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MA in Linguistics by Research is available as a 1-year full-time and 2-year part-time qualification.
The MA in Linguistics by Research is a research qualification open only to candidates who already have a sound grasp of linguistics and some specialised knowledge in the sub-field in which they intend to work. It should contain an original contribution to knowledge or understanding and should demonstrate mastery of the appropriate research methodology, literature and scholarly apparatus.
On this MA programme, you will complete research training with all other masters students in the department. Students also attend First-year doctoral seminar along with PhD students. This seminar will form the core of your training. It is a series of weekly meetings, running over three terms, at which beginning PhD students discuss the stages of research.
You will be assigned a supervisor who may also recommend that you attend certain taught Masters modules.
Unlike the taught MA degrees, this degree does not involve assessed course work. Like the other research degrees it is examined by a specialist external examiner. The degree includes training in research methods, and such attendance at courses and production of written work as may be deemed necessary by the student’s supervisor.
You will be required to complete a dissertation of 20,000-25,000 words, which is submitted in September. The dissertation for this MA is longer than for the other programmes.
Normally you will not be required to present yourself for an oral examination, although you may be required to do so if requested by the examiners.
You should normally hold or expect to receive a good 2:1 or higher in a single or joint honours degree in Linguistics.
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.
To be considered for this programme you must submit a detailed research proposal as part of your online application.
You should discuss your research proposal with a member of academic staff before submitting your application. Please look at our academic staff profile pages to identify a potential supervisor or contact email@example.com with information on your area of interest and we will put you in contact with an appropriate member of the academic staff.