing Preparation for English Literature and Culture 10 credits
* Master students choosing to focus on linguistics can take LING311 (10 credits) in the spring semester. The course will then replace one of the ENG300-level linguistic courses in the spring semester.
**Two of the three courses ENG335-337 will be offered each spring semester. Masters students choosing to focus on literature can take ALLV221 (10 credits) as an elective in the fall semester. The courses will then replace of one of the ENG300-level literature courses on offer that semester.
All 60 credits of coursework have to be completed before submitting the master's thesis.
Semester 3 and 4, Autumn and Spring
ENG350 Master's thesis in English Work-in-progress seminar in linguistics, literature/culture or didactics
Study period abroad
Students can take Master's level courses at foreign universities and get these approved as a part of the Master's degree (see Mandatory coursework/ Specialization).
Teaching and learning methods
The assessment forms that are used are written exams, a home exam, at times combined with an oral exam, and a supervised term paper, and a written portfolio of work. The assessment forms are explained in the descriptions for each course.
The Master's program is concluded with an oral exam where the Master's thesis is discussed.
Grades for the different courses are based on one of two grading scales:
1) A-F, where F is a failing grade
Information about which grading scale is used can be found on the coursedescription.
Diploma and Diploma supplement
The diploma will be printed upon completion of the degree.
Access to further studies
The Master's degree in English prepares one for further study at the PhD-level.
Students planning on taking Postgraduage Certificate in Education (PGCE ¿ PPU) need to make sure that they meet the entry requriements for PPU. These differ from the entry requriements to the master programme in English. Please visit this web site for more information: www.uib.no/studieprogram/PRAPED
Candidates with a Master's in English are a relatively sought-after group in the job market. Many work in schools, but an increasing number also work in the public and business sectors. Universities, university colleges, and research institutes also recruit many with a Master's in language studies.
The Master's program will be continually evaluated in accordance with the requirements for quality assurance at UiB. Course and program evaluations can be found at kvalitetsbasen.uib.no
The program committee is responsible for the programs academic content, structure, and quality.
If you have questions, please contact the student advisor for the program at: Studierettleiar@if.uib.no
Tlf 55 58 22 98