MPhil students in Cambridge have the opportunity to follow an innovative interdisciplinary programme in language sciences. This allows students to apply to one of a number of existing MPhil courses but to undertake research jointly supervised by language science specialists from participating departments and to take taught options from other programmes. There will also be a range of seminars and other events which will give participants the opportunity to interact with students and staff from across the University.
The Language Sciences Interdisciplinary Programme (LSIP) currently includes the following courses:
- MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (DTAL) Coordinator: Dr Anna Korhonen
- MPhil in Advanced Computer Science (ACS). is taught by members of the Computer Laboratory NLIP group. Coordinator: Professor Ann Copestake
- MPhil in Biological Sciences by Research Coordinator: Dr Mirjana Bozic
- MPhil in Education, Research in Second Language Education Coordinator: Dr Michael Evans
All students who are interested in Masters level study of language sciences are encouraged to apply to one of the MPhil programmes listed above (the choice will depend on the student's main interests and prior background) and to contact the LSIP coordinator for that programme. Ideally, this should be done when the application is submitted, but anyone accepted on one of the participating MPhil programmes is eligible to be part of the LSIP. If you are unsure which MPhil to apply for, or have any other questions about the application process, you are welcome to contact one or more of the coordinators for guidance.
Assessment is the responsibility of the student's department. Once you decide you are interested in taking an option offered by another department, you should contact your own department's LSIP Coordinator as soon as possible (this may be during the application process). The Coordinator will discuss your choices with you.
LSIP research projects
Details of possible LSIP research projects will appear here soon.
Students following the LSIP are encouraged to attend events which are designed to bring together people from different departments. The language sciences feed on talks.cam and the language sciences mailing list provide information on relevant events across the University.
Continuing to a PhD
We expect that many LSIP students will wish to continue to a PhD, normally (but not necessarily) in the same department that they were in for their Masters. LSIP students may have PhD supervisors from two departments: such an arrangement might naturally follow from a jointly supervised Masters research project.
LSIP sharable options
LSIP sharable options are taught courses offered as part of one of the LSIP MPhil programmes which may also be followed by students registered with a different LSIP MPhil (subject to any prerequisites for background knowledge and to any limitations on student numbers). The following links give details of the options that can be taken by LSIP students from any department (with the agreement of the relevant LSIP coordinator).
MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Michaelmas introductory taught courses
Lent research seminars
MPhil in Education, Research in Second Language Education
Learning Context: Second Language Learning Theories across Disciplines
Pedagogical Context: Second Language Classroom Pedagogies across Cultures
Policy Context: International Perspectives on Language Education Policy and Multilingualism
Students interested in taking any of these courses in Education should contact Dr. Michael Evans (email@example.com) in the first instance.
MPhil in Advanced Computer Science (ACS)
All Language modules on the ACS are sharable options in the LSIP.
MPhil in Biological Sciences by Research
[To be updated]
Students interested in this option should contact Dr. Mirjana Bozic (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance.