Taught course

English Language

De Montfort University · School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree.

We encourage and welcome applications from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives and all non-standard applications will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

With specialist training in the linguistic study of the English language, this course offers the best of both taught and research-focused postgraduate courses.

The course covers concepts and methodologies in linguistic description and analysis, including methods used to study linguistic structure and variation, and approaches in semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis. You will also have the option to explore psycholinguistics or receive training in event organisation and presentation, with practical hands-on experience organising a conference.

Whatever your area of interest, we will give you the opportunity to develop your own specialisms and build on your skills in writing for publication, presenting work, publishing and researching. This course is taught by staff who are active researchers with expert knowledge across a range of fields in English language and linguistics, including sociolinguistics, pragmatics, lexical semantics, language and sexuality, corpus linguistics, and influence and persuasion.

With us you will build on strong research skills, including literature review and critical analysis of research methods, to enable you to build an interesting, thorough independent research proposal to explore in your final dissertation. The course is ideal for students who are self-motivated, with good time management and the ability to work independently, as these skills will be developed throughout. This is an excellent stepping stone to either research at PhD level or a career in teaching, publishing or research.

Key features

  • Focus on key concepts and methodologies in the core areas of linguistic description and analysis.
  • Tailor the curriculum to your own specialist interests to meet your individual learning goals.
  • Receive expert teaching and supervision for your dissertation from our specialist academics who are active researchers with expertise spanning a range of English language and linguistics subfields.
  • Benefit from both collaborative teaching and individual learning experiences and receive personalised feedback to help you to reach your independent research goals.
  • Practical training in presenting work, writing for publication, research and organising a conference gives you real-world skills for a career in teaching, publishing, research or event management.
  • The focus on individual research and fostering your skills as an independent learner provides ideal preparation for progression to PhD.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for more information about course fees and available funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70