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 20 to 40 postgraduate students at any time. 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 most of our students may sometimes are offered tutoring positions in the department.

We require students to be present for face-to-face teaching and learning in the first year of their postgraduate studies at Rhodes University, whether this be at Honours, Master's or PhD level. Thereafter, students are welcome to study remotely, but are required to come to the university once or twice a year for 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 degrees, as well as Master’s and PhD degrees as either thesis-only or combined short-thesis-and-coursework options.  


Postgraduate Programme 2024

In 2024 we are offering the following modules:


Compulsory modules

Module 11: Research Project 



Semester 1

Module 2: Phonetics and Phonology: descriptive and field approaches

Module 9: The Psycholinguistics and Linguistics of Literacy

Module 10: Appraisal


Semester 2

Module 3:  Introduction to Minimalist Syntax

Module 16: Language and Knowledge

Module 18: Multimodality: Combination of Semiotic Resources to Make Meaning


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: Postgraduate Handbook 2024

Getting started

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

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