School of Linguistics & English Language

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Linguistics (MA)

This course is for students with an undergraduate degree in any subject who want a qualification in linguistics. Students also write a research dissertation on a topic of their own choice. To help them achieve this, the programme has a compulsory module on Research Training which includes training in specific linguistic research and general social science research. This is complemented by research and transferable skills training from the University’s Graduate Training Programme. Students who have a BA in Linguistics may be exempt from compulsory modules which they have already covered as part of their first degree, or may prefer to follow one of the other MA courses offered by the School.

Students must take 180 credits in total from the lists below:

Part One (120 credits)

Semester One

Semester Two

Students must take the following compulsory modules:

QXL4411 Foundations of Linguistics (20)

QXL4432 Research Methods in Linguistics (20)

Students must take three further 20 credit modules from the following:

QXL4417 Language Acquisition (20)

QXL4404 Language Contact and Bilinguals (20)

QXL4443 Language and Communication (20)

QXL4418 L2 Speech Learning (20)

QXL4444 Forensic Text Analysis (20)

QXL4424 Authorship Attribution (20)

QXL4446 Issues in Forensic Linguistics (20)

QXL4426 Vulnerability and the Law (20)

QXL4461 Language, Space & Time (20)

QXL4457 Metaphor and Thought (20)

QCL4470 Agweddau ar Ddwyieithrwydd (20)

QXL4463 Language, Culture & Power (20)

NOTE: Students with ESRC funding must take 20 credits worth of Modules  from the Graduate Programme Transferable Skills Courses instead of one of the above optional 20 credit Modules. Students who intend to seek ESRC +3 doctoral funding are advised to do so.

Part 2

Dissertation (60 credits)

QXL4400: MA Dissertation in Linguistics

Compulsory modules:  students who show evidence of already having covered the material in these modules may select alternative modules in consultation with the Programme Director.

Module Descriptions

These are available from the MA prospectus available to be downloaded here.


Dr Eirini Sanoudaki


01248 388702




1 year full-time, 3 years part-time


2(ii) undergraduate degree normally required.

Applicants who do not speak English as their native language must pass the IELTS English test with a score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5).

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