University of Huddersfield

Linguistics MA by Research

A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.

Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.

You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

At the end of the project you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined by both an internal and an external examiner.

On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an upper second honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable


Course Details

Linguistics and Modern Languages at Huddersfield has a vibrant postgraduate community, with around 35 research students studying with us at any one time. Our students come from a wide range of countries and are a vital and vibrant part of the life of the department.

We offer research supervision in a wide variety of sub-fields of linguistics and are particularly interested in applications for linguistics in the solution of real-world problems. Our particular research strengths include:

  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Forensic speech science
  • History of the English language
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language acquisition
  • Modern languages and culture
  • Phonetics
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Syntax
  • Stylistics
  • Sociolinguistics
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