For prospective postgraduate students

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.

PG Virtual Open Day

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. 

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MA programmes in linguistics

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:

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.

MSc in Forensic Speech Science

Our taught MSc

Our taught MSc programme involves three terms of coursework and an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation.

Student profiles

Virtual Open Days

Our Virtual Open Days are the ideal way to find out more about postgraduate study at the University of York.

Postgraduate study at York


Download a copy of the York postgraduate prospectus to find out more about studying at York.