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MA Linguistics

University of York
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2022

September 2023

September 2023

Program description

MA Linguistics

Understand and investigate the building blocks of language through linguistics.

Our course provides a detailed foundation in how language works in terms of speech sounds, grammar, meaning and social aspects. You'll then deepen your knowledge and skills in linguistic specialisms that you choose, by engaging with the theories and techniques of current linguistic research. You'll be able to apply your skills and knowledge to linguistic data, and have practical training in techniques used in linguistic analysis.

With world-class tutors you'll gain knowledge, and you'll be introduced to key research questions and methodologies. You'll also be able to perform original research in linguistics.

This programme is ideal for those with an interest in language who have not previously studied linguistics in depth.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree - 2:1 or equivalent

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 7.0, minimum 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 67, minimum 67 in Writing and 61 in all other components
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 185, minimum 185 in Writing and 176 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 96, minimum 24 in Writing and 23 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE III: Distinction in all components
  • Duolingo: 120, minimum 120 in Production and 110 in all other components

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider

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Program content

Core modules

You'll take five core modules, covering topics from a broad introduction to sociolinguistics, to the meaning in natural language; from the scientific methodology in syntax, to practice at using articulatory and acoustic phonetic terminology. You'll gain an overview of some key ideas in linguistic research from the 20th century and beyond, and explore a wide range of literature in linguistics. You'll also cover research design and writing skills in linguistics, with subject-specific workshops. The typical modules are:

  • Language Variation and Change
  • Semantics
  • Syntax
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Research Training

Option modules

You'll choose two 20-credit modules in Spring Term. Your options may include:

  • Articulatory and Impressionistic Phonetics
  • Semantic Theory
  • Sociophonetics
  • Syntactic Theory
  • Topics in Language Variation and Change

If you have covered substantial parts of the taught MA programme in your undergraduate degree, please talk to us about whether one of our specialist degree programmes may be more appropriate.

Tuition fees

  • UK (home) fees: £8,440 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,700 per year


Transferable skills

  • The capacity to analyse data and evaluate competing interpretations of evidence
  • Development of a hypothesis from the predictions of a theory or model
  • The ability to design a research project and present data
  • Reflective independent learning and time management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Intercultural awareness

Career opportunities

  • Marketing and communications
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Academic research and further study
  • Local government and public service
  • Finance and accountancy
  • Teaching
  • Clinical and forensic linguistics
  • Law
  • Software development

About this institute

University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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Contact info

University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom


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