Linguistics with a specialisation in Syntax MA
The Linguistics with specialisation in Syntax MA is a research-oriented programme designed for students looking for a concentrated, advanced course in theoretical syntax, couched broadly within the Principles and Parameters approach to syntax and its offshoot, the Minimalist Program.
See below for more information:
What will I learn?
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.
Why should I 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.
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/.
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.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
The programme has the following obligatory components:
(1 ECTS point = 2.5 UCL credits)
|PLING221||Intermediate Generative Grammar A||15|
|PLING222||Current Issues in Syntax||
Readings in Syntax
|PLING226||Intermediate Generative Grammar B||15|
|PLING299||Dissertation in Linguistics - Advanced Level||
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): http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/students/current/subsidiary/ling-pg-option/
(1 ECTS point = 2.5 UCL credits)
Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
|PLING211||Advanced Phonological Theory A||
Advanced Phonological Theory B
|PLING216||Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology A||15|
|PLING217||Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology B||
|PLING218||Advanced Semantic Theory||15|
|PLING228||Semantics Research Seminar||
Advanced Semantic Theory B
Research Preparation A
Research Preparation B
In addition, students register for two 15-credit option modules in consultation with the programme director chosen from the list at:
Programme Director:Prof Ad Neeleman
Staff teaching in the area of specialisation:
|Dr Klaus Abels||Prof Ad Neeleman||Dr Kriszta Szendroi||Dr Hans van de Koot|
Other teaching staff:
- Dr Richard Breheny
- Prof Robyn Carston
- Dr Bronwen Evans
- Prof John Harris
- Dr Nathan Klinedinst
- Prof Andrew Nevins
- Dr Nausicaa Pouscoulous
- Dr Andrea Santi
- Dr Yasutada Sudo
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.
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
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.
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 theoretical syntax. Applicants will usually have taken at least a one-year course in generative syntax or equivalent.
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
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.
- 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
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.
Awarded for academic merit
To reward academic merit.
Selection based solely on financial need.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you accept part-time students on the MA Linguistics programme?
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.
Is this programme or any of the modules available online or by distance learning?
No, students have to attend classes in person.
Do you have any Open Days?
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 email@example.com.