Taught course

Language and Linguistics

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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

Explore the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of human language, joining a global research community that links to all aspects of human life.

Course description

Language and linguistics is a discipline with links to all other areas of study, since humans use language in all facets of life.

Our MA specialises in social, historical, and theoretical approaches to language and linguistics. You'll investigate complex real-world language problems in different cultural contexts and time periods, alongside exploring the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language. You can also study literary linguistics and examine a range of approaches including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology.

You can choose to take modules from other related fields, such as TESOL and applied linguistics within the School of English, or courses from other departments across the University which link to your particular area of linguistics.

The MA in Language and Linguistics is one of three linguistics MAs offered in the School of English. It's designed for students from language and linguistics backgrounds interested in developing expertise and skills as a researcher in these fields.

  • If you aspire to a career in TESOL or are looking for British Council-accredited teacher training in authentic TESOL classrooms, alongside rigorous, theory-driven training in how to teach language skills and systems then you may be interested in our MA TESOL course.
  • If you're interested in learning more about the professional and research applications of linguistic theory and are seeking to build on your experience as a language professional then you may be interested in our MA Applied Linguistics course.

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

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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 0220