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.

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2022 entry from students who require a visa to study in the UK.

English Language and Linguistics

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study part time, full time
  • Delivery on campus

Overview

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. You’ll also play an active part in our regular Linguistics Reading Group meetings, which discuss articles on important and controversial linguistic topics.

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.

Top reasons to study with us

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 2021 Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of our research environment in English Language and Literature classed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Other routes of entry

If you don’t currently meet the academic requirements for this course, INTO University of Stirling offers a variety of preparation programmes that can earn you the qualifications and skills you need for direct entry.

Explore INTO Stirling programmes to see the pathway and pre-masters routes available for this course and others at the University of Stirling.

International entry requirements

View the entry requirements for your country.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall with a Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 90 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - High Pass overall with minimum 25 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 24 March 2022

You must also check the specific English language requirements for your country.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

 

 

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course Details

Teaching

Teaching takes place in the form of small group tutorials, seminars and lectures. All modules offer close and careful supervision from tutors, but you’re also expected to take responsibility for your own studies. You’ll be able to access online course content such as study resources, lecture slides and discussion boards via the University’s online learning platform.

You’ll play an active part in our regular Language Research Group meetings, which discuss articles on important and controversial linguistic topics. You’ll also have the opportunity to introduce articles of your choice to the group, and will develop important skills in leading and managing open-ended discussions.

Assessment

Assessment is via module coursework and your dissertation. Each module is assessed by means of at least one assignment, some of which may involve practical research investigations. The most significant piece of work on the course will be a 15,000-word dissertation that you’ll write under supervision during the summer.

Classroom hours

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

Autumn

LINPP07 Linguistic Structures
Mon: 14.00 - 16.00

Two of:

LINPP05 Historical Linguistics and the History of English
Thur: 10.00 - 12.00

TESP004 Grammar for TESOL
Fri: 10:00 - 13:00

TRNPP01 Translation Subject Knowledge and Professional Skills
Mon 14:00 - 16:00

Spring

LINPP10 Dissertation Preparation and Research Training 

Two of:

LINPP02 Language and Cognition
Mon: 10:00 - 12:00

LINPP06 Evolutionary Linguistics
Mon: 10:00 - 12:00

LINPP04 Sociolinguistics and Varieties of English
Thur: 13:00 - 15:00

TESPD03 Discourse Analysis
Fri: 10:00 - 13:00

Please note this is an illustrative timetable and not the timetable for the next academic year.

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

  2021/22 2022/23
Students from the UK£6,600£7,100
Students from the Republic of Ireland£6,600£7,100
Overseas (non-EU) students£16,775£17,275
European Union students£16,775£17,275

Students from the UK

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Postgraduate Scholarship, which provides a 40% fee discount on full-time, on-campus postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

This course is eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from one of the UK’s governments. See the section, below, for more details.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Scholarships and funding

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

Scottish students may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for loans of up to £10,000 to cover tuition fees and associated living costs.

English students can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 each year as part of the Postgraduate Masters Loan Scheme.

Welsh students can apply for financial support of up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan from Student Finance Wales.

Northern Irish students can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 from Student Finance NI.

Other sources of funding

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

85% of our Language and Literature students felt their course has enhanced their employability 

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2021

Our Masters in English Language and Linguistics provides you with a solid grounding for a wide range of positions. Many of our graduates go on to careers in areas such as:

  • teaching
  • private and public sector management and research.
  • marketing and advertising
  • government administration
  • journalism
  • banking and finance

Others have gone into specialist areas like linguistic consultancy and speech therapy.

Testimonial quotes

The MLitt helped me to build upon my previous understanding of language, allowing me to narrow down my research interests. In particular, the Sociolinguistics and Language and Cognition courses enabled me to gain the ability to apply abstract linguistic concepts to real-world applications.

Beth Harvey (2013)

The MLitt English Language and Linguistics course was essential in securing my new role as an Account Manager for a local language solutions company based in Stirling. My role requires that I educate international clients regarding their translation and interpretation needs and consequently coordinate their projects. I draw upon my knowledge from the Sociolinguistics module frequently to discuss cultural linguistic practices; this is most commonly exercised when I work on projects that require language localisation or transcription. Additionally, when clients require voiceover work, I discuss any dialectic preferences by applying my knowledge from the Linguistic Structures and Concepts introductory modules. The MLitt course at Stirling has equipped me with the foundations to engage in these types of conversations with my clients and ensure that they are matched with a linguist or interpreter who meets their language solution needs.

Courtney Weisell (2017)

Employability skills

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes that employers look for. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, we have a dedicated Employability and Skills Officer.

The University of Stirling’s Career and Employability Service also works in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience, and are ready for the employment market.

What our students said

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Eleni Kepelian
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MSc English Language and Linguistics
My lecturers were supportive and passionate about their subjects and the class sizes were small, which allowed us to have a personalised experience.
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