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English Language and Linguistics MA

The University of Sheffield
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
On campus

Program description

English Language and Linguistics MA

This course is designed to balance a diverse range of language study with the opportunity to explore more specific fields. You'll explore the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language, with the option to study other modern languages as well.

You’ll study the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language with the option to study other modern languages as well.

The course is designed with flexibility and choice in mind. You are able to follow different routes through the course that allow you to focus on specific areas of English language and linguistics. You will be able to study literary linguistics and examine a range of approaches including cognitive poetics, corpus stylistics and narratology.

We offer specialisms in social and historical approaches to language and linguistics in which you can investigate complex real-world language problems in different social and historical contexts. You will also have the option to examine structural and theoretical linguistics, exploring the foundational mental structures and processes underlying language.

Admission requirements

A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in linguistics, English language and/or literature, or a modern language.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Dissertation (English Language and Literature)

This module enables students to pursue an extended independent research project in an area of interdisciplinary literary-linguistic study. With the guidance of the module convenor, students will formulate an appropriate research question based on the 500-word dissertation proposal submitted as part of their assessment for EGH6040 Interdisciplinary Research Metods. Students will then be assigned to a supervisor who will help them establish a workable research schedule and provide advice and feedback in regular one-to-one meetings. The project will be written up as a 15,000-word dissertation during the summer months.

Tuition fees

2021-22 Annual tuition fee

  • For Home students: £9,000
  • For Overseas students: £19,950


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The University of Sheffield

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