Linguistics MA


The Linguistics MA aims to give students a thorough grounding in modern theoretical linguistics. Students gain a basic understanding of the three core areas of linguistics: phonetics and phonology; syntax; and semantics and pragmatics, and are then able to tailor the programme to meet their personal linguistic interests.


See below for more information:

Content

What will I learn?

Students gain knowledge and understanding of current research in theoretical linguistics 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.

Why should I 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, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.


You can see a recording of the talk given by Professor Noam Chomsky when he visited us in October 2011 at http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/events/2011/10/17/noam-chomsky-on-the-poverty-of-the-stimulus/.

Structure


Obligatory Modules
The programme has the following obligatory components:

Code
Title
Credit value
(1 ECTS point = 2.5 UCL credits)

PLING103 Semantics and Pragmatics 30
PLING113 Phonetics and Phonology 30
PLING227
Syntax
30
PLING198 Foundations of Linguistics 15
PLING199 Dissertation in Linguistics 60

Option Modules

In addition, students register for a 15-credit option module in consultation with the programme director chosen from the list:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/students/current/subsidiary/ling-pg-option/

Students will be able to tailor the programme to meet their personal linguistic interests either by focusing on one particular area, or by diversifying into other branches. For example, a student could choose to study an option (such as language acquisition or the philosophy of language) only indirectly related to the core areas, and to write his or her dissertation on yet another area (for instance, sociolinguistics). Alternatively, a student could choose to study an option taken from one of the core areas (such as advanced syntactic theory or issues in pragmatics), and to write his or her dissertation in a related area. As a consequence, students may spend as much as three fifths or as little as one fifth of their time working in one particular part of the discipline.

Time table

Click on "degree programme", enter "Linguistics", choose MA Linguistics, Year 1, and click on "Show Timetable". You will now see all classes for all obligatory modules for the whole year. You can clickon "Change Display" at the top left to see classes for Term 1 and Term 2 separately. You need to attend all lectures and for most lectures, you will attend one additional tutorial.

Staff

Programme Director: Dr Richard Breheny

Teaching staff (NB: staff may occasionally be absent for a term or more on research or other leave)

In addition, we can call on the support of Teaching Fellows and Postgraduate Teaching Assistants.

Click below to listen to Prof Andrew Nevins talk about "slips of the ear":

Application and Entry

Mode of study

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

Start of programme

  • September intake only

Application deadline for entry in 2014/15:

  • now closed for applications for 2014/15; applications for 2015/16 should be submitted from October 2014

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 7 July 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students whose undergraduate degree included a minority of linguistic course units, or who have studied linguistics of a more traditional type elsewhere. It is also suitable for good graduates who have encountered linguistics only indirectly, for instance through psychology, philosophy, or foreign language teaching.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Linguistics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Linguistics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
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.


Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,750
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,400
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,400
  • Overseas Part-time: £9,000

Funding

Linguistics Departmental Award: Two awards of £500 are available for MA students in the Linguistics Research Department.

All successful applicants will be considered at the beginning of June for entry in September of the same year.

Scholarships available for this department

Sully Scholarship

For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Awarded for academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

To reward academic merit.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Careers

Linguistics connects with many other disciplines and many MA Linguistics graduates go on to work in these areas, e.g. teaching languages, especially English as a first or foreign language, marketing, publishing or the media. A number of linguistics graduates from UCL carry on linguistics towards a PhD with a view to pursuing an academic career. You can find information on the career paths taken by some of our alumni at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/research/linguistics/careers.

In addition to subject-specific skills, you will also acquire the analytical, investigative, communication and study skills essential for most graduate careers, which could include management, computing, commerce and industry.

Information on careers for UCL Linguistics graduates is available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/students/department/careers_with_a_linguistics_degree. For more general information on careers for Linguistics graduates, please click here and information and statistics on career paths are also available at prospects.ac.uk. These resources investigated the careers of Linguistics undergraduate students but many of the findings are applicable to MA Linguistics graduates.

According to Which? University, "linguists are in demand across the economy, from marketing to IT, so this type of degree has a better than average employment rate. Graduates from language subjects are, not surprisingly, more likely than most others to get jobs working overseas, with Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) a popular option. Linguists are particularly likely to get jobs in marketing, finance, education and in management, but remember – whilst employers say they rate language skills, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills."

Open Days

If you would like to visit before applying, please join us at our annual Chandler House Open Day on 26 June 2014. You can find details of presentations, guided tours and a link to the registration page at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/students/prospective/open-days/ch-open-day-2014.

If you are considering applying for the MA Linguistics degree programme but are unable to visit us on the Chandler House Open Day, it may be possible to arrange a guided tour of our building at other dates between mid-November and mid-July. Please contact enquiries-linguistics@pals.ucl.ac.uk.

Contact

Next steps

Contact

Mrs Stefanie Anyadi

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4224

Department

Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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FAQs


Question

Do you accept part-time students on the MA Linguistics programme?

Answer

Yes, you can study the programme on a part-time basis over two calendar years, e.g. from September 2012 to September 2014. However, please note that classes may be scheduled between 9 am and 6 pm from Monday to Friday.

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Question

Will completing this programme help me get onto an MPhil/PhD programme?

Answer

The MA Linguistics is an intensive course which covers all the main areas of theoretical linguistics and also gives you a taste of empirical/experimental work in the field, so it provides essential background and some training in research skills. If you do well in the programme, your chances of being accepted onto an MPhil/PhD programme in theoretical linguistics are good. However, it is unlikely that you could proceed straight after completing the MA Linguistics programme to a PhD due to the very early application deadline for PhD programmes (and especially for funding) - it is usually too early for a student to be able to develop a good research proposal. Most students find that they need to first finish the Master's dissertation, before they are ready to think about an appropriate topic for doctoral research, so there is usually an interim year between the Master's and starting a PhD. However, there may be exceptions to this and it may depend on where you want to go to do your doctoral work.

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Question

Is this programme or any of the modules available online or by distance learning?

Answer

No, students have to attend classes in person.

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Question

Do you have any Open Days?

Answer

Yes, we do have an Open Day, usually at the end of June. The next Open Day is on 26 June 2014. We can also arrange individual visits - please send your cv and a short personal statement regarding your interest in the MA Linguistics to enquiries-linguistics@pals.ucl.ac.uk.

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Question

Is there a list of book I can read to get a better idea of the subject?

Answer

You can find a reading list at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/students/prospective/PGT/TMALINSING01/maling-readlist