Studying linguistics

is discovering how language works: how it is structured, processed and learnt; how it varies and changes; and how it is used in different communicative contexts.

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Linguistics and Phonetics

Masters courses

Our teaching staff offer expertise in a range of areas, including language acquisition, psycholinguistics, syntax, phonology, phonetics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics.

Our Masters courses are suitable for people who will have studied some linguistics during their first degree and provides ideal preparation for further research in linguistics. If you have a substantial background in linguistics or phonetics, you may prefer to study for an MA by Research, where you'll conduct an original piece of independent research that will provide you with an in-depth understanding of your chosen discipline. 

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

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This unique course bridges the gap between linguistic theory and language teaching practice to enable you to develop a career in language teaching or research.

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Scott Lewis
Student | MA Linguistics
"As a part-time student with work commitments, I couldn’t have had a better experience with my tutor and other academic staff, who were incredibly accommodating and made themselves available to talk, discuss ideas and offer advice at short notice."