Postgraduate

MA in Linguistics

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The MA in Linguistics gives you an in-depth understanding of central aspects of the language faculty and of language use. Core modules cover the formal study of language structure and the physical study of speech sounds, focusing particularly on the subject areas of syntax, phonetics and phonology. Option modules allow further exploration of the areas of language development and discourse studies. The programme also covers academic skills and research methods in the language sciences. Students are trained to carry out sound research and complete a final dissertation based on original work, under the guidance of a personal supervisor.

The Masters degree is assessed by a combination of exams, coursework, and a dissertation. The course is suitable for students with no prior specialist knowledge of linguistics, as well as students who may have already done some linguistics in their first degree. Students with a substantial background in linguistics are encouraged to consider doing an MA by Research in linguistics. Students with a particular interest in Phonetics are encouraged to do an MA by Research in phonetics.

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The programme at a glance

Sem 1 Foundations of Syntax, Foundations of Phonetics and Phonology, Academic Skills in Linguistics, option choice
Sem 2 Topics in Syntax, Topics in Phonetics and Phonology, Research Methods in Linguistics, option choice
Summer Dissertation

The current Semester 1 option choice is between Approaches to Linguistics and Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics. The current Semester 2 option choice is between Second Language Acquisition and Pragmatics. Students can also audit a range of undergraduate modules. 

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  1. Programmes in Linguistics and Phonetics
  2. MA in Linguistics
  3. MA in Linguistics and English Language Teaching
  4. MA by Research (Linguistics and Phonetics)
  5. PhD (Linguistics and Phonetics)