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This Masters in Speech, Language & Sociolinguistics will enable you to explore the links between producing and processing speech and language as part of everyday social interaction. The range of courses available for this programme provide the key linguistic, technical, and research skills to investigate different aspects of spoken and written language, to carry out your own sociolinguistic studies, and to design and implement speech and language experiments of your own.

Why this programme

  • You'll be taught by expert academic staff who have directed and are currently directing research projects in speech, language and sociolinguistics (e.g. Seeing Speech, Sounds of the City, One Speaker Two Dialects, the Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA), Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS))
  • The flexibility of the Masters programme means that it is suitable for students who have little or no background in linguistics and also for students with some background who wish to carry out more sophisticated independent research in a particular area.
  • Our facilities include the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (GULP), which includes a speech recording studio.
  • English Language and Linguistics is currently within the Linguistics Pathway for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership, which is based at the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). The SGSSS offers excellent additional training courses for graduate students working in the social sciences in Scotland. 
  • You’ll also have access to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), providing you with relevant training courses for graduate students in speech, language and sociolinguistics.

Programme structure

You will take:

  • Two core courses
  • Four optional courses

You will also produce an independent, small-scale research project.

Semester 1: September to December

  • English Language and Linguistics Research Training (Core course)
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Semester 2: January to March

  • Experimental Design and Data Analysis (Core course)
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Summer: April to September

  • Independent research project

Optional courses

Optional courses may include:

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Methods in Phonetics
  • Methods in Sociolinguistics
  • Onomastics
  • Phonetics
  • Phonetics Advanced
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Semantics: Advanced Concepts
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Topics in Phonetics
  • Topics in Sociolinguistics
  • Written Text Analysis

Find out more about core and optional courses.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Some students take our programme as a secondment from an ongoing teaching or professional education position held either here, or elsewhere in the world. Others continue into employment in language teaching, journalism, or other kinds of industrial or commercial research related to speech, language and sociolinguistics. The programme is also an excellent foundation to doctoral research either at Glasgow or elsewhere, and/or further training in speech and language therapy. 


Visit the Speech, Language & Sociolinguistics (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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