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Linguistics with a specialisation in Phonology MA

The Linguistics MA with specialisation in Phonology is a research-oriented programme designed for students looking for concentrated study in phonology, with a focus on theoretically-driven empirical research. Students will use typological comparison, data collection, experimental methods, or modelling techniques and will receive extensive training in research methods and the scholarly presentation of ideas.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,270 (FT) £4,635 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,920 (FT) £9,270 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Students gain knowledge and understanding of current research in phonology 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 obligatory core modules (60 credits), two non-obligatory core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a disssertation/report (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Non-obligatory
  • In conjunction with the Programme Co-ordinator, students select two from a list which includes the following:
  • Advanced Phonological Theory A
  • Advanced Phonological Theory B
  • Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology A
  • Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology B
  • Obligatory
  • Computational Methods for Speech and Hearing Science
  • Current Issues in Syntax
  • Development of Speech Perception and Production
  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Morphology

Options

  • Semantics Research Seminar
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Issues in Pragmatics
  • Interfaces
  • Communication and Human Language
  • Animal Communication and the Human Language
  • Advanced Semantic Theory B
  • Advanced Semantic Theory
  • A further <b>two</b> modules are selected, either from the list of non-obligatory core modules above or from the list of optional modules below:
  • <b>Or</b> any statistical training outside the department
  • Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
  • The Linguistics of Sign Languages
  • Stuttering
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Semantic-Pragmatic Development
  • Pragmatic Theory
  • Philosophy of Language

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project 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 modules also involve workshops or practical classes. Assessment is through take home and unseen examination, essays, presentations, assignments and the dissertation.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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

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. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops and guest lectures.

Student / staff ratios › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Application and next steps

Applications

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 designed for students with a background in linguistics, speech and phonetic sciences, or cognitive science who wish to pursue an interest in phonology.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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 Phonology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Linguistics with a specialisation in Phonology 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.

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