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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This programme is designed to offer comprehensive training in the core subject areas of linguistics, while also offering you the flexibility to focus on formal linguistics, sociolinguistics or the exciting and emerging links between them. Classes are taught by world-leading researchers, providing you with an advanced understanding of methods and concepts across linguistics, from cutting-edge theory to practical research work.

This degree also offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience in both conducting and applying linguistics research. In addition to your dissertation, you will have the option to work as a Research Assistant on one of the department's ongoing research projects or to pursue an industry partnership with one of our private or public sector partners. You will work with an academic advisor to tailor a programme of study that corresponds to your experience and research interests. We strongly encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and welcome students with diverse interests. You can aim for a cross-disciplinary programme or choose to specialise in formal linguistics or in sociolinguistics.

This programme will: Allow you to develop the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills relevant to careers in linguistics, including PhD study; Give you the opportunity to do practical research based work experience in linguistics; Provide you with a broad experience of linguistic and sociolinguistic data, using London's cultural and linguistic environment as a resource. A wide variety of assessment techniques will be used, tailored to the learning outcomes of the different modules. These will include poster presentations, technical exercises, critiques of theoretical and methodological proposals in the literature, research reports and essays and extended written analyses of data.

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Introduction to Syntax - Core
Sociolinguistic theory - Core
Dissertation proseminar - Core
Dissertation - Core
Trends in linguistic theory - Core
Concepts and consequences in grammatical theory - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an upper second class honours (or overseas equivalent) in an undergraduate degree with a significant linguistics component .