The English Language and/or Linguistics MLitt is a Master's level degree that is largely based around your own research interests, preparing you for further research within and beyond academia. You will be fully supported by experts situated in one of the largest centres for linguistics research in Europe.
Our course is an individually tailored research Master's degree designed for graduates with a good background in linguistics and/or English language. The course contains some taught modules but mostly consists of smaller independently conducted research assignments and a larger research dissertation at the end. The topics are chosen by you, in consultation with your supervisor. We offer supervision in the following areas:
- syntactic theory and comparative syntax
- phonological theory
- morphophonology and morphosyntax
- philosophy of language
- philosophy of linguistics
- architecture of the language faculty
Language variation and change
- historical/diachronic linguistics
- variationist/comparative linguistics
- dialect syntax
- corpus analysis
- linguistic typology
Language evolution, acquisition, and development
- first language acquisition and development
- the acquisition of second language morphosyntax and phonology
- evolutionary linguistics
Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS)
The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) is one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe, so you have a unique opportunity to acquire a wide range of methodologies and exposure to diverse theoretical perspectives to enrich your own research. We have a wide range of research supervisors you can work with.
We offer subject-specific research training, including specialised practical workshops on statistical packages and software used in corpus linguistic methodologies. This specific training complements the research training programme you will be part of as a postgraduate research student.
Our 'student work in progress' meetings give you the opportunity to present your work to a student audience, giving you instant feedback and discussions around your research. Our special interests groups also facilitate researchers with common interests to share ideas, develop new skills and gain feedback on their work. The groups meet regularly and include topics like:
- language variation and change
- theoretical phonology
- corpus linguistics
- language and cognition
Internationally renowned linguistic researchers are regularly invited to give guest lectures, recent speakers include:
- Professor Ellen Bialystok, York University, Toronto
- Professor J K Chambers, University of Toronto
- Professor David Pesetsky, MIT
- Professor Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University
Professor Anders Holmberg won the University-wide, student-led award for Best Research Supervisor in 2013.
Your study will consist mainly of seminars, tutorials and independent learning supported by research training. The course is made up of 180 credits:
- 20 credits for research training modules
- 80 credits for a 16-24,000-word dissertation, which is written in the spring/summer for full time students or in the second year for part time students
- the remaining 80 credits are chosen by you and your supervisors to suit your needs and preferences
You may also attend lectures and seminars (not the assessments) for approved taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules, or you may choose to study modules from Linguistics MA. The taught modules and research assignments will prepare you for your dissertation and you have the flexibility to choose one assignment unrelated to the main focus of your studies.
In the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (2012), 94% of our students stated their supervision expectations were either met or exceeded.
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.
We are based in the Percy Building where the majority of your seminars and tutorials will take place. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes several dedicated computer clusters, meeting rooms, a kitchen and lounge area.
Linguistics postgraduates also benefit from a dedicated space reserved for members of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences. This space provides a range of resources, including access to linguistics software (eg Childes, Clan, Elan, Praat), linguistic corpora (eg DECTE, ICE, ICAME), and specialised equipment such as the eye tracker.
You also have access to the award-winning Peter Robinson Library, which has an extensive audio-visual collection.
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Training & Skills
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Modules for English Language MLitt and/or Modules for Linguistics MLitt
- SEL8531 Research Methods for IPhD students
- SEL8148 English MLitt Research Assignments
- SEL8149 English MLitt Dissertation
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.
Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £5,010
Part time: £2,505
Full time: £5,010
Part time: £2,505
Full time £16,500
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
You should include a research proposal or sample composition with your application. Read our guidance on producing your research proposal.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199