The MA in Phonological Development will provide the opportunity to gain practical experience in linguistic methods of analysis of child data, from English and other languages.
Read more about our research in Phonological Development.
The MA in Phonological Development will:
The first term comprises three core modules, Directed Readings in Phonological Development, The Emergence of Structure from Use, and Research Methods, along with one open option. The second term comprises Topics in Phonological Development and Learning Mechanisms. The programme is completed with a research dissertation.
Students follow a two-term programme of lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Students lacking some aspects of the expected background will take bridging modules.
Students with prior background in phonological development will take the following modules:
And one open option from:
Assessment will vary by module, with essays (3500-5000 words) required for most of the modules but an exam for research methods. Formative work will be assigned during term in each module.
Summer term work is assessed by an essay – covering either preliminary data collection or a literature review - that will typically form a separate (already marked) section of the dissertation.
The course culminates in a sustained period of independent research and the production of a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. You can see more detail on the programme and the department in the current postgraduate handbook.
You should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2:1 or equivalent in your first degree.
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 or a TOEFL score of 96, with a minimum of 24 in writing and speaking. Full details of other accepted qualifications are given here.
All applications are made through our online admissions service, 'Select'.
In your application, you will need to include details of your academic qualifications. If you have already completed your first degree you should upload a final transcript and degree certificate to your application. If you have not yet completed your degree, you should include an interim transcript showing marks to date.
You will also be asked to give the contact details, including e-mail addresses, of two academic referees.
If your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide proof that you meet our English language requirements. Where available, this should be uploaded when you make your original application, but if you are waiting for the results of a language test, please make a note of when you plan to provide details of the outcome. You can then upload the relevant certificate at a later date.