Taught course

Phonetics and Phonology

University of York · Department of Language and Linguistics Science

Entry requirements

Students should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2:1 or equivalent in your first degree, which should include formal training in phonetics and phonology. This course assumes a strong interest in phonetics and phonology, and familiarity with the terminology and methodology of these fields. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA programme is designed to familiarise you with a broad range of topics within phonetics and phonology and give you the necessary skills to develop your own research in these fields. You will learn how to collect and analyse phonetic and phonological data, and how to use it to answer theoretical questions.

Students will study the sounds and sound patterns of the languages of the world from cognitive and social angles, combining theory and data, along with specialisms in language change, acquisition, prosody, spoken interaction and sociophonetics.

Module includes:

  • advanced phonology;
  • advanced phonetics;
  • quantitative methods;
  • research training seminar;
  • dissertation.

One module from a wide range of options including modules on Language variation and change and Phonological acquisition.

Optional modules:

  • articulatory and impressionistic phonetics;
  • computational phonology;
  • phonetics of talk-in-interaction;
  • phonological variation and change;
  • topics in phonological development.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322652