University of York

University of York

Phonetics and Phonology

This programme is designed to familiarise you with a broad range of topics within phonetics and phonology and give you the necessary skills to develop your own research in these fields. You will learn how to collect and analyse phonetic and phonological data, and how to use it to answer theoretical questions. Students will study the sounds and sound patterns of the languages of the world from cognitive and social angles, combining theory and data, along with specialisms in language change, acquisition, prosody, spoken interaction and sociophonetics.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2.1 or equivalent in your 1st degree, which should include formal training in phonetics and phonology. This course assumes a strong interest in phonetics and phonology, and familiarity with the terminology and methodology of these fields. 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: Advanced phonology; advanced phonetics; quantitative methods; research training seminar; dissertation. 1 module from a wide range of options including modules on language variation and change and phonological acquisition. Optional modules: Articulatory and impressionistic phonetics; computational phonology; phonetics of talk-in-interaction; phonological variation and change; topics in phonological development.

Assessment methods

As for the taught modules, assessment is typically by an exam, a dossier of exercises or a short essay for the Autumn term modules, and by a 5,000-word essay or equivalent for the Spring term modules.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Board studentships (competitive basis); University offers range of studentships and scholarships for full-time graduate students, bursaries (40% of fee) for part-time students, scholarships (on competitive basis) for overseas candidates of high academic ability, limited number of bursaries (contribution towards tuition fees) for self-financing students who meet unexpected financial problems.


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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