University of York

University of York

Comparative Syntax and Semantics

This programme is aimed at students who have enough background in both syntax and semantics to know that they wish to specialise in those areas. The programme focuses on the cross-linguistic perspective, allowing students to strengthen their knowledge of formal syntax and formal semantics.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold or expect to receive at least a good 2.1 or equivalent in your 1st degree with pre-requisite study of both (generative) syntax and (formal) semantics. We would expect you to have taken at least 40 credits (20 ECTS) in the areas of syntax and semantics before embarking on this programme; IELTS score of 7, including 7 in both the written and oral assessment components.

Course modules

Modules include: Issues at the syntax and semantics interface; comparative syntax and syntactic typology; advanced comparative syntactic or semantic typology; advanced topics at the interfaces of syntax; specific training and dissertation; research training seminar.

Assessment methods

Autumn and Spring Terms:Each module will be assessed by written assignments, usually a 5,000 word essay or equivalent; dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 322650