Taught course


The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

An Upper-Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in Linguistics or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Linguistics consists of the following elements:

compulsory core course units in Introduction to Grammatical Theory (15 credits), Phonetics and Phonology (15 credits), and Research Methods I and II (2 x 15 credits)
optional course units (60 credits altogether)
a dissertation (60 credits).
Alternatives to the compulsory course units in Introduction to Grammatical Theory and/or Phonetics and Phonology may be chosen if students can provide evidence of having covered comparable material in their undergraduate degree.

The optional course units may be selected following specialised pathways, which include Sociolinguistics, the Linguistics of English, Phonetics and Phonology, Syntax and Semantics, Typology, and Romani Linguistics. One or two course units may take the form of Directed Reading units, available after consultation with an appropriated member of staff and the Programme Director. One or two course units may also be taken from a list of MA course units available in other subject areas within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, or as adapted Level-3 undergraduate course units in Linguistics and English Language, which supplement the course units on offer at MA level.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language we require: an IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based test) or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 with 70 in the writing component.

Fees and funding

AHRC and School bursaries. Students taking the MA Linguistics who intend to specialise in the pathways `Romani Linguistics' or `Sociolinguistics' may also apply for ESRC funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
00 44 (0)161 306 1259