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Postgraduate Studies

What the RU Linguistics Postgrad experience offers you

The Department of English Language and Linguistics offers postgraduates a vibrant research community and a supportive environment for study. With all the facilities of a modern university combined with the charm of a small Eastern Cape city, the department is ideally situated to provide a warm and intimate atmosphere for postgraduate work. The department is fairly small and there are about 30 to 40 postgraduate students at any time, with about half in attendance. The small size of the department allows us to personalize the learning experience to the needs of individual students as much as possible. It also means that our students may sometimes be offered tutoring positions in the department.

Although we prefer postgraduate students to be present on campus, a number of our students live elsewhere, and have full-time jobs outside Grahamstown. For these distance students, regular visits to the Department are enormously beneficial and essential for ensuring good progress. For this reason we require that postgraduate students attend coursework modules, as well as the annual postgraduate conference and other meetings. We find that this flexible approach allows you to balance family and employment commitments with the rigorous demands of postgraduate research.

The Department of English Language and Linguistics offers Honours, Master’s and PhD degrees as either dissertation-only or combined short-dissertation-and-coursework options.  



Postgraduate Programme 2019

To accommodate a wide variety of on- and off-campus students, some of our modules are offered in a compact form and others in an extended form. The amount of content and time spent is the same in each format, just the method of delivery varies. The compact modules are offered specifically with distance students in mind, allowing them to maintain their home lives elsewhere while studying further; however, all registered students are welcome to select either compact or extended modules, or a mixture of the two, for their degrees.

In 2019, we are offering the following modules:

  • Module 3: Introduction to Minimalist Syntax (Mark de Vos)
  • Module 5: The Acquisition of Grammar (Ron Simango)
  • Module 6: Ethnographic Investigation of Language Practices (Ralph Adendorff)
  • Module 8: Contact Linguistics: Bilingualism and Related Phenomena (Ron Simango)
  • Module 9: The Psycholinguistics and Linguistics of Literacy (Mark de Vos and Tracy Probert)
  • Module 10: Appraisal / The Investigation of Interpersonal Meaning (Ralph Adendorff)
  • Module 13: Sign Language Linguistics (Ian Siebörger)
  • Module 16: Language and Knowledge (Ian Siebörger)
  • Module 17: Critical Discourse Analysis (Online module, Tracy Kitchen)


To view more detailed descriptions of each of our postgraduate modules, click here.


The following table shows the dates of each of these modules:

Postgraduate Programme 2019 

Postgraduate Handbook

For more information about how we structure a personalized curriculum that is designed to maximally support you, download the comprehensive postgraduate guide from this link:  Postgraduate Handbook 2019

Getting started

Take a look at these two pages for practical information on how to start your postgraduate studies in Linguistics at RU:

Last Modified: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:21:39 SAST