Taught course

Linguistics

Institution
University of Leeds · School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons). We would normally expect you to have a degree in a relevant subject such as languages, English, education, psychology, sociology, speech therapy or others. Professional experience will also be considered.

For more information, visit the admissions qualifications webpage, or contact the Taught Postgraduate Admissions Team.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course will give you an in-depth theoretical and methodological grounding in linguistics and phonetics – analysing how language and speech sounds are structured and used.

Core modules will introduce you to key aspects of the discipline, such as syntax, phonetics and phonology. You’ll also develop your knowledge of a broad range of theoretical and empirical research methods. You’ll then choose from optional modules to suit your interests or career plans, such as language acquisition or sociolinguistics.

Spanning the arts and sciences, linguistics is a challenging and rewarding discipline that allows you to gain a real understanding of human communication as well as a wide range of transferable skills. Taught by experts in top-class facilities and supported by the Language at Leeds research network, this programme will give you a good foundation in the subject informed by the very latest research.

Specialist resources

Leeds is a fantastic place to study linguistics and phonetics. Our tutors and research students are active members of the wider Language at Leeds network which brings together researchers from across the University. You’ll be able to enhance your learning with an array of research events throughout the year.

Postgraduates also have access to our extensive facilities, including the Human Communications Suite complete with a recording studio and lab space for psycholinguistics experiments. You can make use of our phonetics lab and the Language Zone, a state-of-the-art space where you can use a range of language-based teaching materials whenever you want.

This programme is suitable for people who will have studied a little linguistics during their first degree. If you have a substantial background in linguistics or phonetics, you may prefer to study for an MA by Research.

This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

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
  • Further details of qualification

    This programme aims to give you an in-depth understanding of central aspects of the language faculty and of language use. Graduates go on to work in a variety of areas including research in linguistics, language specialist, lexicography, editing work, journalism, advertising, artificial intelligence, language education.

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Email
lcspg@leeds.ac.uk
Phone
0113 343 3234