SOAS University of London

Linguistics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

Modern linguistics is the scientific study of all aspects of the worlds languages from their sound systems and grammatical structure through to the interaction of language with culture, the study of meaning in language, and the use of language in modern technology. Linguists try to establish what types of structures are shared by different languages and the extent to which language may differ from each other.

The Linguistics programme from SOAS University of London is run on a modular basis to suit the needs of the following four categories of students:

  • Those with a degree in linguistics who wish to pursue more regional and language-based study;
  • Those with a degree in linguistics who wish to pursue more research-oriented topics before proceeding to a research degree;
  • Those with little or no previous training in linguistics who wish to acquire a knowledge of the discipline;
  • Those with little or no previous training in linguistics who wish to take the degree as a conversion course before; proceeding to a research degree.

The course can be taken full time over one calendar year or part time over two or three years (daytime only.) The taught part of the course consists of core lectures which introduce basic concepts, theory and methodology; and additional seminars which extend the core material into other areas. A 10,000-word dissertation written over the summer offers students the opportunity to develop original research in an area of special interest.

MA Linguistics is for students who would like to acquire general postgraduate-level training in formal linguistics (perhaps as preparation for further training or research).

Employment

An MA in Linguistics from SOAS equips students with essential skills such as competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers.

MA Linguistics graduates leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Knowledge
  • Acquiring a solid foundation in the ‘core’ areas of theoretical linguistics, syntax, phonology and semantics.
  • Familiarity with the basic concepts and assumptions of different theoretical frameworks in the discipline, and the ability to critically question and evaluate these assumptions.
  • Familiarity with the relevant conventions and methodology applicable to work with both raw linguistic data and linguistic descriptions.
  • Opportunity to specialise in the area of interest.
  • The student will have the opportunity of gaining knowledge or further knowledge of one or more Asian, Middle Eastern and African languages.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • The ability to formulate appropriate linguistic problems, propose and evaluate analyses and present evidence (for and/or against) these analyses.
  • Knowledge of how to assess data and evidence critically from the literature and original sources, how to formulate analyses and arguments within the system of concepts and assumptions in the discipline, how to solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Practising research techniques in specialised research libraries and through consultant work.
  • Retrieving and selecting information from a variety of linguistic sources such as specialised papers and reference grammars.
  • Student will have strong practical language skills which will help them in any context where the language is used and which will also be of benefit if they need to learn another language in the future.
Transferrable skills
  • Training in locating materials and using research sources (library holdings, ‘raw’ language data, periodicals, internet).
  • Structuring and communicating ideas effectively in writing
  • Questioning, understanding and evaluating competing proposals

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Phonology (Masters)
  • Syntax (Masters)
  • Advanced Phonology
  • Advanced Syntax (Masters)
  • Dynamic Syntax (Masters)
  • Issues in Semantics (Masters)
  • Dissertation in Linguistics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
    60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    105

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of First Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18980 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9225 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9225 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part Time 2 Years:
  • UK/EU Students: £4,613
  • Overseas: £9,490
Part Time 3 Years:
  • UK/EU Students: £3,075
  • Overseas: £6,327

Living costs for London

684 - 830 GBP/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

    Scholarships
    • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships
    • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
    • Felix Scholarships
    • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
    • SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Languages and Cultures
    • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
    • The Prospect Burma Scholarship
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