MRes ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


The 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)..

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 in Linguistics, the programme includes core modules in research design, social and epistemological theory, and qualitative and quantitative methods offered jointly by QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of  the ESRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

This programme 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 this programme 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:                  

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

*Modules offered on our MA Linguistics programme

Entry requirements

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

A range of teaching and learning techniques are used across the programme, tailored to the learning outcomes of the different modules and other learning activities. These include lectures, seminar discussions, directed readings, practical and library-based research, presentations, group work and knowledge transfer activities. A wide range of assessment techniques is also used. These include poster presentations, technical exercises, critiques of methodological and theoretical proposals in the literature, and extended written analyses of data. Overall, the programme offers a rich combination of summative and formative assessment across a diverse range of learning contexts.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £16,350
Part time £5,000

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £18,000
Part time £9,000

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


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 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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