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Department of Linguistics

Research Degrees

General information on Research degrees can be found in the HDRU Prospectus, however you need to match your particular area of research interest with one of the Department's research interest areas. When you have located an area of interest, contact the Department to ensure alignment with a staff research interest area so that appropriate staff supervision is possible.

When you have the staff supervision in place, the Student Support section of the website provides assistance and the How to apply page will provide help concerning admissions, fees, forms and important dates.

The mandatory Central Commencement Program for Research Students is included in the first year of study of all students. The program has two components. The first is a general introductory presentation, the "Central Commencement Program". The second component is the Commencement Program delivered within the Faculty of Human Sciences.

There are two research degrees offered in Linguistics:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Doctor of Philosophy PhD - Linguistics

What are the specific differences between the MPhil and the PhD?

The MPhil is shorter both in time and in word limit and requires the candidate to "form a contribution to knowledge in the area with which it deals by presenting new interpretations of facts or by demonstrating an independent critical ability to evaluate existing material in a new light". The PhD thesis has the stronger requirement to "form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power".

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