MSc Phonetics

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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About Programme

This programme will give a comprehensive grounding in the theory and practice of phonetics.

  • Type: On campus
  • Start: September
  • Language: English

Full-time

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $11,934
  • Fee international: $25,249

Part-time

  • Duration: 24 months

Students will learn the core phonetic topics of speech production, speech acoustics, and speech perception, and will learn how phonetics relates to many other language-related disciplines.

The programme has a strong practical emphasis. It is designed primarily for graduates wishing to continue studying phonetics at PhD level, and for those wishing to use phonetics as a tool for investigation in related fields, e.g. historical linguistics, phonology, developmental linguistics, psychology, speech technology, etc. The taught MSc in Phonetics will provide students with an intensive grounding in phonetics and related disciplines, its methodologies, research questions, and techniques of research.

Students will take options from a wide range of courses offered in Linguistics & English Language and related subject areas, and will write a dissertation project. All students will be required to take two core courses in Phonetics and one core course in Statistics. Those students who do not have a strong background in phonetics and phonology may also be required to take an introductory course in Phonology & Phonetics. Courses will include lectures, tutorials, and lab practicals.

Careers

This course is primarily as a conversion course for students looking to do serious postgraduate work in phonetics, speech pathology, speech processing, forensic linguistics or related fields. Students will also receive training in practical skills, e.g. statistics and computational techniques, which could be relevant for a variety of different fields.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • An undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

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