Masters | Postgraduate Course - Linguistics MRes Course Details within Queen Mary University of London

School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
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Course Fees
Home and EU students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time £8,700 International students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time £15,750
Contact Name
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
+44 (0)20 7882 8332
Linguistics MRes

Study Details

MRes 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time

The MRes in Linguistics is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research-led approach to the study of Linguistics, across a broad disciplinary range of subfields (sociolinguistics, formal linguistics, experimental linguistics, developmental linguistics)..

This advanced subject specific training will be combined with training in the key research skills appropriate for doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the Department's MA in Linguistics, the programme includes core modules in research design, social and epistemological theory, and qualitative and quantitative methods offered jointly by QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of  the ESRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

This programme is in an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding. 

Module details

Students taking this programme will sit 4 core modules:

  • Dissertation 
  • Dissertation proseminar   
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data

Plus three elective modules from the following:                  

  • Ethnography of Communication    
  • Bilingualism             
  • Formal syntax  
  • Corpus Linguistics             
  • Understudied Languages and Linguistic Theory    
  • Experimental linguistics             
  • Sex, gender and language  
  • Concepts and consequences in grammatical theory*      
  • Extensional semantics*                       
  • Sociophonetics*
  • Second Language Acquisition* 
  • Sociolinguistic theory*             
  • Trends in linguistic research*  
  • Research Practicum*           
  • From morpheme to meaning*         
  • Research Methods in Sociolinguistics*

*Modules offered on our MA Linguistics programme

Entry Requirements

  • An upper second class (or overseas equivalent) in a taught postgraduate degree with a significant linguistics component, or a first class honours undergraduate linguistics degree (or overseas equivalent) 
  • Proof of advanced proficiency in academic English will be required for applicants where English is not a native language (IELTS 7.0, with 7.0 in writing)
  • A compelling PhD proposal that is an excellent fit for the research interests and expertise of our staff.

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.