A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme. Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course. You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events. You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project. At the end of the project you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined by both an internal and an external examiner. On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD). Professional links and accreditation: Linguistics and Modern Languages is home to the internationally-recognized Stylistics Research Centre (https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/src/), as well as hosting research groups on language variation and change. Our staff hold official positions in professional organisations such as the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) (http://www.lagb.org.uk/), the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (https://www.iafpa.net/) and the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) (https://www.pala.ac.uk/). We edit and publish the popular magazine Babel (https://babelzine.co.uk/) which is aimed at non-specialist readers with an interest in linguistics and language-related issues. As a student, you'll have the opportunity to write or review for the magazine. Find out more about our research (https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-subjects/linguistics/).
Linguistics and Modern Languages at Huddersfield has a vibrant postgraduate community, with around 35 research students studying with us at any one time. Our students come from a wide range of countries and are a vital and vibrant part of the life of the department. We offer research supervision in a wide variety of sub-fields of linguistics and are particularly interested in applications for linguistics in the solution of real-world problems. Our particular research strengths include:
- Cognitive linguistics
- Conversation Analysis
- Corpus linguistics
- Critical Discourse Analysis
- Forensic speech science
- History of the English language
- Intercultural communication
- Language acquisition
- Modern languages and culture
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an upper second honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£4647*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£4647*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
For further information please visit https://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding-studies/
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