SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics

MA Linguistics

duration:
One calendar year (full-time), two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

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

  • Minimum upper second class honours 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 or Part Time

Modern linguistics is the scientific study of all aspects of the world’s 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.

MA Linguistics at SOAS is a modular programme which combines the intensive study of the core areas of formal linguistics - phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics - with a choice of options in different areas of the discipline. The programme 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 programme can be taken full time over one calendar year or part time over two or three years (daytime only.) The taught part of the programme 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).

Convenors

Structure

Students on the MA Linguistics take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Students should follow the programme structure set out below.

Students also attend the Research Foundations Seminar.  Students may choose 30 credits from the list of approved language open options.

Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Phonology (Masters) 15PLIH041 15 Term 1
Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH040 15 Term 1
Dissertation in Linguistics 15PLIC999 60 Full Year
Optional Modules

Students must choose 15 credits from the following list. You may choose more.

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
Issues in Semantics (Masters) 15PLIH012 15 Term 2
Open Option Modules

Any modules to the value of 45 credits from the list of running Linguistics PG modules; or any 15 credit module from the list of running Linguistics PG modules and a 30 credit language module taken in other departments.

Language Acquisition Modules

You may select modules to the value of 30 credits from the list below.

Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 30 Full Year
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year
Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 30 Full Year
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 30 Full Year
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 30 Full Year
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Swahili 4 (PG) 15PAFC144 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 30 Full Year
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 30 Full Year
Basic Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 30 Full Year
Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean (PG) 15PJKC018 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390 1 unit - 45 cats
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 30 Full Year
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary (PG) 15PNMC409 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 30 Full Year
Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 30 Full Year
Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 30 Full Year
Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

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

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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

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. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Application Deadline: 2017-02-03 16:00

Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 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

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.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Studying at SOAS is an absolute joy as well as an enriching experience. I am being taught by two of the most inspirational teachers I have ever met and they challenge me to ‘unpack’ and think more deeply about the issues that I am enthusiastic about.

Bobby Danial

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