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BA in Linguistics
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BA in Linguistics

The BA programme in General Linguistics offered by the Institute of Linguistics is a programme for talented and focused students with an interest in the properties of human language and the ways in which they can be accounted for in a unified and systematic way. Our programme is highly multidisciplinary and incorporates theoretical and applied linguistics, experimental psycholinguistics and corpus-based approaches, as well as computational applications.

Linguistics students will develop an understanding of the way language works through their exposure to a coherent framework of concepts and terminology for describing it. A wide range of linguistic phenomena from different languages are typically used as data and for illustration. These include languages we may be familiar with, such as Maltese, English and Italian, as well as other, like Aztec, Czech, West Greenlandic and Vietnamese, to pick a few random examples. The study of Sign Languages also forms part of the Linguistics programme.


"A course in Linguistics does not only allow you to rediscover things you thought you already knew and to contemplate ideas you've never entertained before. It also provides a unique view into one of the things which make us human. Being able to take a look at our linguistic ability and in turn the human mind in this light has been a truly fascinating experience for me."
Marthese Borg, 3rd-year BA(Hons) student

BA course requirements

General university entry requirements hold for the course.



"The Linguistics programme at the University of Malta provided me with the skills, knowledge and curiosity to pursue further research. After three years learning from a fantastic group of knowledgeable and approachable lecturers, I am doing a Masters at the University of Oxford using the tools they helped to obtain."
Becky Vella Muscat, BA(Hons) graduate

Employment opportunities

With a solid background in Linguistics, you are well-placed to pursue a career in areas such as language pedagogy, journalism and communications, and translation and interpreting among many other things. Many opportunities for further study and specialization exist. Our students often go on to specalise in areas such as theoretical and anthropological linguistics, experimental psycholinguistics, neuroscience, or computational linguistics.

"As a new Sign Language Interpreter I owe so much to my Linguistics background. It has not only been essential in securing my job, but it is also an asset for my continuous professional growth."
Sarah Agius, BA(Hons) graduate

Click here for full details, including the course programme.

Linguistics Circle (06 Dec)
Georgios Yannakakis, Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta

Title:  AI designing games for us with (or without) us

Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GW164

Change in Name
As of April 2017, the Institute has officially changed its name to Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology.

Class timetables are now available from this page.

For study-units LIN1063, LIN1065, LIN2013 and LIN5063, please click on this page to check the Academic English timetable.

Ethical approval
Deadlines for submission of ethical approval forms to the Institute Research Ethics Committee are now available on the Research page.
Posts of Part-Time Research Support Assistant or Officer I/II
Posts of Part-Time Research Support Assistant or Officer I/II for the MASRI project that aims to build a Maltese speech recognition system.  
Post of Part Time Research Support Officer I, II or III
Post of Part Time Research Support Officer I, II or III  for the Maltese Sign Language Research Project.
Last Updated: 26 October 2016

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