The MA in Linguistics at Kent offers an excellent opportunity to explore the broad spectrum of linguistics and its sub-disciplines.

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.

Study Details:

MA, 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, Canterbury

Module Details:

Compulsory modules currently include

  • LL832 – Meaning (15 credits)
  • LL833 – Structure (15 credits)
  • LL837 – Research Skills (15 credits)
  • LL838 – Sounds (15 credits)

Optional modules may include

  • LL844 – Language Development in Exceptional Circumstances (15 credits)
  • LL845 – Sociolinguistic Theory (15 credits)
  • LL847 – Topics in Syntax (15 credits)
  • LL834 – Second Language Acquisition (15 credits)
  • LL835 – Language Processing (15 credits)
  • LL836 – English Phonetics (15 credits)
  • LL830 – Quantitative Research Methods (15 credits)

Compulsory modules currently include

  • LL899 – Research Dissertation (60 credits)

Programme Funding

Funding opportunities including scholarships available 

Student Destinations

Postgraduate work in English Language and Linguistics prepares you for a range of careers where an in-depth understanding of how language functions is essential. These include speech and language theory, audiology, teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, public relations, company training, broadcasting, forensic and computational work, and the civil or diplomatic services.


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Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.

International applicants for whom English is not their first language must have IELTS overall 7.0 with at least 6.5 for each component.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

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