English Language and Linguistics Research Methods

Module code: EN7232

This module provides an overview of the principles and practices of researching English Language and Linguistics at postgraduate level. The module is organised around the typical elements of a research project, spanning the development of research questions, ethical considerations, and the mechanisms for data collection and data analysis. This also includes the principles of a literature review, and the various linguistic resources that are available for undertaking research within the field.

Each seminar takes a particular project stage as its focus, and you'll develop your understanding of this topic through worked examples, class exercises and discussion. This module provides the essential foundation for undertaking postgraduate-level research, and will inform your work on other modules throughout the MA, leading to and culminating in your MA dissertation.


  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 140 hours of guided independent study


  • Portfolio 1 (10%)
  • Portfolio 2 (40%)
  • Portfolio 3 (50%)