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 MA programmes for those who are new to the field or have only minimal prior background:
and 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.
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.
Our PhD programmes
We offer three different PhD programmes:
PhD in Linguistics, for applicants wishing to work in the following research areas:
- Phonetics and phonology
- Syntax and semantics
- Sociolinguistics including language variation and change
- Forensic speech science
PhD in Psycholinguistics, in collaboration with the Departments of Psychology and Education.
PhD (and MPhil) in Language and Communication, in collaboration with the Departments of Education, and Sociology.
We can also supervise students on the PhD in Applied Linguistics run by the Department of Education
The registration period for a PhD is three years full-time and six years part-time.
For an initial discussion about the possibility to pursue a PhD in our Department, please fill in the doctoral enquiry form and we will contact you as soon as possible.
Postgraduate study at York