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MA in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cyprus

Deadline:

April 15, 2015

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The Department of English Studies offers postgraduate programmes at the master and doctoral levels, leading to an MA and PhD, respectively. All postgraduate programmes are watched over by a three-member committee, which is appointed every two years. The Committee is chaired by a Postgraduate Coordinator. The Department offers PhD degree schemes in subjects related to all research interest areas of its academic faculty. The application period for all postgraduate programmes is January 15 – April 15 of each academic year.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must hold a degree in a subject related to their proposed field of study, such as a BA (or BEd) or a foreign language degree, and be competent in English. Competency in English can be demonstrated through a certificate from a recognized examining board. Candidates with a degree in English are exempt from this requirement. Candidates with no certificate from an established examining institution can take the Department's English Language Proficiency Exam.

The list of items accompanying applications includes:

· a filled-out formal application sheet ( application sheets can be obtained online at: http://applications.ucy.ac.cy/postgraduate_appl/MNG_USER_en.login_frm ),

· a certified copy of the BA Degree (or an official document certifying that the student will have graduated before the start of the Programme), plus a certified copy of the BA Degree script,

· a full CV in English,

· the student's initial statement of purpose (1-2 pages),

· writing samples in English, and

· min. 2 letters of recommendation

The candidates may also be required to participate in an interview in order to assess their suitability for the programme.

Projected number of students: at most 15

Number of Students to be Admitted

The total number of postgraduate students to be admitted in the postgraduate programmes of the Department is specified in the annual postgraduate announcement.

Application and Selection Procedures

Applications must be submitted to and examined by the Departmental Board. For more information on how to apply, please contact the Department's administrative assistant, Ms Thekla Constandinou (email: constandinou.thekla@ucy.ac.cy or call +357 22 89 21 02). Candidates may be called for an interview. After internal selection, the Departmental Board submits a report to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, stating the Board's decision regarding admissions. These decisions must be approved by the Faculty before they can be announced to the applicants by the Chair of the Department.

The programme is primarily designed for those interested in the scientific investigation of language and has the following main objectives:

• to offer students a solid background and deepen their knowledge in the main areas of English grammar and the structure of language;
• to enable students to become acquainted with different areas of the field (such as syntax, semantics, phonology, applied linguistics, etc.);
• to engage students in research in the field, and consequently get students interested in furthering their studies.

Course Structure

The duration of the programme is four semesters and the requirement for the MA degree is 120 ECTS points. The programme is divided into two components: three semesters of taught courses (three courses per semester, 10 ECTS units per course) and a fourth semester of research leading to an MA thesis (30 ECTS). The taught component covers the main areas of linguistics and familiarizes the student with research methodology. The thesis component provides the opportunity for the student to undertake research in a specialized area of his or her interest.

Admission Requirements and Application

Candidates must hold a degree in a subject related to their proposed field of study, such as a BA in Linguistics or a foreign language degree, and be competent in English. Competency in English can be demonstrated through a certificate from a recognized examining board. Candidates with a degree in English are exempt from this requirement. Candidates with no certificate from an established examining institution can take the Department's English Language Proficiency Exam.

The list of items accompanying applications includes:

· a filled-out formal application sheet ( application sheets can be obtained online at: http://applications.ucy.ac.cy/postgraduate_appl/MNG_USER_en.login_frm ),

· a certified copy of the BA Degree (or an official document certifying that the student will have graduated before the start of the Programme), plus a certified copy of the BA Degree script,

· a full CV in English,

· the student's initial statement of purpose (1-2 pages),

· writing samples in English, and

· min. 2 letters of recommendation

The candidates may also be required to participate in an interview in order to assess their suitability for the programme.

Projected number of students: at most 10

Assessment

Each taught course is usually evaluated through continuous assessment which may include a mid-term exam, a final exam, a research paper and various others assignments. Students are also required to write a 15,000-word thesis on some aspect of linguistics.

Relationship to the MA in TEFL

Two courses (ENG 704 Trends in Applied Linguistics and ENG 702 Research Methodology) are shared with the students pursuing the MA in TEFL.

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