The MΑ in Linguistics is offered by the Linguistics Section of the Department of Philology, as a full-time course. It introduces students to specialist knowledge and research skills in linguistics.

Eligibility: The MA is addressed to candidates who have graduated (BA) from the departments of the Faculties of Philosophy, Humanities and Social Sciences of Greek Universities or recognized foreign Universities. Under very special circumstances, graduates from other departments (without prior knowledge of linguistics) may also be eligible to apply.

Maximum acceptance: 18 students.

Duration: 4 academic semesters (including the MA dissertation). Students have to successfully complete two courses per semester for the first three semesters plus the completion of the MA dissertation in the fourth semester in order to obtain the MA.

ECTS: 120

Language of instruction: Greek

Address: Department of Philology, University of Patras, 26504 University Campus, Rion, Patras.
Contact: Tel: 2610-969312, 2610-969324; fax: 2610-996197, e-mail: philsec@upatras.gr

The course aims:

  1. to provide students with the necessary background in linguistic theory, and offer intermediate and advanced knowledge in theoretical and applied linguistics;
  2. to offer students an elaborate knowledge on notions such as grammar (description and theory), cross-linguistic variation (across languages and dialects), language change, acquisition and learning, language use and speakers’ attitudes, and language in education (literacy).
  3. to train students so that they can continue to PhD research;
  4. to train to become high-skilled professionals in areas related to linguistics (e.g., education, lexicography, qualified professionals in executive positions);
  5. to develop the research skills required to conduct independent research such as:
    • understanding the main linguistic notions and putting them into use;
    • analyzing linguistic data (collection, description, interpretation);
    • formulating a realistic research proposal (aim, objective, methods, scope, expected outcome);
    • preparing written work based on the proposal;
    • selecting and mastering suitable research methods;
    • collecting relevant bibliography;
    • using computer databases and corpora, as well as the relevant software;
    • presenting well-argued academic material to the wider research community.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the programme students will have developed:

  1. a deeper knowledge and understanding of linguistic theories and problems addressed in cutting-edge research in theoretical and applied linguistics;
  2. the ability to critically assess current research and methods in theoretical and applied linguistics;
  3. the methodological and technical skills necessary for research in their area of specialization;
  4. improved presentation skills;
  5. the skills and confidence to engage in scholarly debate.

These outcomes are achieved through participation in lectures, research seminars, individual supervisions, and meetings of scholarly societies.

General transferrable skills

  1. Time-management skills (organizing their work, following deadlines).
  2. Organization of writing and presentations (be concise, coherent, appropriately structured, obeying word limits).
  3. Development of oral presentation skills.
  4. Enhancement of collaboration skills.