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MSt in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics



What will I learn?

About the course

The MSt in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics is a nine-month taught course offering a range of options for those seeking a graduate qualification in language studies and wishing to specialise in general linguistics (including phonetics but not applied linguistics), in historical and comparative linguistics, or in the linguistics of a specific language.


The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics.

Research Preparation strand

If you choose to undertake this strand, you will produce a master’s thesis of up to 15,000 words.

Advanced Study strand

If you choose to undertake this strand, assessment will comprise three exams. One for the general linguistics paper and two other exams at the end of the year. Exams are three hours in length. Subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies, one or more exams can be replaced by written submissions, but the exam for the general linguistics paper is compulsory.

Option papers common to both strands

In addition to the assessment for the specific stand you have chosen, you will study for two option papers from either Option B, Option C, or Option D above.

Which department am I in?

University of Oxford

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£30,910.00 (US$ 37,206) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

8 October 2023


University of Oxford

University Offices,

Wellington Square,



OX1 2JD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in a relevant subject, for example in modern languages, classics, computer science, philosophy or mathematics. However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 per component; TOEFL iBT score of 110 with a minimum component score of 22 in listening, 24 in reading, 24 in writing and 25 in speaking.

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


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