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.
Important Notice: Before your application can go to the Bar-Ilan University MA committee, it must first be approved by the Department of English Literature and Linguistics. Those who register through the university first who are later rejected by the department will not be refunded the initial registration fee. As such, please be sure to contact us first before applying through the university’s general online system.
Please follow the following steps to apply to the program:
Be sure to include in your email which track you are applying for, as well as the following documents:
2. Step Two: Should you receive a notice from the Department of English Literature and Linguistics recommending your acceptance (via email from Dr. Meir), you must then apply though the university’s general online system at this link for MA students: https://inbar.biu.ac.il/Register/EditUser.aspx?formid=370 and this link for PhD students: https://inbar.biu.ac.il/Register/EditUser.aspx?formid=402. You will also be asked to pay the application fee- http://biuinternational.com/admissions/tuition-fees/
NOTE : Under the section called “Maslul Limudim”, be sure to fill in the appropriate track- this is the track that you were accepted to via email by Dr. Natalia Meir.