Taught course

English Language

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The English Language MA is a flexible programme which aims to explore the breadth and the depth of the linguistics of English. It builds on the widest range of teaching and research expertise in English linguistics, covering all aspects of theoretical and descriptive linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse and conversation analysis, typology, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics, computational and corpus linguistics. The academic staff teaching on the programme work on English and its varieties in various practical applications of linguistics (e.g. language codification and language policy, institutional language, language in the community).

All students take two compulsory core modules on The Sociolinguistics of English and English Corpus Linguistics. The remainder of the programme allows the students to select units of their interest from a diverse offering of course units in amongst others English historical linguistics, English Syntax and Semantics, The Phonetics and Phonology of English, English sociolinguistics.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test).

Fees and funding

AHRC funding and a limited number of School bursaries are available. Please contact the School for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
+44(0)161 306 1259
+44(0)161 275 3031