A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in linguistics, English language and/or literature, or a modern language.
Months of entry
You’ll study the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language with the option to study other modern languages as well.
There are four flexible pathways available within the course, and you can follow one exclusively or combine different areas of study.
Literary Linguistics Pathway
This pathway examines a range of approaches to literary linguistic study including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology.
Social and Historical Approaches Pathway
This pathway investigates complex real-world language problems in different social and historical contexts.
Structural and Theoretical Linguistics Pathway
This pathway explores the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language.
Modern Languages Pathway (co-run with the School of Languages and Cultures)
This pathway 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.
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.
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
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
- +44 (0)114 222 0220