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English Language (by Distance) MA

Lancaster University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Lancaster University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Course Overview

Our Department is well-known for its research in English Language. Staff members have produced major descriptions of English grammar and phonetics, as well as studies in areas such as critical discourse analysis, sociolinguistics (including the study of accents and dialects), literary stylistics and English language teaching. Notable staff have included the late Geoffrey Leech, Norman Fairclough and Ruth Wodak (the latter two, though no longer teaching full-time, maintain a presence in the department). Current notables include Jonathan Culpeper, Paul Baker and Elena Semino. We have world-leading expertise and resources in corpus methods, phonetics and cognitive linguistics.

This English Language MA programme, founded over ten years ago, focuses on the description and explanation of the English language, including its structure, functions and social contexts of use. English language here refers to the study of English as an academic subject, not the practice of English.

We have a tried and tested formula, devised to accommodate busy people (most of our students have full-time jobs). The scheme is part-time, taking place over three years (modules in the first two years, dissertation in the third year). It is designed to appeal to a wide audience (including UK teachers of the English Language A level). Each of the six modules, spread over two years, begins with a compulsory Saturday face-to-face session at Lancaster University and is completed in distance mode. Assessment is via coursework. The final year involves a dissertation supported by an individual supervisor.

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Lancaster University

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  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Students from over one hundred countries study at the Lancaster campus. An open and welcoming community, equality and diversity are valued.
Lancaster University offers students a range of award-winning, high-quality, safe and comfortable accommodation.
Lancaster University has a vast array of facilities including shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and a sports centre and swimming pool.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 106 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    149 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81 81%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%



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