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MRes ( 1 year Full-time )


New Programme starting Spetember 2017

This MRes in Linguistics is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research led approach to the study of Linguistics, across a broad disciplinary range of subfields (sociolinguistics, formal linguistics, experimental linguistics, developmental linguistics), within each of which the Linguistics Department has world-leading expertise.

This advanced subject specific training will be combined with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the Department's MA Linguistics, the programme includes core modules in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

The MRes Linguistics is in an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding. 


Students taking the MRes in Linguistics will sit 4 core modules:

  • Dissertation 
  • Dissertation proseminar   
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data

Plus three elective modules from the following:

  • Sociolinguistic theory             
  • Trends in linguistic research                        
  • Ethnography of Communication         
  • Concepts and consequences in grammatical theory      
  • Extensional semantics            
  • Bilingualism             
  • Formal syntax              
  • Sociophonetics
  • Second Language Acquisition 
  • Corpus Linguistics             
  • Understudied Languages and Linguistic Theory      
  • Research Practicum           
  • From morpheme to meaning         
  • Experimental linguistics             
  • Sex, gender and language            
  • Research Methods in Sociolinguistics

Entry requirements

This programme is subject to confirmation

Entry requirements

  • An upper second class (or overseas equivalent) in a taught postgraduate degree with a significant linguistics component, or a first class honours undergraduate linguistics degree (or overseas equivalent) 
  • Proof of advanced proficiency in academic English will be required for applicants where English is not a native language (IELTS 7.0, with 7.0 in writing)
  • A compelling PhD proposal that is an excellent fit for the research interests and expertise of our staff.

Learning and teaching


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £8,200

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £14,850


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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