Research course

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics by Advanced Study

University of Cambridge · Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil by Advanced Study is offered by the Linguistics Section within the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (MMLL) as a full-time period of study and research, and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge.

The course aims:

to provide students with the necessary background in linguistic theory and related topics at an intermediate and advanced level using a range of approaches and methodologies;

to give students the opportunity to acquire expertise in their specific research interests in part by offering the opportunity of specialisation through pathways in the linguistics of particular languages;

to provide foundations for continuation to PhD research;

to offer the opportunity to participate in the research culture within and beyond the Faculty, for example within the Language Sciences community, by attending and contributing to postgraduate seminars and reading groups; and

to develop the research skills required to conduct independent research such as:

formulating a realistic research proposal, with suitably delineated aims, objectives, methods and scope;

preparing written work based on the proposal;

mastering the construction of a valid theoretical argument;

selecting and mastering suitable research methods;

collecting relevant bibliography;

using computer databases and corpora;

using the relevant software, including statistical packages where appropriate; and

presenting well-argued academic material to the wider research community.

Information for international students

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score

Listening 7.0

Writing 7.0

Reading 7.0

Speaking 7.0

Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score

Listening 25

Writing 25

Reading 25

Speaking 25

Total 110


Score: Grade A & B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185 plus a Language Centre assessment)


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 with no element lower than 185).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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