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What will I learn?

Develop your own areas of interest and expertise in generative syntax and/or formal semantics and their interfaces (with phonology or pragmatics).

Gain practical training in the techniques and methods associated with this field. The course takes a cross-linguistic perspective, allowing you to expand your knowledge of the theory of comparative syntax and semantics and giving you access to a large pool of empirical knowledge on the languages of the world.

With the guidance of world-class tutors and the support of a vibrant research community you will be able to perform original research in formal and comparative syntax and semantics.

This course is suitable for you if you have a prior background in syntax and semantics.

Course content

You'll be able to discuss cutting edge research in core issues in syntactic and semantic theory as well as the interplay of syntax and semantics on the one hand and the lexicon, phonology and pragmatics on the other. You'll deal with complex sets of data and will develop a theoretically informed understanding of the challenges and issues that they raise.

You'll also advance your skills in presentation, teamwork and research management.

Careers and skills

Effective communication, critical thinking and project management skills are central to most careers. The study of linguistics at York equips you with these skills and others, which translate readily into any work context.

Our graduates have an excellent record of pursuing fulfilling paths after graduation. Their work spans advertising, teaching English as a foreign language, IT, accountancy, broadcasting, clinical and forensic linguistics, retail management, and other careers.

Apart from your knowledge of linguistics, you will leave with the confidence and skills that come from successfully completing a demanding course and participating fully in university life.

Which department am I in?

Language and Linguistic Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,700.00 (US$ 25,738) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of York

Heslington,

York,

YO10 5DD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent, with pre-requisite study of both (generative) syntax and (formal) semantics. We would expect you to have taken at last 40 credits (20 ECTS) in syntax and semantics before embarking on this course. IELTS 7.0, minimum 6.5 in each component, TOEFL 96, minimum 23 in each component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of York

The University of York is based in the historic city of York, regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK.

  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Part of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities
  • York is consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities
  • More than 20,000 students from over 150 countries