MA Linguistics and Social Anthropology
UCAS code: QL16
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
You will take two semester-long courses in linguistics and English language, which show you the principles of theoretical linguistics. You will also study the way we learn language, the regional and social variations of language in general, and of the English language in particular, and methods of communication.
In Social Anthropology 1A and 1B you will learn introductory themes and structures in the field of anthropology.
You will take two further semester-long courses looking at linguistic theory and research techniques, the structure of spoken and written English and other languages, and at the evolution of language and the patterns of linguistic change in the world's languages.
In anthropology, you will take Social Anthropology 2: Key Concepts; and Ethnography: Theory and Practice. These courses provide a historical overview of anthropology with a thematic approach and also introduce the practice of ethnography.
You will choose from a range of advanced linguistics and social anthropology courses. In the linguistics field these may include courses such as Child Bilingualism; Origins and Evolution of Language; Prosody and Pragmatics.
In social anthropology these might include: Anthropological Theory; Kinship; Ritual and Religion; or others.
You will continue to choose specialist courses according to your interests. You will also take a specialised research training course before starting your honours dissertation (in either linguistics or social anthropology), which is regarded by many students as the most formative experience of their undergraduate studies.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching will take place in the linguistics computer labs and other teaching facilities located within the University's Central Area. You can also use the School's recording studio, perception experiment laboratory and the Eyetracking Lab, which is run jointly with the School of Informatics. You will also have access to the University's libraries and computer facilities.
There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the Erasmus programme or the University's international exchange programme.
How will I learn?
Most courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and some small-group project work. You will also do some independent practical work in Year 2 and more independent study in Year 3 and Year 4.
How will I be assessed?
During Years 1 and 2 you will undergo continuous assessment through tests and assignments. In Years 3 and 4, you will be assessed through coursework, exams, projects and your dissertation.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Linguistics graduates work in a wide range of fields such as journalism, international relations, translation, marketing and social research. Recent graduates have taken up funded places on MSc programmes or have found employment in speech technology research.
A linguistics qualification is also a good foundation for careers in professions such as speech and language therapy, adult literacy, or for teaching English as a foreign language.
Typical offer range
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AABB - ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 36 points (grades 665 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL) (Revised 26/6/2018 to provide more accurate information).
The access threshold for a contextual offer is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
Detailed requirements for all applicants
To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
- A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
- IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
- IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate Grade C
- IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
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For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.
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