This programme focuses on the core issues of linguistic theory and linguistic description and the detailed study of the linguistic structure of a particular language. The choice of language teaching available in a particular year is likely to range over the following: English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Slavic amongst others.
Course aims The MA in Languages and Linguistics aims to give students a grounding in breadth and depth in Linguistics and the value of linguistic theory for understanding a specific language or family of languages, by exploring the central features of linguistic theory: its history, objectives, principal theoretical frameworks, methodologies, contested areas and uncontested results. Students will gain experience of excellence in teaching and learning at an advanced level, in an environment where they will benefit from the fact that the School is also home to world-leading research in Linguistics. In-depth understanding of specific language(s) taught in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures will be developed.
The MA in Languages and Linguistics consists of the following elements:
* one compulsory core course unit (15 credits) in either Introduction to Grammatical Theory or Phonetics and Phonology. An alternative to this course unit may be chosen if students can provide evidence of having covered comparable material in their undergraduate degree.
* compulsory course units in Research Methods I and II (2 x 15 credits)
* optional course units (75 credits altogether). These will normally include course units from one of the participating disciplines in SLLC: French, German, Italian, Middle Eastern Studies, or Spanish and Portuguese. One or two course units may take the form of Directed Reading course units, available after consultation with an appropriate member of staff and the Programme Director. One or two course units may also be taken as adapted Level-3 undergraduate course units in Linguistics and English and Language, which supplement the course units on offer at MA level.
* a dissertation (60 credits).
Teaching and learning Teaching takes on a variety of forms. Core course units are normally taught as seminars, in a small group, combining lectures with discussion. Most other course units are taught as tutorials or seminars, often with optional attendance of a selection of lectures that are relevant to the topic. This gives the opportunity for intensive scholarly work, with areas on concentration determined by the participants and their individual interests, which can be investigated in considerable depth.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
British and EU students intending to take an MA programme in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). AHRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please see the School website for further details.