Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a linguistics, English language or modern languages degree with a significant linguistics component. Applicants from other disciplines and with relevant experience in the field of teaching will be considered but may be asked to produce/ submit a sample of academic writing (1,200-1,500 words) to prove they are able to cope with the demands of the MA.

Months of entry


Course content

TThis MA focuses on the implications and applications of linguistic ideas. It explores key concepts in linguistic theory and the application of these theoretical perspectives in fields such as language, variation and change, and the use of language in domains of private, public and professional discourse. This course can prepare you to undertake a research degree or can give you a higher qualification to advance your career in a language-related profession.


The course is assessed by term papers, language analysis papers, a research proposal, and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: you take Researching Language in Use and Language Description and Analysis (students with prior degrees in Linguistics may be exempted from the latter). You also choose at least one option, such as: Language Variation or Second Language Acquisition. Other options, such as:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Discourse of Social and Personal Identity
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Syntactic Theory may also be available.

Spring term: you take Research Proposal and at least two options, such as:

  • Discourse and Communication Analysis
  • Language and Culture in Intercultural Communication
  • World Englishes.

Other options in:

  • Language and Gender
  • Linguistic Typology
  • Modern Stylistics and Phonology may also be available.

Summer term: you work on a supervised dissertation.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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