Postgraduate Studies

What the Rhodes University Linguistics Postgrad experience offers you

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


Postgraduate Programme 2022

In 2022, all Semester 1 modules will be offered fully online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  If conditions allow, we may offer a hybrid of online and face-to-face contact sessions in Semester 2. In 2022 we are offering the following modules:


Compulsory modules

Module 11: Research Project 



Semester 1

Module 9: The Psycholinguistics and Linguistics of Literacy

Module 10: The Investigation of Interpersonal Meaning

Module 12: Corpus Linguistics

Semester 2

Module 2: Phonetics and Phonology: descriptive and field approaches

Module 3: Introduction to Minimalist Syntax

Module 8: Contact Linguistics: bilingualism and related phenomena

Module 16: Language and Knowledge


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


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: PG Handbook 2022

Getting started

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

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