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Postgraduate study

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. All of our taught postgraduate programmes involve three terms of coursework and a dissertation.

Our taught MAs

We offer three MA programmes for those who are new to the field or have only minimal prior background:

and three specialist MA programmes, for those with considerable prior background:

The MA in Psycholinguistics has routes for those with minimal prior background and those who already have a more extensive background in the area.

Our taught MSc

In addition to our MA programmes, we also offer an MSc programme:

MA by research

If you already have a worked-out proposal for a one-year linguistic research project, the MA in Linguistics by Research may be a good route for you.

MA programmes in linguistics

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:

We offer the PhD in Applied Linguistics jointly with the Department of Education.

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. 

Postgraduate study at York

MSc in Forensic Speech Science

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

The 2020/21 academic year will start in September. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can, supported by high quality online alternatives where we must.

Find details of the measures we're planning to protect our community.

Course changes for new students