We are one of the leading centres in the UK for teaching and research in theoretical and empirical linguistics. Our major specialisms are in theoretical syntax and semantics, phonetics and phonology, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics and forensic speech science.
Our 'virtual open day' and 'online chat' sessions are a great opportunity for prospective students to find out more about what it is like to study in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science. A member of admissions staff and a current student from the Department are available during these online events to answer any questions you may have about joining us.Find out more
Our taught MAs
We offer three MA programmes for those who are new to the field or have only minimal prior background:
and two specialist MA programmes, for those with considerable prior background:
MA by research
The MA in Linguistics by Research involves a dissertation of 25,000 words on a previously agreed topic.
Our PhD programmes
There are 3 different PhD programmes which our staff supervise on. We invite applications for the PhD in Linguistics from applicants wishing to work in the following research areas, in which the department is active:
- Forensic speech science
- Phonetics and phonology
- Sociolinguistics including language variation and change
- Syntax and semantics
In collaboration with the Departments of Education, Psychology and Sociology we also offer the MPhil and PhD degrees in Language and Communication.
The registration period for a PhD is three years full-time and six years part-time.
Our taught MSc
Our taught MSc programme involves three terms of coursework and an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation.
Virtual Open Days
Our Virtual Open Days are the ideal way to find out more about postgraduate study at the University of York.
Download a copy of the York postgraduate prospectus to find out more about studying at York.