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Language and Linguistics, Swedish/Scandinavian Languages - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

Students doing group work at a table at the Centre for Languages and Literature


Programme overview

Lund University offers you an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in languages and linguistics at Master’s level. You will meet and study together with students from a number of different fields of specialisation. The languages of instruction are English and the language corresponding to the field of your specialisation. The Centre for Languages and Literature offers students access to the most modern resources for research and education.

Inriktningen Svenska/nordiska språk

Du som siktar på en examen med inriktning på svenska/nordiska språk möter forskningsmiljöer som spänner över ett brett område, både vad gäller undersökta språkliga varieteter och tillämpade teorier och metoder. Studier av svenskan dominerar, men även andra nordiska och germanska språk behandlas. Här finns en aktiv forskningsmiljö om språksystemet utifrån olika forskningsinriktningar (t.ex. generativ grammatik, funktionell lingvistik, semantik och olika inriktningar inom svenska som andraspråk). På senare år har kompetensen om och intresset för gränssnitten mot informationsstruktur och prosodi stärkts. Också miljön för forskning om språkbruk i skola och samhälle är livaktig och forskning bedrivs utifrån flera teoretiska inriktningar (t.ex. textlingvistik, kritisk diskursanalys, sociolingvistik, kommunikationsetnografi och översättningsteorier). Inom båda dessa övergripande forskningsmiljöer finns ett intresse för såväl samtida som historiska perspektiv.

De obligatoriska ämneskurserna omfattar grammatisk teori, textteori med särskilt fokus på textlingvistik, genreteorier och metaforanalys samt språkförändring och de nordiska språkens historia och släktskapsrelationer, där också nyare teorier om språkvariation och språkförändring inkluderas. I kursläsningen förutsätts att du har goda kunskaper om och omfattande språkfärdighet i just svenska.

Career prospects

With a Master´s degree in Language and Linguistics, you are attractive for employers looking for a highly qualified individual with expert knowledge in communication in general, and in language in particular. An international MA in Language and Linguistics also provides you with the academic background you need in order to apply for doctoral studies in languages and linguistics.


The primary requirement is a BA degree in language and linguistics. In addition to academic transcript, the applicant should submit their BA thesis and/or other independently written academic papers. The word count for these written samples of work should be between 6000 and 8000 words in toal, or longer if the BA thesis itself is longer (excluding the references and possible appendices). The subject area of the thesis and the possible other submitted essays should be relevant for the selected specialisation. Send your academic paper(s) pdf via email to masterlanguage [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se. Submit all other supporting documentation to

Open for applications

Application opportunities

This programme is open for applications from 18 October to 17 January.


Study counsellor

Åsa Wikström

Phone: +46 46-2228699

Email: Asa [dot] Wikstrom [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the programme, students must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, specialising in the subject chosen for the Master’s programme. In addition, English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is required, or the equivalent.

International students are required to hold a first-cycle degree (Bachelor of Arts or the equivalent), specialising in the subject chosen for the Master’s programme, as well as a degree project in the subject. In addition, students must have documented proficiency in English equivalent to English 6 from Swedish upper secondary school (please visit for information on the English proficiency required).

Selection criteria

Based on Bachelor's degree essay, grades of relevant courses and interviews

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

How to prove your English proficiency –

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

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Start Autumn Semester 2022

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

29 August 2022 - 2 June 2024


Last application date 2022-01-17

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you will also be requested to submit a Bachelor’s degree thesis when applying to this programme. Please note that the thesis should be sent by email directly to the department.

The thesis is to be submitted in the original language and (unless written in English, German, French, or the language of the specialisation chosen) in an English translation (which does not have to be made by an authorised translator).

You will get additional information about the thesis from the department after the application deadline.

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000

First payment: SEK 55 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Paying your application fee –

Exemptions from paying the application fee –

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations