M.Phil. On Campus

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

University of Cambridge

9 months
28893 GBP/year
12525 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MPhil by Theoretical and Applied Linguistics is offered by the University of Cambridge within the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages as a full-time period of study and research, and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge.


The Theoretical and Applied Linguistics is offered by the University of Cambridge aims:

  • to provide students with necessary background in linguistic theory and related topics at intermediate and advanced level using a range of approaches and methodologies;
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire expertise in their specific research interests in part by offering the opportunity of specialisation through pathways in the linguistics of particular languages (eg English, Romance, Celtic etc.), or areas such as applied linguistics;
  • to provide foundations for continuation to PhD research;
  • to offer the opportunity to participate in research culture within and beyond the Faculty, by attending and contributing to graduate seminars and reading groups; and
  • to develop the research skills required to conduct independent research such as:
  • formulating a realistic research proposal, with suitably delineated aims, objectives, methods, scope and expected outcome;
  • preparing written work based on the proposal;
  • selecting and mastering suitable research methods;
  • collecting relevant bibliography;
  • using computer databases and corpora;
  • using relevant software, including statistical packages where appropriate; and
  • presenting well-argued academic material to the wider research community.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme students will have developed:

  • a deeper knowledge and understanding of linguistic theories and problems addressed in cutting-edge research in theoretical and applied linguistics and related areas;
  • the skill of critically assessing current research and methods in theoretical and applied linguistics and related areas;
  • the methodological and other technical skills necessary for research in their chosen area;
  • improved presentation skills through presenting their research in progress; and
  • the skills and confidence to engage in scholarly debate.
These outcomes are achieved through participation in lectures, research seminars, individual supervisions, and additionally through subject reading groups, discussion groups and meetings of scholarly societies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Formal syntax
  • Phonological theory
  • Morphology
  • Experimenting with meaning
  • Experimental phonetics and phonology
  • Diachronic syntax and syntactic variation
  • French linguistics
  • Semantics, pragmatics and philosophy
  • Psychological processes
  • Computational linguistics
  • Language acquisition ​and multilingualism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.
  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Sample of work (1)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28893 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28893 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    12525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12525 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 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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