Taught course

English Language and Linguistics

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in linguistics, English language and/or literature, or a modern language. The School of English has particular strengths and teaching expertise in four main areas: - language and society - historical linguistics - literary linguistics - theoretical linguistics. Prior experience in one or more of these areas is required to succeed on this programme. Please contact us at english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk if you require any further details about these areas of expertise.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to balance a diverse range of language study with the opportunity to explore more specific fields. You'll explore the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language, with the option to study other modern languages as well.

Course description

You’ll study the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language with the option to study other modern languages as well.

The course is designed with flexibility and choice in mind. You are able to follow different routes through the course that allow you to focus on specific areas of English language and linguistics. You will be able to study literary linguistics and examine a range of approaches including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology.

We offer specialisms in social and historical approaches to language and linguistics in which you can investigate complex real-world language problems in different social and historical contexts. You will also have the option to examine structural and theoretical linguistics, exploring the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language.

You can also study modules in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures which will afford you the opportunity to study similar aspects of Slavic, Germanic and/or Romance languages.

As your understanding of theory develops, you’ll learn how to analyse language and how to carry out research projects. If you choose a work placement, you might also develop skills in marketing, archiving, teaching or publishing.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 114 222 0236