Back to Top
Close Menu

Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature


MA/MPhil/PhD Linguistics

MA/MPhil/PhD Linguistics .png

About the Programme


What Will I Study?

You will discover: 
  • crucial research and analytical skills of use to anyone in or out of academia 
  • the development of the discipline of Linguistics 
  • in-depth knowledge of the history and social aspects of Caribbean languages 
  • important principles of language use, teaching and learning 
  • the importance of direct engagement with speakers in community research 

Facilities and Resources

Enhance your learning experience by making full use of our: 
  • Fully equipped Language Laboratory  
  • Computerised Speech Laboratory for phonetic transcription 
  • Video Library in the Elizabeth Watson Audiovisual Unit 
  • Allsopp Collection in the Richard & Jeannette Allsopp Centre for Caribbean Lexicography 
  • Writing Clinic in the Faculty of Humanities & Education


Our faculty does research across the discipline of Linguistics. We focus on Creole Linguistics and Applied Linguistics with a special interest in the languages and dialects of the Caribbean islands.

Career Opportunities

If you want to: 
  • Teach or advance your career teaching English or foreign languages 
  • Teach English as a Second Language (ESL or TESOL) 
  • Become a translator or interpreter 
  • Be a professional linguist  
Then this degree is for you!

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies at one of the world’s leading institutions for Caribbean linguisticsImmersion in the language of your speakers is an experience that cannot be replaced or replicated overseas. 
We welcome local, international and regional students. 

Additional Information

Courses are taught in the evening, from 4 pm onward, to accommodate anyone already working.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MPhil/PhD
  • Duration: MA: 1 year (FT) or 2 years (PT) (obligatory for Descriptive Linguistics); M.Phil: 3 years (FT) or 5 years (PT); PhD: 5 years (FT) or 7 yrs (PT)


Programme Details

6 courses approved by the Faculty of Humanities & Education must be taken.  
You will do courses in: 
  1. the history of Linguistics and any 1 of the following tracks: 
  1. Descriptive Linguistics  
  1. Sociolinguistics 
  1. Applied Linguistics  
  1. Caribbean Lexicography 

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget.  View Tuition Costs »

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to Apply Now »

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
Telephone: (246) 417-4402/4/5 Fax:(246) 424-0634 Email: