Taught course

English Language and Linguistics

University of Chester · Department of English

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline (e.g. English Language, Linguistics), is required. International students are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Admission is subject to written application, academic reference, acceptable entry qualification profile, evidence of written work, and possibly an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

English is a global language and arguably has the greatest influence, with an extraordinary range of varieties and functions. Advanced knowledge of phonetics and syntax coupled with practical application and exploration of English in context – e.g. speech therapy, English in education, discourse analysis – forms the core of our MA course.

Our cutting-edge MA course is delivered by a dynamic team of linguists, each with their own research specialisms. Our range of expertise includes corpus linguistics (computer-assisted discourse analysis), acoustic phonetics (useful for speech therapy), cognitive stylistics (how our minds process fictional and non-fictional texts) and critical discourse analysis (e.g. ideology in the media). Students can also explore conflicts and controversies in the discipline and contribute to our online blog.

Our dedicated English Language research space will allow you to undertake data-based projects using some of the latest specialist software (e.g. for acoustic phonetics and corpus linguistic analysis).

The next intake for this course is October 2019.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000