Taught course

Discourse Studies

Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in a language/linguistics-related degree or one with a number of language/linguistics related subjects.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Discourse Studies gives you the opportunity to engage closely with up-to-date developments in Discourse Studies. The programme includes three core modules designed to give you a solid grounding in the key theories, methods and applications of Discourse Studies; and one core module on Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language, which provides an essential grounding in the research skills you will be using in the programme.

You will develop skills in discourse analysis drawing on a range of methodological sources including pragmatics and conversation analysis, argumentation theory, functional grammar, cognitive linguistics and corpus linguistics. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills in analysing a range of spoken and written data from different social contexts including politics, media, literature and education as part of your coursework.

With research groups in corpus studies, discourse studies, language testing, literacy studies, second language learning and teaching, the opportunities for learning extend far beyond the classroom. Past students tell us that the opportunity to participate in the various activities of our research centres and groups is one of the most valuable aspects of studying in the department.

This programme requires you to complete a 12,500-word dissertation relating to any area of Discourse Studies that we teach. Working on your dissertation will help you develop valuable research and transferrable skills regardless of whether you consider continuing to doctoral studies or progress in your chosen career. You may opt to complete an extended dissertation (20,000-25,000 words) subject to satisfactory performance on the programme.

Information for international students

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Fees and funding

Learn more on our fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Linguistics Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 592099