English Language and Linguistics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.65 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 16.4 k / Year(s)  
170 place StudyQA ranking:6573 Duration:12 months

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The MA in English Language and Linguistics combines an intensive introduction to linguistic methodologies and research skills with detailed study of selected areas and issues in the field. Students can expect to develop a broad knowledge of diachronic and synchronic linguistics, a command of methodologies for understanding and analysing language, and the skills of independent scholarly enquiry, information retrieval and presentation. The course is suited to students preparing for MPhil and PhD work and it also teaches a range of transferable skills invaluable to students wishing to pursue careers in other areas.

The programme aims to provide learners with

  • A well-structured knowledge base concerning the systematic study of English Linguistics. This incorporates current synchronic and diachronic perspectives.
  • The opportunity to develop advanced communication skills.
  • Skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of data of many kinds and from many sources; students will then be able to use these skills effectively in response to research questions.
  • Appropriate research based skills (intellectual and practical) to enable them to conduct independent research projects.
  • An independent approach to learning, in which learners become increasingly responsible for organising their own study and formulating individual research questions.
  • Opportunities for critical reflection, both regarding the knowledge and understanding gained and students' own learning and communication skills.
Both semesters
  • Description of English (Education)
  • Language, Discourse and Society (Education)
Semester one
  • English Language and Linguistics Research
  • Words and Word Meanings (Option module)
  • Narrative: Theories, Texts and Practices (Option module)
Semester two
  • Gender, Language and Discourse (Option module)
  • Managing Knowledge (Option module)
  • Old English (Option module)
  • Dissertation


Course director

Dr Ruth Page

Normally we would expect you to have an upper second class (2.1) Honours BA degree in English language or literature, or its equivalent. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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