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Department of Linguistics

Independent Study Project in Linguistics

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Year 3
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Full Year


Normally students are required to have achieved an overall grade of 2:1 from their second year of the programme. Students who are intending to do an ISP need their proposed topic approved initially by their supervisor and ISP convenor.

Students wishing to do an ISP must submit to the course tutor a working title and a synopsis of 300 to 500 words of the proposed topic of the ISP (proposal forms can be collected from the faculty office).  It must not be assumed that all proposals will be automatically approved. As an ISP is an optional part of the Linguistics degree, there is no right for a student to do an ISP.

Students are strongly advised to start planning for an ISP in Term 2 of Year 2. Students should discuss their ideas at an early stage with the course tutor.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

Students will develop the skill to work independently on an approved topic of their choice in Linguistics. To do this they will identify an area of interest to them and define a research question, refine and pursue that question via library research and write an argued study project with footnotes and references in standard professional format.


A maximum of 10 hours total supervison

Scope and syllabus

10,000 words on a subject of the student’s own choice, researched and written in his or her own time. The project must be approved by a supervisor and the Undergraduate Tutor. Advice on selection of topic, background reading, preparation and organisation of the material will be given.

Method of assessment

One 10,000 word essay (in English) due Friday week 1, term 3.

Suggested reading

To be advised by the relevant supervisor.