Taught course

Literary Linguistics

University of Nottingham · School of English

Entry requirements

2.1 or international equivalent in a related arts, humanities or social science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of English at Nottingham has long been in the forefront of research and teaching in the interface between language, literature and culture.

The MA programme in Literary Linguistics provides an exciting integration of English language in literary studies. You will work with several leading world figures while discovering your own position in language and literature. The course programme covers a wide range of material, with options to develop your own thinking and pursue your own interests and research.

The principle of language study we have established at Nottingham combines theoretical and ideological dimensions with highly practical applications. We will explore the discourses of literary texts and literary reading, from the most focused study of the texture of language, right up to the ideological and cultural practices of world literatures.

We believe that linguistics and literary study cannot be separated, and we aim to turn you into a creative-thinking interdisciplinary expert in literary linguistics. You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources, as well as small group and individual tuition.

Key facts

The key features of this course include a theoretical grounding in research methodology and linguistic description; one-to-one tuition with expert members of staff; teaching informed by active leading-edge researchers in the field; innovative and engaging teaching methods; access to many online resources and flexibility in course content

The MA Literary Linguistics is one of the most prestigious programmes in the world, established for over 50 years

This MA is convened in the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The MA Literary Linguistics is also available as a web-based distance learning course

The School was ranked 7th for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and 9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014)

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of English web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (14000 words)

Course contact details

Graham Hancock
+44 (0)115 951 5899