MSc English Language and Linguistics

Study the intricate workings of language, explore its central role in society and gain expert knowledge of contemporary linguistic theories.

English Language and Linguistics

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021,September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 27 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Stand-alone modules

Our English Language and Linguistics postgraduate degree gives you an excellent opportunity to study the complex workings of language and explore its central role in society. With the guidance of expert staff, you’ll explore how language works, how people use it, what people use it for, where it came from and how it changes.

You’ll learn to carry out independent research and engage with other researchers by writing, debating and delivering oral and written presentations.

The course also provides a grounding in theories and methods that are essential for a range of careers. You’ll graduate with an expert knowledge of contemporary linguistic theories and their application in a wider cultural context – including both generative and cognitive approaches to linguistic description, as well as the contexts in which these theories operate.

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Course objectives

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding in specialist selected areas of study, such as:

  • Historical, social and regional varieties of English
  • Language and cognition
  • Evolutionary linguistics

You’ll be able to apply a variety of descriptive linguistic tools to language data and linguistic theories to selected specialist areas of study within English Language and Linguistics, according to your areas of interest.

You’ll plan and manage a research project under supervision. This involves independent research, including keeping track of relevant developments in your chosen field(s), and being able to set them in an appropriate context. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • structure and communicate ideas effectively
  • gather, evaluate and organise information from multiple sources
  • engage with other researchers by writing, debating, and delivering oral and written presentations

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

Research in the Division of Literature and Languages scored impressively in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 81 percent of our research viewed as world leading or internationally excellent. In the 'Research Impact' category of the assessment, almost 90% of our work was considered internationally excellent.

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