University of Kent

Degree level: Postgraduate

Experimental and Theoretical Linguistics (Taught)

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Course summary

The MA in Experimental and Theoretical Linguistics at Kent offers an excellent opportunity to explore the broad spectrum of linguistics and its sub-disciplines. Overview The programme is designed for graduates with a background in language and related areas (for example, English, Modern or Classical Languages, Linguistics, Psychology, Anthropology), looking to explore the theory and methodology of linguistics in-depth, from the study of sound (phonetics and phonology) to the study of words (morphology), sentences (syntax) and meaning (semantics and pragmatics). It draws upon the considerable expertise of staff in the Department of English Language & Linguistics. Students choose four modules each in the Autumn and Spring terms, including core modules on Sounds, Structure, and Meaning, supplemented with options on, for example, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, language learning and teaching, sociolinguistics and stylistics, , which allow studentsto develop areas of interest, and engage with aspects of their chosen discipline which are informed by the latest research and scholarship. They then complete a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words over the summer. The programme is ideal for those with a keen interest in language in the broadest sense, and a willingness to explore theories of language critically. The programme also offers a smooth transition to doctoral work for those who wish to pursue their studies further.

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Entry requirements

A second class honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must have IELTS overall 7.0 with at least 6.5 for each component. The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.


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Experimental and Theoretical Linguistics at University of Kent - UCAS