Linguistics (with English Language/ Language Acquisition/European Languages) MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The programme aims to equip you with the research skills necessary to undertake independent study in linguistics. It is characterised by its significant flexibility and covers a wide range of areas, including theoretical and general linguistics, descriptive linguistics (whether focusing on English or on other languages), applied linguistics, and combinations of these specialisms.

The MA in Linguistics has three specialist pathways, leading to different awards:

  • MA Linguistics: English Language
  • MA Linguistics: Language Acquisition
  • MA Linguistics: European Languages

Whichever pathway you choose, you will gain:

• research skills necessary to undertake independent study in linguistics and English language
• the ability to engage critically with current work in the subject area
• confidence to address linguistic questions in terms of current theoretical debates 
• advanced knowledge of a range of issues in the subject area
• mastery of the methods and skills required to obtain and interpret relevant research data 

The programme is characterised by its significant flexibility and range of options. By the end of the degree, you will be able to engage with ideas at the forefront of linguistic research, and to address linguistic questions and problems in the light of the latest debates.

Watch our YouTube video to get a flavour of what it's like to study English at Newcastle.


Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in linguistics, a language (studied on its own or with another subject), or a discipline primarily involving the scientific study of human cognition or behaviour, such as cognitive science, psychology, anthropology or sociology. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have at least two years relevant professional experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

When applying for this programme, please select ‘MA Linguistics’  as the programme of study on the University’s online application form. Please note that you do not apply for the specialist pathway.  

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Office
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199


Dr Hermann Moisl (Degree Programme Director)
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7781

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Linguistics, Speech and Language Sciences.

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