University of York

University of York

Comparative Syntax and Semantics

The course will allow students to develop their own areas of interest and expertise in generative syntax and / or formal semantics. The programme focuses on the cross-linguistic perspective, allowing students to strengthen their knowledge of formal syntax and formal semantics, and is aimed at students who have enough background in both syntax and semantics to know that they wish to specialise in those areas.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to receive at least a 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. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

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 Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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