SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics

MA Linguistics and Intensive Language

duration:
Two calendar years (full-time)

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Upper-second class degree (or equivalent)
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Who is this programme for?:

The programme is run on a modular basis to suit students with little or no training in linguistics who:

  • Wish to acquire a more profound knowledge of the discipline or take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree.
  • Are looking to gain a working knowledge of an Asian, Middle Eastern or African language.

This two-year programme is meant for students who wish to combine rigorous training in the discipline of linguistics, with the intensive study of one or more African or Asian languages. At the end of the programme students will be able to embark on professional careers in language-related fields with emphasis on the region in which the language chosen for the programme is spoken. They will also be able to undertake further study, e.g. for a research degree in linguistics.

The programme is built on the MA Linguistics and includes all parts of this programme (4 units). It may be combined with Intensive Language (Japanese), Intensive Language (Korean) and Intensive Language (Arabic). Relevant departments deliver 4 units of language study, which may include a summer abroad in a country where the language is spoken. Please click on the links to view their webpages for further information.

Convenors

Structure

The MA Linguistics and Intensive Language consists of three components: core courses, optional courses and dissertation research.

Students take seven full units of taught courses and write a 10,000 word dissertation on the topic of their choice in linguistics in consultation with the supervisor. Three units are taken in the Linguistics department, and four units are taken in other SOAS departments and involve the practical study of a language at any level. Students also attend the weekly Research Training Seminar in Year 1.

Pathway A - *Currently not running*

2 units of Linguistics and 2 units of Language in year 1 and year 2

Year One
Core compulsory courses:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Phonology (Masters) 15PLIH041 0.5 Unit Term 1
Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH040 0.5 Unit Term 1
Core optional courses:

2 half-unit courses from the list of options available in the department, with at least one chosen from:

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Advanced Phonology 15PLIH042 0.5 Unit Term 2
Advanced Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Dynamic Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH031 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Advanced Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Two units of language courses taken from language departments. Courses to be confirmed.

Year Two
Core optional courses:

Courses to the value of 1 unit chosen from the list of options available in the Linguistics department 2 units of language courses taken from language departments. Courses to be confirmed.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Dissertation in Linguistics 15PLIC999 1 Unit Full Year
Pathway B

1 unit of Linguistics, 3 units of Language in Year 1; 3 units of Linguistics, 1 unit of Language in Year 2

Year One
Core compulsory courses:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Phonology (Masters) 15PLIH041 0.5 Unit Term 1
Core optional courses:

1 half-unit course from the list of options available in the Linguistics department 3 units of language taken from language departments. Courses to be confirmed.

Year Two
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH040 0.5 Unit Term 1
Core optional courses:

Courses to the value of 1.5 units chosen from the list of options available in the Linguistics Department. At least one of the options must be taken from:

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Advanced Phonology 15PLIH042 0.5 Unit Term 2
Advanced Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Dynamic Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH031 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Advanced Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH008 0.5 Unit Term 2

1 unit of language taken from language departments. Courses to be confirmed

 

Important information for 2017/18 applicants

For the 2017 academic year, SOAS has introduced a new academic framework for all of our postgraduate taught courses. The new model will mean that taught programmes are now made up of four units each worth 30 credits – our current structure is based on three units – plus dissertation. This approach is in line with PG programmes in most other universities.

In practice this means that there will be additional choice of modules for students taking PG taught programmes in 2017. The modules set out here represent the options available in the programme in 2016. In most cases, our 2017 programmes will contain these options plus additional modules – broadening the range of what is available on your programme.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Programme Aims
  • To provide students with knowledge of the discipline of linguistics
    and research methodology in the study of language, both from a theoretical
    and practical viewpoint
  • To provide students with sufficient transferable skills to enable them to
    function in other professional environments related to language
  • To provide either a further qualification in linguistics or a preparation for
    research (MPhil/PhD) study. By the end of the course students are able to
    pursue further research or training, at either PhD or professional level
  • To provide the opportunity of studying one or more Asian, Middle Eastern and African languages. By the end of the course students are able to have an intermediate-level command of at least one language
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge
  1. Acquiring a solid foundation in the ‘core’ areas of theoretical linguistics, syntax, phonology and semantics
  2. Familiarity with the basic concepts and assumptions of different theoretical
    frameworks in the discipline, and the ability to critically question and evaluate
    these assumptions
  3. Familiarity with the relevant conventions and methodology applicable to working
    with both raw linguistic data and linguistic descriptions
  4. Opportunity to specialise in the area of interest
  5. The student will have the opportunity to gain knowledge (or further knowledge) of one or more Asian, Middle Eastern or African languages
Intellectual (thinking) skills

Having completed the programme, students should have:

  1. The ability to formulate appropriate linguistic problems, propose and evaluate
    analyses and present evidence (for and/or against) these analyses
  2. 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

Having completed the programme, students should be able to:

  1. Practise research techniques in specialised research libraries and through
    consultant work
  2. Retrieve and select information from a variety of linguistic sources such
    as specialised papers and reference grammars
  3. 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
Transferable skills

Having completed the programme, students should be able to:

  1. Locate materials and use research sources (library holdings,
    ‘raw’ language data, periodicals, internet)
  2. Structure and communicate ideas effectively in writing
  3. Question, understand and evaluate competing proposals

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Many linguistics graduates continue their studies and go to do a PhD, either at SOAS or elsewhere. Others work in the domains of education, translation, information and media technology, journalism, publishing, consultancy for law and medicine, product-naming companies, as well as governmental organisations concerned with language planning, language policy and foreign affairs.

A Student's Perspective

It is a quirky university making it stand out from all the rest, being extremely culturally diverse and welcoming towards students from all backgrounds.

Emma Young

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