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 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.
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).
- Issues in Pragmatics
- Pragmatics Research Seminar
- Pragmatic Theory
- Semantic-Pragmatic Development
- In conjunction with the Programme Co-ordinator, students select two from a list which includes the following:
- Advanced Semantic Theory
- Advanced Semantic Theory B
- Pragmatics and Cognition
- Philosophy of Language
- 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
- Readings in Syntax
- Second Language Speech Learning
- Or any statistical training taken outside the department
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.
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 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.
This Linguistics MA equips graduates with the necessary skills to carry out research in the specialised subject of pragmatics.
Why 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.
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, 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.
- 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 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