Linguistics, MRes

Linguistics, MRes


The Masters of Research in Linguistics offers training and subject background to conduct research in Linguistics, with a fully tailored programme that covers methods required for your dissertation work and advanced seminars on topics related to your research interests. You will review literature in the field and challenge assumptions in research, undertaking an individual research project and gaining skills to enable you to eventually embark on doctoral study.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
Location of Study

Our MRes in Linguistics gives you specialist training and subject knowledge to conduct research in the field of Linguistics. The programme centres on developing your own individual research project, with a fully tailored training programme that covers methods required for your dissertation work and advanced seminars on topics related to your research interests.

Our taught courses enhance your knowledge of advanced Linguistics. You will address different methodological approaches while developing intellectual and practical skills in specific areas of linguistic study and receive specific training in qualitative and quantitative methods. You will learn through lectures, seminars, and collaborative analysis to challenge your thinking, with opportunities to engage in discussion to appreciate different perspectives among peers and course tutors.

Our highly qualified academics will provide expert feedback and guidance to enhance your research skills. You will develop transferable skills in writing, communication, and research that can be applied working in areas such as language data analysis, language documentation, lexicography, technical writing, and publishing. The programme will also give you a solid foundation to progress into a PhD in Linguistics. Language & Linguistics at Aberdeen is especially strong in combining formal and applied Linguistics, affording candidates a plethora of career choices both inside and beyond academia.

The final component of the degree involves completing a dissertation project. You will receive feedback and support to use the research skills gained to formulate and answer your own research questions through independent work.

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

  • LN5047 Qualitative Approaches to Linguistic Research (30 credits)

Optional Courses

  • LN5046 Advanced Topics in Linguistics A (30 credits) OR an additional 30 credits in the School of LLMVC at Level 5, to be agreed with the programme coordinator.
Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

  • LN5547 Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic Research (30 credits)

Optional Courses

  • LN5546 Advanced Topics in Linguistics B (30 credits) OR an additional 30 credits in the School of LLMVC at Level 5, to be agreed with the programme coordinator.
Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

  • LN5934 Dissertation in Linguistic Research (60 credits)

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £23,800
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
UK £11,100
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3000 to £8,500, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

Why Study Linguistics?

  • Review literature in the field of Linguistics, with a specific focus on research methods used.
  • Receive expert feedback and guidance from highly qualified academics.
  • Develop transferable skills to enhance your prospects in a variety of language-related careers. 
  • Obtain knowledge and training in advanced linguistics to undertake independent research.
  • Benefit from a diverse student community and support from experts in Linguistics.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A 2.1 Honours degree or the equivalent in Linguistics or a relevant cognate discipline in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded post graduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Elspeth Edelstein

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

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