Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics: University of Oxford

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Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics: University of Oxford, Kate Dobson (Secretary), Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HG, Oxford, United Kingdom
Course Language(s) 
MPhil 2 years, MSt 1 year
App Deadline 
21 Novemberand 23 January, For DPhil only also 13 March, Studentship applications must be submitted by 23 January
Scholarship and Grants

+44 1865 280400
+44 1865 280412


Research Programmes

DPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology

The Faculty received a 5* top rating in the last Research Assessment Exercise (2001). Linguistics at Oxford is an interdisciplinary subject, with most areas of general as well as historical-comparative linguistics being represented by one or several members of staff.
Current research falls into seven main areas:

  • Linguistic Theory (esp. syntax–semantics interface, LFG, pragmatics, theory of translation)
  • Comparative Philology (esp. Greek, Italic/Latin, Indo-Iranian, Anatolian, Celtic, Slavic, Tocharian)
  • Phonetics and Phonology (esp. phonetics/phonology interface, speech perception, language comprehension)
  • Romance Philology (Research Centre on Romance Linguistics; esp. diachronic morphology, syntax of Italo-Romance, phonetics of French)
  • Sociolinguistics (esp. language and gender, language policy) Neurolinguistics/Psycholinguistics
  • History of Linguistics

Taught Programmes

MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology

In addition to a compulsory paper in Linguistic Theory, students can specialise in General Linguistics (Option B), Historical and Comparative Philology and Linguistics (Option C), or in the linguistics of one or two selected languages (Option D) A 25,000-word thesis is compulsory for all options.

  • Option B: Three exam papers are chosen from the following range: Phonetics and Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Historical and Comparative Linguistics, Theory of Translation, History and Structure of a Language, Experimental Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Computational Linguistics
  • Option C: Candidates select two ancient Indo-European languages or language groups (e.g. Greek, Italic, Celtic, Anatolian, Indo-Iranian, Slavic etc.); three exam papers cover the comparative grammar, the historical grammar, and a number of set texts for linguistic commentary in the two languages
  • Option D: Candidates may select either ancient (e.g. Latin, Sanskrit, Akkadian) or modern languages (e.g. French, Italian, German, Japanese); three exam papers cover the history and the structure of the language(s), as well as a number of set texts for linguistic commentary

MSt in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology

Core and optional courses: As for the MPhil, but each option (B, C, or D) consists of two exam papers only; one of these can be replaced by a non-compulsory 15,000-word thesis.

Entry Requirements

Good undergraduate degree (upper second-class) in Linguistics, a language-focused subject, or any other related field

English Language Requirements

  • Research degrees: Higher level
  • Taught degrees: Higher level

Contact Graduate Admissions Office

  • Postal address:
          The Graduate Admissions Office
          PO Box 738
          University of Oxford
          Wellington Square
          Oxford, OX1 9FB
  • Tel: +44 (0)1865 270059
  • Fax: +44 (0)1865 270049
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