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English Linguistics (Distance Learning) - MA

Birmingham City University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Online/Distance Learning

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    OCT-21, JAN-22, APR-22, JUL-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The MA in English Linguistics is a flexible distance-learning programme. You can work at your own pace fitting your study around work and other commitments.

The programme is well established, having been introduced in 1992, but it continues to evolve. It’s now delivered via the Moodle virtual learning environment with interactive content being developed exclusively for MA students.

What's covered in the course?

This programme will enable you to develop advanced analytical skills and in-depth linguistic knowledge, and to gain experience as an independent researcher.

It begins with the Language Description module, designed to give you confidence in working with the essential building blocks of linguistic analysis: grammar, morphology, and phonology. You’ll then study Data, Theory & Method, covering topics such as hypothesis testing, the role of linguistic theory, data collection, academic referencing and research ethics. There are optional modules too, covering topics such as sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, spoken discourse analysis, and the history of the English language. In choosing three of these modules you can tailor your studies to your individual interests and career aspirations. The final dissertation is a piece of original research on a topic of your choice.

One of our key strengths is that the programme is taught by leading authorities on the subjects covered. Our teaching staff are active researchers who, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, publish world-leading journal articles, chapters and books. This research feeds directly into the MA learning materials.

You’ll be fully supported by a tutor assigned to you when you begin each module who can be contacted by email or telephone. There’s no requirement for you ever to attend the University, but there are ample opportunities for you to do so if you wish.

Enhancing your employability skills

Although the programme is not designed to train students for a specific career, you will develop knowledge and practical skills that will enhance your employability and help you to progress in a wide range of careers. The key transferable skills you will gain on the MA programme are as follows:

communicating in writing in a fluent, concise and precise manner; constructing substantial pieces of prose using appropriate register and style.
abstracting and synthesising information; collecting, analysing and manipulating data of diverse kinds.
recognising problems and developing problem-solving strategies, and evaluating their effectiveness.
working independently; demonstrating initiative and self-motivation; having effective organisational skills and time management.

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Birmingham City University

  • University League Table

    82nd

  • Campus address

    Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 5JU, England

One of only four UK universities offering a Master's in International Human Resource Management which is also fully CIPD-accredited.
ACCA programmes are taught in a Platinum status centre, showing that the university meets ACCA performance targets for course tuition and support.
Many master's courses now offer international students six-month professional placements towards the end of their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    54th out of 100 15

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    110 54%

    57th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    55th

    32
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%

    39th

    46

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