Taught course

Global Englishes

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

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Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages, or a cognate discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Study an MA in Global Englishes at the University of Southampton and gain an insight into the immense impact that the English language has had on a global scale. It is a fundamental component of business transactions and diplomatic dealings throughout the world. Studying this MA degree will present the importance of English as a world language and the influence it has had on other cultures and the varieties of Englishes that are spoken internationally. Study the pragmatics of English in global contexts and Guided by leading experts in this field, this masters degree can help move you towards a career in teaching, politics or publishing.

It has been estimated (conservatively) that there over 2 billion speakers of English as a second language or lingua franca worldwide today. This gives rise to questions about what is ‘correct’ English, who ‘owns’ English and how it should be used and taught.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to explore and understand the way in which English is used and taught on a global scale and what this means for our understanding of English and language and communication more generally. This programme will address key issues in Global Englishes including:

  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • World Englishes
  • the role of English in education globally
  • English language policy and practice
  • intercultural communication and intercultural pragmatics

Information for international students

English language requirements:

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement.

Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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