Graduate Admissions

The Faculty of Linguistics offers graduate study through its taught Masters courses (one-year M.St. and two-year M.Phil.) and its doctoral research degree (D.Phil.)

The M.Phil. and M.St. are taught courses offering a range of options for graduates seeking a higher academic qualification in language studies and wishing to specialise in General Linguistics (including Phonetics but not Applied Linguistics), in Historical and Comparative Philology, or in the linguistics of a specific language. All candidates must work in Oxford under supervision for at least one year for the M.St., and two years for the M.Phil. Most of the teaching is done through lectures, seminars and individual tutorials.

The D.Phil. is an advanced research degree for qualified students who are ready to begin thesis work in General Linguistics (including Phonetics but not Applied Linguistics), in Historical and Comparative Philology and Linguistics, or in the linguistics of a specific language. Though the degree does not have a coursework requirement, D.Phil. candidates are encouraged to attend lectures and seminars in the Faculty.

Please note that all of our graduate courses (M.St., M.Phil., and D.Phil.) will be named “Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics”, for students starting in October 2018 onwards. The current names (M.St. and M.Phil. in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology, and D.Phil. in Comparative Philology and General Linguistics), which are still in use in our Graduate Handbook and some of our web pages, will all be changed to the new name, “Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics”.

Information on Graduate Courses in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, including how to apply, can be found here: 

MSt in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
MPhil in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
DPhil in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics — Full time
DPhil in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics — Part time

Additional information about our courses can be found here:

Graduate Courses
Application Information
Graduate Handbook
Frequently Asked Questions

Subscribe to Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics