Linguistics with a specialisation in Semantics MA


The Linguistics MA with specialisation in Semantics is a research-oriented programme in formal semantics. The programme can prepare students for potential PhD research in semantics or overlapping disciplines, such as the syntax-semantics interface, pragmatic theory, psycholinguistics, and philosophy of language.


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 will gain knowledge and critical understanding of current research in semantics and of the formal tools it employs, preparing them for independent research. On completion of the programme they will be able to formulate appropriate research questions, evaluate current literature, and develop and test new hypotheses using appropriate formalisms.

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. UCL Linguistics is a leading department for research in the UK in semantics, with strengths at the interfaces with syntax, pragmatics and philosophy of language. Uniquely, our staff includes three experimental linguists with interests in semantics/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 three obligatory core modules (45 credits), three non-obligatory core modules (45 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Obligatory
  • Advanced Semantic Theory
  • Advanced Semantic Theory B
  • Semantics Research Seminar
  • Non-obligatory
  • Students select three from a list which includes the following:
  • Current Issues in Syntax
  • Formal Methods in Philosophy
  • Interfaces
  • Semantic Pragmatic Development
  • Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics

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
  • Animal Communication and Human Language
  • Intermediate Generative Grammar A
  • Intermediate Generative Grammar B
  • Issues in Pragmatics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Morphology
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Readings in Syntax
  • Syntax Research Seminar
  • The Linguistics of Sign Languages
  • Or any statistical training outside the department.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation in linguistics (advanced level) 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.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.

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 semantics. Although the degree can be an end in itself, it is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in semantics or overlapping areas.

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 semantics. 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 formal semantics.


Next steps

Contact

Mrs Stefanie Anyadi

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4224

Department

Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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