Taught course


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

Entry requirements

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent, typically in a subject relevant to Linguistics or in Linguistics.

The application form includes a personal statement section in which you must demonstrate your knowledge of and interest in the subject (between 500 and 1,500 words).

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Linguistics master's course is a flexible programme that aims to explore the breadth and the depth of linguistics.

It builds on the widest range of teaching and research expertise, covering all aspects of theoretical and descriptive linguistics, including:

  • phonetics
  • phonology
  • morphology
  • syntax
  • semantics
  • pragmatics
  • discourse and conversation analysis
  • typology
  • historical linguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics
  • computational and corpus linguistics
  • field linguistics
  • the documentation and description of endangered languages.

Our teaching staff work on various practical applications of linguistics (eg language codification and language policy, institutional language, language in the community, forensic linguistics).

Our internationally-recognised expertise encompasses a breadth of languages, including English and other Germanic languages, Romance languages, Polish, Amerindian languages, languages of South Asia, indigenous languages of Australia and historical languages such as Old English.

You will receive a solid foundation for linguistic study in four out of five core units:

  • Grammatical Theory (compulsory);
  • Phonetics and Phonology (compulsory);
  • Semantics and Pragmatics;
  • Sociolinguistics;
  • Psycholinguistics.

The remainder of the course allows you to make the most of what our staff have to offer.

You can take a variety of course units in different areas, including Forensic Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Language Development, Language Policy.

Information for international students

You must achieve a minimum overall grade of 7.0 in IELTS with 7.0 in writing and no skill below 6.5 or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25 and no skill below 22.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 306 1259