Taught course

English Language and English Linguistics

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Critical Studies
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

We normally expect applicants to have obtained a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above).

Please include a 200-word statement on why you wish to take the MSc in English Language and Linguistics; a sample of your own written work (approx. 2,000 words). This can be from a previous degree you have completed. You are required to submit material that is entirely your own original work, except where clearly indicated. We also require at least one academic reference.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

You will combine advanced study in historical and/or modern aspects of English language and English linguistics. This programme provides career opportunities in research, teaching, publishing and lexicography among others. It is a research training Masters in line with Arts & Humanities Research Council practice. The Modern Only route is an accredited part of the training programme of the Economic & Social Research Council Scottish Doctoral Training Centre.

Why Glasgow

  • You will have access to Glasgow’s Special Collections, which has a large collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts and early printed books.
  • You will also have access to professional standard equipment for the analysis of speech data in the University’s Phonetics Lab..

Programme Structure

The MSc has two routes:

  • Modern and Historical route
  • Modern Only route (ESRC-accredited)

You will learn through a combination of lectures, regular supervisions, formative essay writing and attendance at supplementary classes and seminars. Assessment includes a portfolio of essays.

Modern and Historical Route

You will undertake a number of core courses in historical and modern English language and English linguistics, including

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Lexicography, lexicology and semantics
  • Discourse analysis and grammar
  • English historical linguistics

You can also take courses on offer in some MLitt programmes in the College of Arts. For example, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Classics.

You will take courses in research skills and methods.

The second half of the programme is dedicated to your individual dissertation work, under the guidance of an assigned supervisor.

Please note that the availability of Core Courses depends on staff availability in any session. The availability of option courses depends on student take-up and staff availability in any session.

Modern Only Route (ESRC-accredited)

You will undertake a number of core courses in modern English language and English linguistics, including

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Lexicography, lexicology and semantics
  • Discourse analysis and grammar

You will take courses in research skills and methods. In addition, you will take courses in Statistics and Qualitative Methods which are part of the Social Sciences Research Methods Masters course. (Students must pass these two courses in order to be eligible for ESRC funding.)

The second half of the programme is dedicated to your individual dissertation work, under the guidance of an assigned supervisor.

Please note that the availability of core courses depends on staff availability in any session. The availability of option courses depends on student take-up and staff availability in any session.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities include teaching, publishing, digital analysis, journalism and lexicography. You can take advantage of opportunities to establish or advance your career as a writer or editor, or to work in museums, schools or academia. Other graduates have used their specialist knowledge to gain positions in the media or in business.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 24
    • Listening: 24
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 27
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Course administrator
Email
critstudies-pgenquiries@glasgow.ac.uk