University of York

University of York


The course aims to give you a general foundation in the central areas of modern linguistics, while at the same time allowing you to develop your own particular areas of interest; impart a general foundation and background in linguistics; practical training in techniques used in linguistic analysis; enable you to apply your skills and knowledge to linguistic data; introduce you to research questions and methodologies in linguistics; enable you to perform original research in linguistics.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2.1 or equivalent in your first degree. If your 1st language is not English and your 1st degree was not taken in an English speaking country, you will need to show evidence that you meet our English Language requirements; IELTS score of 7, including 7 in both the written and oral assessment components.

Course modules

Module includes: language variation and change; semantics; syntax; phonetics and phonology; articulatory and impressionistic phonetics; bilingualism; semantic theory; syntactic theory; second language syntax; phonological variation and change; the acquisition of syntax by children; the phonetics of talk in interaction; topics in language variation and change; dissertation and subject specific training; research training seminar.

Assessment methods

Assessment for the Autumn term is in 2 parts: 1 set of assignments is submitted in the middle of the Autumn term, and another at the start of the Spring term. Students submit assessments for all modules. Each of the option modules is generally assessed by a 5,000 word essay handed in at the start of the Summer term. The course culminates in a sustained period of independent research and the production of a 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 - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 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 322652