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Experimental and Theoretical Linguistics

University of Kent

12 months
17400 GBP/year
9300 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Experimental and Theoretical Linguistics programme from University of Kent is designed for graduates with a background in language and related areas such as English, Modern or Classical Languages, Linguistics, Psychology and Anthropology, looking to explore the theory and methodology of linguistics in-depth. 


You'll explore the study of sound (phonetics and phonology), the study of words (morphology), sentences (syntax) and meaning (semantics and pragmatics).

If you have a keen interest in language in the broadest sense, and a willingness to explore theories of language critically, this is the course for you. The Experimental and Theoretical Linguistics programme from University of Kent also offers a smooth transition to PhD study for those who wish to pursue further research.

You will choose four modules each in the autumn and spring, including core modules on Sounds, Structure, and Meaning, supplemented with options on, for example, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, language learning and teaching, sociolinguistics and stylistics.

This will allow you to develop areas of interest, and engage with aspects of your chosen discipline which are informed by the latest research and scholarship. You then complete a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words over the summer.


Postgraduate work in English Language and Linguistics prepares you for a range of careers where an in-depth understanding of how language functions is essential. These include speech and language theory, audiology, teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, public relations, company training, broadcasting, forensic and computational work, and the civil or diplomatic services.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Meaning 
  • Structure 
  • Research Skills 
  • Sounds
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Second Language Acquisition 
  • Language Processing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no fixed application deadline for applications from home/EU students, though we strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • International applicants for whom English is not their first language must have IELTS overall 7.0 with at least 6.5 for each component.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • EU: £13000


  • UK: £4650
  • EU: £6500
  • International: £8700

Living costs for Canterbury

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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