Linguistics and English Language

Learning outcomes and careers

This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths

The MSc in Phonetics will give you all of the intellectual and practical skills to engage in phonetics research, either for its own sake, or as part of research in another sub-area of linguistics, speech technology, or speech pathology.

Students graduating from our programme will understand basic anatomy and physiology of speaking and hearing, phonetic typology, current theories of phonetics and its relationship to phonology and other parts of grammar, and how to test these theories using empirical data.

We offer a strong focus on practical skills: you will learn how to elicit and collect phonetic data, the mechanisms involved in recording sound, how to measure and analyse acoustic components of speech, how to create and analyse perceptual experiments, as well as core elements of scripting and statistical analysis.

This programme is primarily a conversion programme for students looking to do serious postgraduate work in phonetics, speech pathology, speech processing, forensic linguistics or related fields.

You will also receive training in practical skills, e.g. statistics and computational techniques, which could be relevant for a variety of different fields.