UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


MA Linguistics - Semantics

See below for short videos on studying Linguistics and Language Sciences at UCL and a guided tour of Chandler House, home of UCL Linguistics:

UCL Language Sciences – Teaching Philosophy


UCL Language Sciences – Chandler House Tour


Further information on the degree programme can be found here:


You can see a recording of the talk given by Professor Noam Chomsky when he visited us in October 2011.

Content and Structure

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two obligatory core modules (30 credits), two non-obligatory core modules (30 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/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.

Obligatory Modules

The programme has the following obligatory components:

CodeTitleCredit value
(1 ECTS point = 2.5 UCL credits)
PLIN0020Advanced Semantic Theory15
PLIN0056Semantics Research Seminar15
PLIN0059Dissertation in Linguistics Advanced Level60

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

CodeTitleCredit value
(1 ECTS point = 2.5 UCL credits)
PLIN0023Current Issues in Syntax15
PLIN0053Interfaces in Syntax15
PHILG085Worlds, Sentences and Measures15
PLIN0019Semantic Pragmatic Development15
PLIN0012Pragmatics and Cognition15


In addition, students register for four 15-credit elective modules in consultation with the programme director chosen from the list at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/current-students/masters/ling-option or a statistical training module.



Programme Director: Dr Nathan Klinedinst

Academic staff teaching in the area of specialisation:

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

Start of programme

  • September intake only


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

UK/EU national may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 to help with fees and living costs. Learn more about postgraduate loans.

UCL Scholarships

For information on general scholarship opportunities, please select the link below:


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Open Days

If you are considering applying for the MA Linguistics degree programme but are unable to visit us on a 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.


No information is currently available for this degree. If this degree programme is visible in the list of degrees available on the graduate website, could you please report this page to pg-updates@ucl.ac.uk as soon as possible.



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. 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.