Frequently asked questions
Do I need a background in Linguistics?
No, but you are expected to hold or to gain a First or 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant (broadly defined) subject.
I'm not a native speaker of English, what sort of English language requirements do I need?
If you're not a native speaker of English and your first degree was not taught in English, you will need an IELTS score of 7 (or equivalent) in both the written and oral assessment components or a TOEFL score of 96, with a minimum of 24 in Writing and Speaking.
I have an IELTS score of 7, but I'm still concerned that my English is not good enough. Do you offer language tuition?
No, but the Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT), located in the same building as our department, offers excellent academic English courses. The CELT also offers pre-sessional language courses in summer before the start of your programme.
Do I need to speak more than one language?
No, you only need to be proficient in English. Of course, speaking other languages may benefit you if you conduct cross-linguistic research.
Do any of your courses deal specifically with language teaching?
How much does it cost to study in York?
What sort of funding opportunities are available?
This varies from year to year. More information on fees and funding
can be found here.
Does the department provide financial support for conferences?
There is typically some financial support for research postgraduates who present at conferences. Applications for conference funding are evaluated on a case by case basis.
Does the department offer related job experience?
MSc in Forensic Speech Science students will observe the working practices of the laboratory, as well as cognate institutions such as courts, on site visits. As for research students, the department is sometimes able to offer jobs, which may be paid or unpaid. For example, you may be asked to help with undergraduate teaching or marking, editing our working papers (York Papers in Linguistics) or organising a workshop or conference.
What sort of languages can I work on?
Apart from historical and modern varieties English, our staff members
have worked on Arabic, Chinese, Estonian, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Swedish, amongst others. Having said this, we are happy to work with you on any language in any of our research areas
Are there opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration?
Yes, in collaboration with the Departments of Sociology and Psychology the department also offers MPhil and PhD degrees in Communication Studies
. Apart from this, students pursuing research degrees can potentially collaborate with the departments of Education, Electronics, Philosophy, Psychology or Sociology in other ways. Due to administrative constraints however, collaborative efforts are evaluated on a case by case basis.
I'm confused by all the various degree types. Can you summarise?
The MA/MSc courses are one year long. The taught MA/MSc consists of assessed coursework and a dissertation (max. 15,000 words for MA/10,000 words for MSc). The MA by Research involves a dissertation (max. 25,000 words) but no assessed coursework. The PhD programme is three years long and involves the writing of a dissertation, which must be a substantial and original contribution, of up to 80,000 words. In all cases, you will be provided with research training skills.
Should I apply for a taught MA or an MA by research?
The taught MA is a basic research training degree, which will equip you with all you need to pursue further research in a particular area. This should be your first choice if you have little or no research experience. The MA by research is suitable only for candidates who already have a sound grasp of some area of linguistics and are able to conduct independent research. Additionally, they must be able to find a suitable supervisor for their proposed area of research.
I'm not sure if I want to stay in academia. Can I start with an MA and then switch to a PhD?
MA candidates who show good performance and are able to develop their research interests into a suitable PhD topic may be allowed to advance their studies to an MPhil or PhD level. Your supervisor will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
Do you offer part-time registration?
Yes, in which case, the registration length is doubled (2 yrs for MA/6 yrs for PhD). Part-time MA students take approximately half the number of required modules taken by full-time students in any one year.