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Course content

Overview

This degree will give you an in-depth theoretical and methodological grounding in linguistics and phonetics – analysing how language and speech sounds are structured and used.

Spanning the arts and sciences, linguistics is a challenging and rewarding discipline that allows you to gain a real understanding of human communication as well as a wide range of transferable skills. Taught by experts in top-class facilities and supported by the Language at Leeds research network, this programme will give you a good foundation in the subject informed by the very latest research.

Postgraduates also have access to our extensive facilities, including the Human Communications Suite complete with a recording studio and lab space for psycholinguistics experiments. You can make use of our phonetics lab and the Language Zone, a state-of-the-art space where you can use a range of language-based teaching materials whenever you want.

This programme is suitable for people who will have studied a little linguistics during their first degree. If you have a substantial background in linguistics or phonetics, you may prefer to study for an MA by Research.

Course content

Core modules will allow you to develop your knowledge of key aspects of linguistics and phonetics. You’ll study introductory modules in syntax and phonetics and phonology in Semester One, which you’ll build on in more advanced modules in the following semester. You’ll also take core modules to develop your academic and research skills in linguistics.

In addition, you’ll expand your understanding of areas that suit your interests when you choose from optional modules on topics such as pragmatics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition. By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you’ve gained when you complete an independently researched dissertation on a linguistics topic of your choice.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (Linguistics and Phonetics)
  • Foundations of Phonetics and Phonology
  • Foundations of Syntax
  • Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
  • Topics in Syntax
  • Academic Skills in Linguistics
  • Research Methods in Linguistics

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Languages in Contact
  • Pragmatics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Approaches to Linguistics and Language Acquisition

Learning and teaching

We use diverse teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from our tutors’ expertise. They include seminars, lectures, online learning, tutorials and practicals. Independent study is also a vital element of the course. You’re also encouraged to sit in on classes in modules that you’re not taking, giving you a great opportunity to gain a broad base of knowledge in linguistics and phonetics.

Assessment

Depending on the modules you choose, assessment methods will vary. However, they usually include coursework , essays and practicals, while core linguistics modules also include exams.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read  Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

How to apply

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APPLY (PART TIME) 

Documents and information you'll need

  • Transcripts of your degree and other relevant qualifications, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • We do not generally request references, unless further information is required to support the assessment of your application
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications if English isn’t your first language
  • A personal statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to study Linguistics, how it will benefit your career and why you want to study the programme at Leeds in particular.

Visit the course catalogue page and select modules to learn about them in detail before you compose your statement. Your statement should include the following:

  • Why you want to study the programme.
  • How the programme will benefit you in your future career.
  • Why you are interested in the specific programme offered at Leeds, mentioning in particular why our theoretical focus will be relevant for you.
  • How your background/ experience/ previous study relates to the course content and particular modules.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the modules, which you would opt to study and why.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £9,000 (total)
  • International: £19,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This programme will give you a sophisticated understanding of human communication, as well as valuable transferable skills in areas such as use of quantitative and qualitative data, research, interpretation, oral and written communication and analysis which are highly attractive to employers in a wide range of industries.

Graduates have pursued diverse careers as a result, in areas such as lexicography, journalism, editing, advertising, language education an even artificial intelligence. Many also pursue PhD level study and continue with research into linguistics, or further training in disciplines such as speech and language therapy.


Visit the Linguistics MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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