Linguistics with specialisation in Pragmatics MRes
This programme offers a specialised Master's degree in pragmatics. The Master of Research (MRes) combines the advantages of a traditional taught MA programme with a strong research preparation component. As in a traditional specialised Master's degree programme, you will attend a variety of high level classes exposing you to current internationally recognised research in linguistics undertaken by members of staff.
What will I learn?
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.
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. 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.
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.
The programme has the following obligatory components:
|PLING401||Research Skills||15 credits|
|PLING402||Research Preparation A||15 credits|
|PLING403||Research Preparation B||15 credits|
Research Preparation A and Research Preparation B will usually involve following an advanced course in the area of specialisation. Students also follow the following modules for the pragmatics pathway:
||Pragmatic Theory||15 credits|
Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics
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/
Programme Director: Prof Robyn Carston
Academic staff teaching in the area of specialisation:
|Dr Richard Breheny||Prof Robyn Carston||Dr Nathan Klinedinst||Dr Nausicaa Pouscoulous|
Other academic staff teaching in linguistics:
- Dr Klaus Abels
- Dr Bronwen Evans
- Prof John Harris
- Prof Ad Neeleman
- Prof Andrew Nevins
- Dr Andrea Santi
- Dr Kriszta Szendroi
- Dr Hans van de Koot
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
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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 pragmatics. Although the degree can be an end in itself, it is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in pragmatics, and both the teaching and assessment are strongly research-oriented.
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,750
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,400
- Overseas Full-time: £17,400
- Overseas Part-time: £9,000
Two awards of £500 are available for Master's programmes in Linguistics. All successful applicants will be considered for these awards at the beginning of June for entry in September of the same year.
Scholarships available for this department
Awarded for academic merit
To reward academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Mrs Stefanie Anyadi
T: +44 (0)20 7679 4224
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