Taught Masters programmes

Upcoming PG Virtual Open Day Sessions

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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Taught Masters programmes

About our programmes

We offer a number of modular taught Masters programmes, ranging from the very broad, requiring little or no prior background in linguistics, to the highly specialised.

Each programme requires 180 credits in one year of full-time study. On all programmes, this includes taught modules worth 40 credits in both the Autumn and Spring Terms, a 20 credit Research Training Seminar taken over all three terms. The remaining 80 credits are made up of a dissertation completed during the Summer Term and summer vacation on the Comparative Syntax and Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology and Sociolinguistics programmes, or an additional 20-credit taught module and a 60-credit dissertation on the MAs in Linguistics and Psycholinguistics and the MSc in Forensic Speech Science.

Which programme is right for me?

If you are not sure which of our masters programmes would be best for you, or if you have any queries about whether you would meet the criteria for our programmes, please contact Linguistics PG Admissions, outlining your prior background in Linguistics, and a member of staff will advise you further.

Programmes aimed at those with prior background in linguistics

The MA in Comparative Syntax and Semantics and the MA in Phonetics and Phonology are aimed at students who have enough background in these areas to know that they wish to specialise in them and who have enough background in other areas of linguistics not to need to take foundation courses in them. From the first term, these programmes provide the opportunity to deepen prior knowledge of the chosen area of specialism.

Fees and funding

Programmes not requiring a linguistics background

The MA in Linguistics is a general research training degree. Its aim is to give you a broad foundation in the central areas of modern linguistics, while at the same time allowing you to develop your own particular areas of specialism and expertise as you proceed. It aims partly to impart knowledge, and partly to introduce the methods, tools and modes of thinking which characterise the pursuit of academic research. This is usually the most suitable degree for students who have not previously studied linguistics, or whose exposure has been limited or from very different theoretical perspectives than the one(s) we offer.

The MA in Sociolinguistics and MA in Psycholinguistics develop your skills and knowledge more specifically in the relevant area but also provide you with a broad general foundation.

The principal aim of the MSc in Forensic Speech Science is to provide a comprehensive foundation in the aims, practices and principles of speech analysis for forensic purposes. The programme provides a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of forensic speech analysis, especially in phonetics, acoustics, and language variation. Students are trained in practical techniques used in forensic speech and audio analysis, and apply their skills and knowledge to recorded materials from criminal cases.

Recent masters dissertations

A sample of the research topics chosen by recent Masters students can be found here.