About This Course
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.
What will you study on this course?
Foundations of Linguistics - These modules provide an overview of the discipline of language science. In particular, it covers key ideas and methodologies in the study of meaning, grammar and sound.
Linguistics Research Methods - This module aims at equipping you with the necessary foundations and tools to design and carry out experimental research within linguistics, as well as preparing for your dissertation.
Modules vary from year to year, they could include:
- Language Acquisition
- Bilingual and Acquisition Issues
- Language Change
- EFL Theory
- SLA and Language Teaching
- Cognitive Discourse Analysis
- L2 Speech Learning
- Welsh Linguistics
- Historical Linguistics
- Language Contact and Bilinguals
- Phonology in Bilingual Acquisition
- Language and Communication
- Language Disorders and Bilinguals
- Using Corpora: Theory and Practice
Non native English speakers must take zero-credit courses with ELCOS to help with their English, unless exempted by their tutor.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Linguistics Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
A 2.ii undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. Linguistics, Modern Languages, Translation, Psychology, English Language/Literature, English Education/English Language education).
Applicants with equivalent qualifications or experience and applications from working professionals with non-graduate qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for more information.
For students whose first language is not English an IELTS score of at least 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.
An MA in Linguistics will give you a detailed understanding of how language works and the ability to conduct research at various levels of linguistic analysis. Graduates find career opportunities in communications, teaching, publishing, research. The transferable skills acquired through this programme are beneficial in a range of other careers, including advertising, journalism, consulting etc. After successful completion of the MA in Linguistics, you may also decide to pursue an academic career in Linguistics, by applying for a place on the PhD in Linguistics.