MA Linguistics

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Linguistics

SOAS University of London

MA Linguistics

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

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited

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).

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 (15credits) Term 1
  • Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH040 (15credits) Term 1
  • Dissertation in Linguistics 15PLIC999 (60 credits) Full Year

Optional Modules

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

  • Advanced Phonology 15PLIH042 (15credits) Term 2
  • Advanced Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Dynamic Syntax (Masters) 15PLIH031 (15credits) Term 2
  • Issues in Semantics (Masters) 15PLIH012 (15credits) Term 2

Further optional modules

The remaining 75 credits can be taken from the list of running PG linguistics modules. Alternatively students may take 45 credits from the PG Linguistics modules plus 30 credits from the list of running language modules OR 30 credits open option.

Language Acquisition Modules

Africa

  • Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 4 (PG) 15PAFC144 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 (30 credits) Full Year

China and Inner Asia

  • Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 (30 credits) Full Year

Japan and Korea

  • Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean (PG) 15PJKC018 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 (30 credits) Full Year

Near and Middle East

  • Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
  • Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary (PG) 15PNMC409 (30 credits) Full Year

South Asia

  • Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 (30 credits) Full Year

South East Asia

  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 (30 credits) Full Year
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