School of Humanities

Master in Slovene Studies - Linguistics

Study programme: Master in SL studies - Linguistics
Main fields of study: Linguistics
Course code: 2SI2
Level of study: 2. stopnja magistrski
Name of the qualification: Master's
Qualification title: Master's of Slovene Studies
Qualification abbreviation:
Final examination: no
Dean: prof. dr. Aleš Vaupotič
ECTS coordinator: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon

Programme description

The Masters program IInd level Slovenian studies – direction Linguistics is a 2-year masters program, which gives a wide range of basic knowledge focusing on language, formal linguistics, applied linguistics, interdisciplinary linguistics, and language studies from other more humanistic and social science standpoints.

The most important properties of the program are: focus on individual research work, a number of electives covering all the major linguistic disciplines, the program’s international connections and relevance, and constant improving of the program.

The program is evaluated with ECTS (European credit transfer system). This allows the students to enter other comparable programs across Europe (Where ever ECTS is used) during or after they finish this program. Participation in student exchange programs is strongly encouraged at the School of Humanities of University of Nova Gorica.

Admission requirements

Anybody with a finished 180 ECTS Ist level program in Linguistics, Domestic or Foreign languages, Philology or Classical languages is eligible to enroll in the 1st year of this Master’s program.

Candidates who finished a 240 ECTS program in these fields can enroll directly in to the 2nd year of this program.

Candidates with a BA/BS degree (180 or 240 ECTS) in philosophy, psychology, social sciences, mathematics, computer science etc. with more than 45 ECTS of any kind of linguistics are asked to submit their application to the school’s study committee.

Applications have to be sent to: Študijska komisija FH UNG, Vipavska c. 13, SI-5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia, by July 31. We will get back to you by August 25.

In case the number of candidates exceeds the number of available positions, the candidates will be selected based on their GPA from their undergraduate study.

Educational and professional goals

The main goal of this program is to give the students a comprehensive knowledge of Linguistics with all of its auxiliary sciences. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to approach topics related to language and linguistics in a scientific way and to solve them using the most up-to-date methodology.

Access to further studies

With a Master’s degree in hand, the students can enroll in any PhD program with limitations imposed by the specific programs. The University of Nova Gorica is preparing two separate Linguistics PhD programs, logical continuations of the two modules of this program.

Examination and assessment regulations

During their 1st year, the students take the three mandatory courses (27 ECTS) which comprise of the three core linguistic areas: Semantics, Syntax, and Phonetics/ Phonology.

The rest of the ECTS is gained through electives divided into two modules. Module Language offers mostly topics related to theoretical linguistics and its applications, module Communication, on the other hand, unifies humanities and social sciences that deal with language and communication.

Each year students select two courses from one module and one course from another module, while the 6 remaining ECTS can be gained with any course offered at a programme of the same level both inside and outside this University.

The Masters thesis, which should summarize the research done, is worth 12 ETCS.


1. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Corpus linguistics I 90 3
Formal Foundations of Linguistic Theory 180 6
Individual research work I 270 9
Phonetics and Phonology 270 9
Pragmatics I 90 3
Psycholinguistics and experimental methods 180 6
Semantics 270 9
Syntax 270 9
General elective courses Ure ECTS
Analysis of a less familiar language 180 6
Anthropologycal linguistics 180 6
Biolinguistics 180 6
Corpus linguistics II 90 3
Dialectology 180 6
Historical linguistics 90 3
Lexical grammar and semantics 180 6
Logic and analytic philosophy 180 6
Morpho-phonology 180 6
Multilingualism 180 6
Neurolinguistics 180 6
Neuroscience 90 3
Pragmatics II 90 3
Psyholinguistics 180 6
Rhetoric 180 6
Slovene language for foreigners 180 6
Sociolinguistics 180 6
Syntax II 180 6
Text Linguistics 180 6
The basics of artificial intelligence 90 3
Topics in Slovenian linguistics 180 6
Topics in linguistics 180 6

2. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Individually research work II 720 24
Masters thesis 360 12
General elective courses Ure ECTS
Corpus linguistics II 90 3
Electives - 24
Multilingualism 180 6
Pragmatics II 90 3
Syntax II 180 6
Topics in Slovenian linguistics 180 6
Topics in linguistics 180 6