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English Language MA

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Degree awarded
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.
Entry requirements
Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Full entry requirements

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

Please visit our  How to Apply  page.  

If you wish to transfer credits onto one of our master's programmes, please download the guidance  here  for further information.

Course options

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

Course description

The English Language MA is a flexible programme which aims to explore the breadth and the depth of the linguistics of English. It builds on the widest range of teaching and research expertise in English linguistics, covering all aspects of theoretical and descriptive linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse and conversation analysis, typology, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics, computational and corpus linguistics. The academic staff teaching on the programme work on English and its varieties in various practical applications of linguistics (e.g. language codification and language policy, institutional language, language in the community).

All students take two compulsory core modules on The Sociolinguistics of English and English Corpus Linguistics. The remainder of the programme allows the students to select units of their interest from a diverse offering of course units in amongst others English historical linguistics, English Syntax and Semantics, The Phonetics and Phonology of English, English sociolinguistics.

Open days

Our next Open Day will be on Wednesday 18 March 2015 as part of a University-wide postgraduate event. Further details can be found  here .


The level of Home/EU tuition fees for entry in September 2013 are not yet available, however, for entry to MA programmes in 2012, the tuition fees are £5,000 per annum for Home/EU students. The tuition fees for entry in September 2012 for International students are £12,300. For general fees information, please visit: Postgraduate Fees .

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.


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.

Please see the  School website  for further details. 

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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