UBC’s Department of Linguistics offers several graduate degree programs: a MA in Linguistics, an Masters of Data Science in Computational Linguistics, and a PhD in Linguistics.


Our students are actively engaged in research from the moment they enter the department and have an excellent track record for publishing and presenting their work globally. We welcome applications from outstanding students who want to do research in the areas that define our department’s unique research profile.

Our research profile is defined by the integration of linguistic fieldwork, experimental linguistics, and linguistic theory. Our linguistic fieldwork is especially focused on First Nations languages of Western Canada as well as African languages. In experimental linguistics, our faculty specialize in speech perception and production and in first-language acquisition. In linguistic theory, our research covers phonetics, phonology, syntax, and semantics.

We have an open research culture, and there are multiple opportunities for graduate students to get involved. The department organizes two series of research talks: linguistics colloquia, where we invite speakers from outside the department, and public research seminars, which are normally hosted by our own faculty and students.

The Graduate Programs

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