Linguistics with a specialisation in Pragmatics MA


The Linguistics with specialisation in Pragmatics MA is a research-oriented programme designed for students looking for a concentrated course in pragmatics, with particular, but by no means exclusive, focus on the relevance-theoretic approach (developed by Dan Sperber, Deirdre Wilson and Robyn Carston).


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,750
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,400
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,400
  • Overseas Part-time: £9,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students gain knowledge and understanding of current research in pragmatics 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. More specifically, UCL Linguistics is the leading department for research in communication and pragmatics in the UK and its staff includes world leaders in theoretical pragmatics and in experimental pragmatics.

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, cognition, and communication.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four obligatory core modules (60 credits), two non-obligatory core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Obligatory
  • Issues in Pragmatics
  • Pragmatics Research Seminar
  • Pragmatic Theory
  • Semantic-Pragmatic Development
  • Non-obligatory
  • In conjunction with the Programme Co-ordinator, students select two from a list which includes the following:
  • Advanced Semantic Theory
  • Advanced Semantic Theory B
  • Interfaces
  • Pragmatics and Cognition
  • Philosophy of Language

Options

  • A further two modules are selected, either from the list of non-obligatory core modules above or from the list of optional modules below:
  • Advanced Phonological Theory A
  • Advanced Phonological Theory B
  • Animal Communication and Human Language
  • Computational Methods for Speech and Hearing Science
  • Current Issues in Syntax
  • Development of Speech Perception and Production
  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Intermediate Generative Grammar A
  • Intermediate Generative Grammar B
  • Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology A
  • Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology B
  • Language Acquisition
  • Morphology
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Readings in Syntax
  • Second Language Speech Learning
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Stuttering
  • Or any statistical training taken outside the department

Dissertation/report

All students undertake and independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The teaching and assessment of this programme is strongly research-oriented. It is delivered through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching and a virtual learning environment. Some modules 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:


Scholarships available for this department

Sully Scholarship

For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Awarded for academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

To reward academic merit.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for students with a background in linguistics, cognitive science or philosophy of language, who wish to pursue an interest in pragmatics. Although the degree can be an end in itself, it is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in pragmatics.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Linguistics with a specialisation in Pragmatics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Linguistics with a specialisation in Pragmatics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

Although the degree can be an end in itself, this advanced programme is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in pragmatics. Graduates from our specialised Master's programmes in Linguistics have a very strong track record of securing funded doctoral studentships at institutions and have in recent years gone on to research at MIT, Cambridge, UCL, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Employability

This Linguistics MA equips graduates with the necessary skills to carry out research in the specialised subject of pragmatics.


Next steps

Contact

Mrs Stefanie Anyadi

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4224

Department

Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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