The University of Manchester
Key Course Facts
Our MA Linguistics master's course is a flexible programme that aims to explore the breadth and the depth of linguistics.
It builds on the widest range of teaching and research expertise, covering all aspects of theoretical and descriptive linguistics, including:
Discourse and conversation analysis
Cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics
Computational and corpus linguistics
The documentation and description of endangered languages.
Our teaching staff work on various practical applications of linguistics (eg language codification and language policy, institutional language, language in the community, forensic linguistics).
Our internationally-recognised expertise encompasses a breadth of languages, including English and other Germanic languages, Romance languages, Russian, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Kurdish and other Iranian languages, Amerindian languages, languages of South Asia, indigenous languages of Australia and historical languages such as Old English, Old Saxon and Old Norse.
You will receive a solid foundation for linguistic study in three out of four core units:
Grammatical Theory (compulsory);
Phonetics and Phonology (compulsory);
Semantics and Pragmatics;
The Sociolinguistics of English.
The remainder of the course allows you to make the most of what our staff have to offer.
You can either take a variety of course units in different areas, including Forensic Linguistics, or specialise in one of the following pathways: Phonetics and Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Syntax and Semantics, Typology or Romani Linguistics.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- All other courses
- Manchester Business School East - Undergraduate Degrees
- Manchester Business School - Graduate Degrees
- Graduate Degrees
- (no subscore less than 6.0)
- Undergraduate Degrees
- (no subscore less than 6.0)
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Linguistics, MA.
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent in a humanities-based subject area.
Tuition Fees Linguistics MA
|England UK||£10500||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£10500||year 1|
|Channel Islands||£10500||year 1|
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
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About The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is a publicly funded research university with a mission to advance education, knowledge and wisdom for the good of society. University of Manchester’s main site is home to the majority of its faculties and is referred to by its students as ‘the campus’, although in reality Manchester does not have a campus but is instead interspersed throughout the city of Manchester.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Spanish and Linguistics MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||62%||0%||5%||£9250||£23100||194||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|English Language and Linguistics with Foundation BA (Hons)||University of Reading||69%||0%||10%||£9250||£19500||136||Reading||On campus Full-time|
|British Sign Language, Deaf Studies and Linguistics BA (Hons)||York St John University||73%||0%||5%||£9250||£12750||110||York||On campus Full-time|
|Korean, TESOL and Linguistics BA (Hons)||York St John University||43%||0%||15%||£9250||£12750||130||York||On campus Full-time|
|English/Linguistics (Equal) BA (Hons)||The University of York||84%||3%||10%||£9250||£19600||148||York||On campus Full-time|
|Linguistics (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||82%||0%||5%||£9250||£16850||126||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Psychology and Language Sciences BSc (Hons)||University College London||88%||5%||4%||£9250||£31200||188||London||On campus Full-time|
|Philosophy and Linguistics MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||78%||0%||5%||£9250||£23100||182||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||84%||0%||5%||£9250||£23100||189||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Applied Linguistics and English Language with a Year Abroad BA (Hons)||Swansea University||81%||2%||10%||£9000||£15500||129||Swansea||On campus Full-time|