University of Brighton

University of Brighton


The course equips students with knowledge of critical theory in the area of theoretical linguistics and philosophy of language, more specifically the syntax/semantics interface, the semantics/pragmatics interface, and grammar; the course is designed for students who already have some background in linguistics, and who intend to progress to PhD study.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an undergraduate Honours degree (usually at 2:1 level or above), or equivalent in a relevant subject area, such as: linguistics, English language, English literature, philosophy, sociology, politics, or related areas such as history, cultural theory, teaching English as a foreign language; applicants without these backgrounds will be considered on the basis of appropriate experience in one of the above areas, or some professional experience in teaching English, demonstrating some familiarity with linguistic analysis and metalanguage; applicants without a good 1st degree, or without these backgrounds, may be required to provide written evidence (for example an assignment from a form of a training course, or an essay set by the admissions team) of their analytical and reflective skills in writing; applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they are capable of undertaking Master's level study, in particular commitment to sustained academic work; applicants should already have some training or background in linguistics; their degree should be at 2:1 level or above; applicants should have a clear intention to progress to PhD study; for non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 in writing, 6.5 overall.

Course modules

Core: Grammar and the English language; semantics: word meaning; pragmatics, meaning and truth; semantics/pragmatics interface: approaches to the study of meaning; research methods; dissertation; options: Discourses of culture; topics in sociolinguistics; cultural and critical theory modules, such as: Globalisation and culture; cultural theory; the philosophical foundations of critical theory; aesthetics.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,760 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,130 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 3,960 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 11,790 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,880 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,065 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MRes Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Falmer Campus Brighton BN1 9PH South East

Key information

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