Mrs Stefanie Anyadi
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Fees and funding
Linguistics Departmental Award: Two awards of £500 are available for MA students in the Linguistics Research Department.
All successful applicants will be considered at the beginning of June for entry in September of the same year.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
(What is the RAE?)
The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
The Linguistics MA aims to give students a thorough grounding in modern theoretical linguistics. Students gain a basic understanding of the three core areas of linguistics: phonetics and phonology; syntax; and semantics and pragmatics, and are then able to tailor the programme to meet their personal linguistic interests.
What will I learn?
Students gain knowledge and understanding of current research in theoretical linguistics and are prepared for independent research. On completion of the programme, they will be able to formulate appropriate research questions, find and evaluate relevant literature, develop and test new hypotheses, and produce cogent, structured and professionally presented reports.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.
Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.
Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (105 credits) one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All MA students undertake an independent research project in any area of linguistics which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching (tutorials or backup classes) and a virtual learning environment. Some courses also involve workshops or practical classes. Assessment is through take home and unseen examination, essays, presentations, assignments and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for students whose undergraduate degree included a minority of linguistic course units, or who have studied linguistics of a more traditional type elsewhere. It is also suitable for good graduates who have encountered linguistics only indirectly, for instance through psychology, philosophy, or foreign language teaching.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Linguistics at graduate level
- why you want to study Linguistics at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
Many linguistics graduates from UCL carry on studying linguistics at MPhil/PhD level with a view to pursuing an academic career. Others go on to teach languages, especially English (as a first or foreign language) or embark on a range of other careers, from law, media, computing and speech and language therapy to all aspects of commerce and industry.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- UCL: PhD in Linguistics
- Yokohoma High School: English Teacher
- Essex Police: Criminal Intelligence Analyst
- Navix Europe: Translator
- University of Cambridge: PhD Linguistics
- University of Copenhagen: PhD in Linguistics
- University Lecturer
- Editorial Assistant
- Research Associate
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: