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Linguistics MA

Study phonology and syntax alongside a pathway of your choice in English Language or Language Acquisition in this Linguistics MA.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


This Master's in Linguistics is characterised by its flexibility. It equips you with the research skills necessary for independent study in linguistics.

The common subjects the course covers include:

  • theoretical and general linguistics
  • descriptive linguistics
  • applied linguistics
  • combinations of these specialisms

The course has two specialist pathways leading to different awards:

  • MA Linguistics: English Language
  • MA Linguistics: Language Acquisition

The pathways allow you to focus on your area of particular interest. This could range from:

  • lexical innovation
  • sociolinguistics
  • computational linguistics
  • child language acquisition
  • psycholinguistics

By the end of this Linguistics Master's, you'll understand and be able to engage with ideas at the forefront of linguistic research. You'll address linguistic questions and problems currently being debated.

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What you'll learn

Whichever pathway you choose, you gain:

  • research skills necessary for independent study in linguistics and English language
  • the skills to critically engage with current work in the subject area
  • confidence to address linguistic questions and participate in 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

All pathways involve selecting modules covering the two central linguistic disciplines of phonology and syntax.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn


Your future


The Linguistics MA equips students with the skills required for a wide range of careers, in areas such as: 

  • education  
  • information technology 
  • lexicography 
  • language planning 
  • media and journalism 
  • publishing 
  • speech and language therapy  
  • translation and interpretation 
  • advertising, branding and marketing 
  • heritage management 
  • management and research 

Further study

Our MA in Linguistics programme provides an excellent foundation for doctoral research. 

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community. We have over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.

We are based in the Percy Building. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite has dedicated computer clusters, meeting rooms, a kitchen and a lounge.

Linguistics researchers also have access to the LingLab. This space provides access to linguistics and experimental software, such as:

  • ELAN and CLAN
  • Praat
  • SONA
  • LabVanced
  • Gorilla
  • ShinyApps

There is also a range of specialised equipment available for loan or use, including professional-quality recording equipment:

  • a portable eye tracker
  • a portable ultrasound machine
  • a portable electroglottograph
  • ultrasound tongue imaging
  • multiple sound booths
  • iPads

Finally, the lab also has access to several linguistic corpora, including:

  • Transana
  • ICE-GB Corpus of English
  • ICE-GB Great Britain Sound Files
  • BYU Corpora

We have two postgraduate research student study rooms. The larger room was recently upgraded with more workstations and a soft seating area. We have a Resource Centre and two on-site clinics:

The School also houses the Language Resource Centre. It has an extensive range of language learning facilities and resources, including:

  • access to 24 satellite television channels from around the world
  • listen and record facilities for speaking practice
  • interactive language learning software
  • an international film collection of over 800 titles

The award-winning Philip Robinson Library has an extensive audio-visual collection.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

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Learning and Teaching Assistant
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3177


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