Taught course

Language, Culture and Communication

University of Birmingham · Department of English Literature and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

To be admitted to one of the CELS MA programmes you should have a university degree. Normally, this will be a 2:1 in the UK system, or a GPA score of 3.5 or over in the American system. We will also consider equivalent scores from other countries. You must be able to provide three references. Normally, at least one of the referees should be able to attest to your academic abilities, and one to your professional abilities as an EFL/ESL teacher or translator.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is intended for those who wish to upgrade their professional and academic standing in critical discourse studies, media studies, and/or intercultural communication. It is particularly suitable for students/researchers who want to move into higher education, journalism, and research into the role of communication in media and society.

You will study five core modules:

  • Describing Language
  • Discourse Culture and Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • Social and Multimodal Aspects of Communication

You will also choose one optional module and complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

In addition, there are two non-assessed components in the programme:

  • All students will take a short course – Introduction to the Bank of English – which introduces you to the 400 million-word Cobuild Bank of English corpus, an invaluable collection of authentic language data against which theory, intuition and pedagogic materials can be measured
  • You may also take a course in Academic Writing. Those whose first language is not English are particularly encouraged to follow this course.

You will do a total of six assessed pieces of coursework over the year. For assessment purposes, one of the modules you take during the spring term will be ‘linked’ with the Research Methods module – that is, you will produce a piece of work in the field covered by that module, but with a particular focus on research methods.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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