English Language and Linguistics MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

More than one billion people speak English. But there’s still much to glean from the way it works and how it’s used. In this degree, you’ll delve deeper into the English language and linguistics, and learn how to collect and analyse data along the way.

Department
English

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

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

English at Leicester website

Course description

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

Where appropriate, you may be asked to submit an essay as part of our admissions process. We will contact you if this is the case.

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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £7,835

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Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

Waddington Scholarship

The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £15,405

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Waddington Scholarship

The Waddington Scholarship is an award of £1,000, awarded on the basis of academic merit. It is open to full-time and part-time students from anywhere in the world.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

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.

Related courses

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Course structure

Modules

Modules

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus one option module from:

Plus your Dissertation (English Language and Linguistics) of 15,000 words

You also have the option of completing an Extended Dissertation (English Language and Linguistics) (25,000 words) instead. If you choose this, you will not study the two core modules marked *.

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.

Why Leicester?

Our teaching methods mean you will be taught in small seminar groups of about 12, an ideal size for detailed discussion of texts.

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

English at Leicester

Sonia appreciates the way that theory is incorporated into creative writing.

Teaching and learning

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.

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