As a student on our MA in Phonetics and Phonology, you will study the sounds and sound patterns of the languages of the world from cognitive and social angles, combining theory and data. You will be guided by academics who are recognized experts in their field, with specialisms in language change, acquisition, prosody, spoken interaction and sociophonetics.
These are some of the many questions that you can pursue on our MA in Phonetics and Phonology. This MA programme is designed to familiarise you with a broad range of topics within phonetics and phonology and give you the necessary skills to develop your own research in these fields. You will learn how to collect and analyse phonetic and phonological data, and how to use it to answer theoretical questions.
You will be taught by a diverse group of researchers drawing on traditional and time-tested methods of analysis as well as cutting-edge technological advances. Our own research combines a focus on careful data analysis with a strong interest in theoretical questions. We hope to instill the same attention to theoretical and empirical detail in our students.
Our MA in Phonetics and Phonology will:
The Autumn Term serves to consolidate your background in phonetics and phonology, as well as quantitative data analysis. You will take three 10 credit core modules and an elective module (also for 10 credits).
The typical core modules are:
The Spring Term allows you to focus on particular subfields within phonetics and phonology and develop your own specialism. You will choose two 20 credit modules from a range of offerings, which will include some of the following:
Note that module offerings may vary from year to year. Not every module is offered every year.
In the Summer Term and during the summer vacation you will be focusing on your dissertation project.
Throughout the year, you will receive training in various aspects of conducting research, including experimental design, writing up your results and using specialised software for phonetic analysis. This will be done through the 20 credit Research training seminar module, which spans all three terms.
We aim to give you practical training in the skills that are essential for phoneticians and phonologists as well as a firm grounding in theory. Our teaching methods reflect these goals: you will attend a variety of lab sessions, ear training classes and discussion groups besides more conventional lectures and seminars. You will also work closely with a supervisor who will help you develop your own research programme.
We encourage our students to be an active part of the research community here at York. You will have the opportunity to interact with researchers from within and outside the department, and to attend departmental colloquia where you can broaden your view of phonetics, phonology and linguistics in general.
This MA programme comprises an overall 180 credits. A large part of this is made up by the dissertation, which is worth 80 credits. As a result, the decisive factor in determining the outcome of the MA is the dissertation.
For the taught modules, assessment is typically by an exam, a dossier of exercises or a short essay for the Autumn Term Modules, and by a 5,000 word essay or equivalent for the Spring Term Modules.
This course assumes a strong interest in phonetics and phonology, and familiarity with the terminology and methodology of these fields. You should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2:1 or equivalent in your first degree, which should include formal training in phonetics and phonology.
If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taken in an English speaking country, you will need to show evidence that you meet our English Language requirements. We accept an IELTS score of 7, including 7 in both the written and oral assessment components. Full details of other accepted qualifications are given here.
You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.