University of Essex

Department of Language and Linguistics

MA Phonology


Wivenhoe Park

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degree Offered:

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MA Phonology examines universal and language-specific patterns of sound, and provides you with the theoretical machinery for their formalisation. You survey the main aspects of phonology: auto segmental architecture, distinctive features and their geometry, syllables, metrical structure, interaction with morphology, prosodic domains and their hierarchy, principles and parameters, and constraints. We engage the dilemma of rules and derivations vs output constraints (cf Optimality Theory) and offer a range of options including sociophonology, psychological dimensions of speech and phonological disorders.


Postgraduate study qualification from the University of Essex.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City