English: Bachelor Degree Thesis in Linguistics

15 ECTS-credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
Subject field
English (ENA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved by the Faculty School of Language, Literatures and Learning, 28 January 2014.
This syllabus is valid from 28 January 2014.
Revised, 20 December 2019.
Revision is valid from 20 December 2019.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of one of the areas of English linguistics, including familiarity with current research questions of the area or subject
  • show the ability and skills needed to develop a research question and then independently search for, collect, evaluate and critically interpret and analyze relevant information
  • conduct an independent linguistic study with basic scientific value, some connection to current research, a relevant choice of method or theoretical application, as well as a clear argumentative drive, based on thoroughly carried out linguistic analyses within a limited frame of time
  • orally and in writing, present and argue for his or her own results showing a high level of communicative competence
  • analyse and discuss the scholarly work of others by pointing out strengths as well as weaknesses in the form of constructive response.

Course Content

The course starts with a study of the linguistic research process, including the choice of topic, research question, methodology or theoretical approach, search for secondary sources, outline and the actual craft of academic writing. The student then carries out an independent linguistic study of a well-defined and limited problem area which is directly connected to the English language. The study is presented in the form of an independently written essay of about 20-25 pages (5,000-6,000 words). The course also consists of practice in the oral presentation and defence of the student’s own results and arguments, as well as of analyses of other students’ work.


The course is mainly examined through the independently written thesis, but the student’s ability to give and take constructive criticism during the work-in-progress is also considered in the final assessment.

Forms of Study

The course is taught in the form of seminars, peer reviews and individual supervision. The thesis is finally defended and discussed at a thesis defence seminar. All teaching is conducted in English.


The Swedish grades A - F


  • English II 30 credits First cycle level 1 or equivalent knowledge

Other Information

Replaces EN2030.