Taught course


University of Leeds · School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. We would normally expect a degree that is relevant to the MA course, e.g. a degree in linguistics, languages, English, education, psychology, sociology, or speech therapy.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Linguistics is designed for graduates wishing to gain an in-depth understanding of how language works: how it is structured, processed, learnt, and used for different communicative purposes. The course is suitable for students with some prior knowledge of linguistics who seek a firm theoretical and methodological grounding for career development in a range of language-oriented professions, or for study at PhD level.

Core modules cover the study of language structure and speech sounds, focusing on syntax and phonetics. Option modules allow further exploration of language acquisition and discourse studies.

Module titles include:
• topics in syntax
• topics in phonetics and phonology
• sociolinguistics
• pragmatics
• second language acquisition

The programme also covers research methods in linguistics. Students are trained to conduct original research and
complete a dissertation under the guidance of a personal supervisor.

Students with a substantial background in linguistics should apply for the MA by research.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). For details please refer to the School website below. Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students. For further information please click here.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 3234