ENG-3991 Master's Thesis in English Linguistics - 60 stp
The master¿s degree is a piece of independent research on a limited topic within English linguistics.
The topic of research will be decided upon in collaboration with a specialist teacher. The thesis could also be written as either, part of a broader research project, or may build on one of the courses taught.
The dissertation is normally a piece of scientific research of 70-100 pages in length (about 2000 characters per page). Illustrations, graphs and the like are not included as part of the overall page total. However, should the thesis include sound and photo media and so on, the text must total at least 40 pages in length.
It is usual that a master¿s thesis is an individual piece of work; however, two or three students can collaborate on a dissertation. In the event that this is the case, the overall size of the dissertation will also increase proportionally by 50%-100% to include the contributions of all participants.
The master¿s degree thesis is due by May 15th for evaluation in the Spring Semester and, November 1st for evaluation in the Autumn Semester.
Objective of the course
Knowledge and Understanding:
Students will have:
- a thorough knowledge of and greater understanding of a defined area of the subject
- knowledge of current ethical requirements and guidelines within the field of research
Students will be able to:
- formulate a question of enquiry and prepare a methodical plan for investigating the enquiry of research
- master literature searches and the proper use of research literature
- analyse data from the investigation, and discuss and draw conclusions about the research enquiry.
- write an extensive project where the language is well formulated and correct in usage
Students will have:
- developed the ability to discuss critically and with a theoretical and methodical basis
- become capable of carrying out independent project work, solve problems by preparing, organising and discussing an extensive material based on a suitable set of methods.
Language of instruction
The master¿s degree will be written in English.
Supervision will be given individually, and in certain cases, in groups in the form of dissertation seminars and the like.
Full time students have the right to supervision for up to two years. Part time students with a study progression of 50%, have the right to "half" supervision for four years. Supervision beyond this is not given.
A project outline including a brief explanation of the research question to be investigated, the type of material the work will build on, what theories and methods will used , how the project will be structured, and how the overall project will be carried out must be submitted at the commencement of the master¿s degree.
The project outline is usually submitted within the first semester of the master¿s degree study. Students taking 30 study points of courses in the first semester may deliver their project outline at the commencement of the second semester.
The project outline is to be approved by the assigned supervisor.
The master¿s degree thesis will be evaluated with a grade as a written examination once it has been submitted. In addition to a grade, a written comment from the censors will be given, outlining the positive and less positive aspects of the thesis.
In the case of collaborated work by a group of two or three students, all members of the group have responsibility for the thesis, and all contributors of the group will receive the same grade
The master¿s degree will be evaluated with a grade (A-F).
Lectures Spring 2012