Our department offers postgraduate degrees in Linguistics and Language Practice from BA Honours to PhD level. You find an overview of the options on this page.

BACHELOR OF ARTS HONOURS WITH SPECIALISATION IN LINGUISTICS
The BA Honours in Linguistics is a postgraduate qualification that prepares students for research-based postgraduate studies in Linguistics. It serves to consolidate and enhance the student’s expertise, as well as to develop research capacity in the methodologies and techniques of the candidate’s area of specialisation. The qualification requires a high level of aptitude for working with theories and excellent analytical skills.

Admission requirements:
Achieve a minimum average of 65% in an applicable undergraduate qualification (exit level 7).

Modules:
Compulsory module 

  • LINM6808 Research Report: Linguistics (32 credits)

Students select three modules from those below:

  • LINA6808 Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology and Syntax (32 credits)
  • LINC6808 Capita selecta (may be offered from the syllabus of English Honours) (32 credits) 
  • LINF6808 Linguistics: Foundations and frontiers (32 credits)
  • LINO6808 Sociolinguistics (32 credits)
  • LINP6808 Politics of language (32 credits) 
  • LINX6808 Semiotics, semantics and pragmatics (32 credits)  

MASTER OF ARTS WITH SPECIALISATION IN LINGUISTICS
The MA with specialisation in Linguistics serves to teach and train researchers to make a contribution to the development of knowledge at an advanced level, or to prepare graduated students for an advanced and specialised professional career in linguistics.

Admission requirements:
Achieve a minimum average of 65% in an applicable Honours qualification (exit level 8).

Curriculum: 
Students write a dissertation (Module LIND8900) or two interrelated publishable manuscripts or published articles in accredited journals (LINA8900) on a theme in consultation with the supervisor and the academic head of the department.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY WITH SPECIALISATION IN LINGUISTICS
For the PhD in Linguistics the candidate is expected to undertake research at the most advanced academic level, which culminates in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a thesis. Candidates are expected to demonstrate an advanced level of research ability and to make a meaningful and original academic contribution in the relevant area of linguistics. 

Admission requirements:
Achieve a minimum average of 70% in an applicable Masters qualification (exit level 9).

Curriculum: 

Students have to write a thesis (LINP9100) or three interrelated, publishable manuscripts or published articles in accredited journals (LINA9100) about a research topic selected in consultation with the supervisor and the academic head of the department.

BACHELOR OF ARTS HONOURS WITH SPECIALISATION IN LANGUAGE PRACTICE
The BAHons in Language Practice is a postgraduate specialisation qualification that prepares students for research-based postgraduate studies in Language Practice. It serves to consolidate and enhance the student’s expertise in language practice, as well as to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of this discipline. The qualification requires a high level of theoretical involvement and intellectual independence.

Admission requirements:
Achieve a minimum average of 65% in an applicable undergraduate qualification (exit level 7).

Modules:
Compulsory modules:

  • A module in the field of linguistics as specified by the Department  
  • LAPR6800 Research Report: Language Practice

Specialisation modules

Candidates select two of modules below: 

  • LAPT6808 Approaches to translation theory and practice (32 credits)
  • LAPI6808 Interpreting theory and practice (32 credits)
  • LAPM6808 Language Policy, Language Planning and Language Management (32 credits) 
  • LAPE6808 Professional editing (32 credits)

MASTER OF ARTS WITH SPECIALISATION IN LANGUAGE PRACTICE
The MA in Language Practice serves to teach and train researchers to contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level, or to prepare graduated students for an advanced and specialised professional career in the language professions.

Admission requirements:
Achieve a minimum average of 65% in an applicable Honours qualification (exit level 8).

Curriculum: 
Students may choose between Option 1 (dissertation) and Option 2 (structured) below:

OPTION 1:
Dissertation (Academic Plan Code: BC180039)
Students write a dissertation (LAPD8900) or two interrelated, publishable manuscripts or published articles in accredited journals (LAPA8900) about a topic selected in consultation with the supervisor and the academic head of the department.

OPTION 2:
Structured: Coursework and a mini-dissertation (Academic Plan Code: BC170039)
This programme is offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Compulsory (first year of study):

  • An NQF Level 8 module in the field of linguistics/any other equivalent module as specified by the Department (32 credits)
  • LAPR7924 Research methodology (16 credits)

Candidates must take at least 40 credits from one of the specialisation modules below:  

  • LAPT7900 Advances in translation theory and practice (40 credits)
  • LAPI7900 Advances in interpreting theory and practice (40 credits) 
  • LAPM7900 Advances in language policy and planning (40 credits)

Mini-dissertation in the second year (92 credits)

A mini-dissertation (LAPD7900) of 92 credits in the chosen field of specialisation about a topic selected in consultation with the supervisor and the academic head of department.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY WITH SPECIALISATION IN LANGUAGE PRACTICE
Candidates undertake research in language practice at the most advanced academic level, which culminates in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a PhD thesis. It is expected of candidates to demonstrate an advanced level of research ability and make a meaningful and original academic contribution in the field of language practice.

Admission requirements:
Achieve a minimum average of 70% in an applicable Masters qualification (exit level 9).

Curriculum:
Students have to write a thesis (LAPT9100) or three interrelated, publishable manuscripts or published articles in accredited journal(s) (LAPA9100) about a research topic selected in consultation with the supervisor and the academic head of department.


FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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