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University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,950.00 per year
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Study the nuts and bolts of language: sound systems, word structure, sentence structure, and how meaning is conveyed. Learn about the different theories that have been proposed to account for human linguistic ability. In this degree you will learn what human languages share, and where they differ.

Our course will interest you if you want a formal and empirical grounding in all core areas of linguistics, and are keen to evaluate the major theoretical approaches in these disciplines.

You study topics including:

- Theoretical and descriptive phonology
- Syntactic theory
- Pragmatics
- Semantics
- Phonetics

Our optional modules are in the related fields of applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.

We are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, placing us firmly within the top 10 departments in the UK and ranked among the top 150 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings 2016 for linguistics.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Programme structure

Year 1

MA Dissertation
Syntactic Theory I
Advanced Phonology
Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
Syntactic Theory II
First Language Acquisition (optional)
Phonological Development (optional)
Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics Theory (optional)
American Languages (optional)
Varieties of English (optional)
Sentence Processing (optional)
Language Rights (optional)
Language Learning (optional)
English Syntax 1 (optional)
Individual Differences in L2 Learning (optional)
Variationist Sociolinguistic Theory (optional)
Experimental Design and Analysis (optional)
Sociolinguistic Methods 1: Data Collection (optional)
Research Methods I (optional)
English Syntax 2 (optional)
Sociocultural Linguistics (optional)
The Role of Age in Bilingual Development (optional)
Variation in English II (optional)
Sociolinguistic Methods: Data Coding and Analysis (optional)
Research Methods II (optional)
Graduate Research Assignment (optional)
Language Attrition (optional)
Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis (optional)
Intercultural Communication: communicating across languages and cultures (optional)

Career opportunities

Our course can lead to careers in areas such as academic research, publishing, journalism, administration, public service and teaching. You develop key employability skills including research design, data analysis, thinking analytically, report writing and public speaking.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States