Research course


Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

MA in Linguistics or a related field and a viable research proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Research degrees can be undertaken full-time, part-time, or by a combination of both. You can also register as studying away from Lancaster for part of your studies.

Proposals are accepted in a wide range of topics including: language and media, linguistic description and theory, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, language learning and teaching, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, gender and language, literacy, stylistics, language testing, and pragmatics.

Students will be matched with staff interests to provide strong supervision relationships.

Department specialisms

Bilingualism, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, discourse studies, first language acquisition, forensic linguistics, language education (see website for description of specialisations), language testing and assessment, linguistic theory and language description, literacies studies, multimodality, phonology and sociophonetics, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and stylistics.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in listening and speaking and at least 6.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent .

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593028