The programme provides training in postgraduate level research skills in English language and linguistics. The programme is specifically designed to develop students' knowledge in the various areas of language and linguistics (e.g. syntax, semantics, langauge acquisition, discourse among others), and also to afford students the opportunity to focus the development of their research skills on and within their chosen sub-discipline.
Based within the School of Communication, the programme is distinctive in its breadth, offering modules in core theoretical generative linguistics as well as modules in conversation and discourse analysis with special focus on the study of English. The programme team includes experts in the various areas of linguistic research with PhDs from top universities in the world. The members of the team are all actively involved in research on a variety of topics. Language acquisition and multilingualism are core overlapping research interests of the group as a whole. The team also benefits from links to research groups in other universities in the UK, Australia and the US and has established a series of research seminars which bring in speakers from the UK, Ireland and overseas. The programme team has strong links with speech and language therapy and several of the team members are involved in research with clinical applications regarding language and communication disorders.
The programme will thus be particularly relevant to:
students with an undergraduate background in language and linguistics who are interested in progressing to a Masters and/or PhD level;
students with an interest in the theoretical study of the English language and human language more generally;
teachers of English as a Foreign Language who wish to gain a Masters level qualification for career development and enhancement;
language professionals, such as speech and language therapists, who wish to specialise in theoretical linguistics and develop their analytical and research skills in language and linguistics
The course is taught during the day and it normally requires attendance to classes over 2 or 3 days a week. The timetable changes every year and the course director can be contacted to gain more information about this.
The programme develops students knowledge in the study of languge and can hence lead to the following career options:
PhD in Linguistics
Many of our past graduates have chosen this course as a first stepping stone towards a career in Speech and Langauge Therarpy.
There are also other generic and transferable skills that the student will develop from studying a linguistics degree. They include:
the ability to construct and manage an argument;
working as a team to achieve common goals;
the ability to recognise and solve problems;
using initiative and working independently;
self-management with the ability to carry out personal reflection;