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Language & Linguistics, MA

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
48 months
Full time
Master's degree
English
Start dates
Aberdeen
September 2022

Aberdeen
September 2023

Aberdeen
September 2024

Program description

Language & Linguistics, MA

Language and Linguistics at Aberdeen is the fascinating exploration of human language and how speech evolved, creating a bridge between sound and meaning. You will study the ways in which we acquire languages as children and adults, how languages vary and change over time and gain the knowledge and skills to open up a wide variety of careers.

Admission requirements

  • 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth in Chemical Engineering or other related engineering discipline.
  • Those with a High 2:2 Honours degree in Engineering may also be considered if they can demonstrate 2+ years of relevant experience.
  • Applicants from other academic backgrounds are strongly urged to contact the Admissions Team with their academic transcript listing all the courses they have studied, in order to discuss suitability.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169


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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Academic Writing for Language & Literature
  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen
  • English Structure and use
  • English Past and Present

Optional Courses

Select further credit points from courses of choice to reach 120 credit points.

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Language in Society
  • Varieties of English

Optional Courses

Select further credit points from courses of choice to reach 120 credit points.

Year 3

Optional Courses

Select 120 credits of which 90 must be from available Language and Linguistics courses at Level 3.

Year 4

Compulsory Courses

  • Dissertation in Language and Linguistics

Optional Courses

Select 90 credits from available Language and Linguistics courses at level 4 (30 can be from level 3).

Tuition fees

  • RUK: £9,250
  • EU / International Students: £18,000
  • Home Students: £1,820

Career opportunities

Language & Linguistics at Aberdeen is an avenue to a wide variety of careers. The department places a strong emphasis on applied learning and the analytical, practical, oral and written skills that you will develop during your studies are highly esteemed by prospective employers. Previous graduates have gone on to study at postgraduate level, whereas others now work in a variety of careers, such as speech and language therapy, English and Foreign Language teaching, publishing, journalism and broadcasting.

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...


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University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK

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