The School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures embeds in one coherent unit expertise in languages spanning the globe, from the most widely spoken global languages to those which are endangered. The Schools carries out world-class research and provides excellent teaching in languages against their cultural and historical backgrounds and in interdisciplinary transnational studies, predicated on a thorough understanding of specific linguistic contexts.
The course aims to give students a grounding in breadth and depth in Linguistics, 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.
The MA in Linguistics consists of the following elements:
* compulsory core course units in Introduction to Grammatical Theory (15 credits), Phonetics and Phonology (15 credits), and Research Methods I and II (2 x 15 credits)
* optional course units (60 credits altogether)
* a dissertation (60 credits).
Alternatives to the compulsory course units in Introduction to Grammatical Theory and/or Phonetics and Phonology may be chosen if students can provide evidence of having covered comparable material in their undergraduate degree.
The optional course units may be selected following specialised pathways, which include Sociolinguistics, the Linguistics of English, Phonetics and Phonology, Syntax and Semantics, Typology, and Romani Linguistics. One or two course units may take the form of Directed Reading units, available after consultation with an appropriated member of staff and the Programme Director. One or two course units may also be taken from a list of MA course units available in other subject areas within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, or as adapted Level-3 undergraduate course units in Linguistics and English Language, which supplement the course units on offer at MA level.
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.
Progression and assessment
Course units will be assessed at the end of the semester during which they are offered. All taught course-units except Introduction to Grammatical Theory and Phonetics and Phonology are assessed by examined coursework.
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) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). AHRC and ESRC 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.