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Masters degrees in Linguistics & Classics study the workings of modern and ancient languages. They develop a scientific understanding of linguistic theory as well as an appreciation for the relationships between language and culture.
Though associated with the humanities, these programmes are often quite scientific. They trace the evolution of languages and linguistic groups over time, examining their operation through grammar and vocabulary and considering the psychological significance of language use.
Note that degrees in this discipline are focussed on languages, rather than more general topics in history, literature and culture. There is some overlap, but students looking to study a Masters in subjects such as Ancient Greek or Roman history should search instead within History & Archaeology.
Postgraduate training in Linguistics & Classics can support work in several associated professions. Depending on the focus of your degree you will be well equipped for work as a translator, proof-reader or even a speech therapist.
Educational and academic career paths with these qualifications are also diverse. The field overlaps with various other disciplines and is of great importance in early years teaching and foreign language training.
Finally, many of the skills you develop during your degree will be of use more generally, including the ability to analyse complex language systems, conduct effective research and evaluate data both qualitatively and quantitatively.
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The MA-track Classics offers education in a wide range of skills to the aspiring classicist. from in-depth analysis of all aspects of a Greek or Latin text to interdisciplinary and thematic studies of important facets of Classical Antiquity. Read more
Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. It has its roots in antiquity, though the twentieth century saw an explosion of research and the development of new theories and approaches. Read more
This intercollegiate MA is taught in collaboration with King's College London and Royal Holloway, University of London. The programme draws on the wealth of expertise across the three colleges and students benefit from full access to all modules. Read more
The flexible MSc Language Sciences course is aimed at graduates and professionals working in language-related careers seeking in-depth specialised knowledge in the neuroscience of language, language development or multilingualism. Read more
Develop your career as a professional translator through our flexible and industry ready MA in Translation Studies. Join our global community of translators to discover the art of translation at one of the world’s top 100 Modern Languages departments*. Read more
Combine a solid theoretical basis in Language for Specific Purposes, Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing with challenging opportunities to design language courses and practise your coaching skills. Read more
This programme gives you the opportunity to study ancient history at an advanced level, developing your interest in the ancient world and providing an excellent preparation for further graduate research. Read more
This programme responds to the increasing need in a globalised, interconnected world, for highly-qualified translators who can navigate different genres of text and negotiate the language needs of diverse audiences and industries. Read more
Interpreting is a highly-skilled profession, requiring academic training as well as extensive practice in relevant settings. Read more
The Translation Studies route of the MA in Translation enables you to advance your practical language, translation and technology skills while developing a comprehensive understanding of translation in social, cultural and historical contexts. Read more
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