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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Linguistics

Programme code:MA-LING/12MUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Diane Nelson Contact

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Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

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School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Linguistics and Phonetics

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Linguistics and Phonetics board of examiners

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should appreciate the contribution to academic and intellectual culture made by the discipline of Linguistics; understand the main principles behind linguistic theorising; and be able to evaluate specific claims put forward by linguists in terms of how those claims are developed and formulated, and how they relate to the discipline as a whole.

The programme will:
- consolidate the students' grounding in grammar, phonetics and general linguistics, the structural analysis of language and the physical analysis of speech sounds;
- expose students to theories and methods in the core areas of syntax and phonetics, in a way which will enable them to appreciate work in these areas which is at the frontiers of the subject;
- enable students to explore additional subjects, particularly in the areas of language development and discourse studies, through optional modules;
- provide training in research methods and in the associated skills which will enable students to plan, execute and write up a personal research project in a chosen subdiscipline of Linguistics.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

LING5350MDissertation (Linguistics and Phonetics)30 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
LING5400MFoundations of Phonetics and Phonology15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LING5410MFoundations of Syntax15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LING5420MTopics in Phonetics and Phonology15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LING5430MTopics in Syntax15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LING5470MAcademic Skills in Linguistics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LING5480MResearch Methods in Linguistics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

LING5005MLanguages in Contact30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LING5241MPragmatics30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LING5290MSecond Language Acquisition30 creditsNot running in 202021
LING5440MApproaches to Linguistics and Language Acquisition30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Last updated: 30/06/2020 18:55:51


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