SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

MA Linguistics and Intensive Language (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
Two calendar years (full-time)

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 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

Entry requirements

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

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

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.

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Linguistics:

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

There are two different pathways for the Linguistics component of this programme: one for students with a background in Linguistics, and one for students who have no previous knowledge of the subject.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.

Please see the relevant web pages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics for information on the Intensive Languagepart of the programme.

Two years with background in Linguistics
Year 1 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Phonology 15PLIH042 15 Term 2
Advanced Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH008 15 Term 2
Plus
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dynamic Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH031 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Or
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in Semantics (Masters) 15PLIH012 15 Term 2
Plus

A module from the list of Linguistics modules below to the value of 15 credits.

Language Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

A module(s) from the list of Linguistics module below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Linguistics 15PLIC999 60 Full Year
Two years without background in Linguistics
Year 1 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Phonology (Masters) 15PLIH041 15 Term 1
Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH040 15 Term 1
Plus

A module from the list of Linguistics modules below to the value of 15 credits.

Plus

A module from the following list to the value of 15 credits:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Phonology 15PLIH042 15 Term 2
Advanced Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH008 15 Term 2
Dynamic Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH031 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Issues in Semantics (Masters) 15PLIH012 15 Term 2
Language Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

A module(s) from the list of Linguistics modules below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Linguistics 15PLIC999 60 Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)

PGT Linguistics modules

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Phonology 15PLIH042 15 Term 2
Advanced Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH008 15 Term 2
Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy 15PLIC015 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Arabic Linguistics and Language Pedagogy 15PLIH050 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Concepts and Practice of Subtitling 15PLIH048 15 Term 2
Conference Interpreting (English/Chinese) 15PLIH051 15 Term 1
Directed Readings in Linguistics/the Structure of Language A 15PLIH001 15 Term 1
Directed Readings in Linguistics/the Structure of Language B 15PLIH002 15 Term 2
Dynamic Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH031 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Historical Linguistics (Masters) 15PLIH020 15 Term 1
Intercultural Communication and Interaction 15PLIH054 15 Term 1
Intercultural communication research in action 15PLIH055 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Introduction to the Study of Language 15PLIC008 30 Full Year
Issues in Semantics (Masters) 15PLIH012 15 Term 2
Language Planning and Policy 15PLIH032 15 Term 2
Language support and revitalisation 15PLIH033 15 Term 2
Language, Society and Communication (Masters) 15PLIH004 15 Term 2
Linguistic Typology (Masters) 15PLIH015 15 Term 2
Morphology (Masters) 15PLIH006 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Phonetics (PG) 15PLIH045 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Phonology (Masters) 15PLIH041 15 Term 1
Practical Translation Arabic into English 15PLIH052 15 Term 1
Practical Translation English into Arabic 15PLIH053 15 Term 2
Psychology of Language (Masters) 15PLIH005 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism 15PLIH038 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH040 15 Term 1
Topics in Lexical Semantics (MA) 15PLIH003 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Topics in the Structure of Chinese (Masters) 15PLIH009 15 Term 2
Translation Technology 15PLIH049 15 Term 1
Translation Theory 15PLIH047 15 Term 1

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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 2018/19 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
£9,225 £18,980
Scholarships

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

My primary destination has always been SOAS, not London. But I somehow got attached to the crowded, and yet cosy, streets of London, with its tiny cafes and shops that take you on multicultural tours around the world.

Hristina Racheva, INALCO France

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