University of Glasgow: Speech, Language and Sociolinguistics

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Critical Studies
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


This Masters in Speech, Language & Sociolinguistics will enable you to explore the links between producing and processing speech and language as part of everyday social interaction. The range of courses available for this programme provide the key linguistic, technical, and research skills to investigate different aspects of spoken and written language, to carry out your own sociolinguistic studies, and to design and implement speech and language experiments of your own.


You'll be taught by expert academic staff who have directed and are currently directing research projects in speech, language and sociolinguistics (e.g. Seeing Speech, Sounds of the City, One Speaker Two Dialects, the Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA), Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS))

The flexibility of the Masters programme means that it is suitable for students who have little or no background in linguistics and also for students with some background who wish to carry out more sophisticated independent research in a particular area.

Our facilities include the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (GULP), which includes a speech recording studio.

English Language and Linguistics is currently within the Linguistics Pathway for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership, which is based at the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). The SGSSS offers excellent additional training courses for graduate students working in the social sciences in Scotland.

You’ll also have access to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), providing you with relevant training courses for graduate students in speech, language and sociolinguistics.


You will take:
- Two core courses

- Four optional courses

You will also produce an independent, small-scale research project.

**Semester 1: September to December**
- English Language and Linguistics Research Training (Core course)

- Optional course

- Optional course

**Semester 2: January to March**
- Experimental Design and Data Analysis (Core course)

- Optional course

- Optional course

**Summer: April to September**
- Independent research project

**Optional courses**

Optional courses may include:
- Corpus Linguistics

- Methods in Phonetics

- Methods in Sociolinguistics

- Onomastics

- Phonetics

- Phonetics Advanced

- Psycholinguistics

- Semantics and Pragmatics

- Semantics: Advanced Concepts

- Sociolinguistics

- Topics in Phonetics

- Topics in Sociolinguistics

- Written Text Analysis

**Find out more about core and optional courses.**

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Some students take our programme as a secondment from an ongoing teaching or professional education position held either here, or elsewhere in the world. Others continue into employment in language teaching, journalism, or other kinds of industrial or commercial research related to speech, language and sociolinguistics. The programme is also an excellent foundation to doctoral research either at Glasgow or elsewhere, and/or further training in speech and language therapy.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
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