ENG4191 – Master's Thesis in English Language

Course content

The thesis is an independent research project on a subject based on your approved thesis outline. The thesis is written in English and should be 80 –100 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters, excluding spaces). 

During the methods course ENG4112, you will be assigned a discussion group and introduced to methods for giving and receiving feedback. The discussion groups are meant to continue meeting during the year when you write your Master's theses, so that the group members can provide each other with academic and social support.

Learning outcome

After completing ENG4191, you will:

  • know how to plan and complete an extensive research project
  • know how to gather and critically systematize a substantial amount of information on your selected topic
  • have specialized insight into an individually chosen and clearly defined field of English linguistics
  • have thorough knowledge of linguistic research methods and of different theories of language
  • have 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 other academic settings and in work contexts
  • be able to use libraries and archives to find relevant sources and know how to apply references, footnotes and bibliography for various types of material
  • be familiar with ethical norms for protecting sources and how to apply these norms in academic work
  • have English language skills at an advanced Level
  • have excellent academic writing skills


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Individual supervision.

The contract of supervision must be filled out and submitted to your student adviser. Note that having a supervisor is an obligatory part of the master thesis and that the agreement of supervision must be approved before the thesis can be submitted.




Due date for handing in your Master's Thesis is 15 February or 15 May in the Spring Semester, and 15 September and 15 November in the Autumn Semester .

For students who register for the MA thesis from Spring 2016 and onwards, an oral examination on their final thesis will be obligatory. The examination will last for about 30 minutes, and will be arranged within 8 weeks after the thesis has been submitted. The commission will give a preliminary grade on the thesis before the examination. The student can choose whether to know the grade before the exam or not. The grade can then be adjusted after the examination. 

More information about deadlines, extension and submission of your Master's Thesis at ILOS

Guidelines for grading MA theses at ILOS.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Description of grades for an MA thesis in English Language.


Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language