Taught course

English Language and Linguistics

University of Sheffield · School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in linguistics, English language and/or literature, or a modern language.

Months of entry


Course content

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

There are four pathways to choose from: Literary Linguistics, Social and Historical Approaches, Structural and Theoretical Linguistics, and Modern Languages (co-run with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures). You can follow one exclusively or combine the four.

  • The Literary Linguistics pathway examines a range of approaches to literary linguistic study including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology
  • Social and Historical Approaches investigates complex real-world language problems in different social and historical contexts
  • Structural and Theoretical Linguistics explores the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language
  • Modern Languages offers students 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.

Core module

  • Research Methods.

Examples of optional modules

  • Linguistics in Context
  • Linguistics in Practice
  • Research Practice
  • Literary Language: narrative and cognition
  • Literary Language: history and culture
  • Work Placement with Research Project

Teaching and assessment

The MA offers world-leading expertise in all areas of English language and linguistics, and is therefore capable of offering the best possible support for students’ interests on any topic. You’ll benefit from our expertise in many fields, from language variation and change, psycholinguistics and syntax to conversation analysis, dialectology and the language–literature interface. Our enthusiastic staff publish internationally. Within the School of English, we hold weekly research seminars which give you the chance to hear about the latest developments.

You’ll be taught through seminars and workshops. There are also work placement opportunities in schools, museums, libraries or local businesses. Assessment varies by module, but includes essays and presentations.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Jackie Elkington
+44 (0)114 222 5442