Program Overview

The Linguistics in Clinical Research Master’s degree program is intended for outstanding students with a BA in Communication Disorders, Psychology, Brain Sciences, Special Education or similar fields, who are interested in getting a deeper understanding of the linguistic basis of their field. The studies, closely linked with one of the leading brain science research centers in the world, greatly deepen students’ understanding of how language works and deal with issues important to Israeli society, including first and second language acquisition, the cognitive and neural basis of reading acquisition and dyslexia, language assessment in multilingual societies, linguistics characteristics of psychiatric disorders, and more.

The program of studies includes courses in general linguistics meant to provide the student with a solid foundation in areas such as phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics. Advanced courses and seminars are offered in specific research areas, such as the acquisition of morphology, syntax, and semantics, language and schizophrenia, language and autism, language and reading disorders, specific language impairment, and bilingualism.

Students interested in performing independent research may choose research topics that integrate their previous knowledge with the linguistic knowledge that they acquire, making use of the areas of expertise of the faculty members in the department.

Some of the topics of research of our former students include linguistic characteristics of stories told by bilingual children with developmental language impairments, understanding logical relations and questions in autism, the acquisition of reading and vocabulary in Arabic, Russian-Hebrew bilinguals’ syntactic understanding in Russian, and more.

Student Testimonial

“I made aliyah in 2012, wishing to be a speech and language therapist while venturing into the world of academia. I heard that the Department of English Literature and Linguistics was undertaking research in bilingualism and I offered to assist then signed up for their MA in Applied Clinical Linguistics. I am now a Presidential Doctoral Fellow, focusing on the development of English as a heritage language (home/first language). The department offers a wide variety of courses and is at the forefront of research, making it a unique place to study. There is also a supportive culture within the department that encourages students to progress and reach their full potential.”

Karen Rose, UK,
Applied Clinical Linguistics

Application Requirements

Applications should include:

      1. CV.
      2. Scanned formal transcripts of prior studies (all of them), including all the course names, instructors and grades.
      3. Scanned diploma/s.

If you are interested in a PhD in this field, please also send:

      1. A writing sample in English, such as a seminar paper or an honors thesis.
      2. A letter describing your research interests, about 1-2 pages long (written in English).


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Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel 5290002

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The School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University is one of the few academic institutions in the world to offer research and training in International Communications and Public Diplomacy. It aims to empower Israel’s future generation with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for Israel across the globe. As a part of the BA program, students are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in workshops on how to effectively convey messages and build a positive public image for anyone from brands, to themselves. The workshops, offered in areas relating to New Media, Advertising, Public Relations and Broadcast Media, are instructed by individuals considered professionals in their fields.

Why Study Communication

Communication is all around us. We use it every day without even noticing; we maintain personal communications with our family and friends, we consume mass media, and we create and participate in social networks.

Communication studies are intended for those who want to influence and leave their mark on the world, who wish to take part in making tomorrow’s news — today. In order to accomplish that, one has to understand the media: Why is the same topic presently differently from one media outlet to another? What makes Google or Facebook so popular? Which medium is more influential – cinema, TV, radio, internet, or maybe the mobile phone? If you are interested in these questions – your place is with us.

Unparalleled Expertise

Bar-Ilan University has over 30 years of experience in teaching communication, and prides itself with hundreds of B.A. and M.A. graduates. The faculty members of the School of Communication and related units are internationally renowned researchers and lecturers, with extensive experience in all fields of communication: print press, TV, radio, advertising, marketing, public relations, spokesman ship and new media.

Ample Career Opportunities

Our graduates are sought after and well established in all fields of communications, both locally and globally. Many work in advertising or public relations offices, some in radio or TV stations, others in various websites, and a significant number in the press. Many of our graduates are media consultants in government or private offices, while others have chosen to pursue an academic research and teaching career.

During the third year of studies, our BA students can already participate in our internship program, in which they intern in different media organizations such as PR offices, news websites, government offices and others. Through the program, the students gain practical experience in the field and acquire important tools which will assist them in their future careers.

Program Overview

Program Type: Major (25 Credits)
Program Length:
 3 Years
Language of Instruction: English
Admission Requirements:

  • SAT: 1100
    Psychometric: 550
  • 3.5 High School GPA

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions