Applications for the MPhil course are welcomed from those who have or expect to obtain a good first degree (a first, or at least a high 2.1, in the UK system, or the equivalent elsewhere). Students taking the MPhil are expected have spent some time studying linguistics or related subjects at undergraduate level; but, occasionally, exceptions may be considered.
Months of entry
The course is unusual in that it integrates study of linguistic theory, broadly understood, and applied linguistics, in a single programme. It provides great variety and flexibility of content, with subject-specific training and the opportunity for diverse intellectual interactions. These can occur across the wide range of research specialisms represented in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (DTAL) and beyond - especially elsewhere in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML). Thus, students can explore theoretical and descriptive linguistics (e.g. the syntactic organization, or sound structure and phonetics, of different languages, or the principles that govern the historical development of languages); they can study how linguistics and phonetics can be applied to areas such as language acquisition, language processing, data mining of language corpora, or forensics; and they can choose to look at linguistics from the point of view of a specific language or language family (e.g. Italian linguistics, Germanic linguistics, etc.). Those who wish to focus their study in a particular language area can select courses that constitute a 'Pathway' in that area, such as Celtic Linguistics or English Linguistics.
The course is intended for students who wish to extend and deepen their existing knowledge of the language sciences and their application. It often serves as a bridge between undergraduate study and doctoral research, but is also suitable as a self-contained one-year course of study. Many students move straight into the MPhil after their first degree, but others come to it after a number of years away from formal study, sometimes in teaching posts related to languages, but also in other careers.
Information for international students
English Language Proficiency: IELTS 7.5 (minimum of 7 in each unit); TOEFL iBT 110 (minimum 25 in each individual element); CAE Grade A or B (minimum 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment; CPE Grade A, B or C (with minimum 200 in each individual element).
Fees and funding
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trusts, Gates Cambridge Scholarships, College Scholarships.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Louise Radok
- 01223 335050