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Literacy Studies - Master's Degree Programme - Part-time

The Masters programme in Literacy Studies is a two-year postgraduate programme that includes a 60-credit taught component and a 60-credit Masters thesis. It is offered both as an independent Masters programme and as an integrated part of the 5-year lektorprogram at UiS. The programme may also be taken part time over a period of four years. Full and part-time students attend the same classes.
The area of the programme is Literacy Studies, defined as the study of reading, writing and the written text in a social and cultural context. The programme focusses on Literacy Studies within an English-speaking context, and includes literary, linguistic and educational approaches; it is equivalent to a Master`s programme in English from the point of view of teaching and research competence. At Stavanger, it builds upon the Bachelor`s level in English (or on the first three years of the lektorprogram with English as the main subject) and feeds into the PhD programme in Literacy Studies.
The programme recognises the central role played by literacy in our society. The written language is a key factor in social organisation and cultural development, and the medium of a wide range of communication technologies. It is often claimed that the central role of reading and texts is one of the most important characteristics of modern societies. A good understanding of the various aspects of literacy, both contemporary and historical, is therefore essential for a full understanding of how this society works, and forms a key asset for the efficient participation therein.
The course combines linguistic, literary and educational approaches to literacy and the written text.

As the programme is open for international students, and all students are expected to reach a high level of competence in oral and written English, all teaching and supervision takes place in English.


The programme brings together two main groups of students: students (Norwegian and international) who take the programme as an independent Masters programme and Norwegian students who are enrolled on the five-year lektorprogram. In the first year, the former group take two taught modules per semester, while the latter take one. All the modules offered are available for both groups of students.
The autumn modules represent two general study directions (literary and linguistic). Together, they provide an introduction to Literacy Studies, upon which the remainder of the programme builds. The students taking the programme as an independent Masters programme take two modules, while those on the lektorprogram take one. The autumn modules are evaluated through written or oral examinations at the end of the semester.
In the spring, the students take two modules that represent applied linguistic, linguistic, literacy an cultural perspectives.
In the second year of the Masters programme, the students will produce a thesis. During the year, the student receives supervision and attends a thesis writing seminar; attendance at both is compulsory. After submitting the thesis, the candidate will give a test lecture. The grade is awarded on the basis of the thesis but may be adjusted on the basis of the lecture. Theses may be submitted twice a year (May and November).

Hva kan du bli

Master i literacy studies passerfor deg som ønsker deg en karriere i skolen eller for deg som er på jakt etter en allsidig jobb innen for eksempel media-, kultur- eller forlagsvirksomhet.

The programme also qualifies for studies at PhD level.


Universitetet i Stavanger

Fakultet for utdanningsvitenskap og humaniora

Institutt for kultur- og språkvitenskap (IKS)

4036 Stavanger

Koordinator for masterstudier ved IKS:

Signe Ekenberg: signe.ekenberg@uis.no

Tlf. 51 83 13 53


Koordinator for masterstudier

Signe Ekenberg: signe.ekenberg@uis.no

Tel. 51 83 13 53