University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

The MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics integrates study of linguistic theory and applied linguistics in a single programme. It provides a great variety and flexibility of content, including subject-specific training and general research skills. Students can explore theoretical and descriptive linguistics (e.g. the syntactic organization, or sound structure and phonetics, of different languages, or the principles that govern the historical development of languages); they can study how linguistics and phonetics can be applied to areas such as language acquisition, language processing, data mining of language corpora, or forensics; and they can choose to look at linguistics from the point of view of a specific language or language family. Those who wish to focus their study in a particular language area can select courses that constitute a 'Pathway' in that area, such as Celtic Linguistics or English Linguistics. Students undertake lectures in core subjects, choose seminars in their main areas of interest, and attend a Research Methods course.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK high 2.1 Honours degree.

Course modules

Most of the following Lent term research seminars will be available in any given year: formal syntax; phonological theory; morphology; experimenting with meaning; experimental phonetics and phonology; diachronic syntax; history of ideas on language; semantics, pragmatics and philosophy; psychological processes; computational linguistics; language acquisition, multilingualism in children and adults.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a combination of essays, oral presentation and a thesis.

Sponsorship information

AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council); ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council); CCEIT (Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust) including Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS); Vice-Chancellors' Awards (previously known as CHESS/CHSS);Gates Cambridge Trust; Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship; College funding.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 9,468 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
MPhil Full-time £ 20,535 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
MPhil Full-time £ 9,468 per Academic year (EU fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

Telephone number: 
01223 760606