M.A Programme


The programme is designed to provide orientation in modern linguistic theories and techniques of analysis which students are expected to apply to their particular areas of research interest.  It is expected that on successful completion of the programme the graduates should be able to:

  1. teach linguistics in post-secondary institutions.
  2. initiate and execute research in linguistics.

iii.        analyse and evaluate the grammar of a given             language.

  1. teach the grammar of English and indigenous languages in primary and post primary institutions.
  2. function as:

–            language developers by providing the orthography   of unwritten languages

–           and writing the grammar of any language

–           editors in publishing houses and in electronic and print media.

–           language planning officers in government and non government establishments

–           lexicographers

–           professional speech-writers, speech pathologists.

–          career diplomats

–           Press secretaries, company secretaries, administrative officers


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  As specified in the University Postgraduate Regulations, candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours degree in linguistics or a subject with a strong linguistics component from a recognised university. Under special circumstances, candidates from other disciplines with a strong analytical component will be considered.

O’Level requirements: 5 credit passes in English and 4 other subjects

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:  Students are required to demonstrate the ability to read and write one African language. Students are strongly advised to acquire knowledge of an additional European language.

Other Requirements: Students will be required to take undergraduate courses in any areas in which their background is deficient.

Graduation Requirements: Students are required to take and pass 15 units of courses per semester (30 units for the two semesters) excluding Seminar (3 units) and Thesis (12 units).

Compulsory Courses: The compulsory courses are core courses that provide theoretical training in basic areas of linguistics at a more advanced level.  The core compulsory courses are as follows:

LIN 631Current Issues in Phonetics  31st
LIN 651Milestones in the History of Linguistics  31st
LIN 661Advanced Morphology  31st
LIN 683Advanced Research Method  31st
LIN 622Advanced Syntax  32nd
LIN 632Studies In Phonology  32nd
LIN 642Theories of Semantics  32nd
LIN 686Seminar  32nd
LIN 688Thesis  62nd


Optional Courses: These are more specialized courses related to a student’s    option. Students in consultation with their supervisors will select a suitable    combination of courses from the courses available in a particular year, subject to fulfilling any prerequisite requirements.

LIN 641Lexicography31st
LIN 671Advanced Sociolinguistics31st
LIN 673Studies in Dialectology31st
LIN 675Linguistic Anthropology31st
LIN 624Alternative Theories of Grammar32nd
LIN 644Topics in Psycholinguistics32nd
LIN 646Advanced Issues in Pragmatics32nd
LIN 672Advanced Issues in Multilingualism32nd
LIN 682Critical Discourse Analysis32nd
LIN 684Topics in Applied Linguistics32nd