Taught course

Phonetics and Phonology

University of York · Department of Language and Linguistics Science

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Entry requirements

You should have, or be about to complete, a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, which should include formal training in phonetics and phonology.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in Phonetics and Phonology will give you the opportunity to consider the fine details of everyday speech, and the information that these convey. You can study the sounds and sound patterns of the languages of the world from cognitive and social angles, combining theory and data. You can explore why sounds of language change over time and why we have different accents, and investigate how we learn the phonologies of our first and second languages.

You'll learn about a broad range of topics within the field, and will be equipped with the necessary skills to develop your own original research. You'll learn how to collect and analyse phonetic and phonological data, and how to use it to answer theoretical questions. You'll gain practical training in essential skills for phoneticians and phonologists, as well as a firm grounding in theory.
Taught by a diverse group of researchers, you'll draw on traditional and time-tested methods of analysis, as well as cutting-edge technological advances. Our research combines a focus on careful data analysis with a strong interest in theoretical questions. We are recognised experts in our field, with specialisms in language change, acquisition, prosody, spoken interaction and sociophonetics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322652