Taught course

Linguistics and English Language

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second-class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in Linguistics, English Language, English, Education or a related/compatible subject or combination of subjects. Candidates with a lower second-class degree or degrees from unrelated disciplines are however encouraged to apply and will be considered on their merits, as will people with non-traditional qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Attracting students from all over the world, this versatile, interdisciplinary MA in Linguistics and English Language aims to provide a solid understanding of the basis of language and linguistics and develop a valuable insight into the relationship between language, culture and society. The course emphasises the practical application of theories to the social context and aims to enhance your analytical and linguistic skills by introducing different approaches to the analysis of language use. The majority of our academics are actively involved in current research and they bring this experience to the classroom, using it to inform their teaching and ensuring up-to-date, relevant content on all the course units, delivered by published experts in the field.

Features & benefits of the course

  • Fereshte Goshtasbpour is the subject advisor for the MA Languages programme. A successful graduate, she has subject-specific insight into the requirements of students and offers a range of workshops tailored precisely to the programme.
  • Distinct interdisciplinary ethos
  • Helps you to develop valuable employability skills
  • Training for further research and PhD study.
  • Key skills developed include:

    • Ability to communicate inter-culturally and across various social groups
    • Development of capacity for community involvement and social responsibility
    • Ability to unveil ideological and power positions embedded and coded in language use
    • Ability to explore notions of correctness and attitudes towards language use
    • Appreciation of the inherent variation within language and the concept of language change over time
    • Understanding how language is used across different social groups and development of skills for successful communication across such sectors
    • Emphasis on in-depth critical analysis of current social data from various social contexts such as media, institutions, private sphere, etc.
    • Development of techniques for collection of data and analysis using appropriate packages where necessary (such as statistical packages, corpus tools, etc.).

    Other transferable skills include:

    • Ability to construct, justify and manage an argument
    • Working as a team to achieve common goals
    • Using initiative and working independently
    • Ability to recognise and solve problems
    • Self-management with the ability to carry out personal reflection
    • Time-management and organisation skills

    Extra support for academic writing available to all students through The Writing Project and also specifically for International students through Coaching for Academic English.

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Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 247 6969