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Linguistics (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. It has its roots in antiquity, though the twentieth century saw an explosion of research and the development of new theories and approaches. Linguistics has become an exciting and vigorous area of study, with strong connections to many fields including psychology, sociology, anthropology, cognitive science, computer science, and philosophy.

Language is complex, and linguistics attempts to describe and explain the full range of that complexity, especially speech sounds, the grammar of words and sentences, and how meaning relates to words, grammar and context. The M.Phil. in linguistics gives due weight to all of these, with core modules in Describing Grammar, Describing Meaning, Describing the Sounds of Languages, and Laboratory Phonetics and Phonology. A varied menu of optional modules gives students the opportunity to investigate social, psychological, historical and advanced topics in linguistic theory.

The M.Phil. in Linguistics has been running for nearly 30 years. Our students -- who are not expected to have any background in linguistics -- have in some cases come from language professions (translating, interpreting, teaching, speech and language therapy, publishing...), or direct from undergraduate degrees which include language-centred elements (English, modern languages and literature, anthropology, classics, psychology, sociology). In other cases, they have simply been people who are intrigued by language and wish to study it in a more systematic fashion. In general, the M.Phil. in Linguistics is likely to appeal to students with a talent for careful, systematic argument, and who wish to understand the mysteries of language.

Our alumni have followed various career paths in the professions named above, with many opting to pursue research at a higher level through the Ph.D., in CLCS or elsewhere. For some, Ph.D. research has led to an academic career.

For more information be sure to visit the course website, and don’t forget to read the Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find the answer to your questions, feel free to contact us (see details below).

Course Details

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Coordinator

Dr Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha

Next Intake

September 2019

Closing Date

30 April 2019
Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or equivalent; GPA of at least 3.2).  Previous knowledge of linguistics is not a requirement. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must meet the College's requirements for English-language proficiency. Students whose first language is not English are encouraged to attend our pre-sessional Summer programme to prepare them for postgraduate study in Ireland (see here).
Applicants must provide a Personal Statement explaining their motivation in applying for their chosen course(s).
 

Get In Touch

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 2615

 

Website

www.tcd.ie/slscs/postgraduate/taught-courses/linguistics/