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Linguistics with a specialisation in Pragmatics MA

The Linguistics with specialisation in Pragmatics MA is a research-oriented programme designed for students looking for a concentrated course in pragmatics, with particular, but by no means exclusive, focus on the relevance-theoretic approach (developed by Dan Sperber, Deirdre Wilson and Robyn Carston).

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:
31 July 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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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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Degree Information

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).

Core Modules

  • Obligatory
  • Issues in Pragmatics
  • Pragmatics Research Seminar
  • Pragmatic Theory
  • Semantic-Pragmatic Development
  • Non-obligatory
  • In conjunction with the Programme Co-ordinator, students select two from a list which includes the following:
  • Advanced Semantic Theory
  • Advanced Semantic Theory B
  • Interfaces
  • Pragmatics and Cognition
  • Philosophy of Language

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
  • 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
  • Morphology
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Readings in Syntax
  • Second Language Speech Learning
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Stuttering
  • Or any statistical training taken outside the department

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Linguistics with a specialisation in Pragmatics MA

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Employability

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

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, 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

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 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.

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