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This programme is designed to offer comprehensive training in the core subject areas of linguistics, while also offering you the flexibility to focus on formal linguistics, sociolinguistics or the exciting and emerging experimental links between them. Classes are taught by world-leading researchers, providing you with an advanced understanding of methods and concepts across linguistics, from cutting-edge theory to practical research work.

This degree also offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience in both conducting and applying linguistics research. In addition to your dissertation, you will have the option to work as a Research Assistant on one of the department's ongoing research projects or to pursue an industry partnership with one of our private or public sector partners. We have been highly successful in working with the British Library in the past.

You will work with an academic advisor to tailor a programme of study that corresponds to your experience and research interests. We strongly encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and welcome students with diverse interests. You can aim for a cross-disciplinary programme or choose to specialise in formal linguistics or in sociolinguistics. New speech recording facilities in the Phonetics Lab will enhance your overall experience on the degree.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to develop the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills relevant to careers in linguistics, including PhD study
  • Give you the opportunity to do practical research based work experience in linguistics
  • Provide you with a broad experience of linguistic, sociolinguistic and experimental data, using London's cultural and linguistic environment as a resource


The MA in Linguistics is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part time study.

You must take eight taught modules as well as a 12,000-word dissertation.

In addition to your dissertation, you can take our unique Research Practicum option, in which you undertake a research partnership either with a member of staff on an ongoing research project or with one of our private or public sector partners.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Syntax OR
  • Concepts and consequences in grammatical theory
  • Sociolinguistic theory
  • Trends in linguistic theory
  • Dissertation proseminar
  • Dissertation

Optional modules*

  • Multilingualism & Bilingualism
  • Sex, Gender and Language
  • Sociophonetics
  • Advanced Syntactic Theory
  • Extensional Semantics
  • From Morpheme to Meaning

*During the MA in Linguistics, it is also possible for you to take two modules for the third year in our BA programme.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises, field work, data analysis, lab work, as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.


A wide variety of assessment techniques will be used, tailored to the learning outcomes of the different modules. These will include poster presentations, technical exercises, critiques of theoretical and methodological proposals in the literature, research and lab reports, and essays and extended written analyses.


In addition to coursework, you will also be assessed on a 10,000–12,000-word dissertation. The dissertation is normally an original research project on a linguistic topic that has been agreed with an academic advisor from the department. Working on your dissertation is an exciting part of your MA, during which you bring your knowledge together, to focus on a specific question. The dissertation is written over the summer and submitted by early September.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,150

Part time £4,575

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,350

Part time £8,175


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MA Linguistics page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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