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English Language MA

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Degree awarded
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.
Entry requirements

An Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in linguistics, English language, or a related subject.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
There is no limit on the number of places available.
How to apply

For details on how to apply, go to: Apply online

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MA in English Language allows specialisation in the synchronic and  historical linguistics of English. The following course units will be taken:

  • core course units in English Corpus Linguistics (15 credits) and The Sociolinguistics of English (15 credits)
  • core course units in Research Methods I and II (2 x 15 credits)
  • optional course units (60 credits altogether) specialising in the linguistics of English
  • a dissertation (60 credits)

One or two of the optional course units may take the form of Directed Reading course units, available after consultation with an appropriate member of staff and the Programme Director. One or two course units may also be taken as adapted Level-3 undergraduate course units in Linguistics and English Language, which supplement the course units on offer at MA level.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500
    International students (per annum): £14,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250
    International students (per annum): £7,250

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


British and EU students intending to take an MA programme in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). AHRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please see the School website for further details.

The School also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for MA students. Details of bursaries available in a given year will be posted on the School website in January.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 306 1259
Academic department overview

See: About us

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