English Language and Linguistics

MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to delve deeper into the study of the English language whilst gaining vital research skills in data collection and analysis.

Course Description

The MA in English Language and Linguistics combines an intensive introduction to linguistic methodologies and research skills with detailed study of your chosen areas of linguistics or English language study. We understand that there is a great deal of variation in undergraduate courses so the English Language and Linguistics programme has been designed to give you a foundation in a broad range of linguistic methodologies and approaches, whilst building upon your existing knowledge.

You will study English Linguistics from current synchronic and diachronic perspectives, as well as developing skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of data of many kinds and from many sources. Your ability to present and use data effectively in response to research questions will be invaluable in many professional settings. We will also be developing your ability to reflect critically on the knowledge and understanding you have gained as well as on your own learning and communication skills.

This course offers the opportunity to write a 15,000-word dissertation with one-to-one support from your supervisor. This will act as an excellent grounding in research if you're thinking of continuing to doctoral level, whilst also providing evidence of a wide range of transferable skills for those wishing to pursue careers in other areas.

You will develop transferable skills in:

  • written and spoken communication
  • the collection, analysis and evaluation of data of many kinds and from many sources
  • methodologies for understanding and analysing language
  • independent scholarly enquiry
  • information retrieval and presentation
See what students on our postgraduate English courses have said about their time at Leicester.
Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
English
Contact

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
englishma@le.ac.uk

Course director
Dr Chryso Hadjidemetriou
ch395@le.ac.uk

English at Leicester Website

Why Leicester?

Our teaching staff are leaders in their disciplines. All of our lecturers publish on their own specialist subjects, meaning that your teaching will be informed by the very latest research.

The course has a strong employability strand and includes visiting lectures from professionals in the writing world including publishers, agents, and editors.

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

  • Discourse Analysis
  • English Language and Linguistics Research
  • Grammar Awareness
  • Language in Society
  • Phonology and Pronunciation

Plus your dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Option modules

Option modules


Choose two option modules from:

  • Gender, Language and Discourse
  • Multilingualism (Semester 1 only)
  • World Englishes (Semester 2 only)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching will be by seminar, workshop, group discussion, and one-to-one supervision, making innovative use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment ‘Blackboard’.

You will be assessed by several different methods, including essays, tests, presentations, and online and collaborative exercises.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree, or equivalent, in English Language or English Literature and Language, or another related discipline.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2016

    • £7,500

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Waddington Scholarships

    The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000 and it its awarded on the basis of academic merit and are open to full-time, part-time, Home, European Union and International students.

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

     


  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2016

    • £14,105

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Waddington Scholarships 2016

    If you hold an offer of a place on any one of our English MAs by 31st August 2016, you will automatically be considered for the award of a £1000 Waddington Scholarship. We have up to three Waddington Scholarships available in 2016. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and are open to full-time, part-time, Home, European Union and International students. (We reserve the right not to award the scholarships if there is no suitable candidate).


Career Opportunities

A Masters degree in English Language and Linguistics is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. As well as deepening your knowledge in your chosen areas in the linguistics field, you will also develop transferable skills, such as research, analysis and presentation skills.

Completing an MA can be the first step in an academic career in Higher or Further Education, whilst also enhancing your career options outside the field of academia.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
English Language and Linguistics MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
English Language and Linguistics MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
English Language and Linguistics
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
English Language and Linguistics
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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