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Language Sciences Interdisciplinary Programme

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:


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 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

History and varieties of English (Li4/LT4)
Phonological Theory (Li7/LT7)
Morphology (Li8/LT8)
Syntax (Li9/LT9)
History of Ideas on Language (Li12/LT12)
History of English (Li13/LT13)
First and Second Language Acquisition (Li15/LT15)
Computational Linguistics (Li18/LT18)


Lent research seminars

Phonological theory
Topics in Syntax
Diachronic syntax
History of Ideas on Language
Language acquisition
Computational linguistics
Timetable TBA
Students interested in taking any of the courses at DTAL should contact Dr. Anna Korhonen () in the first instance.


MPhil in Education, Research in Second Language Education

Learning Context: Second Language Learning Theories across Disciplines
Cognitive and psycholinguistic strand; bilingual cognition, language processing, and cross-linguistic influence in SLA in various educational contexts
Sociocultural and sociolinguistic strand; language mediation and scaffolding in relation to language development, variation in relation to language use, identity and attitude, language ideology, motivation, the role of L1 in L2
Pedagogical Context: Second Language Classroom Pedagogies across Cultures
Language Immersion
Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)
Task-Based Learning (TBL)
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and processing instruction
Other sub-themes in this module include language and culture, study abroad, language teacher cognition and discourse analysis for classroom research
Policy Context: International Perspectives on Language Education Policy and Multilingualism
Bilingualism and multilingualism in the context of education policy-making and policy-delivery
Theoretical and national policy frameworks for language planning
Analysis of language diversity and multilingual practice in the classroom
Relationship between language and identity at the level of the individual
Other sub-themes in this module include language and migration, community/heritage language education, and English as an additional language.


Students interested in taking any of these courses in Education should contact Dr. Michael Evans () in the first instance.

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science (ACS)

All Language modules on the ACS are sharable options in the LSIP.

Introduction to Natural Language Processing
Lexical Semantics
Spoken Language Processing
Biomedical Information Processing
Discourse and Text Summarisation
Language and Concepts
Machine Learning for Language Processing
Syntax and Semantics of Natural Language


MPhil in Biological Sciences by Research

[To be updated]

Students interested in this option should contact Dr. Mirjana Bozic () in the first instance.