On the master’s degree in European languages with specialism in English, as well as gaining expert knowledge of the English language you will acquire skills in linguistics and general, transferable competence in the field of humanities.
This transferable competence in humanities includes the ability to think historically and analytically about language, literature, culture and society. In addition, you will gain thorough and detailed insight into the subjects of your elective courses and the topic of your master’s thesis. The fields of competence are listed below. They are divided into knowledge, skills and general competence.
- has advanced knowledge about language in general and English in particular and has specialised knowledge of selected areas of linguistics in general and English linguistics in particular, depending on choice of courses (such as contrastive analysis, language variation, language acquisition and language history)
- has thorough knowledge of linguistic research methods and of different theories of language
- can transfer specialized knowledge to other areas of linguistic research and applications
- has detailed knowledge of the history, traditions and distinctive character of the academic field of English linguistics and the ability to use this knowledge to analyse problems in both other academic settings and work contexts
- has substantial competence in finding, analysing, critically reviewing and referencing relevant sources of information and can formulate and structure scholarly linguistic arguments in advanced academic English
- has the ability to analyse and use relevant linguistic theories and work independently on problems to do with language and linguistics
- can formulate research questions, gather and systematise a substantial amount of linguistic data, apply relevant linguistic research methods and use computational tools for analysing corpora and handling corpus data
- can carry out independent research (under supervision) in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics in handling linguistic data and in presenting research
- is able to analyse a wide range of problems relating to linguistic scholarship and research ethics
- can apply the acquired skills in both academic and work contexts to plan and complete extensive research projects involving the gathering and systematising of a substantial amount of information
- can communicate the results of independent research and has mastery of advanced linguistic terminology
- can communicate about academic issues related to languages and linguistics, both with specialists and the general public
- can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes within the area of linguistic specialization