The Linguistics Postgraduate Certificate programme at QUB enables you to acquire a range of skills and subject-specific knowledge to enhance your interest in language-focused work. Our Programme is based in the School of Arts, English and Languages and will be taught by specialists who work on English, French, Irish, Breton and community languages.

You are welcome to follow either a broad-based programme encompassing, for example, structural and formal aspects of linguistic organisation (e.g. phonetics/phonology, morpho-syntax, lexis, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, variation and change) and their effects on communication; or you may choose to concentrate on areas such as particular linguistic features in English, French, Irish or Breton, or the role of language policies in relation to minoritised languages or particular types of speech.

You are free to choose from the available suite of modules which best complement your area(s) of interest. Throughout the Programme, you will have access to scholars who are experts in their respective fields and whose work is internationally recognised in research rankings and impact, and who work collaboratively to provide you with the academic support and guidance to help you make a success of your work with us.

The Linguistics Postgraduate Certificate programme from QUB will equip you with a range of subject-specific and transferable skills which enable you to consider employment in diverse areas, including research in speech and language, education, language policy and heritage, marketing and communication, journalism, translation and interpreting and law.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Optional Modules
• Meaning, Sense, Translation (20 credits)
• Research Methods 1: Research Design in Linguistics (20 credits)
• Directed Study in English/French/Irish Linguistics (20 credits)
• Name Studies (20 credits)
• Research Methods 2: Skills in Linguistic Research and Data Analysis (20 credits)
• Corpus Linguistics (20 credits)
• Sociolinguistics (20 credits)
• Discourse Analysis: traditional to digital (20 credits)
• Phonetics and Phonology: Concepts and Practices (20 credits)
• Discourses of Crime and Deviance (20 credits)

Course Structure
Postgraduate Certificate students choose three optional modules (60 CATS points) and exit the programme by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.

Please note that modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ( ahead of each academic year.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in English, French or Irish Language and/or Linguistics or related discipline.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

Application dates

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 16th August 2024 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.


1 year full-time.

Contact Teaching Hours
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
6 (hours maximum)
6 hours per week (seminar-based)

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

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Career Prospects
Those who graduate from Linguistics programmes routinely enter careers in academia, school-teaching, speech and language therapy, translation, forensic linguistics, language planning and policy, government administration, and museums, cultural and heritage organisations. This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in these areas, and for further study in your preferred area within linguistics.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

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    Full time,Daytime

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