Language is complex, and linguistics attempts to describe and explain the full range of that complexity, especially speech sounds, the grammar of words and sentences, and how meaning relates to words, grammar and context. The M.Phil. in linguistics gives due weight to all of these, with core modules in Describing Grammar, Describing Meaning, Describing the Sounds of Languages, and Laboratory Phonetics and Phonology. A varied menu of optional modules gives students the opportunity to investigate social, psychological, historical and advanced topics in linguistic theory.
The M.Phil. in Linguistics has been running for nearly 30 years. Our students -- who are not expected to have any background in linguistics -- have in some cases come from language professions (translating, interpreting, teaching, speech and language therapy, publishing...), or direct from undergraduate degrees which include language-centred elements (English, modern languages and literature, anthropology, classics, psychology, sociology). In other cases, they have simply been people who are intrigued by language and wish to study it in a more systematic fashion. In general, the M.Phil. in Linguistics is likely to appeal to students with a talent for careful, systematic argument, and who wish to understand the mysteries of language.
Our alumni have followed various career paths including the language professions and information sciences, with many opting to pursue research at a higher level through the Ph.D., in CLCS or elsewhere. For some, Ph.D. research has led to professional academic employment.
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You take four obligatory ‘core’ modules:
Describing the Sounds of Languages
Laboratory Phonetics and Phonology
...and choose two from among the following menu of elective modules:
Language Variation and Change
History and Globalisation of English
Advanced Syntactic Theory
Technology, Language, and Communication
The modules are taught in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, and students prepare and write a 15,000-word dissertation in Trinity term and the long vacation (April-August).
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesLanguages Linguistics View 20 other Masters in Linguistics in Ireland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Applicants are normally required to possess a good primary degree or equivalent qualification. Previous knowledge of linguistics is not a requirement. Applicants must complete the Personal Statement section of the application form and explain their motivation in applying for their chosen course(s
International19414 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 19414 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA9097 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9097 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
Part time fee
- National -€ 5951
- International -€11044
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