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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics





Applications for the MPhil course (either route) are welcomed from those who have or expect to obtain a good undergraduate degree (a first, or at least a high 2.1, in the UK system, or the equivalent elsewhere). Many students move straight into the MPhil after their first degree, but others come to it after a number of years away from formal study, sometimes in teaching posts related to languages, but also in other careers. Students taking the MPhil are expected have spent some time studying linguistics or related subjects at undergraduate level; but, occasionally, exceptions may be considered. Non-native English speakers must have passed an English Language Proficiency test at the required level. The following examinations with minimum scores are accepted: IELTS 7.5 (min 7 in each unit), TOEFL internet based test 110 (min 25 for each section - Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking). No other English language examinations are accepted.

The course is divided into three terms and runs from the beginning of October to the end of June the following year.

The overall deadline (not to be confused with the funding deadline) for the submission of applications for the MPhil course is 31st May 2018, although you are advised to submit your application sooner rather than later. 

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • Evidence of competence in English   
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Sample of work (max. 1)

Funding [image]

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • CV/resume
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Candidates are advised to apply in well advance of the funding deadlines listed on the Graduate Office 'Applying to MML' page. Graduate funding is increasingly difficult to obtain. As a guide, for home students, a first class degree is no longer a guarantee of winning a maintenance grant from the AHRC. It helps to have a top first or a very strong performance in the area of your proposed research.

The funding deadline for the submission of applications for MPhil and PhD courses starting in October 2018 is 4 January 2018.

Written Work [image]

You will have to submit a sample of writing in English of approximately 3,000 words. This could be an essay from your undergraduate course, or an extract from your undergraduate dissertation. If you are returning to study and do not have a recent sample of academic writing, you may submit something written especially for the application process. It must be a single-authored work.