The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University

LINGUISTICS 45.03.02 - Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Specialisation: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Degree: Bachelor

Study Mode: Full Time

Duration: 4 academic years (240 ECTS, 60 ECTS per year)

Entry Criteria: Russian Certificate of Complete Secondary Education (or equivalent).

Are you excited by all the new things happening in the field where Linguistics meets Information Technology: computer-aided translation, electronic dictionaries and language corpora, automatic speech recognition and speech generation, linguistic information security? Would you like to be one of the people who make it happen? Would you like to have a much-sought-after combination of excellent specialist knowledge, research skills and language proficiency in two FLs? If so, then this programme is the right choice for you.

Programme Overview

The Programme offers you a solid background in theory and empirical research in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, and knowledge and skills needed to become an accomplished language professional to engage in research or pursue a career in theoretical or applied linguistics. You will also study at least two foreign languages (English and another European or CIS language) at an intermediate to advanced level. Theoretical studies in general and specialized subjects and face-to-face FL instruction will be augmented with research projects on topics ranging from cognitive technologies in linguistics to corpora studies.

At the end of your studies you will have an oral final examination in Applied Linguistics and Information Technologies. You will also give a viva presentation of your graduation research paper (Bachelor’s dissertation).

On graduation you can either continue your studies towards a Master’s Degree or go out to work in a large number of fields, making use of your expertise in applied linguistics, CAT tools, data processing and protection, linguistic aspects of robotics, and more.

Year 1

In the first year, you are introduced to fundamentals of humanities (Russian Language, Classical Languages and Cultures, History) and specialised linguistic disciplines (Introduction to Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Mathematics for the Humanities). Practical sessions in FL1 and, beginning from the second semester, FL2 help you develop solid practical language skills.

Year 2

In the second year, you continue your practical FL studies and go on with programme-specific theoretical studies (Information Technologies for Linguistics, Mathematics and Information Technologies, Cognitive Technologies for Applied Linguistics). The optional courses and electives (Introduction to Computer Assisted Speech Analysis, FL1 and FL2 for Computer and Applied Linguistics) will acquaint you with basic notions in applied linguistics and lay the foundation for your further studies or work in this field.

Year 3

The third year of training includes a more advanced study of FL1 and FL2 and lectures in the programme-specific theoretical disciplines (Information Technologies for Linguistics, Mathematics for the Humanities). By the end of the year you are to write and submit a paper on a topic in the field of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

Year 4

In the fourth year, you develop and deepen your specialized linguistic knowledge with the Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Formal Modelling in Linguistics, as well as Programming and Computer Assisted Speech Analysis. Finally, you write a Bachelor's dissertation on a topic related to your subject area and have a work placement period designed to apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace.