Linguistics with a specialisation in Semantics MA


The Linguistics MA with specialisation in Semantics is a research-oriented programme in formal semantics. The programme can prepare students for potential PhD research in semantics or overlapping disciplines, such as the syntax-semantics interface, pragmatic theory, psycholinguistics, and philosophy of language.


See below for more information:

Content

What will I learn?

Students will gain knowledge and critical understanding of current research in semantics and of the formal tools it employs, preparing them for independent research. On completion of the programme they will be able to formulate appropriate research questions, evaluate current literature, and develop and test new hypotheses using appropriate formalisms.

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. UCL Linguistics is a leading department for research in the UK in semantics, with strengths at the interfaces with syntax, pragmatics and philosophy of language. Uniquely, our staff includes three experimental linguists with interests in semantics/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.


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Structure

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).

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.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Obligatory Modules

The programme has the following obligatory components:

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

PLING218 Advanced Semantic Theory 15
PLING228 Semantics Research Seminar 15
PLING229
Advanced Semantic Theory B
15
PLING299 Dissertation in Linguistics Advanced Level 60

Semantics Specialisation


In addition, and in consultation with the programme director, students choose two further modules from a range of options (NB options offered may change year on year):

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

PLING222 Current Issues in Syntax 15
PLING223 Interfaces 15
PHILG072 Formal Methods in Philosophy 15
PLING210 Semantic Pragmatic Development 15
PLING207 Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics 15


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

Code Title
Credit value
PLING204
Issues in Pragmatics
15
PLING202
Philosophy of Language
15
PLING221
Intermediate Generative Grammar A
15
PLING226
Intermediate Generative Grammar B
15
PLING225
Syntax Research Seminar
15
PLING224
Readings in Syntax
15
PLING157
Neurolinguistics
15
PLING156
Language Acquisition
15
PLING158
Morphology
15
PLING151
The Linguistics of Sign Languages 15
PLING155
Animal Communication and Human Language 15
PLING211
Advanced Phonological Theory A 15


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Staff

Programme Director: Dr Nathan Klinedinst

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Dr Richard Breheny Prof Robyn Carston Dr Nathan Klinedinst Dr Nausicaa Pouscoulous Dr Daniel Rothschild
Dr Yasutada Sudo

Other academic staff teaching in linguistics:

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.

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:

  • 1 August 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 1 August 2014.

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 semantics. Although the degree can be an end in itself, it is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in semantics or overlapping areas.

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.


This programme is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree focusing on theoretical linguistics. Students who completed an undergraduate degree in other subject areas should apply for the MA Linguistics conversion programme

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

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

Career

Although the degree can be an end in itself, this advanced programme is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in semantics. 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 formal semantics.


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

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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