Linguistics with specialisation in Syntax MRes

This programme offers a specialised Master's degree in syntax. 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 generative 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 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


The programme has the following obligatory components:

PLING401 Research Skills 15 credits
PLING402 Research Preparation A 15 credits
PLING403 Research Preparation B 15 credits
PLING499 Dissertation 75 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 syntax pathway:

Syntax pathway

Intermediate Generative Grammar A 15 credits
Interfaces in Syntax 15 credits

Option modules

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):


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:

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

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.

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 theoretical linguistics who wish to pursue an interest in syntax. Although the degree can be an end in itself, it is an excellent preparation for independent doctoral research in syntax, and both the teaching and assessment are strongly research-oriented.

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


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

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.



Next steps


Mrs Stefanie Anyadi

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4224

W: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences



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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

 If you are considering applying for the MRes 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