Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £9,270 (FT) £4,635 (PT)
- £17,920 (FT) £9,270 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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 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).
- Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology A
- Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology B
- Advanced Phonological Theory A
- Advanced Phonological Theory B
- In conjunction with the Programme Co-ordinator, students select two from a list which includes the following:
- Computational Methods for Speech and Hearing Science
- Current Issues in Syntax
- Development of Speech Perception and Production
- Experimental Phonetics
- 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 Semantic Theory
- Advanced Semantic Theory B
- Animal Communication and the Human Language
- Communication and Human Language
- Issues in Pragmatics
- Language Acquisition
- Philosophy of Language
- Pragmatic Theory
- Semantic-Pragmatic Development
- Semantics Research Seminar
- The Linguistics of Sign Languages
- Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
- Or any statistical training outside the department
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed 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.
- £500 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- c. £2,200 but may be split between students.(1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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.
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
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.
- All applicants
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 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