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 theoretical syntax 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).
- Dissertation in Linguistics - Advanced Level
- Students will choose at least three of the following four modules:
- Intermediate Generative Grammar A
- Current Issues in Syntax
- Readings in Syntax
- Intermediate Generative Grammar B
- In conjunction with the Programme Co-ordinator, students select two from a list which includes the following:
- Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
- Advanced Phonological Theory A
- A further three modules are selected, either from the list of non-obligatory core modules above or from the list of optional modules below:
- Syntax 1
- The Linguistics of Sign Languages
- Phonetic Theory
- Animal Communication and Human Language
- Language Acquisition
- Pragmatic Theory
- Issues in Pragmatics
- Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
- Semantic-Pragmatic Development
- Advanced Phonological Theory
- Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology
- Advanced Semantic Theory
- Intermeidate Generative Grammar
- 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 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.
Although the degree can be an end in itself, this advanced programme is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in syntax. 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 syntax.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in linguistics, language, mind, and behaviour. More specifically, UCL Linguistics is one of the leading departments for research in theoretical linguistics in the UK and its staff includes world leaders in theoretical syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, and experimental linguistics.
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 theoretical syntax. Applicants will usually have taken at least a one-year course in generative syntax or equivalent.
- All applicants
- 31 July 2015
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 Syntax at graduate level
- why you want to study Linguistics with a specialisation in Syntax 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