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MA English Language and Linguistics

University of Essex
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Colchester
English

Program description

MA English Language and Linguistics

Conduct an in-depth study of the grammar of English. Learn about dialectal and social variation, language change and the pragmatics of language use, and study varieties of English used around the world.

If you wish to focus specifically on the linguistics of the English language then our MA English Language and Linguistics should interest you. “Grammar” is the body of knowledge that enables a speaker to produce and understand the language(s) they speak. We study that knowledge, taking a practical approach to our research through analysis of English corpora, recordings and texts.

Our course allows you to cover a wide range of topics related to English, including:

  • Dialectal and social variation
  • Conversation analysis
  • Language change
  • Language rights
  • Pragmatics

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in the following disciplines: English Language studies including education, English language and Literature, Teaching(English),Linguistics or Modern Languages.

We will accept applicants with a degree in an unrelated area but which contains a substantial element of education, Linguistics, Language studies and Teaching.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the enquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • MA Dissertation
  • Syntactic Theory
  • Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
  • History and Variation of English
  • Phonological Development (optional)
  • Sentence Processing (optional)
  • Semantics (optional)
  • Theories of Second Language Acquisition (optional)
  • Phonology (optional)
  • Nature and Nurture in Second Language Acquisition (optional)
  • Research Methods (optional)
  • Sociolinguistic Theory (optional)
  • Experimental Analysis (optional)
  • Language in Context: From Pragmatics to Conversation Analysis (optional)
  • Intercultural Communication: communicating across languages and cultures (optional)
  • Phonetics (optional)
  • Graduate Research Assignment (optional)

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £8,760
  • International fee: £18,800

Continuing studies

Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil. We offer supervision in areas including language acquisition, language learning and language teaching, culture and communication, psycholinguistics, language disorders, sociolinguistics, and theoretical and descriptive linguistics.

Career opportunities

Our course can lead to careers in areas such as academic research, publishing, journalism, administration, public service and teaching. You develop key employability skills including research design, data analysis, thinking analytically, report writing and public speaking.

We also work with the University’s Careers Services to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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