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Learning outcomes

The master’s degree in Linguistics and its Applications for a Multilingual Society offers an applied perspective on linguistics and multilingualism. Students spend one year at the University of Oslo and one year at the Catholic University of Louvain, receiving an international double Master’s degree.

During the first three semesters, the student completes exams in compulsory and elective courses. The fourth and last semester is entirely devoted to writing a master’s thesis of 30 ECTS credits. English is the main language of tuition and examination, but the multilingual component includes a possibility for linguistics courses in French, German or Dutch (only in Louvain).


The candidate

  • has advanced knowledge about applied linguistics and insight into variation in language, particularly in the language(s) chosen for in-depth study
  • has thorough awareness and understanding of multilingualism
  • has in-depth knowledge of selected areas of linguistics such as corpus linguistics, contrastive analysis, language variation, language development, language learning
  • has advanced knowledge of linguistic theory and research methods in general and corpus approaches in particular
  • can apply the knowledge gained of the selected areas of linguistics in other academic contexts
  • can analyse academic problems on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place of applied linguistics in a multilingual society


The candidate

  • can formulate research questions, apply linguistic research methods and carry out independent research in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics in handling linguistic data and in presenting research
  • can use computational tools for linguistic research and other linguistic applications such as lexicography and language teaching
  • can gather, critically systematize and analyse large amounts of linguistic data on a selected research topic
  • can deal critically with information from linguistic theory and data and use it to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • has skills related to language-related work (e.g. language teaching, translation, research assistance, language consultancy)
  • can present linguistic data, research methods and scholarly work orally and in writing
  • has proficiency in the language(s) chosen for in-depth study and can apply these skills in both academic and work contexts

General competence

The candidate

  • can plan and complete an extensive research project within applied linguistics
  • can apply linguistic knowledge and skills in academic settings and other work contexts such as language teaching, language consultancy or translation
  • can communicate extensive independent work related to his/her fields of linguistic and methodological expertise (such as corpus linguistics, contrastive analysis, language variation, language development, language learning, research methods in linguistics) both to specialists and laymen
  • can analyse academic, professional and research ethical problems relevant to linguistic studies and the application of research results
  • masters the language and terminology of applied linguistics
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes regarding linguistic issues in a multilingual society
Published May 30, 2013 3:02 PM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2017 3:07 PM