Our research master's in English Language and/or Linguistics is largely based around your own research interests. We'll prepare you for further research within and beyond academia. You'll be fully supported by experts situated in one of the largest centres for linguistics research in Europe.
The individually tailored course contains some taught modules. It 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
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What you'll learn
Taught modules aim to extend your knowledge and skills beyond undergraduate level and help to develop your research 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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, your study will typically consist mainly of:
- 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 take part in 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.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Oral presentation
- Practical lab report
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Our mission is to help you:
- stay healthy, positive and feeling well
- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.
You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:
- research and professional skills
- careers support
- health and safety
- public engagement
- academic development
The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) is one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe. You'll 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.
Student work in progress meetings
Our 'student work in progress' meetings give you the opportunity to present your work to a student audience. You'll get instant feedback and discussions around your research.
Special interests group
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 have previously given 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
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes:
- several dedicated computer clusters
- meeting rooms
- a kitchen
- lounge area
Members of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences also have a dedicated space. This space provides a range of resources, including access to:
- linguistics software (eg Childes, Clan, Elan, Praat)
- linguistic corpora (eg DECTE, ICE, ICAME)
- specialised equipment such as the eye tracker
The award-winning Philip Robinson Library has an extensive audio-visual collection.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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