MA English Language and Linguistics

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Share your love of language with some of the most enthusiastic experts in the world.

Our staff are highly respected researchers, critics and writers who are leading figures in their fields. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work hard to make sure your masters experience is as rich and rewarding as possible.

You'll be taught by a committed and enthusiastic team of teachers. Our internationally recognised research feeds straight into our teaching, with students sometimes taking a hands-on role in our research activities.

About the course

The MA offers world-leading expertise in all areas of English language and linguistics, including language variation and change, psycholinguistics and syntax to conversation analysis, dialectology and the language-literature interface.

You'll study the sociocultural, historical and structural complexities of the English language with the possibility of studying other modern languages as well, if you choose.

There are four pathways to choose from: Literary Linguistics, Social and Historical Approaches, Structural and Theoretical Linguistics, and Modern Languages (co-run with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures). You can follow one exclusively or combine the four.

Core module

  • Research Methods

Optional modules

  • Linguistics in Context
  • Linguistics in Practice
  • Research Practice
  • Literary Language: Narrative and Cognition
  • Literary Language: History and Culture
  • Work Placement with Research Project

Teaching

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Work placement opportunities in schools, museums, libraries or local businesses

Assessment

Assessment varies by module, but includes:

  • Essays
  • Presentations

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Yiding Zhao, postgraduate student in the School of English


Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree in linguistics, English language and/or literature, or a modern language.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

How we teach

Our expertise covers all aspects of the subject, so whatever you're interested in you'll get the best possible advice and support. We provide training in research methods and you can choose to go on a work placement as part of your course.

You'll be taught by academics whose work is published internationally. Their specialisms include language acquisition, historical language studies, applied linguistics, literary linguistics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.

We have a lively research culture. Through lectures and weekly seminars we'll introduce you to the latest ideas. You'll have the opportunity to explore these ideas in your own research.

With the School of Languages and Cultures, we established the new University Centre for Linguistic Research to gather and support postgraduate linguistics research across the University.

Your career

Our graduates are working in teaching (primary, secondary, FE, HE and TESOL), publishing, marketing, libraries, fund-raising, charities and the public sector. A masters from Sheffield is a sound basis for a PhD at any leading university.

Our resources

We have specialist recording equipment for fieldwork and experimental work. Interactive computer-based workshops will introduce you to corpus-linguistic technology.

The University library subscribes to several electronic databases including JStor, Early English Texts online and Eighteenth-century Collections online. For more advanced reading, there's a regular free minibus service to the British Library at Boston Spa.

Dr Emma Moore, School of English

I have always been interested in social variation and have been keen to find ways to address social inequality. Using language as a measure of social difference, it is possible to provide empirical data that can be used to challenge prejudice and evaluate social change.

Dr Emma Moore, Linguistics in Context, Linguistics in Practice and Research Methods tutor

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Jackie Elkington
E: j.elkington@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0211