Taught course

Communication and Language Studies

University of East Anglia · School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or international equivalent – in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject.

Months of entry


Course content


The interdisciplinary MA in Communication and Language Studies focuses on language as the key to comprehending today’s world and the increasingly globalised future. The course is intended specifically for international students, integrating English proficiency and skills training into the overall programme. Students will enhance their knowledge of language as a cultural object and its uses across communicative contexts and media.


Students take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, building a solid foundation in the discipline ready to specialise in module areas of particular interest. Assessment is on the basis of coursework seminar papers, oral case studies, essays and a final dissertation.


Teaching is mainly through the media of seminars and individual dissertation supervision, delivered with a high level of contact time, so you will find yourself working with students who have different language pairs to you which leads to fascinating cross-cultural exchanges. You will have access to extensive resources to support your studies, namely the James Platt Language Centre.


Graduates will have developed to a high level of awareness and understanding of the issues of culture and communication against claims of globalisation. They will be familiar with different approaches to such issues with the ability to assess approaches critically, evaluate their usefulness, and offer a sharp practical and analytical grasp of the English language and culture in the British academic environment. The programme also provides a foundation for further postgraduate studies at MPhil and PhD level.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515