English Language and Linguistics MA

This MA offers world-leading expertise in all areas of English language and linguistics, giving you the best possible support for your interests on any topic.

You'll benefit from our expertise in many fields, from language variation and change, psycholinguistics and syntax, to conversation analysis, dialectology and the language-literature interface.

The course will deepen your existing knowledge of the field and provide ideal preparation for research study at MPhil/PhD level, if that's your goal.

There are four flexible pathways available within the course, and you can follow one exclusively or combine different areas of study.

Literary Linguistics Pathway

This pathway examines a range of approaches to literary linguistic study including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology.

Social and Historical Approaches Pathway

This pathway investigates complex real-world language problems in different social and historical contexts.

Structural and Theoretical Linguistics Pathway

This pathway explores the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language.

Modern Languages Pathway

As your understanding of theory develops, you'll learn how to analyse language and how to carry out research projects. If you choose a work placement, you might also develop skills in marketing, archiving, teaching or publishing.

This MA can help develop the range of transferable skills at your disposal, giving you a wide variety of career options. Some of our modules have been designed specifically to provide opportunities for reflecting on the role of English in the public sphere and to enable you to develop different kinds of skills and experience.

The course includes mix of core and optional modules. In addition, you'll research your own interests by completing a 15,000 word dissertation.

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Entry Requirements For This Course

A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in linguistics, English language and/or literature, or a modern language.

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