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Phonetics can be studied at Glasgow at all levels from beginning undergraduate to master's and doctoral study. At all levels, you will encounter a mix of practical and theoretical angles on the subject.


Undergraduate Phonetics teaching forms part of the M.A. programme in English Language. The Level 1 course introduces the vocal organs and the way they are used to produce consonant and vowel sounds. Level 2 introduces the melody and rhythm of speech, and individual voice quality. The Level 3 course is an in-depth course in phonetic theory and its application to the study of accents of English; practical classes teach you to produce and perceive the sounds of the world's languages, and introduce you to laboratory work. Level 4 covers acoustic phonetics (the physics of speech), the way the brain produces and perceives speech, and the kinds of things that can go wrong

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(speech errors and speech disorders); you will get hands-on experience using computers to record and analyse speech. There is scope to carry out an individual undergraduate dissertation using GULP's large corpora of speech recordings, or data that you collect yourself.

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Postgraduate courses include the M.Litt. in English Language, M.Phil. and Ph.D. Prospective research students are encouraged to visit GULP's research pages for more information about what we do.


Studying phonetics equips you with fundamental skills that can lead (usually after some further training) to career pathways in speech and language therapy, English and foreign language teaching, speech technology, forensic speech analysis, or academic research.


If you think Phonetics might be for you, please visit the English Language undergraduate or postgraduate pages or (for current students) the English Language Moodle pages. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Stuart-Smith or Dr Rachel Smith.

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