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 http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/events/2011/10/17/noam-chomsky-on-the-poverty-of-the-stimulus/.
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 syntax pathway:
||Intermediate Generative Grammar A||15 credits|
||Interfaces in Syntax||15 credits|
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 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
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 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.
- 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
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.