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 admissions applications from autumn 2018 onwards, for courses starting in October 2019. 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”.

The links below provide details about our courses and the admissions process, and further information can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

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