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English Language and Linguistics MA

University of Leicester

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Leicester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

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

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.

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.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,825per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Leicester

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  • Campus address

    University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RH, England

More than 4,000 international students call Leicester home, sharing their cultures, faiths and ideas with each other and with students and staff across campus.
Leicester is in the centre of England with great transport links, making it easy to explore the whole country while studying there.
Want to explore further afield? Leicester has great European links – with one change of train, Leicester students can be in Paris by lunchtime.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    45th out of 100 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    124 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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