Postgraduate study in Linguistics

Postgraduate study opportunities in Linguistics

Applied Language Studies and Linguistics offers a comprehensive postgraduate programme in Linguistics. You can study the following topics within Linguistics.

Language as code

This aspect of Linguistics examines grammatical systems, the meanings that are encoded in lexical items, phrases and clauses, and sound systems.

The social contexts of language

You can examine the status and use of different languages in a single society and the use of standard and non-standard language. We study the role language plays in personal and social identity, the place of language in social and cultural capital, and the key role of language in education and employment.

Language acquisition and change

Other Linguistics courses deal with the acquisition of language by children and the ways in which languages change over time.

Linguistic theory

We cover all the main areas of linguistic theory: syntax, phonology, historical linguistics, language contact, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. Research methodology is an important aspect.

Postgraduate careers

You could use your knowledge and skills in fields such as language education, language policy, artificial intelligence, voice synthesis, speech pathology, audiology, translating and interpreting, and the automatic processing of documents.

Meet some of our students and graduates.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Linguistics

The overall aim of the BA (Hons) in Linguistics is to provide students with a more in-depth knowledge of language structure, language use, the historical and social dimensions of languages, and theories that deal with these domains. The main areas covered include syntax, phonology, historical linguistics, language contact (including pidgins and creoles), semantics, pragmatics, discourse and sociolinguistics. Research methodology is an important aspect of the programme.

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Linguistics. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts in Linguistics

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Linguistics with an average grade of B or higher.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Linguistics. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Linguistics, contact an Adviser.