University of Leeds

University of Leeds


This programme provides an introduction to theoretical linguistics through formal study of language focussing on syntax and phonetics or phonology, and to research methods in the core linguistic disciplines; it also offers a variety of options in the staff's areas of expertise including instrumental phonetics, language acquisition and pragmatics, for example; students are trained to carry out sound research.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject e.g. in languages, English, education, psychology, sociology, speech therapy; a personal statement explaining the reasons for studying linguistics at this institution; IELTS an overall score of at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each component).

Course modules

Semester 1: Foundations of syntax; foundations of phonetics and phonology; academic skills in linguistics; option choice. Semester 2: Topics in syntax; topics in phonetics and phonology; research methods in linguistics; option choice. Summer: Dissertation.

Assessment methods

These include a dissertation based on original work, under the guidance of a personal supervisor; the Master's degree is assessed by a combination of final exams, coursework, and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

University and school scholarships available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
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