ENG4193 – Master’s Thesis in Linguistics and its Application for a Multilingual Society

Course content

The thesis is an independent research project on a subject chosen in agreement with your supervisor.

The thesis must be written in English and should be of about 40-60 pages (one standard page is 2300 characters).

The project includes participation in a colloquium involving all LAMUSO students in the same institution, where students present and discuss their thesis topics and preliminary results.

Learning outcome

After completing your thesis you will have:

  • learned how to plan and complete a research project.
  • learned how to gather and critically systematize a substantial amount of information on your selected topic within linguistics.
  • increased knowledge of relevant linguistic theory and research Methods.
  • acquired English language skills at an advanced level, including  academic writing skills.
  • gained experience in presenting and discussing your own work.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Individual supervision. Your main supervisor will be from ILOS and the co-supervisor will be from UCL. Students must present their thesis topic with preliminary results in a colloquium as part of their master thesis project. This is an obligatory requirement for the course and must be approved by the supervisors . Read more about guidelines for compulsory activities.

See also Informasjon om masterstudiet og masteroppgaven for more information (in Norwegian).

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’s thesis and that the agreement of supervision must be approved before the thesis can be submitted.

See templates for a Master’s Thesis

See guidelines for citations and references


The thesis must be submitted by June 1 in the spring semester, and December 15 in the autumn semester. The obligatory presentation must be approved before the thesis can be submitted.
For more information about submitting your thesis to ILOS, please see the Department's information page about thesis submission.

The thesis will be graded by an exam commission consisting of one internal and one external examiner (usually one from UiO and one from UCL), and will be graded on a descending scale from A to E for a pass and F for a fail.

A written explanation for the grade will be sent to the students when exam results are ready.

We have guidelines for examiners, with information on what is being evaluated in the thesis.


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 language of examination is English, French or German, depending on the students language focus

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.

Detailed grade description for Master's Theses at ILOS:


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