Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,550 (FT) £4,770 (PT)
- £18,460 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (105 credits) one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Semantics and Pragmatics
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Foundations of Linguistics
- Students choose one option module from a selection that includes the following:
- Advanced Phonological Theory
- Advanced Semantic Theory
- Current Issues in Syntax
- Intermediate Generative Grammar
- Issues in Pragmatics
- Language Acquisition
- Linguistics of Sign Language
- Phonology of English
- Readings in Syntax
- Semantic-Pragmatic Development
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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:
- High School: English Teacher
- Essex Police: Criminal Intelligence Analyst
- Navix Europe: Translator
- University of Cambridge: PhD Linguistics
- University of Copenhagen: PhD in Linguistics
- Apple: Inventory control specialist
- University Lecturer
- Editorial Assistant
- Research Associate
Top career destinations for this degree
- Lecturer in English, University of Kuwait (2012)
- PhD Linguistics, UCL (2012)
- Head of Events, PR and Marketing, Expert Witness Institute (2011)
Linguistics MA students acquire a wide range of transferable skills, which opens up opportunities in many different sectors include language teaching, translating and interpreting, marketing, communication, journalism, management, and law.
Graduates who achieve good results are well-placed to go on to a research degree in Linguistics at top universities, often with a view to pursuing an academic career.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 304 staff including 129 postdocs › 741 taught students › 439 research students
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
"UCL provides students with more advanced and up-to-date knowledge and information of the research fields. The online learning environment is a great success. The group projects is another aspect that makes learning at UCL more enjoyable and worthwhile."
Bingying CaoLinguistics MA
"UCL has an excellent academic reputation, and if you aim to devote your life to the language research, there is really no better place to start this journey than here.The support I received from my supervisor was amazing. It really made me feel like I'm part of the future research community. In addition, I was very impressed with some methods of teaching, for example, the "flipped classroom" approach, where the students watch a lecture prepared by the teacher in advance and come to the session with their own questions prepared. The ability to view the lectures online is an excellent facility, it is an irreplaceable revision tool."
Alina KonradtLinguistics MA
"UCL is one of the leading institutions in the world. In addition, the linguistics department is embedded in a research environment that has unparalleled scope for interdisciplinary collaborations, particularly in experimental and clinical domains. Studying at UCL allows unparalleled access to a wide variety of research related to your own interests. From philosophy to neuroscience, there is always a fantastic range of events and workshops going on which are relevant to your research."
Richard BrehanyLinguistics MA
UCL Psychology & Language Sciences
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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