Master of Arts in Linguistics

The importance of buttressing the study of languages with a linguistics base can never be overemphasised. Linguistics is the scientific study of language. It involves analysing the many different aspects that make up human language, such as its form, structure and context. Linguistics also looks at the interplay between sound and meaning, and how language varies between people and situations. Linguistics is the gateway to the informed analysis and description of languages as tools of human communication and, therefore, of the effort to understand cultural and societal issues and needs.

The programme examines the principles and theories of linguistic inquiry as well as their application to the major branches of linguistics, namely: Syntax, Morphology and Phonetics (i.e. Descriptive Linguistics); Sociolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Applied Linguistics; Comparative and Contrastive Linguistics; Semantics; Lexicography; Translation and Interpretation; Pragmatics; et cetera. Other emerging areas in the study of Linguistics, such as Gender Linguistics and African Linguistics are also incorporated. Students are further exposed to current issues in language planning and development (including language policy development).

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Code MAL
Duration 2 Years
Study time Weekend/Holiday
Intake August

Entry requirements

The University regulations and guidelines will apply with regard to application,
registration, examinations, research and graduation. The common regulations for all Masters degrees in the University shall apply.

  1. The applicants should have at least a Second Class (Lower Division) in Bachelor of Arts (general) or Education with a bias in languages from Kabale University or any other institution recognized by the National Council for Higher Education.
  2. However, other equivalent qualifications may be considered for admission.
  3. For those who have a Pass degree, they should be able to demonstrate academic growth by some other means designed by the University.

There shall be three categories of enrolments as follows:

  • Full-Time Day enrolled students: who shall attend classes between 8.00 am and 5.00
    pm from Monday to Friday.
  • Full-time Weekend enrolled students: who shall attend classes from Friday to Sunday.
  • Modular (Recess) programme – students who may wish to join shall attend classes for two years for coursework and a minimum one year for project.

Fees structure

Tuition Fees per Semester (East African) Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans)
UGX 1,325,000 $730

Functional Fees

Application fee 50,000
Registration fees (per Academic Year) 60,000
Late Registration (per semester; after the deadline for official registration) 30,000
Examination fee (per semester) 100,000
Research fee (per Academic Year) 200,000
Student Manual (Payable once in the 1st Semester) 20,000
Computer Laboratory fee (per Academic Year) 60,000
Identity Card (Payable once in the 1st Semester) 20,000
Library fee (per Academic Year) 50,000
Medical (per semester) 15,000
Development Fund (per Academic Year) 100,000
Late Payment of Fees (after the deadline for official fees payment) 50,000
Replacement of Admission Letter (per Issue) 5,000
Retake/Supplementary/Missed Exam fee (per course) 50,000
Special Exam (per course) 30,000
Student Games Union fee (Academic Year) 20,000
Student Guild fee (per Academic Year) 20,000
Contribution to the Uganda National Students’ Association (UNSA) (per Academic Year) 2,000
Graduation fee (Payable on Completion of Studies) (Including: Transcript, Certificate, Convocation) 150,000
Certification (per copy) 3,000
Contribution to National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Collections (per Academic Year) 20,000

Fieldwork, Study, Industrial Training/ Attachment, Internship, School Practice fee

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Language Enhancement (for Students of French) 200,000= (per year)
Study trips (for Students of Geography) 100,000= (per year)
Study trips/Transport fee (for DEHS, BNS, BEHS, MBChB, BACM) 170,000= (per Sem)

  1. The University Council reserves the right to adjust the fees without prior notice.
  2. These Programmes are run over Weekends, during Fulltime, or in Recess/Holiday Sessions.

Contribution to NCHE should be deposited using a payment reference number generated via

Fees Structure 2024-2025

Course details

  • LH Lecture Hours
  • CH Contact Hours
  • TH Tutorial Hours
  • CU Credit Units
Course Code Course Name LH PH CH CU
MAL8101 Advanced Phonetics and Phonology 45 30 60 4
MAL8102 Advanced Morphology 60 60 4
MAL8103 Sociolinguistics 60 60 4
MAL8104 Research Methods 45 30 60 4
MAL8105 Lexicography and Terminology Development 60 60 4
MAL8106 Onomastics 60 60 4
MAL8107 Language Policy  Development 60 60 4
MAL8108 Comparative and Contrastive Studies 60 60 4
Sub-total CU 330 60 360 24
Course Code Course Name LH PH CH CU
MAL8209 Advanced Syntax 60 60 4
MAL8210 Theory of Translation and Interpretation 45 30 60 4
MAL8211 Advanced Semantics and Pragmatics 60 60 4
MAL8212 Language and Gender Analysis 60 60 4
MAL8213 Applied Linguistics 60 60 4
MAL8214 Discourse Analysis 60 60 4
MAL8215 Psycholinguistics 60 60 4
MAL8216 African Linguistics 60 60 4
Sub-total 345 15 360 5
Course Code Course Name LH PH CH CU
MAL8117 MA Thesis 360 360 24
LH = Lecture Hours; PH = Practical Hours; FH = Field Hours; CH = Contact Hours;  CU = Credit Units

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