Master's programme in Phonetics

About the study

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Humans have a unique ability to communicate through spoken language. Discovering how we articulate our thoughts and how other people can understand what we are saying pose great challenges. Some aspects of these challenges will be found in the master programme in Phonetics.

The master's programme in Phonetics provides an education in modern experimental phonetics, and gives the students a profound basis for practical work for instance within speech technology or speech audiometry. Furthermore, a master's degree provides students with qualifications for admission to a PhD programme.

The programme is intended for students with a bachelor's degree in Phonetics or Language Technology.

The master courses provide theoretic knowledge and practical skills which are necessary in order to write the master's thesis:

  • specialization in quantitative processing of data with practical use of statistics.
  • advanced knowledge about the acoustic manifestation of speech articulation.
  • knowledge of human perception of speech.
  • introduction to a relevant research topic in Phonetics with both theoretical and practical orientation (writing a report).
  • the master's thesis includes using independent experimental research on a phonetical problem described in a report.

The master's programme awards 120 ECTS credits and has a stipulated duration of two years of full-time study. The first academic year includes courses that prepare students for writing their thesis. The initial phase of the writing process usually consists of literature studies, development of experimental design and collection of data. The second phase includes analysis and interpretation of data as well as the writing of the thesis.

The master's thesis in Phonetics gives many different specialization possibilities. Acoustic analysis of specific articulation features in the Norwegian language, language development in infants, production and perception of a foreign accent and aspects of articulation are some of these possibilities.

Why choose the master's programme in Phonetics?

The programme of study suits those who are interested in how human spoken language functions. The interest could be related to different study objects such as dialects, children's language, speech defects, foreign accents or reduced hearing. Perhaps you are wondering why synthetic speech from computers sounds so strange or why computers have difficulties interpreting speech correctly? In any case it is important that the student is willing to study both general linguistic and more technical aspects of the programme. Phonetics is an interdisciplinary oriented subject which gives an excellent basis for collaboration with disciplines such as medicine, acoustics, signal processing, cognitive sciences or language technology.

Phonetics at NTNU

NTNU is the only university in Norway that offers a programme in Phonetics. In addition to the bachelor's and master's degrees you may also take a doctoral degree in Phonetics at NTNU. In addition, being able to combine a programme in Phonetics with other relevant subjects within computer engineering, tele-engineering or computer linguistics is a major advantage.

Contact Information


Visiting adress:
Building 5, level 5.
Phone: (+47) 73 59 64 25

Postal address:
Department of Language and Literature
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim